The Golden Lotus of the Blue Sea
|The Golden Lotus of the Blue Sea|
Cover from the Second Edition with Songs
|Author||Shrii Shrii Anandamurti|
|Publisher||Ananda Marga Publications|
|Location in Sarkarverse|
The Golden Lotus of the Blue Sea is a children's story by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.
This lengthy but engaging tale is rich with metaphorical references to many of the key elements of philosophy and social theory given by Sarkar over the course of his life, including both PROUT and Neohumanism. There are also implicit references to persons and works appreciated by Sarkar, for example, Rabindranath Tagore and his poetry.
As is common in Sarkar's stories, this tale abounds in sensory information; and the story is packed with both humor and adventure. The story is instructive on numerous levels.
Moral of the story
Perhaps the overriding feature of the story is the compassion expressed for every character, good or bad, and, ultimately, for every entity of the universe. If there is a single moral in this story, then it would have to be to overcome śad́aripu[nb 1] and aśt́apásha[nb 2] in order to embrace universalism.
- The sad́aripu (six enemies) are káma (physical desire), krodhá (anger), lobha (avarice), mada (vanity), moha (blind attachment), and mátsarya (jealousy).
- The aśt́apásha (eight fetters) are ghrńá (hatred or revulsion), shaḿká (doubt), bhaya (fear), lajjá (shyness or shame), jugupsá (dissemblance), kula (vanity of lineage), shiila (cultural superiority complex), and mána (egotism).
- Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar The Golden Lotus of the Blue Sea