NHE 100: Introduction to Neohumanist Philosophy


This course explores the evolution of human social consciousness towards increasing awareness of our inherent interconnection and provide an in-depth introduction to the Neohumanist philosophy that underpins the Neohumanist Education movement.


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“The humanism which is not motivated by any perennial source of inspiration is bound to become a formality only, devoid of real sincerity. It may die out at any moment, like a river which ends in the sands of the desert. So it must be motivated by a constant and perennial source of inspiration – which I call Neohumanism.”
– Shrii Sarkar
Course Description: This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the Neohumanist philosophy that underpins the Neohumanist Education movement, through a close reading of the seminal text of Neohumanism, P.R. Sarkar’s “The Liberation of Intellect.” It will explore the evolution of human social consciousness towards increasing awareness of our inherent interconnection. It will examine the historical antecedents for the emergence of Neohumanism, as well as its particular relevance as a deep, holistic response to the present context of climate collapse and accentuated social inequalities. Participants will also explore the concept of human spiritual potential from a practical, rationalistic standpoint.
Experience a completely unique learning journey! Students will:
  • Learn how to utilize the systematic Neohumanist method of rationalistic thinking to arrive at awakened conscience.
  • Experience a clear, well assimilated understanding of the philosophy of Neohumanism and be empowered to apply innovative and unique solutions in your field of work.
  • Generate fresh perspectives, motivation and unique insights on current issues through personal reflections and group work, while analyzing the work of Shrii Sarkar.
Dates of Class: Tuesdays, Sep 5 – Oct 24 2023
Time of Class: 
  • SA: 2pm UTC (Didi Ananda Devapriya) ;
  • SB: 11pm UTC (Ruai Rekha Gregory).
Instructor: Didi Ananda Devapriya and Ruai Rekha Gregory
Didi Ananda Devapriya was ordained as a yogic nun of Ananda Marga in 2001, after 2 years of specialized training in Neohumanist philosophy, PROUT and Biopsychology as well as following an intensive practice of yoga and meditation at the “International School of Social Service Prashiksana Matha” in Yderfors, Sweden and Kolkota, India. From 2001-2005, she managed “Asilo Nido Giardino Del Sole”, a nursery for 20 children in Verona Italy. Since 2005 she founded and is President of the Neohumanist Association in Romania (NEA) as well as the General Director of AMURTEL Romania, where she has supervised two Neohumanist kindergartens, an alternative family style children’s home, an after-school center, a community supported agriculture project and a social integration program for youth leaving care. Didi has also co-authored the Children in Permaculture manual “Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education”, as well as a Neohumanist Education Early Childhood Curriculum which has been submitted to the Romanian Ministry of Education. Didi has a broad experience as an international speaker throughout Europe, in Australia, Lebanon and the USA on topics related to Neohumanist Education, spirituality, Biopsychology, PROUT and yoga.
Ruai Rekha Gregory holds a M.A., Human Development, with specialization in Parent/Community Work. She is a Professor, Early Childhood Education, at Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, Oregon, USA. 40+ years of her career in Education include curriculum development, teaching, consulting and work in parent education and early intervention (with children 0-5 years with disabilities). She is the founder and board chair, Pine Eagle Community Preschool, Halfway, Oregon; Founder and Co-Director of Harmony Home Nature Camp, part of Pine Eagle Art Camp, a summer program serving students of all ages.
Class Per Week: 1 hour 30 minutes
Study & Engagement Per Week: 1 hour
Total Credit: 2
Registration Details:
You are automatically registered for the course after payment is submitted.
Course Format:
Firstly, this course is 100% online. Students will engage with the faculty and other students on the Zoom virtual learning platform, one time a week for eight weeks. Each in-person class will last for 2hours. All class sessions are recorded and may be used for future course marketing. Students will also engage with other students on Google Classroom where you upload learning activities, participate in discussions and extend learning outside of the virtual classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this course part of a larger, more in-depth program?

Yes. While this course is open to all and has no pre-requisites, completion of this course can count towards earning a Neohumanist Teacher Certification. To learn more about the Teacher Preparation Program, click here. Interested to apply? Send your interest inquiry to nhe@gurukul.edu.

What certifications do I earn upon successful completion of this course?

A Certificate of Achievement from the Neohumanist College of Asheville, an affiliate of Ananda Marga Gurukula Network.

What are the requirements for successful completion?

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of the online virtual classroom sessions. Student will also be required to upload all work to our Google Classroom, for 100% learning activity completion.

More Questions?

Please email us at info@nhca.gurukul.edu if you have additional questions or need help making payment arrangements.


Refunds may be requested up until the second class meeting. All refunds are issued minus an administrative processing fee of $50 USD. Additionally, any refund request will be subject to the Neohumanist College of Asheville Refund Policy.