Located in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood of Southeast Portland, New Day School is an educational project of New Day Ananda Marga of Portland, a religious, non-profit corporation registered in the State of Oregon since 1979. This project is inspired by the Neo-Humanistic vision of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, also known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, the founder of Ananda Marga, translated as “Path of Bliss”. Ananda Marga is a socio-spiritual ideology and movement propounded by P.R. Sarkar in Jamalpur, Bihar, India in 1955. Its motto is “Self-realization & Selfless service”.
New Day School’s vision is a place where an imaginative and dynamic environment brings to life the principles of Neo-Humanistic Education. Our mission is to create a learning environment and curriculum which provides for the education of body, mind, and spirit. Neo-Humanistic Education unveils the innate greatness within each individual, strengthens the foundation of ethics, and inspires benevolent action in the world.
New Day School is blessed with nearly 3/4th of an acre of outdoor space developed into an organic garden as a permaculture educational model for its children and parent community. This model focuses on naturescaping with native plants, stormwater management, removal of invasive species, using natural pesticides; and wildlife stewardship. Our garden has been certified by Portland’s Audubon society as a backyard habitat.
“Education is perfect knowledge of what I am and what I should do.”
— P.R. Sarkar, Founder of Ananda Marga and Neo-Humanist Education
About Neo-Humanistic Education
The philosophy of “Neo-Humanism” was created by P.R. Sarkar to expand the spirit of humanism (love for all human beings) to encompass a love and compassion for the whole creation (all beings in this universe). This philosophy includes the recognition that all beings are deeply interconnected and are each a unique expression of infinite consciousness.
At New Day School, we describe the development of the being in terms of Movement — Awareness — Awakening. The NHE philosophy and curriculum helps one develop the ongoing practice of directing one’s thoughts and actions (Movement) toward a magnanimous and benevolent understanding and interaction with the world (Awareness). The practice of this philosophy culminates in the deeper realization of one’s inner truth and altruistic love for creation (Awakening).
On the basis of this philosophy, Neo-Humanistic Education emphasizes the importance of developing the whole child in order that he/she may realize his/her highest potential. Lessons bring to children, parents and teachers practical knowledge and expansive ideas to ponder. Through the blending of yoga and meditation practice, artistic expression, sustainable practices, intellectual exploration, ethical values and service, the Neo-Humanistic curriculum helps children see interconnections and develop deep love and respect for all.
February: Simple Living
May: Service/”Helping Hands”
June: Uplifting Stories
July: Nature Study
August: Nature Study
October: Inner Light
November: Benevolent Truthfulness