The below list was drafted for the purpose of clarifying particular concepts of PROUT. Some of the terms may have a wider conventional meaning than what has been stated here. Suggestions are welcome
Exploitation To take unethical, unjust and undue advantage of a person, a group of people, resources, etc. for selfish gain. Various forms of exploitation include psychic exploitation by imposing different types of dogma such as the religious; social exploitation by imposing inferiority in the form of class, race, sex, etc. differences; cultural exploitation by imposing foreign culture; political exploitation by imposing a foreign administrative structure, etc. Generally all types of exploitation aim at crude economic exploitation taking the more sophisticated, subtle form of psycho-economic exploitation, socio-economic exploitation, cultural-economic exploitation, etc. More on this subject
Ideology To follow an idea in all affairs of life. The idea of the ideology of the socio-economic theory of PROUT is that the whole of creation is one family and every member of the family has the right to utilize their entire cosmic inheritance. More on this subject
Intellectual capitalism Apathetic and elitist psychology of a class who do not like to move from their privileged position to work for the welfare of the common people, causing several pressing problems in society. More on this subject
Metaphysical Potentialities having to do with liberation from physical bondages. It is the mental mind directed towards solving physical problems and challenges. The arts of cooking and of warfare, engineering, architecture, the sciences of mathematics and physics, etc., can all be said to be of metaphysical nature. Metaphysics is the philosophy of the evolution of matter, from its original cause, pure consciousness, through the various stages of cosmic mind, until matter is formed at the crudest stage of cosmic mind, and the further evolution of unit mind deriving from matter towards its emancipation from any bondage.
Neohumanism Spiritual humanism. Sarkar’s philosophy of liberation of human intellect from narrow-mindedness in the realization of a true human society and ultimate individual fulfillment. More on this subject
Prama Equilibrium and equipoise (balance) in every sphere of individual and collective life, developed by evolving dynamic elemental triangles in larger larger and more complex constellations throughout existence. More on this subject
Progress Properly directed movement. In PROUT, movement towards spirituality (including physical and psychic movements that support it) is termed as progress. More on this subject
Samaj “Society”; a local socio-economico-cultural unit gradually developing along with other samajas into a united regional and ultimately global unit. PROUT claims universality but promotes initial groupification along ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic and other lines. It is a dynamic and progressive concept and not static such as nationalism. The concept of samaj is designed to bring out local socio-economic and cultural strength and secure local economic control. A samaj unit is defined by certain criteria, such as a common background, common needs, and common potentialities. Accordingly one samaj may be very large and populous and another small. For instance, the present nation of India has been divided into 44 samajas according to Proutistic principles. Some of them have several hundred million people, some a couple of hundred thousand. Maharlika (the Philippines) have nine samajas. The Nordic countries of Sweden and Norway have one majority samaja each, with the samaja of the Sami people in the northern areas of those countries running across national borders to include Sami communities of Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia as well. The same principle has been applied throughout the world wherever appropriate. More on this subject
Sentiment Expression of psychic force not supported by rationality. “Running blindly without discrimination between proper and improper behavior is called sentiment. The path of discrimination between proper and improper behavior is called rationality. When human beings discriminate between proper and improper behavior and select the proper path, it is called conscience.” More on this subject
Spiritual The ultimate, all-pervading, infinite sphere of existence. According to PROUT, spirituality offers:
There is only one man in the world
and his name is All Men.
There is only one woman in the world
and her name is All Women.
There is only one child in the world
and the child’s name is All Children.
– From “Timesweep” by Carl Sandburg, Honey and Salt, 1963.
Spiritual capitalism Selfish attitude of keeping spiritual knowledge to oneself and not bother to arouse spiritual awareness in individual and collective life, ultravires to the very spirit of spiritual practices. More on this subject
Subtle Something that the mind can conceive, but which the sensory organs cannot perceive, is subtle. Conversely, that which comes within the range of the physical sense organs is crude. Both the metaphysical and supramundane (see entries) are subtle potentialities and resources.
Supramundane Beyond the crude world, spanning uplifting and inspirational art and literature, revolutionary knowledge, intuitions, deeper personal and collective meaning, team spirit, etc. The supramundane exists in all sorts of sublime existential phenomena such as nature’s greatness, powerful presence, great and wonderful being and beauty, profound stillness, bliss, etc. to utmost Cosmic expressions. It represents the field of mental expansion and provides an environment for existential awakening, higher evolution, and transcendence.
Theory PROUT is a socio-economic theory based on practice; its principles and concepts are based on empirical experience. “When theory succeeds practice it has a practical application. First the apple fell and then the theory was formulated. The apple did not fall according to the theory.” PROUT holds that if practice precedes theory numerous problems may be solved in a better way if not avoided altogether. More on this subject
Utilization Maximum, balanced, and progressive utilization of all human and existential resources. Mundane potentialities, which are latent in land, water, sunlight, air and ether, should be utilized maximally and properly. Progressive utilization towards all-round development will ensure social security. Parallel to the proper exploration of nature’s latent resources the worth and value of all living beings should be recognized. There are two types of such value: utility value and existential value. A proper concept of utilization can give all living beings their existential due and secure progressive utilization of all natural, individual and collective resources. More on this subject
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