The below list was drafted for the purpose of clarifying particular concepts of PROUT. Some of the terms may have a wider conventional meaning than what has been stated here. Suggestions are welcome
Exploitation To take unethical, unjust and undue advantage of a person, a group of people, resources, etc. for selfish gain. Various forms of exploitation include psychic exploitation by imposing different types of dogma such as the religious; social exploitation by imposing inferiority in the form of class, race, sex, etc. differences; cultural exploitation by imposing foreign culture; political exploitation by imposing a foreign administrative structure, etc. Generally all types of exploitation aim at crude economic exploitation taking the more subtle form of psycho-economic exploitation, socio-economic exploitation, cultural-economic exploitation, etc. More on this subject
Ideology To follow an idea in all affairs of life. The idea of the ideology of the socio-economic theory of PROUT is that the whole of creation is one family and every member of the family has the right to utilize their entire cosmic inheritance. More on this subject
Metaphysical Mental wealth – resources, potentialities – relating to the physical, varying from the more ordinary physico-psychic, such as the art of cooking, engineering, architecture, commercial skills, mathematics, etc., to more advanced psycho-physical and psychic capabilities, such as various forms of mind-reading (telepathy), clairvoyance and parapsychology.
Mundane “Of the physical world;” which one can register via sensory organs and deal with via motor organs.
Neohumanism Spiritual humanism. Sarkar’s philosophy of liberation of human intellect from narrow-mindedness in the realization of a true human society and ultimate individual fulfillment. More on this subject
Progress Properly directed movement. In PROUT, movement towards spirituality (including physical and psychic movement that supports such movement) is termed as progress. For instance, there are lifestyles, types of work, habits, customs, social systems, personality patterns, hobbies, interests, etc. that are progressive and others that are not. More on this subject
Samaj “Society”; a local socio-economico-cultural unit gradually developing into a united regional and ultimately global unit. PROUT claims universality but promotes initial groupification along ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic and other lines. It is a dynamic and progressive concept and not static such as nationalism. The concept of samaj is designed to bring out local socio-economic and cultural strength and secure local economic control. A samaj unit is defined by certain criteria, such as a common background, common needs, and common potentialities. Accordingly one samaj may be very large and populous and another small. For instance, the present nation of India has been divided into 44 samajas according to Proutistic principles. Some of them have several hundred million people, some a couple of hundred thousand. Maharlika (the Philippines) have nine samajas. The Nordic countries of Sweden and Norway have one majority samaja each, while the samaja of the Sami people in the northern areas of those countries run across national borders and include Sami communities of Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia as well. The same principle has been applied throughout the world wherever appropriate.
Sentiment Expression of psychic force not supported by rationality. “Running blindly without discrimination between proper and improper behavior is called sentiment. The path of discrimination between proper and improper behavior is called rationality. When human beings discriminate between proper and improper behavior and select the proper path, it is called conscience.”
Spiritual The ultimate, all-pervading, infinite sphere of existence. According to PROUT, spirituality says:
There is only one man in the world
and his name is All Men.
There is only one woman in the world
and her name is All Women.
There is only one child in the world
and the child’s name is All Children.
(From Timesweep by Carl Sandburg, Honey and Salt, 1963.
Subtle Something that the mind can conceive, but which the sensory organs cannot perceive, is subtle. Conversely, that which comes within the range of the physical sense organs is crude. Both the metaphysical and supramundane are subtle potentialities and resources.
Supramundane “Beyond the crude world,” stretching from uplifting art, inspirational literature, revolutionary knowledge, team spirit, deeper meaning, etc., through all sorts of sublime existential phenomena such as powerful presence, wonderful being, great beauty, profound stillness, bliss, etc. to utmost Cosmic expressions. In the physical perspective, the supramundane reaches from the subatomic world of microvita to the far existential end of the created Cosmos. In the psychic perspective, it represents the field of mental expansion. In the spiritual perspective, it provides an environment for existential awakening, transcendence, true progress.
Theory PROUT is a socio-economic theory based on practice; its principles and concepts are based on empirical experience. “When theory succeeds practice it has a practical application. First the apple fell and then the theory was formulated. The apple did not fall according to the theory.” PROUT holds that if practice precedes theory numerous problems may be solved in a better way if not avoided altogether. More on this subject
Utilization Physical, psychic and spiritual strength vary from person to person whereas the potentialities are universal. The human physical potentiality is limited while the scope for development of intellectual potentialities is immeasurable. In the realm of spirituality there is no limit at all; the spiritual strength that a person can acquire is not only immeasurable but also infinite. More on this subject