Who's Baba?

P.R. Sarkar, founder of Ananda Marga

The word "Baba" means "most beloved" and has a variety of uses. It can be used to express affection and intimacy towards Cosmic Consciousness. In India, male spiritual teachers are often addressed as "Baba", a loving term which also means "father".

Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar, who was known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, and also as "Baba", founded the socio-spiritual movement Ananda Marga in 1955. He was a profound inspiration to many and also a great mystery...

Since his early childhood in Bihar, India, where he was born in 1921, P.R. Sarkar attracted others by his deep love for humanity and guided them along the path of self-realisation. Adjusting the ancient science of Tantra Yoga to meet the needs of this age, he developed a scientific and rational philosophy and a system of practical disciplines for physical, mental and spiritual development. Recognising him as a spiritually realised Master, his followers called him "Shrii Shrii Anandamurti" (which means "He who attracts others as the embodiment of bliss").

Those who followed his teachings found their lives transformed as they overcame the weaknesses and negative tendencies of the mind and experienced a deep peace and bliss within. Inspired by his selfless example, they turned their energies to serving society and elevating the oppressed.

In 1955, while still leading a normal family life as a railway official, P.R. Sarkar formed the organisation Ananda Marga ("The Path of Bliss"), and began training missionaries to spread his teachings of "self-realisation and service to humanity" all over India and later throughout the world.

Over the years, Sarkar expanded the organisation with new initiatives for social and spiritual welfare. He gave discourses and wrote very many books on subjects as diverse as literature, history, science, agriculture, linguistics, bio-psychology, sociology and economics, infusing each with a sublime spiritual base. In the last eight years before he passed away in 1990, he wrote a collection of 5018 songs, known as Prabhat Samgiita ("songs of the new dawn"), to express his ideas of spiritual and social progress.

In 1979, Baba made a memorable tour of Europe. The 25th aniversary of this occasion was commemorated with the 2004 Baba's Mystical Tour.

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