Category: Meditation/TM



A huge, old carp uncaught and unseen for decades. But now Jay and Carl had seen it, was the strength of their friendship about to be tested to its limit? Jack’s wisdom was old, centuries old, and he knew that Jay was so close to enlightenment; was he able to find the final piece to the puzzle? And then there was Maya; did she hold the key to all of this, or was it just an Illusion?
It is time to be enlightened…

An Illusion of Maya is a carp fishing novel, but not just any carp fishing novel. It’s a carp fishing novel for people who realise that there is so much more to going fishing than just catching fish; and that there is so much more to life than just living.

Yes there are fish, huge fish. There is elation and heartache; there is humour and sadness; there is love and hate, but there is much, much more, and this book portrays all these emotions beautifully.

This is, of necessity, a very adult-themed book, and the language and interaction mirror that – be warned, this is a carp fishing novel for grown-ups and, without doubt, the first one of its kind, so don’t expect page after page of fishing clichés. Open your mind – Believe me, you will be enlightened.

Phil Escott is a health writer, personal trainer, novelist and drummer who has spent many years in the health and fitness industry, running a gym, writing for many magazines and training hundreds of clients successfully. Due to a crippling bout of inflammatory arthritis in 2010, which he reversed by natural means, further intense study revealed many “secrets” of healing normally hidden behind the misleading conventional medical and “health” dogma. His aim now is to share this knowledge with as many as possible to help them attain their health and happiness goals too.

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Published on May 4, 2015

Phil Escott considers himself a spiritual idiot. He says he has made every mistake and taken every wrong turn possible… but then again there is no such thing as a wrong turn.

Born in 1962 in the south of England, he had many glimpses of the absolute even as a young child. The fascination with all things mysterious continued through his teens, and he became fascinated with Indian culture and spirituality, devouring books such as Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and Muktanada’s Play of Consciousness. In 1979 he started experimenting heavily with hallucinogenics, pretending to be Carlos Castaneda. Shortly after this he experienced a spectacular awakening, but with no guidance or knowledge of what might have happened he resisted it, plunging into a couple of years of tremendous fear and suffering.

In 1983 he learned TM, which calmed the unpleasant experiences, and then went on to do the TM Sidhi course in 1986, moving to Skelmersdale, the UK’s largest TM community, where he faithfully followed the programme for a decade or more, searching far too hard for the “prize”. By 2000 he had become somewhat disillusioned, and by 2006 his meditation practice was sporadic at best. One day, upon deciding to just let go totally of TM, in that moment he experienced the same awakening that hit him back in 1979. This time though, there was surrender, and it stuck.

However, there was, as is so often the case, far more work to do. By 2010, to his astonishment, he found himself crippled with arthritis and other ailments, and a long, dark night of the soul followed as he was forced to throw out many accumulated dogmas, facing a total reassessment of lifestyle, diet and emotional issues, refusing conventional medicine. Upon gradually regaining his physical health, he experienced a further awakening in 2013 when using Byron Katie’s approach to unlock certain emotional blocks, and the heart opened. Since then he has been “back in the marketplace” while the experience deepens day by day.

He still lives in Skelmersdale where he helps people to find their way out of autoimmune issues through his website at pureactivity.net, has a novel published (An Illusion of Maya), plays drums in several bands and enjoys his wonderful family. He is working on a book about how he healed himself, which will be called “Arthritis, The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” focusing on the blessing of illness and how it can be a clear pointer to evolving, and perhaps even awakening.

The huge mystery to him now is that he didn’t notice the unity of everything and spent his life striving for what was there all along. His dream is to help people to notice this elusive but simple and natural miracle for themselves.

Website: http://pureactivity.net

Book: An Illusion of Maya

Peter Fenner – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Apr 22, 2015

Peter is a leader in the Western adaptation of Buddhist wisdom. He is a pioneer in the new field of nondual psychotherapy. He was a celibate monk in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions for nine years. He has a Ph.D. in the philosophical psychology of Mahayana Buddhism and has held teaching positions at universities in Australia and the USA.

He has taught workshops at Naropa University, the California Institute for Integral Studies, Omega Institute, and other centers, and given invited presentations at JFK University, Saybrook College, Stanford Medical School, Columbia University, and internationally.

Peter’s way of teaching is known for its dynamic and engaging deconstruction of all fixed frames of reference that block entry to unconditioned awareness, and for the purity and depth of natural, uncontrived silence that emerges in his work. He also has a unique capacity for sharing the skills and states of his transmission in a way that other’s can easily understand and begin to replicate the nondual transmission.

Peter Fenner ~ Book on The Radiant Mind and An interview Conscious TV View Here

Published on Apr 19, 2015

Sri Karunamayi is revered in India as an embodiment of Divine Motherly Love, due to the love and affection that she showers liberally on all people, animals, and even plants, the spiritual knowledge and guidance that she gives freely to all of humanity, and the humanitarian works that she has undertaken. “Amma” as she is affectionately called by her followers, is simply the Telugu word for “mother”- Telugu being Amma’s native language.

Born in 1958 in South India, Sri Karunamayi spent a childhood immersed in an atmosphere of prayer and worship created by her deeply spiritual parents. Both of her parents had received visions indicating that Sri Karunamayi was not an ordinary child, and her astrological chart indicated that she would dedicate her life to serving humanity.

Naturally inclined towards charity as a child, Sri Karunamayi, or “Amma,” would often give away food and clothes to whomever needed them.

As she grew into a young woman, Amma felt an inner urge to begin spending more and more time in the family worship room, immersed in prayer and meditation. As she was now a first-year college student, she was forced to make time for meditation by reducing the time she spent sleeping. As her meditations deepened and intensified, she also began reducing her intake of food. These meditation sessions grew in length until one day Amma locked herself inside a room of the house and remained there in meditation for a month.

Though her family members were perplexed, they did not dare to disturb her, having witnessed the profundity of her meditations before. When she finally emerged, she seemed like a different person to her family members. Though she still showed the same sweet affection to which they were accustomed, her demeanor now expressed a more impersonal, universal love. Determined to fulfill the sacred purpose of her life, Amma gently told her mother that it was time for her to go into seclusion in the sacred Penusila Forest, to meditate there in solitude. Always respectful of her daughter’s divine nature, and trusting completely in God, Amma’s mother did not try to stop her from going.

Amma never felt that these meditations were done for her own sake, as she was following the example of India’s ancient Vedic sages, who meditated for hundreds of years in order to discover the best teachings for all of mankind. Through Amma’s austerities, she determined which of the Vedic teachings and practices would be of greatest benefit to people living in this difficult modern age. After performing such intense tapasya for over 10 years, Amma decided that it was time to share her knowledge with all those who thirsted for true spirituality, wherever they may live in the world.

Emerging from her seclusion in the sacred Penusila Forest, Amma began giving public discourses on various aspects of Sanatana Dharma, India’s ancient spirituality, and conducting sacred ceremonies to promote world peace and universal well-being. At this time, Amma also began Her work on serving humanity in the eradication of poverty, providing free medical care & housing for the disadvantaged, stopping child labour through free schooling and mentorship programs, and supplying water treatment facilities to those impoverished communities that have been severely affected from toxic water resources. After performing such intense tapasya for over 10 years, Amma moved to a more urban area to share her knowledge with all those who thirsted for spirituality, wherever they may live in the world.

In 1995, Amma began reaching out to the world, beginning with the US, where She offers yearly public programs. During these programs Amma gives teachings and blessings, holds meditation retreats, and performs sacred fire ceremonies for the benefit of all of humankind & the world. During her visits to each city, countless followers come to express their worries and problems and to request blessings or guidance. And to this end, Amma uses Her own sari to wipe away the tears from Her children’s eyes as She comforts every follower with Divine Motherly Love. Amma often likes to say that Her only work in this world is to remove the suffering from the hearts of Her children. This she does through Her kind, loving words of spiritual guidance and encouragement, Her healing touch, and Her divine knowledge and insight. Today Amma divides Her time between the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and India, fulfilling Her life’s mission of providing comfort, solace, and spiritual guidance to all who come to Her. Website: http://karunamayi.org

Books: Sri Karunamayi a Biography Blessed Souls I the Teachings of Sri Karunamayi (I) Sri Suktam with Samputita Sri Suktam YOGA IS UNION – The Yoga of Amma Sri Karunamayi

Interview recorded 4/13/2015

A response to a question as to how to maintain the feeling of non-separation with the world.

 

Published on Mar 9, 2015

Dorothy Rowe was clairvoyant as a child, but a rough teenage period caused her abilities to wane. After learning Transcendental Meditation in her mid-teens, the inner vision began to return. She moved to Fairfield, Iowa in 1980 and devoted herself to creating world peace by meditating with a large group of people practicing the TM and TM-Sidhi Program. She became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1986. She taught Transcendental Meditation and raised a family, while also teaching dance and music.

Then in early 2008, she underwent a transformation. The change in awareness happened quite suddenly, but it took months for Dorothy to realize that this opening of awareness was to be used for healing. Quietly, she healed herself and others, without sharing her experiences. In 2012, Dorothy was invited to do some healing work for compensation. By word of mouth only, her practice has grown. She now has clients on four continents.

She currently offers private consultations by phone and Skype and Distance Energy Work sessions through her website, http://distanceenergywork.com. The website also offers free resources on energy healing. You can also find her at her YouTube channel, Distance Energy Work.

Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living.

With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.

Karen Henson Jones is a co-founder of Malibu Beach Yoga in Malibu, California. She also works as an assistant to Khen Rinpoche, the founder of the Siddhartha School and head abbot of the Tashi Lhunpho monastery in India. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University and London Business School.

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Heart of Miracles Book Trailer (Hay House)

ublished on Dec 18, 2014
Heart of Miracles is a new book by Karen Henson Jones. Published by Hay House Inc., it’s available all over the world.website: http://www.karenhensonjones.com.

Description: Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living. With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.

Published on Feb 27, 2015 This meditation is an exploration of the nature of the ‘I’ that runs throughout all experience.

Published on Feb 24, 2015
A discussion about not confusing a blank state of mind with the presence of Awareness.

Light Upon Light is a book to touch the heart, and awaken the spirit. It takes the lives of some of the great spiritual masters of the last millennium, from Rumi, to twentieth century saint Darshan Singh, and illuminates their inner quests.

More than simply biography, Light Upon Light delves into their perceptions of the world, the innermost workings of their minds, and the life incidents that led them to enlightenment. In this sense Light Upon Light is not about the spiritual path; it is designed to take the reader and carry them into the spiritual path, and perceive the wisdom of the masters from within.

While author Andrew Vidich PhD has exemplary academic credentials, he writes from the heart, and calls the reader to a direct experience, a “felt sense” of the core of these masters’ teachings. He also emphasizes meditation as the universal constant taught by all masters, and has provocative exercises in each chapter to stimulate self-reflection, contemplation, and to give the reader experience of practical meditation techniques. This is a book to be treasured by both long-time spiritual students, and those new to the great masters of the path.

Dr. Andrew Vidich is an author, educator, international speaker, and editor of more than five books. His books include Love is a Secret (1990), critically acclaimed by the Institute of Noetic Sciences which stated that “it provided a great service to readers interested in the deeper dimensions of mystical love.” He has co-edited a collection of writings of the twentieth century Spiritual Saint, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji entitled, The Spiritual Path: An Anthology of the Writings by Sant Kirpal Singh. He co-authored The Heart of the Healer, an investigation into the nature of healing (1987). The Sufi Method of Self-Transformation, in Classical Islam excerpted sections (Islamic Supreme Council Press) and contributor to The Heart of Healing, edited by Dawson Church, (Elite Books).

Most recently he has authored Light upon Light: 5 Master Pathways to Awaken the Mindful Self. (Elite Books). Dr. Vidich has been an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Manhattan College in Riverdale NY and at Iona College in New Rochelle where he has taught courses in the nature and experience of religion, meditation, death and dying and Islamic studies. He is also a Literacy Coach, and Senior Advisor at Repertory High School for the Theatre Arts in New York City.

Dr. Vidich holds degrees in music (B.A.) Comparative Mythology and Religion, (M.A.) Education (M.S.) and a Ph.D. in Religion from Bernelli International Graduate School (2000).

Dr. Vidich is a member of the board of directors of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, Public Relations Coordinator and chair of the Programming Committee in Amityville New York. He has been studying meditation for 35 years under the guidance of three world renowned Meditation Masters including His Holiness Sant Kirpal Singh Ji, Sant Darshan Singh Ji, acclaimed mystic poet and currently studies under the guidance of His Holiness Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj a world renowned Spiritual Master and head of Science of Spirituality.

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Andrew Vidich: Spiritual Resurrection–Becoming Beings of Love and Light

Published on Jul 10, 2014
Each one of us must eventually leave this material world to journey onward to the spirit realm. Speaker Andrew Vidich explores the true meaning of resurrection? Through meditation and appropriate guidance, we can learn how to fly heavenward on the wings of our “light body.” The true meaning of resurrection is to become what we already are: beings of love and light. Become a living embodiment of the resurrection. 2014.

Available on DVD at: http://www.questbooks.net/title.cfm?b…

Published on Feb 17, 2015
A discussion about working without the interference of the separate self.

Published on Feb 8, 2015

Craig Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and a leader in Consciousness-Based education. He has spoken around the United States on this unique approach to education as well as on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s programs to create world peace.

He has held a number of positions at Maharishi University of Management, including Dean of Faculty, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Students, Director of Freshman Composition, and Director of Maharishi University of Management Press.

Dr. Pearson holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management. He is the author of two books, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time – And How You Can Cultivate Them and The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.

He is also the coauthor, with Brad Moses, of Peace on Earth, a collection of songs about enlightenment and world peace (available on iTunes). He lives on the Maharishi University of Management campus with his wife Melissa and son Soren.

Interview conducted January 31, 2015.

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“No matter what your religion is – no matter what nationality – no matter what walk of life – if you are a human being, get this book – read it – get inspired by it – and act upon it – right away!” – David Lynch, filmmaker, television director, artist, and author of Catching the Big Fish

Throughout history, great men and women have described exalted experiences of extraordinary wakefulness, freedom, and bliss – as different from our ordinary waking experience as waking is from dreaming. Laozi, Plato, Rūmī, St. Teresa of Avila, Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Black Elk, Einstein – people of all times and places have described experiences that rank among the most inspiring in all of literature.
The Supreme Awakening:
• brings together a rich and diverse collection of these experiences
• explains these experiences in terms of a new, expanded framework of human development – the model of higher states of consciousness developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the renowned Vedic sage and scientist of consciousness
• shows how anyone can systematically cultivate these experiences through the Transcendental Meditation technique – simply, naturally, and effortlessly
• describes the wide-ranging benefits of cultivating enlightenment by means of the TM technique – inner peace and happiness, improved health, increased creativity and intelligence, improved productivity, and much more – with benefits for education, business, health care, the military, rehabilitation, and society as a whole
• shows that the sublime experiences reported by great people across time are real, universal, understandable in terms of modern science – and now available to anyone.

Dr. Craig Pearson

Craig Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and a leader in Consciousness-Based education. He has spoken around the United States on this unique approach to education as well as on Maharishi’s programs to create world peace.
He has held a number of positions at Maharishi University of Management, including Dean of Faculty, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Students, Director of Freshman Composition, and Director of Maharishi University of Management Press.

Dr. Pearson holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from Maharishi University of Management. He is the author of The Complete Book of Yogic Flying. He is also the coauthor, with Brad Moses, of Peace on Earth, a collection of songs about enlightenment and world peace (available on iTunes). He lives on the Maharishi University of Management campus with his wife Melissa and son Soren.

He can be reached at higherstates@mum.edu.

The Supreme Awakening

Throughout history, great men and women have described exalted experiences of extraordinary wakefulness, freedom, and bliss — as different from our ordinary waking experience as waking is from dreaming. Laozi, Plato, Rūmī, St. Teresa of Avila, Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Black Elk, Einstein — people of all times and places have described experiences that rank among the most inspiring in all of literature.

The Supreme Awakening offers a rich collection of these experiences — and shows how ordinary men and women today are enjoying the same kinds of sublime experiences celebrated by the Buddha, Wordsworth, Thoreau, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and many others — simply by practicing the effortless technique of Transcendental Meditation.

Drawing on the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Supreme Awakening explains how these experiences arise and provides a systematic way of categorizing them.

Also it describes a practical method — the effortless technique of Transcendental Meditation — that anyone can use to cultivate these remarkable experiences and enjoy the unparalleled benefits.

Finally, the book shows the immense practical benefits, for every area of life, of cultivating enlightenment.

About the Author…Craig Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa. He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science and based his doctoral dissertation on the research he did for this book. He is also the author of The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.

Interview by LINDA EGENES View Here


In part one of this new interview series, Changing the World From Within, Eckhart Tolle speaks to Suza Scalora about the violence in our world — and how human beings can lose their sense of humanity and empathy, inflicting suffering on one another.

Suza Scalora: We are constantly hearing about a world that is violent, chaotic and frightening. It seems as though we’re inundated with painful, horrific stories by way of the Internet, newspapers and other media outlets. The newest headline, for example, was about another possible beheading by the terrorist group, ISIS. How can we find inner peace with all this insanity around us?

Eckhart Tolle: There are many aspects to this. It is important to realize that a large percentage of what we hear or see on the news focuses on those places where there is violent conflict. These tend to be the more unconscious pockets of the planet, where there is still a considerable degree of collective unconsciousness.

SS: Can you explain what you mean when you say, “unconsciousness?”

ET: It is important to understand that when I call a person “unconscious,” I am not referring to somebody who has fainted or blacked out. I am referring to someone who is spiritually unconscious. This is to say that the person is completely in the grip of their ego — their false sense of self. The ego gives rise to a sense of separateness between oneself and others, or between “us” and “them.” A human being in the grip of the ego is identified with mental images or ideas about who they are. The mind creates these mental images, or stories. Then a person’s identity, their sense of who they are, is defined through those images or stories. When this happens, there is a tendency for the egoic person to compulsively judge others, thereby making them into enemies. The ego does this to strengthen its ultimately fictitious sense of self. Whatever a person thinks or believes is, of course, conditioned by the past: their upbringing, the culture they live in — including the collective belief systems of that culture — their education, family background and so on. A person who is in the grip of the ego is totally identified with the conditioned content of their mind.

Such a person’s thinking, as well as behavior, is therefore completely determined by the ego. This is what I mean by the term “unconscious.”

SS: It seems that our Western culture is gripped by the ego as much as other parts of the world. Could you explain what it means for a pocket of the world to be more unconscious than another? What does it mean to be collectively unconscious?

ET: In the West, as well as some other parts of the world, the personal sense of ego tends to predominate, whereas in other areas there is a more collective sense of ego. This collective ego emphasizes the “we” rather than the “I.” The collective ego may be tribal, religious, nationalistic, or ideological. For example, there may be a religious or political belief structure that people identify with in the collective that makes up a large part of a person’s sense of self or identity. It is less these days than it was in the 20th century, when millions of people were in the grip of collective belief systems. For example, when Mao Tse-tung was in power in China, millions of people were totally conditioned by their collective belief system. This was also the case with Nazi Germany and Soviet Communism. When people are so identified with their collective belief system, their ego becomes enormously pronounced. This collective ego begins looking for “enemies” in order to strengthen the sense of separateness on which the ego depends for its survival.

The personal ego already has a strong element of dysfunction, but the collective ego is, frequently, even more dysfunctional, to the point of absolute insanity. The greatest atrocities that have been committed on the planet were perpetrated by the collective ego. For example, if you go back to the Middle Ages, during the Inquisition, it was a time in which torture and persecution was enacted in the name of religion. The Christian message was completely misunderstood and so the religion became an egoic mind structure. People committed atrocities because their entire sense of self was bound up with that belief structure. Even worse things, of course, happened in the 20th century — as we all know.

SS: How does one become that detached from their humanity? How do people get caught up in this collective mindset?

ET: When people get taken over by the ego to such an extent, there is nothing else in their mind except the ego. They can no longer feel or sense their humanity — what they share with other human beings, or even with other life forms on the planet. They are so identified with concepts in their minds that other human beings become concepts as well. This causes a sense of separateness, on which the ego thrives.

If you are an Islamic Extremist, for example, you view others as infidels who do not share your belief system and so they are pronounced ‘evil.’ You can no longer sense the humanity, or Beingness, of those who don’t share your belief system. Once you have conceptualized a person, violence becomes almost inevitable. This is because you are not seeing them as a human being anymore. It becomes impossible for you to have any kind of empathy with another individual who does not fit into your collective mind structure.

We often ask, “How is it possible that human beings can inflict such suffering on their fellow humans?” The answer is that they are totally in the grip of the ego. The ego’s complete inability to have empathy for others explains how such atrocities can be committed on the planet. Jesus on the cross is reported to have said, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” In contemporary terminology, he probably would have said, “Forgive them, for they are completely unconscious.”

Source: Suza Scalora View Here

Published on Jan 23, 2015
Enlightenment is intimacy with all things says Suzuki Roshi. Mindfullness is key to intimacy. This moment-to-moment way of being can deepen and expand intimacy, intro-, inter- and transpersonally. However, it can also be used as a way to distance, dissociate and detach, actually dampening our contact with the world instead of enlivening it. This presentation explores the promises and perils of mindfulness, weaving together image, metaphor, science and practice.

by Deepak Chopra: I last sat with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi more than 10 years ago. He left an indelible impression, as he did on everyone. His extraordinary qualities are known to the world. Without him, it’s fair to say, the West would not have learned to meditate.

During the Cold War era a reporter once challenged him by saying, “If anything is possible, as you claim, can you go to the Soviet Union tomorrow with your message?” Without hesitation, Maharishi calmly replied, “I could if I wanted to”. Eventually he did want to, and meditation arrived in Moscow several years before the Berlin Wall fell.

In his belief that world peace depended entirely on rising consciousness, Maharishi was unshakable. The Bhagavad Gita declares that there are no outward signs of enlightenment.

The point is underscored in many Indian fables and scriptures, which often take the form of a high-caste worthy snubbing an untouchable, only to find that the untouchable was actually a god in disguise. For his part, Maharishi had three guises, and perhaps in the end they were also disguises. He was an Indian, a guru and a personality.

His personality was highly quixotic. Over the 50 years of his public life, Maharishi never lost his charm and lovability. He had these qualities to such an extent that westerners took him to be a perfect example of how enlightenment looks – kind, sociable, all-accepting, and light-hearted – when that is far from the case.

His presence was more mysterious than good humour can account for: you could feel it before entering a room. But if you were around him long enough, the older Maharishi in particular could be nettlesome and self-centred; he could get angry and dismissive. He was quick to assert his authority and yet could turn disarmingly child-like in the blink of an eye.

The Maharishi, who was an Indian, felt most comfortable around other Indians with whom he chatted about familiar things in Hindi. He adhered to the vows of poverty and celibacy that belonged to his order of monks, despite the fact that he lived in luxury and amassed considerable wealth for the TM movement.

What gets overlooked is that he viewed wealth as a means to raise the prestige of India in the materialistic West. Maharishi was deeply concerned that he might be the last embodiment of a sacred tradition that was quickly being overwhelmed by modernisation. These two Maharishis are the only ones that the outside world knew.

If you came under the power of his consciousness, however, Maharishi the guru completely overshadowed every other aspect. Nothing could be farther from the truth in Maharishi’s case.

He was venerated by the venerable and considered holy by the holy. His capacity to explain Vedanta was unrivalled, and if he accomplished nothing else in his long life, his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita insures his lasting name.

I was commissioned around 1990 to write a book about him. But even after spending hundreds of days in his presence, one could not capture him, either on paper or in one’s mind.

The enlightened person ceases to be a person and attains a connection to pure consciousness that erases all boundaries. My deepest gratitude goes to Maharishi for showing me that this state of unity exists outside folk tales, temples, organised religion and scripture.

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