What means “Transcending” and where it comes from?” 

A differentiated view of TM 

MAHARISHI speak about the life of GURU DEV in the Ashram of his MASTER. Audio 1961.

Maharishi speak about the life of Guru Dev Swami Brahmananda Saraswati in the Ashram Of his Master Swami Krishnananda Saraswati. Audio 1961. Guru Purnima.

The Supreme Awakening : Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time — And How You Can Cultivate Them by Craig Pearson, Ph.D.

“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

The Three Maharishis

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.

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks

Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University

The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” says study senior author Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program and a Harvard Medical School instructor in psychology. “This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

Sue McGreevey of MGH writes: “Previous studies from Lazar’s group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced meditation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. But those investigations could not document that those differences were actually produced by meditation.” Until now, that is. The participants spent an average of 27 minutes per day practicing mindfulness exercises, and this is all it took to stimulate a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. McGreevey adds: “Participant-reported reductions in stress also were correlated with decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, which is known to play an important role in anxiety and stress. None of these changes were seen in the control group, indicating that they had not resulted merely from the passage of time.”

“It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” says Britta Hölzel, first author of the paper and a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany. You can read more about the remarkable study by visiting Harvard.edu. If this is up your alley then you need to read this: “Listen As Sam Harris Explains How To Tame Your Mind (No Religion Required)” VIEW HERE

David Lynch on Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain (Transcendental Meditation)

David Lynch explains his understanding about consciousness, creativity and the brain. He says that Transcendental Meditation played crucial role in developing his consciousness and boosting his creativity.

One lady in the audience says: I teach film, I make films. I would like to know what does meditation or how does meditation connect to your creative process or to how it might help the creativity of my students.

David Lynch: If you have a golf ball sized consciousness, when you read a book you’ll have a golf ball sized understanding, when you look out a golf ball sized awareness and when you wake up in the morning a golf ball sized wakefulness.

But if you could expand that consciousness then you would read the book with more understanding and when you look out more awareness and when you wake up more wakefulness – it’s consciousness.

Source: Feel Guide

Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa ~ Joseph Weber [updated Aug 4, 2014]

Pub Date Apr 1 2014

The Indian spiritual entrepreneur Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took the West by storm in the 1960s and ’70s, charming Baby Boomers fed up with war and social upheaval with his message of meditation and peace. Heeding his call, two thousand followers moved to tiny Fairfield, Iowa, to set up their own university on the campus of a failed denominational college. Soon, they started a school for prekindergarten through high school, allowing followers to immerse themselves in Transcendental Meditation from toddlerhood through PhDs.

Although Fairfield’s longtime residents were relieved to see that their new neighbors were clean-cut and respectably dressed—not the wild-haired, drug-using hippies they had feared—the newcomers nevertheless quickly began to remake the town. Stores selling exotic goods popped up, TM followers built odd-looking homes that modeled the guru’s rules for peace-inspiring architecture, and the new university knocked down a historic chapel, even as it erected massive golden-domed buildings for meditators. Some newcomers got elected—and others were defeated—when they ran for local and statewide offices. At times, thousands from across the globe visited the small town.

Yet Transcendental Meditation did not always achieve its aims of personal and social tranquility. Suicides and a murder unsettled the meditating community over the years, and some followers were fleeced by con men from their own ranks. Some battled a local farmer over land use and one another over doctrine. Notably, the world has not gotten more peaceful.

Today the guru is dead. His followers are graying, and few of their children are moving into leadership roles. The movement seems rudderless, its financial muscle withering, despite the efforts of high-profile supporters such as filmmaker David Lynch and media magnate Oprah Winfrey. Can TM reinvent itself? And what will be the future of Fairfield itself? By looking closely at the transformation of this small Iowa town, author Joseph Weber assesses the movement’s surprisingly potent effect on Western culture, sketches out its peculiar past, and explores its possible future.

Joseph Weber, the Jerry and Karla Huse Professor of News-Editorial and associate professor of journalism, worked in magazines and newspapers for 35 years. He spent most of that time, 22 years, reporting and writing for BusinessWeek, starting as a correspondent in Dallas and then running the magazine’s bureaus in Philadelphia, Toronto and Chicago. He took on the role of chief of correspondents for the organization in early 2006, serving until the summer of 2009.

Before BW, Weber reported and wrote for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Dun’s Business Month in New York City and The Home News in New Brunswick, N.J. He has a B.A. from Rutgers College and an M.S.J. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught business and economic reporting, multimedia journalism, magazine writing, editorial writing and basic reporting.

During the fall 2011 semester, Weber taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing as a visiting professor in the Global Business Journalism program. He holds an Excellence in Financial Journalism Award from the New York State Society of CPAs, as well as two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Headline Club of Chicago, a Distinguished Editorial Achievement Award from McGraw-Hill, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Journalism Award and the Morton Margolin Prize from the University of Denver. He is also a 16-time marathoner.

His book, “Transcendental Meditation in America: How a New Age Movement Remade a Small Town in Iowa,” will be published in 2014 by the University of Iowa Press.


Is it Nature’s plan for man to suffer? Explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Is it Nature’s plan for man to suffer? Explained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Reporter: Throughout history, man has gone through periods of misery and then joy, misery and then joy. And I was wondering whether it was part of Nature’s plan that man should be miserable at times?

Maharishi: No, it is not the part of Nature; it is the part of our unnatural behavior. Nature has not designed this beautiful, perfect human nervous system to remain in agony. But if we eat something very hard, if we eat sand, and then the stomach will do quite a lot of revolting. And then the whole thing, hrrr. So there are certain things which are meant to be eaten, and other things are not for us to eat. They may be for horses to eat, for other animals to eat, but not for man. So each nervous system has its own function to perform. The human nervous system has the function to perform, and in performing, he has to enjoy the waves of happiness–great happiness, great joy, and great love. All of this is for man. But when we put some hard things, indigestible things, some poisons in our body, we strain our system of perception by extraordinary, loaded experiences. Then the system begins to break; and that is what we say, stressed. And these stresses cause abnormal behavior. And it is abnormality that comes to us as suffering. And abnormality is not designed or intended by Nature. Not knowing how to behave with this most precious and delicate machine, we start to misbehave with it.

Connie Huebner – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

The defining moment of my life came when I was a 21 yr old college student. I had the undeniable experience that I am one with God, one with all that is. This experience has never left me. The rest of my life has been dedicated to going deeper into that experience and all its ramifications.

I started a quest which I called my search for the Kingdom of Heaven. This was an inward search, a research into my self.

As I looked deeply and honestly within my self, Divine qualities were revealed. First, Divine Light appeared, then the nurturing quality of Divine Love manifested. Other Divine qualities emerged. I discovered that these Divine qualities could be called upon to improve my daily life and the lives of my family and friends.

As I worked with the Divine qualities, I began to receive guidance and knowledge from a Divine Presence. At first, it came from Jesus. Later, Mother God made her self known to me and offered a great wealth of Divine wisdom. In time I began working with people outside my own family. The situations and challenges they presented brought forth from me a depth of divine wisdom to guide and transform their lives.

It is this Divine Knowledge that I want to bring to as many people as possible. I have developed a personal relationship with Divine Mother. I converse with Her all of the time. It is the most powerful, passionate and loving experience I have ever known. I want to help others develop this Divine Relationship. I have created simple tools and techniques to help you enter into your own very personal relationship with Divine Mother.

I now live in Fairfield, Iowa with my husband. We have 2 children. I completed a BA degree in Political Science, and an MA in the Science of Creative Intelligence. I’m also an Ordained Minister. The verbal vibrational healing tools that I developed to get to know Divine Mother are called Transformational Prayer®. Because of my close association with Divine Mother I have founded a church in her name, Divine Mother Church. Since 1999 I have been teaching energy healing classes and giving private consultations in partnership with Divine Mother, bringing her transforming wisdom and guidance to thousands of people.

Divine Mother is here. She wants to talk to you.


Interview conducted 9/14/2013.

Meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi – Dr. Tony Nader [ Updated Nov 12, 2013]

Dr. Tony Nader a.k.a. Raj Ram who was anointed by Maharishi just before his death, as the spokesman for the TM movement, will be in Malaysia on November 13-14, 2013 en route to Australia.

View the video here on his meeting with Maharishi. Other video clips are also available by clicking on the right column – Resource Centre : Dr. Tony Nader

Dr. Tony Nader: Meeting Maharishi

Brief Transcript:

I think I feel in myself that I first met Maharishi when I started to practice Transcendental Meditation because Maharishi’s reality is on the level of his being, his inner self. So, in that sense as soon as I started meditating (and this was in the early 70’s) I experienced that reality which is transcendental, which is beyond the sensory level, which is inner, which is more abstract, but more full, more holy, more together, more peaceful, more blissful. And that inner experience, of course I didn’t know exactly what it was except through the course of Transcendental Meditation we are told, and everyone is told that this is the Unified Field, this is Pure Consciousness, this is the source of everything.

And so in that sense I feel this comes from somewhere very deep, very important, and I got very interested to follow up on that. I was a medical student (not even a medical student, I was pre-medical student) and I had a lot to work on, and a lot of studies so I never thought I would be able to give this knowledge more than the few minutes were already too much 20 minutes a day, twice a day. I had so much to do, so much to study and I was in my mind thinking oh, how wonderful those people are so lucky to be next to Maharishi and to have this knowledge, and to have enlightenment and to have the ability to really know themselves, which is what motivated me throughout my life.

Jerry Freeman – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Oct 23, 2013

Jerry Freeman has been practicing Transcendental Meditation, the advanced techniques of TM, and the TM Sidhis program beginning shortly before turning nineteen, over 40 years ago. He was trained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation the following year, lived for some years in the semi-monastic program Maharishi founded, and has continued to study Maharishi’s teachings to this day. He writes about Maharishi’s insights into the development of higher major states of consciousness, as they relate to today’s discussions of Advaita, Vedanta, awakening, Self-realization and enlightenment.

He is presently working on a book on this subject, tentatively titled: The Enlightenment Puzzle: what everyone should know about awakening. In the book’s introduction, he states, “What I have to say here is not my own invention. … What I will say here is not an official presentation of Maharishi’s teaching, as it includes numerous observations and conclusions that are my own. However, the great insights about awakening, human consciousness, enlightenment, etc. are not mine. They are Maharishi’s

Jerry supports a family of adopted children, working as a musical instrument maker. His penny whistles are recommended by many Irish music instructors for their students, as they are affordable and very high quality, and they are played in performance and recordings by many of the most renowned performers of Irish music.

Interview recorded 10/19/2013.

Never Meeting Maharishi…Igor Kufayev

January 12th is Birthday of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The day is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of meditators around the World. The Master is largely known for bringing Transcendental Meditation to householders and followers of different spiritual disciplines, as well as to schools and uni campuses.

Although there are quite few who have met and worked with Maharishi closely, most have never met the man who some consider to be greatest Teacher the World has known in our Time. His legacy has entered collective consciousness and it would take decades before it could be adequately assessed by historians, scholars and sociologists alike.

Yet this is a deeply intimate story.

Being introduced to TM in mid 90-s, when I was in my late twenties, meeting the Master was not that important. TM for me was just a tool to complement my already rich by then artistic life. Gradually though Maharishi’s presence grow, my curiosity was aroused and a seed of desire to meet the Master one day was firmly planted.

From around mid 90-s Maharishi was no longer available for general public appearances. The Guru has retreated in Holland and gave televised Darshans to a large international community, and on special occasions only. January 12th was one such occasion. Watching these gatherings I was secretly envious to those who had the privilege to meet and be next to the Master.

By the time my desire reached its zenith, it was practically impossible to meet Maharishi by someone who wasn’t even working for the movement. That time has coincided with transformative awakening while attending one of the advanced TM programs. It was then when I had my first intense encounter with the Guru on the level beyond the senses…

The power of Grace filled my heart with such intensity of Love for Maharishi that mere glimpse of his image was enough to send my whole being in throbs of Ecstasy often mixed with tears of Joy and Gratitude… Soon my dwelling became a place of worship. Hundreds of roses were sacrificed at the altar, embalming my heart with the perfume of devotion never known to me before…

While my heart was filled up to its brim, the idea of meeting the Guru still lingered in the mind… Encouraged by those who have known Maharishi since the 60-s I’ve written a letter to the Master where I’ve shared my experiences of higher states of Consciousness but mainly trying to express the gratitude with as much humility as my knowledge of English allowed me to.

The reply came on that level where postman himself is the messenger by divine appointment. It was revealed deep in a state of Samadhi… And from there on my Sadhana was guided not just by Maharishi but by his own Master, Guru Dev himself.

By that time desire to meet Maharishi reached its sublime height, what happened then is too subtle to give it to pen…

To put it plainly, the seeker has drowned in the Sea of seen, where all desires have found its perfect fulfillment including that most pertinent wish to meet the Guru. That meeting took place in the Heart. The Union was so complete that no further physical contact could have possibly altered serene plenitude of being One with the Beloved…

Looking back in retrospect, it was interesting to observe how that relationship undergone transformation. From placidity of impersonal, through intensely personal and ultimately to universal sense of Love for the Teacher.

For at the beginning there was this arrogance which didn’t allow any subtler forms to be perceived, only to grow into very personal affair with time. I couldn’t care less how many loved Maharishi, he was mine in every sense. That was deeply personal, individualized relationship.

Which was eventually and beautifully transformed into understanding that Maharishi belongs to every being.

Moreover, every being in his or her essential nature is that Great Seer – The Rishi who sees through the Heart of All.

I prostrate at the place where your feet touched the ground… Oh Divine Being who carried Light so Brightly that it Illumined the World within and without.

Jai Guru Dev

Igor Kufayev

Norman Rosenthal & David Lynch, “Transcendence” Part 1 of 6

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., a twenty-year researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and the celebrated psychiatrist who pioneered the study and treatment of Season Affective Disorder (SAD), brings us the most important work on Transcendental Meditation since the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Science of Being and Art of Living-and one of our generation’s most significant books on achieving greater physical and mental health and wellness.

While Dr. Rosenthal’s book does not set out to teach TM (it’s a technique that must be learned from an instructor), he illuminates the scientifically proven health and stress relieving benefits and how it can dramatically improve the way we feel and function.

Here, Dr. Rosenthal is joined by filmmaker David Lynch (“The Elephant Man,” “Blue Velvet,” “Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive,” etc.), one of his devotees.

Norman Rosenthal & David Lynch, “Transcendence” Part 2 of 6

Norman Rosenthal & David Lynch, “Transcendence” Part 3 of 6

Norman Rosenthal & David Lynch, “Transcendence” Part 4 of 6

Norman Rosenthal & David Lynch, “Transcendence” Part 5 of 6

Norman Rosenthal & David Lynch, “Transcendence” Part 6 of 6

For more on Dr. Norman Rosenthal’s works view HERE

Let Your Soul Sing: Enlightenment is for Everyone ~ Ann Purcell [Updated May 3, 2013]

Available ebook reading formats view here

Enlightenment has fascinated people for millenia. Let Your Soul Sing: Enlightenment is For Everyone overturns the commonly held belief that enlightenment is a state of consciousness possible only for a few rare individuals living in a forest or monastery. It points out that enlightenment is in fact the most natural state of life, available to everyone through simple, effortless meditation techniques that expand human awareness and perception of the truly unified reality of life.

This book follows the author’s journey on the path of enlightenment and also gives accounts of athletes, artists, musicians, and people from all walks of life who have had spontaneous experiences of higher states of consciousness at some point. Many never had a framework to understand their experiences or to systematically develop them. Let Your Soul Sing lays out the systematic knowledge of seven states of consciousness and how they can be easily unfolded through the experience of transcendence. It highlights extensive scientific research that confirms the development of health and brain functioning gained through meditation, and also explains how individuals experiencing inner peace simultaneously contribute to the creation of world peace. The style is easy reading, with anecdotes, quotes, short poems, and analysis of recent world events woven throughout.

About the Author

Ann Purcell has been a full-time teacher of Transcendental Meditation since 1973, teaching Transcendental Meditation and advanced courses in many countries around the world. In addition, she has worked on curricula and course development for universities and continuing education programs. She has a B.SCI (Bachelor of the Science of Creative Intelligence) and an M.SCI from Maharishi European Research University, Seelisberg, Switzerland. She also received a PhD in Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace, Vlodrop, Netherlands.

Let Your Soul Sing Enlightenment is for Everyone was published and launched on Dec. 10th 2012.

Brief Transcript:

Throughout time people have been fascinated by the idea of enlightenment. But, for many people enlightenment can seem distant or completely out of reach. However, there are hundreds of records and personal accounts from famous athletes, artists, actors, musicians, scientists and poets throughout the ages about experiences of enlightenment and higher states of consciousness.

So, what is enlightenment and is it a possibility for anyone and everyone? “Let Your Soul Sing Enlightenment is for Everyone” offers answers to these questions.

For more information please log onto http://www.enlightenmentforeveryone.com/enlightenment/

Guru Dev and Maharishi

Maharishi at the feet of Guru Dev. “Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnur, Guru Devo Maheshvarah, Guruh Sakshat Param Brahma, Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah.”
Guru Brahma—Guru is the creator. Guru Vishnu—Guru is the maintainer. Guru Devo Maheshvarah—Guru is eternal Shiva, absolute silence. And Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, and Guru is the summation of the three, diversity, and unity.
Tasmai Sri Guruve Namah. That is why we bow down to Guru Dev. Bowing down to Guru Dev is in essence, in reality, subjecting ourself to that eternal unified state which is the be-all and end-all of existence. ‘

Nyaya, the lamp at the door, shining inside and outside – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi [updated Nov 10, 2012]

Nyaya, the lamp at the door, shining inside and outside – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1. Dr. Hagelin: Last week, Maharishi declared that, in truth, there is no difference between the unmanifest Unified Field and its manifest expressions in the universe: “Between the unmanifest and the manifest, there is nothing; it is the same thing.” Maharishi also said this unified reality of life is explained in the Nyaya Sutras of the Vedic literature: “Nyaya is the lamp at the door; the outside and the inside meet at the door.” My question for Maharishi is this: If there is no difference between the outside and the inside, ultimately, then what is the door that stands between them?

2. Nyaya, the lamp at the door, is the science of investigation about what makes light outside, what makes light inside: What makes silence behave like dynamism, what is the source of dynamism.

3. Investigation into that is called science: vigyan. The vi of vigyan comes from vishesha and vivrita.

4. The reality of the lamp at the door is that there is one light that is seen outside and inside. This is vivrita. It takes the vision round and round. This process does justice to the reality of light, revealing that it’s not two lights. The two appear, in the same way as a snake appears in the string.

5. The same is seen in the field of Vedanta with reference to the word and the gap. The structure of Veda itself is appearance and disappearance.

6. Veda is the supreme authenticity. 7. Science and technology both are the two aspects of self-referral consciousness.

8. For education to be preparation for successful life, affluent, fulfilled life, it has to be Vedic education. Children in this education will rule the world. Their territory will be Brahm–aham brahmasmi. The education of Vedic University will do justice to the total field of knowledge.

9. The total field of knowledge will create a civilization worthy of man. Human existence is purely divine.

10. German people want to create an education which will generate leadership. Our German Rajas are active on that.

11. Peace Government will purify the whole world consciousness.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as one of the foremost scientists in the field of consciousness.

Dr. Tony Nader speaks about the Ramayana in Human Physiology [updated Sept 24, 2012]

Dr. Nader releases his long-awaited 2nd book, the Ramayan in Human Physiology : Veda unfolding in one grand story—the story of our Self

Ramayan in Human Physiology
Discovery of the Eternal Reality of the Ramayan in the Structure and Function of Human Physiology by By Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam
Tony Nader, MD, Ph.D

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More than ten years in the making, the Ramayan in Human Physiology is the perfect sequel to Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam’s (Professor Tony Nader, MD, Ph.D) first groundbreaking work on the correspondence of the Vedic Literature and human physiology. With his intellect finely honed by doctoral and post-doctoral research in neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Medical School, and his intuition and feeling deeply cultivated by years of personal training with renowned Vedic scientist and sage, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Dr. Nader beautifully integrates cutting-edge science with the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.

Dr. Nader’s insights into the deepest levels of understanding of the cosmic nature of the human physiology led Maharishi to refer to him as the greatest scientist of our time, responsible for ushering in a new age of enlightenment for every culture, every country, and every individual in the world. This book underscores Maharishi’s brilliance and wisdom in his choice of Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam to be the leader of Maharishi’s worldwide Transcendental Meditation Movement.

“Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam is talking in terms of the mechanics of transformation of Natural Law into physiology. He has realised that the total Constitution of Natural Law, which governs the universe with perfect order, is lively in every grain of physiology. And the language of Ramayan is that language in which Total Natural Law is actually seen administering the whole universe.” -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Such great thanks go to Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam who, with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s guidance, proves without a doubt that the Ramayan is not just a fanciful story from the past – nor a myth. Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam shows that this story is always alive in the Eternal Field of Consciousness – The Absolute – The Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature – and that this story with all its characters – happenings – details – is alive and being unfolded in each and every human being.” -David Lynch, Filmmaker

“Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam (Dr. Tony Nader, MD, PhD) is one of the great, innovative geniuses of our time.. His remarkable scientific elucidation of the ancient cherished epic, the Ramayan, reveals how this timeless saga is truly about ourselves—a story that is continuously unfolding within our very brain and body. This makes this time-honored epic immediately relevant to the life and very soul of the reader. A magnificent revelation… An historic achievement.” -John Hagelin, PhD World Renowned Quantum Physicist President, Global Union of Scientists for Peace

“Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam has seen in the story of Shri Ram in the Ramayan the basic principles of the administration of the whole universe by the totality of the Laws of Nature. With Maharishi’s guidance he was able to cognize this reality unfolding, instant by instant, in human physiology, which is the gift of God to everyone.” -Dr. Bevan Morris Prime Minister, Global Country of World Peace, President, Maharishi University of Management, USA

“This book represents one of the most important achievements in the history of mankind. It marks a turning point in which the newest and oldest traditions of knowledge converge, contributing to a paradigm-changing understanding of human potential.” -Robert Keith Wallace, PhD, Founding President and Trustee, Dean, College of Perfect Health, Maharishi University of Management, USA

“This book will serve as a revelation to physicians, scientists, and those who desire a greater understanding of the unity underlying all that makes us human.” -Gary P. Kaplan, MD, PhD Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology Hofstra University School of Medicine

Maharishi called the Ramayan “Brahman on the Stage.” All the abstract impulses of the Veda unfold in one grand story, and this story is found to be the story of our innermost nature, expressed intimately through the fabric of our own physiology.

The Totality of life takes the stage within our Self.

This is the very essence of Dr. Nader’s (Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam) extraordinary discovery —developed directly under Maharishi’s guidance—which is revealed in his just-released book,
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Dr. Tony Nader speaks about the Ramayana in Human Physiology

Brief Transcript:

Maharishi is a seer. What does he see? He sees himself, and he sees how he emerges from his own self. And, he sees how the universe emerges. And that seeing is a cognition, is not a composition. There is no intellect in it, there is no expression of feeling, there is nothing. All of these feelings of course, all of this intellect, all of this construction is within it. But, the expression and how it comes from the absolute is on the basis of direct experience. The Rishi sees, hears the vibrations of natural law and chants them. This is the Veda.

Now, when you have a song, or a chant, or a melody — it has a structure, and it has a system of a developing from one stage to the other, and evolving and how the sound evolves and becomes more and more and more. From one pure being, one sound to many sounds, many sounds, many sounds — to the entire universe. These words, these sounds, structured and the way they are structured, which means, actually how many syllables are in how many sutras, and how many richas, and how many padas, and how many akcharas. Actually the physical number of them, and how they go from sound to silence, and how they interact with each other. This is how natural law works. And that is the great vision of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the great sage from the Vedic Tradition who has seen in the Veda that the vibrations of the sound of the Veda are the sounds of the laws of nature.

Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Jack Forem

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917-2008) was one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. University trained in physics, the Maharishi was a pioneer in uniting the scientific approach of the West with the ancient spiritual wisdom of India.

He is best known for introducing the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a simple, natural method of allowing the mind to reach its most silent level-a field of pure creativity, energy, and peace. TM, Maharishi said, offers every individual not only a gateway to the highest spiritual unfoldment, but also “sound physical and mental health, greater ability in action, a greater capacity to think clearly, increased efficiency in work, and more loving and rewarding relationships with others.” Over the past 40 years, millions of people around the world and more than 250 published scientific studies have consistently corroborated these lofty claims.

In this new edition of his classic book, Jack Forem points out the practical application of TM to a broad spectrum of contemporary concerns. He reviews recent research focusing especially on neurophysiological evidence for attaining higher states of consciousness, and the surprising ability of large groups of people meditating together to generate social coherence and global harmony. Throughout the book, Forem draws parallels between the teachings of Maharishi; ancient wisdom from various cultures; and insights gleaned from modern-day physics, psychology, ecology, and other disciplines. Interviews with men and women of every age and occupation provide a lively testimonial to the efficacy of TM in making one’s life happier and more creative.

Jack Forem

Jack Forem met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and learned Transcendental Meditation in late 1966. After studying with Maharishi in India in 1970, Forem served as head of the TM center in New York and on Maharishi’s International Staff; taught training courses for TM teachers in Europe; led conferences and seminars on the development of creativity, leadership, and higher states of consciousness; and wrote a best-selling book on Maharishi and TM.

Deepak Chopra remembers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ( Updated Aug 3, 2012 )

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The guru who introduced Transcendental Meditation to the west died on 5 February aged 91. He’s remembered by the renowned spiritual writer, a close friend for more than 20 years

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with the Beatles.
Photograph: Rex Features

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi started out as one kind of cultural curiosity – a lone Hindu monk who aimed to teach meditation to the world – and ended up as a different kind of cultural curiosity: the one-time guru to the Beatles. He came remarkably close to fulfilling his original intent. Millions of westerners learned Transcendental Meditation (TM), and a new word, ‘mantra’, was added to the English language. He survived long after the departure of the Fab Four, who decamped almost as soon as they sniffed the thin air of Maharishi’s Himalayan retreat (excluding George Harrison, who turned into a genuine seeker and quiet ally).

Maharishi owed his survival to two things. He was sincerely a guru, a ‘dispeller of darkness’, who had the good of the world at heart, despite the wags who turned TM into the McDonald’s of meditation and the caricatures that morphed his white-bearded image into a pop cliché. Sincerity would have served him little if Maharishi hadn’t also been a gifted teacher of India’s ancient tradition of Vedanta. Many visitors who came to gawk went away moved by both qualities.

Beginning in the mid-Eighties, I had the opportunity to know Maharishi as a friend. Whenever my medical practice permitted, I joined his inner circle. It wasn’t necessary to be reverent in his presence. He made a point of not being seen as a religious figure but as a teacher of consciousness. Of the many memories I could offer, here is the most intense … Maharishi had fallen mysteriously and gravely ill on a visit to India in 1991. My father, a prominent cardiologist in New Delhi, ordered him to be rushed to England for emergency care. Soon, I was standing outside the London Heart Hospital, watching an ambulance navigate the snarled traffic, sirens wailing.

Just before it arrived on the hospital’s doorstep, one of the accompanying doctors ran up with the news that Maharishi had suddenly died. I rushed to the ambulance, picking up Maharishi’s body – he was frail and light by this time – and carrying him in my arms through London traffic.

I laid him on the floor inside the hospital’s doors and called for a cardio assist. Within minutes he was revived and rushed to intensive care on a respirator and fitted with a pacemaker that took over his heartbeat.

I became his primary caretaker during this crisis, tending to him personally at a private home outside London. It quickly became apparent that he was totally indifferent to his illness, and there was an astonishingly rapid recovery. The hospital expected lasting health problems, but there were apparently none. Within a few months Maharishi was back to his round-the-clock schedule – he rarely slept more than three or four hours a night. When I approached him one day to remind him to take his medications, he gave me a penetrating look. In it I read a message: ‘Do you really think I am this body?’ For me, that was a startling moment, a clue about what higher consciousness may actually be like.

As he saw himself, Maharishi knew that he had come tantalisingly close to changing the world, as close as any non-politician can who doesn’t wage war. He held that humanity could be saved from destruction only by raising collective consciousness. In that sense he was the first person to talk about tipping points and critical mass. If enough people meditated and turned into peaceful citizens of the world, Maharishi believed, walls of ignorance and hatred would fall as decisively as the Berlin Wall. This was his core teaching in the post-Beatles phase of his long career before he died peacefully in seclusion in Holland, at the age of about 91, his following much shrunken, his optimism still intact.

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First Meeting Maharishi (by Deepak Chopra)

It was in 1985, two years after a trip to Rishikesh, that I got an opportunity to meet Maharishi. When my chance came I grew unexpectedly shy. A young psychologist at Harvard, who was doing a study on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for older people, told me about Maharishi’s visit to America for a conference after several years. Would I like to go to Washington, D. C. and be introduced? Whatever else we doctors are, we are not good followers, and I had long since decided not to have a guru. I wouldn’t have started TM if it hadn’t allowed me to meditate on my own. My friend persisted in calling me and wondered at my reluctance. After discussing the invitation with my wife, Rita and I decided that our curiosity was stronger than our timidity. We went.

It was a dim auditorium with over five hundred people and we, with great difficulty, managed to get a glimpse of Maharishi. He was on the stage, dressed in white silk and seated in the lotus position on a divan. He rarely stirred, and even from a distance, his immaculate stillness was obvious.
As he talked, he gestured with a flower in his hand. His voice was unusually varied, rising and falling, often breaking out in a laugh. He spent several hours discussing the revival of Ayurveda with various doctors and Indian pundits. It sounded interesting, but we had a plane to catch. As discreetly as we could, Rita and I walked out.
We felt something between relief and disappointment.On our way out, we stopped for a glass of water, then began to make our way through the lobby. At that moment, the doors to the hall opened and out came Maharishi. He walked fast for his height. A group of people trailed behind him, but without warning he veered away from where they were going, towards the elevator and walked right up to Rita and me. He picked out a long-stemmed red rose from the flowers he was holding and handed it to Rita, then picked another and handed it to me.
“Can you come up?” he asked us. Feeling a little dazed, I looked over at Rita. We were both thinking about our flight home half an hour later. I didn’t know what to say, and I noticed that my heart had started to pound in my chest. “We have a plane to catch, Maharishi,” I said. He laughed. “Oh, can’t you come up?” he repeated. We decided to go and upstairs we found ourselves in a conference room decorated from floor to ceiling in soft pink.
We sat on overstuffed pink chairs; Maharishi sat in the lotus position on a white divan. Rita and I had seen his picture many times, so he seemed familiar to us already. I am short next to many Americans, but he was smaller than me.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a name that suggests a story. Maharishi is a word that combines maha or “great” and rishi or “sage.” The part of the name that we would call a given name is Mahesh. And yogi means “in union.” A man named Mahesh has attained spiritual union with the cosmos and become a great sage.

His manner was quite simple, but at the same time, as he chatted with us, I could not imagine paying attention to anyone else. At a point very early in our meeting, I noticed that my own attention, exposed to his, had become very concentrated. Without any effort, my mind had fallen silent. No thoughts moved through it, and there wasn’t the usual ricochet of stray impressions–just silence. This seemed an extraordinary pleasant state to be in, because I felt completely unself-conscious. It didn’t cross my mind that I carried the burden of my own self-consciousness until that moment. I felt no desire to look important or to impress Maharishi. I didn’t feel the need to be anything at that time. It was sufficient simply to be present.

Maharishi asked us about what we did and I said that I was a doctor and that I had practiced TM for four years. “And what is your specialty?” he asked. I told him it was endocrinology.
“That’s excellent, ” Maharishi said. “It connects everything in the body, doesn’t it? Like a net.” He made an interlocking gesture with his hands. I was impressed he knew that, but he was exactly right.

He then asked, “Do you know a lot about Ayurveda?” I shook my head. “You should learn,” he said, “because it is such a simple way of approaching medicine. Everything around us is change, but it all takes place against a background that is unchanging. Against everything in the relative world is a background of the absolute. Ayurveda says that behind mortality is the aspect of immortality. The goal of Ayurveda is to restore this multiplicity to that absolute, to unity.” Consciousness is our link back to the unchanging, he explained, because our consciousness rises from the absolute in the same way that plants, rocks, and all physical things arise. The raw material for everything in the universe is consciousness.

“Nature thinks the way we do,” I remember Maharishi saying. And that was the key. If Nature is thinking everything the same way, then physical existence is just one theme working its way through a billion variations. The secret was not to be so distracted by the variations that you missed the theme.

“You see?” Maharishi said, “Everything is orderly because everything is intelligence. Food is intelligence and the plants are intelligence. What we take in as nourishment we convert to our own intelligence. Sickness is interrupted intelligence, but we can bring it back into line. That’s all we do from our side. Nature takes care of it.”

Listening to Maharishi was a remarkable experience. He was stitching together, very simply and deftly, a new world which arose from consciousness. A creation in which everything that happens, stars, galaxies, growing grass, eating a meal–come down to an unending transformation of that one intelligence.

Around eleven our meeting came to an end. As a parting gesture he very carefully picked out two more roses. He must have scrutinized a dozen before he found the right ones. He asked us to give them to our children. We took one last glimpse of him in the pink room, and the next minute we were alone in the elevator.

As happy as Rita and I felt, our thoughts turned to the plane that had taken off two hours earlier. On an impulse, we went to the airport anyway. There were no later flights, we were told, but by chance, all the earlier flights had been delayed on the eastern corridor, and our plane was still on the ground. The ticket agent said it was one of the longest delays of the year–we were very lucky. I didn’t know at the time that this would be the beginning of many lucky coincidences surrounding my interactions with Maharishi.

As we headed home, I thought about Ayurveda and Maharishi’s desire for me to get involved in it. Now that I was away from him, my inner silence evaporated, and the buzzing of thoughts started up again. Some silence remained, but now it was spoiled by anxiety. Over and over, a thought repeated itself: “Don’t become an outsider.” I was being asked to look outside science. Perhaps Ayurveda would be the science of tomorrow, but what was it today? I thought about my standing as a doctor. Ayurveda is not licensed medicine in America. I wasn’t being asked to practice Ayurveda, but simply to look into it. A part of me said that I had a lot to lose.

Another part, the part at home in silence, didn’t have an opinion. It saw no problems at all.
I lay in bed thinking about Maharishi himself. The tradition of wisdom in India has been passed down from one person to another, from teacher to disciple. This may seem a more fragile way than written records, but in reality it has been much more durable. The teacher, or acharya, embodies the truth he talked about. If he can effectively teach it, his disciple becomes the next embodiment, and in that way, generation after generation the living links are forged. The truth may sink from public light, but somewhere it is flowing through a sage. A mind that is truly enlightened does not think of the truth, it creates it. That is why a true acharya is very rare.

I had no doubt, after practicing his meditation, that Maharishi was anything less than his name implied. He was a great sage, a knower and teacher of reality. It wasn’t necessary for me to seek him out as a guru, because, by a stroke of genius, Maharishi had compressed the spiritual teacher and placed him inside every meditator. Maharishi taught that if we want to look for the one who will enlighten us, we do not have to go beyond our own inner doorstep. What greater gift of knowledge could there be?

David Lynch: Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain [updated June 18. 2012]

The inside story on transcending the brain, with David Lynch, Award-winning film director of Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mullholland Drive, Inland Empire (filming); John Hagelin, Ph.D., Quantum physicist featured in “What the bleep do we know?;” and Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition Maharishi University of Management. [events] [artshumanities] Credits: producers:UC Berkeley Educational Technology Services, speaker:David Lynch, speaker:John Hagelin, Ph.D., speaker:Fred Travis, Ph.D.

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