From the works of Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar
Geo-sentiment grows out of love for the indigenous soil of a country. From this geo-sentiment many other sentiments emerge, such as geo-patriotism, geo-economics and geo-religion.
Socio-sentiment is more expanded than geo-sentiment. It pervades a particular social group. Instead of thinking about the welfare of a particular geographical area, people think about the well-being of a group, even to the exclusion of all other groups. And in the process they do not hesitate to violate the interests and natural growth of other groups. Socio-sentiment has caused much bloodshed and created enormous division and mutual distrust among human groups, separating one group from another and throwing them into the dark dungeons of petty dogmas.
The concern for the vital rhythm throbbing in other human creatures has made people humanists. If the same human sentiment is extended to include all creatures of this universe, then and only then can human existence be said to have attained its final consummation.
All molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, positrons and neutrons are the veritable expressions of the same Supreme Consciousness. Those who remember this reality, who keep this realization ever alive in their hearts, are said to have attained perfection in life … The greatest human treasure is devotional sentiment. This devotional wealth must be preserved; otherwise humanity will lose its most valuable possession. The people of the present-day world have made considerable progress, so now they must not permit this highest human treasure to be destroyed.
Positive and negative sentiments
Positive sentiments are synthetic in nature. They unite society and elevate humanity, enhance collective interests and encourage progressive development. Negative sentiments are narrow in scope and divide society.
Some important positive sentiments include anti-exploitation sentiment, revolutionary sentiment, moral sentiment, cultural sentiment, universal sentiment and spiritual sentiment. Some negative sentiments include communalism, patriotism, nationalism, provincialism, lingualism and racism.
Negative sentiments should never be used to divide people into castes and communities – to create artificial fissiparous tendencies in society. Rather, they should always be used to bring unity amongst people. Hitler used racism in an effort to unite the German people and he succeeded in the short-term, but because he used negative sentiments only and had no positive sentiments, his approach resulted in a world war and the near destruction of Germany. The path of negativity is extremely dangerous and harmful for society. Positive sentiments are the real weapons to build society.
Aspects of Devotional Sentiment and Neohumanism, P.R. Sarkar. Discourses on Neohumanist Education, Ananda Marga Publications.
Nuclear Revolution, P.R. Sarkar. Prout in a Nutshell 21, Ananda Marga Publications.