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Violence and New Religious Movements$
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James R. Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.001.0001

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Ananda Marga, PROUT, and the Use of Force

Ananda Marga, PROUT, and the Use of Force

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Violence and New Religious Movements

Helen Crovetto

Oxford University Press

Ananda Marga is an international movement that claims more than a million adherents in more than one hundred countries. PROUT is its socioeconomic theory and the name of its political branch, whose organization is officially called PROUTist Universal. Ananda Margiis are perceived by some as terrorists, while much of their social service work, positive environmental philosophy, and effective system of tantric spiritual practices are overlooked. It would be more accurate to call Ananda Margiis and PROUTists revolutionary sociospiritual utopians rather than terrorists. There are several allegations against them concerning the murder of apostates. This chapter concentrates on the well-founded doctrinal basis for Ananda Marga and PROUT's association with the use of force and examines their moral arguments justifying it.

Keywords:   Ananda Marga, PROUT, use of force, terrorists, utopians, social service, socioeconomic theory, Tantra, P. R. Sarkar

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