Ananda Seva seeks to disseminate, promote, and implement ideals and principles based in dharma, that can bring the upliftment of human beings, the betterment of society, and the welfare of all living beings.
To implement this mission, Ananda Seva provides services in the following areas:
The first area in which Ananda Seva provides service is spiritual. Ananda Seva offers practical approaches for individual spiritual development through meditation and yoga, utilizing the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga, as taught by our Guru, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. Ananda Seva provides community to support the spiritual growth of individuals, provide positive social activities, and give opportunities to express compassion through social service. Yogic health practices are taught to bring mind-body vitality. And feminine mysticism practices are encouraged for the spiritual growth of women. Ananda Seva holds Yoga and Meditation retreats several times a year to gather in community and bring inspiration to our practices. Yoga Trainings, Spiritual Development Training, Yoga Life Coaching and Acharya Training are all offered to further growth of spirit, as well as residential opportunities for study in our Yoga Life Trainings.
Third is the development of neohumanism — an approach that provides a unifying value base for society and an outlook that fosters respect for all living beings. A meta movement based in neohumanism can unite and provide common cause for ecological, human rights, sustainability, social justice, and humanitarian movements. Ananda Seva explores these ideas in writings and offers a booklet on the subject, as well as trainings through the PROUT Institute.
Spirit Based Socioeconomic Development
Fourth is the development and promotion of the Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT). PROUT is a new paradigm of development intended to guide society toward a balanced, equitable, dynamic and wholesome expression. It is a progressive and comprehensive social theory, articulated within a spiritual outlook. Ananda Seva has supported the development of the PROUT Institute, offers books on PROUT, study groups and trainings through the Institute.
Scientific and Technical Development
The fifth area is the development of new scientific ideas to extend and better utilize technology for human development. In particular, a deeper understanding and application of subtle life force, new sources of energy, advancing the development of yoga therapy, cosmic theory and the application of new agricultural methods are being explored. Many writings on these subjects are available through Ananda Seva, as well as Yoga Trainings, student research papers and a directory of yoga therapists.