What we see in the market place and railway stations is the exhibition of half-clad street beggars and lepers – all stretching out their begging bowls, the only means of earning their livelihood. They are fortunate if anybody contemptuously flings a copper coin at them. The old blind beggars wait all day long at the bridge and lift their bowls as soon as someone walks past them.
Ours is the subjective approach and an objective adjustment – the happy blending between the objective world and subjective goal. While moving towards the subjective goal, you must maintain adjustment with the objective world. There is no other alternative. When the human society is ensconced in this supreme idea, in the very near future it will become more constructive, with proper planning. Humanity of the entire universe will unite, and we are anxiously waiting for that happy moment.
To satisfy their hunger, the haves mis-utilise their physical and intellectual wealth and force the have-nots to become slaves and sinners to try to appease their own hunger. In the background there is a big exploiter; in the front, his agents are half-naked children. This is the cause of the downfall of society.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, in 'Great Universe, p180' (Ananda Marga Publications). © Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.
I want every human being to be guaranteed the minimum physical requirements of life; every human being to get scope for the full exploitation of his or her psychic potentiality; every human being to attain absolute truth; and endowed with all the glories and achievements of the world, to march towards the Absolute. In and through this movement, humanity should be made conscious of the purpose and meaning of life.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, in 'Great Universe, p234' (Ananda Marga Publications). © Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.
In our socio-economic programme human beings have full liberty in the spiritual and mental spheres. This is possible because the spiritual and psychic entities for which human beings can aspire are themselves unlimited, and one person’s progress in this sphere does not hamper the progress of others in their quests.
But the supply in the physical sphere is limited, and thus any effort for disproportionate or unrestricted acquisition of physical objects may create a vast majority of “have nots”. This hampers the development of the total personality of humanity. So individual liberty must not exceed established limits in the physical sphere. At the same time it must not be so drastically curtailed that a human being’s spiritual, mental and physical growth is hindered.
The minimum requirements of every person are the same, but diversity is also the nature of creation. Special amenities should therefore be provided, so that diversities in skill and intelligence may be fully utilised, and talent is encouraged to contribute its best for human development. It will thus be necessary to arrange for some special remunerations to provide special amenities according to the age and time.
But at the same time, there should be constant effort to reduce the gap between the amount of special amenities and the minimum requirements of the average individual. This never-ending effort of proper economic adjustment must ceaselessly continue, fostering the spiritual, mental and physical evolution of humanity and the development of a cosmic sentiment for a world family.
The availability of the minimum essentials of life plays a vital part not only in achieving a world family but also in the development of the personality. This problem should be tackled on a world-wide basis. Every human being must be guaranteed certain minimum requirements. The availability of food, clothing, medical assistance, education and housing should be arranged, so that human beings may be able to utilise their surplus energy in subtler pursuits – energy which until now has been engaged in procuring the essentials of life.
Let everyone enjoy as much as they like on the subtle mental plane. Let everyone possess as much mental and spiritual wealth as possible. But individual hoarding of mundane resources and wealth must be stopped, even by force if necessary. In reality both physical and mental cravings are born of mental hunger. It is certainly possible to transform the craving for physical enjoyment into intellectual hunger by channeling it towards a different goal through proper education. Human society today is badly in need of such education.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, in 'Human Society, p75 part 1' (Ananda Marga Publications). © Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.
Defective psychology teaches people to look upon the transitory as permanent. People sometimes knowingly, sometimes unknowingly, run after mirages and waste their valuable lives in great frustration.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, "Shiva's Teachings - 2" in 'Namah Shivaya Shantaya', 3rd ed. (Tiljala: Ananda Marga Publications, 1995). ©1995 Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.
The value of money lies in its use. If more money is accumulated than is necessary, it becomes valueless for lack of use. The money you keep idle and valueless makes you responsible for the injustice done to the hungry and the naked.
Spiritual practice does not teach forsaking the world. It teaches the right and correct use of all property, crude or subtle.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, in 'Supreme Expression, p69 part 2' (Ananda Marga Publications). © Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.
The aspiration to become rich by exploiting others is a sort of mental malady.
If the eternal hunger of the human soul does not find the real path leading to mental and spiritual wealth, it becomes engaged in the work of depriving others of their rights; it robs them of their material resources.
In most spheres, abundance for one individual takes the bread out of the mouths of others. It is a mental ailment not to understand this common necessity.
Striving ahead together
with the entire Universe
along the path of divinity
is truly the greatest task for humanity
In our present environment there are many divisive tendencies
splitting humanity into mutually belligerent groups.
Spirituality must foster a natural affinity among people,
to unite all humanity.