9. Dharmacakra

Dharmacakra is a congregation of spiritual aspirants for collective performance of Iishvara Prańidhána and spiritual discussions. All will sit in rows adjacent to each other. Women and men will sit in separate rows. Anyone joining dharmacakra (after Iishvara Prańidhána has started) will silently occupy a suitable seat in proper order.

Iishvara Prańidhána should be performed at a scheduled time. After the expiry of the time of Iishvara Prańidhána fixed by an ácárya/á, as soon as the signal is given, everyone (including those still in meditation) should be ready to join the collective meeting.

The following mantra will be recited three times at the beginning of Iishvara Prańidhána:

Saḿgacchadhvaḿ saḿvadadhvaḿ saḿ vo manáḿsi jánatám,
Devábhágaḿ yathápúrve saḿjánáná upásate.
Samánii va ákútih samáná hrdayánivah,
Samánamastu vo mano yathá vah susahásati.

[Let us move together, let us radiate the same thought-wave, let us come to know our minds together,
Let us share our wealth without differentiation, like sages of the past, so that all may enjoy the universe.
Let our aspirations be united, let our hearts be inseparable,
Let our minds be as one mind, so that we live in harmony and become one with the Supreme.]

Directions (1) Dharmacakra should be organized every Sunday at a time directed by the local ácárya/á. On festival days also, dharmacakra may be held.

(2) When in good health, one must participate in the weekly dharmacakra. In case one is unable to attend the dharmacakra at the appointed time due to involvement in governmental duties or service to patients, one should go to the jágrti any time that day and perform Iishvara Prańidhána. If even that is not possible, one should completely forgo one principal meal at the end of that week.

(3) In dharmacakra everybody will sit on common seats and wear clothes acceptable to the society.

(4) Non-Margis having an ardent spiritual longing may attend dharmacakra as a spectator or audience. In that case they will have to make known their intentions and obtain prior permission of the jágrti manager. Only Ananda Margis are entitled to ask or answer questions at dharmacakra. It is the exclusive prerogative of the jágrti manager to allow or disallow a non-Margi to be present at dharmacakra. Tattvasabhá [spiritual conference] should be arranged for the convenience of spiritually inquisitive non-Margiis.

1956, Jamalpur

10. Svádhyáya

To read out and explain Ananda Marga scriptures before assembled sádhakas is called aopadhyáyik svádhyáya. Ananda Marga [[dharma]] scriptures means Subháśita Saḿgraha (all parts), Ánanda Vacanámrtam (all parts), and the books Namámi Krśńa Sundaram and Namah Shiváya Shántáya. The rest of the Ananda Marga literature is considered the associate scriptures. Ánanda Sútram is our philosophical treatise, and Caryácarya (all parts) is our social treatise.

1986, Kolkata

11. Dharma Mahácakra

The dharmacakra which is held on a large scale on special occasions will be called dharma mahácakra.(11) A dharma mahácakra held on a relatively small scale will be called dharma mahásammelana. In dharma mahácakra / dharma mahásammelana, there must be provision for táńd́ava and kaośikii dances.(2) On the occasion of dharma mahácakra / dharma mahásammelana, a public procession with táńd́ava dance is mandatory.

1986, Kolkata