Ananda Marga (from the Sanskrit 'Path of Bliss') was founded in India in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (1921 - 1990), also known by the spiritual name of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. The ideological foundation of Ananda Marga is based on the premise that total human potential can be reached through a path of interior growth and service to society.
To this end Ananda Marga promotes the ancient practices of meditation and yoga which include vegetarianism and other practices which aid physical and mental development.
Together with systems for personal growth, Ananda Marga runs social service projects through various departments, such as children's homes, schools, disaster relief, etc.
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti has left a rich cultural and spiritual legacy: a deep philosophy with a practical system of spiritual practices, a revolutionary socio-economic theory, a vast collection of musical and poetic compositions and the philosophy of neo humanism.
The Ananda Marga Association (Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha - Society for the propagation of Ananda Marga), officially registered in Italy in 1977 and globally active, is dedicated to the spread of the philosophy and practices given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. Meditation is taught for free as spiritual practices and meditation are considered a birthright of all living beings.