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Ananda Marga and the Use of Force

Helen Crovetto
Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
Vol. 12, No. 1 (August 2008), pp. 26-56
DOI: 10.1525/nr.2008.12.1.26
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/nr.2008.12.1.26
Page Count: 31
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Ananda Marga and the Use of Force
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Abstract

Ananda Marga is now an international movement that claims over a million adherents in more than one hundred countries. 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 revolutionary socio-spiritual utopians rather than terrorists. There are several allegations against them concerning the murder of apostates. This article will concentrate on the well-founded doctrinal basis for Ananda Marga's association with the use of force and examine its moral arguments justifying it.

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