Book Review: Progressive Utilization Theory: Prout – An Economic Solution to Poverty in The Third World

PROUT is characterized as a model of social development… which advocates a ‘small is beautiful’ approach to society.

I saw this book about PROUT when I was in a remote town called Hetauda, Nepal. I was living with kids in a children’s home that is also in the same location of their school. Living together means sleeping and eating with these cuties. They meditate in their own way, I pray the rosary.  We watch films, learn e-tutorials, and play together in my laptop or with the computer tablet. So I will really need to go to the salon when I get home because I might share their lice too!

I observed the Children’s Home is almost self sustainable.. The kids from abled families in town enroll in this school, and thus in turn provide funds for the Children’s home. Besides the cost of living is priceless, for $10 dollars a day, I am able to contribute feeding 7 kids including me and the kitchen helper already… and the good news is, I am not even required to donate money! So I can save funds to travel further.. but I’m not that thick face ya know ;D

Although the head of the school and children’s home says funds are still not enough, and that is the reason why they have donors coming from Italy. I do hope they and all other small communities all over the world, can be fully self sustainable in the future.. I would imagine people from economically rich background visit here not to donate money but to learn their way of sustainable living instead..

But of course there goes a crack in my head again ;D

ananda marga school in hetauda, nepal

The school and children’s home needs vast improvement though, specially in the way children are being raised.. I encourage volunteers to visit that place in Hetauda too. If you are interested to volunteer, let me know so I can introduce you to them. I’m doing this to monitor if this article is effective.

So I was immersed in an environment where PROUT is being implemented. Here are excerpts of the book that you might find interesting:

“In America, many had called me Dr Doom. In India, people called me Dr Hope. But I am still the same old Ravi Batra. I used to pray to my Father to make me “nothing”. That is what I now am at heart – nothing – but my Father is everything.”

“Humanity is said to have made tremendous progress today because life seems so much more comfortable these days than it was a few centuries ago. All this to Sarkar, is not progress. To be sure, it has resulted in a great change in the mode of living, but he denies this to be progress because most scientific discoveries have created problems which were non existent before.”

“Faster travel today has increased the risk of accident, industrialization has resulted in environmental pollution and cancer and other diseases unheard of in the past; modern medicine quickly cures the malady but generates side effects requiring further treatment.”

“Even in the intellectual sphere, there is much available to keep the mind occupied, but people today suffer from emotional problems and neuroses that did not afflict them before.”

“Indeed, Sarkar goes as far as saying that progress in the intellectual and physical sense is impossible unless there occurs a spiritual advance, at the same time.”

PROUT model is similar to the Economy of Communion from the Focolare Movement, an international organization that promotes unity and universal brotherhood. Ideas like this are worth spreading.. who knows it can be the key to Pandora’s box leading to the creation of Heaven here on Earth.

So no need to wait to Die so you can go to Heaven ya? We can already have it here on Earth.

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