02 December 2013

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar On Swami Vivekananda

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar or Shri Shri Anandamurti (1921—1990) was an Indian philosopher, author, poet, composer and linguist. He was the founder of Ánanda Márga and Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Saḿgha. He also proposed theories like Progressive Utilization Theory and Neohumanism. He also wrote 5.018 songs which are known as Prabhat Samgiita.

In this page we'll collect Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Note: Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar's literary works may be copyrighted in India and in the United States. The following brief excerpts are used under "Fair use".
In addition, we'll link Google Books or Ananda Marga Book Stores, and not any illegal online copy of Sarkar's works, to protect publisher's commerical and other opportunities.

  • If the people of Bengal prepare a detailed plan for the future, they will have to take these possibilities into consideration, and accordingly they can develop industries in the area. But this will not be easy; it will demand hard labour. As Swami Vivekananda once said, nothing is accomplished without toil. (Source: Discourse: The History of Ráŕhbhúm, 17 April 1979, Kolkata)
  • Now, one may say that some people like
    Vivekananda did not live long; but the cause
    of their early death was excessive labour.
    —Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar
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  • It is true that human beings are also born, live and then die, but they also do such work which leaves its impression on the earth. Swami Vivekananda said, "As you have come onto this world, you must leave some mark behind." (Source: Book: Ananda Marga Karma Yoga in a Nutshell, Chapter: Do Virtuous Deeds Day and Night)
  • Now, one may say that some people like Vivekananda did not live long; but the cause of their early death was excessive labour. Extreme physical labour definitely reduces one’s longevity. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lived [less than fifty] years; he could perhaps have lived longer, but due to excessive labour, he could not survive. He undertook long tours throughout India on foot. Shankaracharya did not live long, either, because he also toured India on foot; he walked from Cape Comorin to the Himalayas. This extreme physical labour told upon his health; otherwise he could perhaps have lived longer. (Source: Book: Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 33, Chapter: You must live glorious lives)
  • One should undergo penance for others’ welfare, for the well-being of the world; and the good that the world enjoys due to one’s sacrifice is the reward. One should not expect any reward greater than this. The good result of a good action is the reward of that action. Similarly the bad result of a bad deed is the negative price of that action. The ancient sages used to practice penance by sitting near a firepit with their legs up and their hands down. What value does this type of penance have? Not much. To continue to perform penance like this is certainly not the highest fulfilment of life. Human beings have come onto this earth to do something good, some thing which will be of some benefit for the society for at least some period of time, if not forever. This is the reason why Vivekananda said, “As you have come to the world, you must leave some mark behind” That is, you must do something which will do good to human society for a long period, if not forever. (Source: Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 12, Book: How an Ideal Person Should Live)
  • The Lord’s eyes are everywhere. His eyes are even in a closed room where one may consider himself or herself alone. The story goes that once Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa gave a pigeon to Swami Vivekananda asking him to kill the bird in a place where he was alone. At the end of the day Swami Vivekananda returned along with the living pigeon and reported to Sri Ramakrishna that he could not find himself alone anywhere because wherever he went he found a pair of eyes – the Lord’s – watching him. (Source: Discourse: He is Everywhere, 19 December 1971 morning, Patna)
  • The monk who epitomized manliness, spiritedness and valour, and struck at the root of the timidity of the youth of India of that time, Narendranath Dutta (Swami Vivekananda), was also a Ráŕhii Kayastha. (He came from Dattadeŕet́an Village of Kalna Subdivision of Burdwan District.) (Source: Book: Ráŕh: The Cradle of Civilization, Chapter: Ráŕh – 2. Outstanding Personalities of Ráŕh)
  • The village Dattadereton was the ancestral abode of Swami Vivekananda. (Source: Book: Sarkar's English Grammar, Chapter: General Knowledge on Composition)

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  1. Vivekananda is one of the most admired figures in India, his birthday is India's national youth day. But Prabhat Ranjan Sarrkar's works are neither promoted nor circulated in most of the parts of India. As far as I know, prabhat Sarkar wrote more than 6000 songs. No one knows any of those songs. Is there any political or other conspiracy against ananada Marga or Prabhat ranjan Sarkar? TYell me,

    1. I have forwarded your question to an Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha Acarya to learn his opinion.

    2. Have you got any reply from him?

  2. Shuklaji, it is an interesting question. Perhaps part of the answer is connected with PROUT, Baba's revolutionary socioeconomic theory that is feared and opposed by mainstream (capitalist and communist) political parties. Part of the answer might be that the copyright on all of the works of Baba are held by his organization. And part of the answer might be that Baba never allowed the propagation of a personality cult around himself. In comparison, none of those issues seem to apply to Swami Vivekananda (or, indeed, to most of the outstanding spiritual personalities throughout history). But probably the main factor here is the mysterious cosmic will. I believe that one thing is certain... it won't always be like this... this phase of relative obscurity will pass.

  3. Thank you.But, Prabhat Ranjan's political party is not in the mainstream either, they are not contesting elections here in Jharkhand and in India's general elections. and tell me, what is tthe meaning of cosmic will? Thank you once again.

  4. Actually, Baba never had any political party. He gave a social theory, on the basis of which some political parties were formed. However, Baba's social theory clearly rejects party politics and discourages participation in the same. (For example, in "Problem of the Day", we read: "Honest and benevolent individuals should carefully steer clear of party politics.") So, most proutists do not anticipate - or work for - social transformation in this fashion. And this then brings us to another possible reason why Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar is not well known. He introduced novelty. Novelty generally takes time to be recognized, appreciated, and finally accepted.

    As to the meaning of cosmic will, I did describe it as "mysterious". The whims of God rarely proceed in accordance with human logic or human expectation. Hence, manava dharma (bhagavad dharma) requires us to adjust with the cosmic flow, to dance in the divine rhythm.


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