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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi : A Profile

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a controversial guru, associated with Transcendental Meditation and the Beatles.

Maharishi graduated from Allahabad University with a degree in physics. He studied for thirteen years with Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math. Then in 1955, after spending two years in silence in the Himalayas, he began teaching his Transcendental Meditation technique. In 1957 Maharishi founded the Transcendental Meditation (or TM) movement and began the first of his many world tours to bring his technique to people on all continents. He has written a number of books on Vedic wisdom and the Vedas as the science of consciousness.

Maharishi has used modern technology to further his teachings -- he has created the Maharishi Open University as an online teaching outlet, he has a weekly video press conference and uses satellite and the Internet for his Maharishi Broadcasting.

He also initiated a new type of currency, the RAAM.

 

A Glimpse of Maharishi's Achievements
Over Forty Years Around the World
(1957-1998)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as the foremost scientist in the field of consciousness, and considered to be the greatest teacher in the world today. Maharishi has completely restored the thousands of years-old scattered Vedic Literature for the total significance of its theory and practice, and has organized it in the form of a complete science of consciousness.

Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology unfolds the full potential of Natural Law in human consciousness as the basis of improving all areas of life.

The Transcendental Meditation® program, the subjective technology of Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology, is the most widely practiced and extensively researched program of self-development in the world.

Maharishi is now establishing Maharishi Vedic Universities and Maharishi Vedic Schools throughout the world to offer mastery over Natural Law to every individual and to perpetuate life in accordance with Natural Law -- perfection in every profession -- and create Natural Law based problem-free government in every country -- governments with the ability to prevent problems.

 

1957: Maharishi founds the world-wide Spiritual Regeneration Movement.

1957-1967: Maharishi introduces research in the field of consciousness and brings to light seven states of consciousness.

1970: The first scientific research validating the effects of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation programme is published in the international scientific journals Science and Scientific American.

1972: Maharishi inaugurates his World Plan and creates a new science -- the Science of Consciousness, the Science of Creative Intelligence, training 2,000 teachers of this science [by now 40,000] to bring the timeless message of Transcending to all parts of the globe.

1975: Maharishi discovers the Constitution of the Universe -- the lively potential of Natural Law -- in Rk Ved, and discovers the structuring dynamics of Rk Ved in the entire Vedic Literature.

On the basis of the discovery of the Maharishi Effect, Maharishi celebrates the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment around the world, with grand celebrations on all continents.

India's Lok Sabha issues a proclamation, one of many issued by governments around the globe, commending Maharishi's world-wide activities.

1976: Maharishi creates a World Government for the Age of Enlightenment with its sovereignty in the domain of consciousness and authority in the invincible power of Natural Law.

Maharishi introduces the TM-Sidhi Programme and the experience of bubbling bliss in Yogic Flying to create supreme mind-body co-ordination in the individual and coherence in world consciousness.

1978: Maharishi inaugurates the "Ideal Society Campaign in 108 Countries".

Maharishi creates the World Peace Project, sending teams of Yogic Flyers to the most troubled areas of the world, to calm the violence through their self-referral performance of the Transcendental Meditation & TM-Sidhi programme.

Maharishi formulates his Absolute Theories of Government, Education, Health, Defence, Economy, Management, and Law and Order to raise every area of life to perfection.

1980: Maharishi brings to light the commentary of Rk Veda, Apaurusheya Bhashya, as the self-generating, self-perpetuating structure of consciousness.

1981: Maharishi organises the centuries-old scattered Vedic Literature as the literature of a perfect science -- Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology.

1984: The first group of 7,000 Yogic Flyers gathers in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. Scientific research on this assembly validates Maharishi's prediction that when the square root of one percent of the world's population practices the TM-Sidhi programme, including Yogic Flying, together in one place, positive trends increase and negative tendencies decrease throughout the whole world.

1985: Maharishi brings to light the full potential of Ayur-Veda, Gandharva Veda, Dhanur-Veda, Sthapatya Veda, and Jyotish to create a disease-free and problem-free family of nations.

1988: Maharishi formulates his Master Plan to Create Heaven on Earth for the reconstruction of the whole world, inner and outer.

Maharishi brings to light Supreme Political Science to introduce automation in administration and create conflict-free politics and a problem-free government in every country.

Maharishi inspires the formation of a new political party, the Natural Law Party, in an increasing number of countries throughout the world, to enrich and support national law with Natural Law.

1993: Maharishi inaugurates Global Ram Raj.

Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Government and his practical formula "A Group for a Government" -- gaining support of Natural Law by creating and maintaining a group of Yogic Flyers -- is verified politically in Mozambique and scientifically by a multi-million dollar experiment Washington, DC in the USA.

Maharishi discovers the Veda and Vedic Literature in human physiology, establishing the grand unity of all material diversity of creation -- of all sciences and of all religions.

Maharishi establishes Maharishi Vedic Universities and Maharishi Ayur-Veda Universities throughout the world to offer mastery over Natural Law on every level of education -- perfection in every profession.

1994: Maharishi introduces programmes for prevention in the fields of health and security, to create healthy national life and an invincible armour of defence for the nation through the creation of a PREVENTION WING of Yogic Flyers in the military of every country.

1995: Maharishi establishes Maharishi University of Management in the U.S.A., Japan, Holland, and Russia and introduces his Corporate Revitalisation Programme.

The State Assembly of Madhya Pradesh, India, unanimously passes an Act establishing MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI VEDIC VISHWAVIDYALAYA (Maharishi Vedic University) in Madhya Pradesh, offering total knowledge of Natural Law as available in the Veda and Vedic Literature.

1996: Maharishi establishes a new system of health care -- Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health -- the complete and perfect system of prevention and cure of disease, which handles health from the field of the inner intelligence of the body.

Maharishi inaugurates a programme to establish a Global Administration through Natural Law, Maharishi Vedic Vishwa Prashasan, inviting all concerned citizens to join a People's United Nations and bring invincibility and self-sufficiency to every country on earth.

1997: Maharishi establishes his Global Administration through Natural Law, with 12 Time Zone Capitals around the world.

Maharishi Global Construction Company is established in many countries to reconstruct the world in the light of the Vedic Principles of Construction -- Sthapatya Veda, Vastu Vidya -- building in accord with Natural Law.

On Guru Purnima Day 1997, Maharishi Global Development Fund, with a projected budget of US $100 billion was inaugurated as a perpetual fund to finance the reconstruction of the whole world.

1998: Professor Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., is awarded his weight in gold for his historic discovery that the totality of Veda and Vedic Literature, along with all the Devatas and the whole cosmos, is located in the physiology of every human being.

The Maharishi Channel -- Maharishi Veda Vision -- begins broadcasts in India, bringing a new light of Heaven on Earth, Vedic Civilization returning, a time of peace and happiness dawning.

Maharishi Open University is founded, opening the gateway of Total Knowledge of Natural Law for everyone, everywhere, in their own homes via a network of eight satellites broadcasting to every country on earth.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as the foremost scientist in the field of consciousness, and considered to be the greatest teacher in the world today. Maharishi has completely restored the thousands of years-old scattered Vedic Literature for the total significance of its theory and practice, and has organized it in the form of a complete science of consciousness.

Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology unfolds the full potential of Natural Law in human consciousness as the basis of improving all areas of life.

The Transcendental Meditation® program, the subjective technology of Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology, is the most widely practiced and extensively researched program of self-development in the world.

Maharishi is now establishing Maharishi Vedic Universities and Maharishi Vedic Schools throughout the world to offer mastery over Natural Law to every individual and to perpetuate life in accordance with Natural Law -- perfection in every profession -- and create Natural Law based problem-free government in every country -- governments with the ability to prevent problems.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi
 

THE INTERVIEW

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What the TM technique is, how it works - and the goal

Since Maharishi first introduced the Transcendental Meditation Programme in 1957, his message has always been practical and direct: Within everyone is an unlimited reservoir of energy, intelligence, and happiness - and living that reality is the birthright of everyone. Maharishi brought out the TM technique as a simple, effortless procedure to harness this untapped potential. The technique, Maharishi said, could be easily learned by anyone of any age, culture, religion, or educational background. Today, five million people practice the Transcendental Meditation Programme and the technique is a household word around the world. In the following interview, Maharishi discusses the nature of the mind and how the TM technique works.

Maharishi, would you summarise your message?
The nature of life is bliss. Everyone is born to enjoy, we are not born to suffer. We have been hearing for centuries past that there is great potentiality hidden within everyone. It is hidden in us not because it is difficult to bring out, but simply because we are not bringing it out, that is all. The storehouse of all wisdom, creativity, peace, and happiness is there - the brain of man is equipped with the ability to experience absolute bliss, absolute happiness, absolute peace, absolute creativity, absolute wisdom. The absolute field of life can be fathomed and experienced and lived constantly by everyone. The only one thing to be done is to add Transcendental Meditation as part of the daily routine.

What is the Transcendental Meditation technique?
Transcendental Meditation is a very natural, effortless procedure to take the mind to the source of the thinking process, where the mind becomes pure consciousness. It’s like a wave settling down on the ocean, and then the wave becomes the unbounded ocean. So too, the thinking mind settles down in the state of pure consciousness. And this field of pure consciousness is a field of infinite creativity, intelligence, and bliss. It is the pure field of natural law. When the mind comes out of meditation, it comes out with more energy, more creativity and intelligence, and behaves more and more according to natural law.

Why is it effortless?
Transcendental Meditation is effortless because it is natural. It is based on a simple principle that the natural tendency of the human mind is to go to a field of greater happiness. We do not need training to go to a field of greater happiness. If you are listening to one radio playing and another radio starts playing a more attractive melody, no training is necessary to stop listening to the first radio and to listen to a better melody. Before the question of training can arise, you are already enjoying.

This technique of Transcendental Meditation is just how to turn the mind in the right direction. How to turn the mind just 180 degrees. One step in this inward direction toward the ocean of happiness inside and the mind finds increasing charm. This increasing charm attracts the mind by itself. The mind is pulled by the gravity of great happiness in that direction. It is a spontaneous march of the mind inward towards the field of bliss.

How is the Transcendental Meditation Programme different from other forms of meditation?
It does not require any concentration or control of the mind. Concentration brings tension. Concentration is a static process. Transcendental Meditation is a dynamic process that takes the mind from grosser levels to subtler levels of thought.

Can anyone learn the TM technique? What does it require?
It requires just the desire to learn, and as anything is learned from a teacher, so, too, Transcendental Meditation is learned from a teacher. For these past 40 years, millions of people have learned TM and they are gaining enlightenment.

What do you mean by enlightenment?
Enlightenment means lack of darkness, absence of darkness. And absence of darkness means no mistakes, no weakness, no shortcomings - success is everywhere, fulfilment of desire is everywhere. That is enlightenment. When one is living in full accord with natural law, spontaneously supported by nature, then we are not in the dark about anything. This is enlightenment.

Some people may say that they don’t have time to meditate, they have so much to do.
This kind of attitude is only due to not knowing how to perform action with greatest vigour, how to be successful in action, how to enjoy more and more, to enjoy permanently and in all aspects of life.

Take a simple example. If we want to shoot an arrow with great force ahead, just grasp the arrow and pull it back. Some person who doesn’t know about shooting the arrow with force will say, "What are you doing? You have to shoot the arrow that way. Don’t pull it back!" Out of ignorance he cries out, "Oh, I have no time to sit and meditate. I have so much to do in the world, where is there time to meditate? Why waste time, we are active people."

Transcendental Meditation is a process of creating a situation so that all aspects of life begin to be worthwhile. By pulling the arrow back, we are creating a situation where the force will be greater. Transcendental Meditation brings the mind to that field of silence, but that silence is a reservoir of all creativity, intelligence, dynamism. If we want the mind to be more active in the world, the process is to naturally pull it back, pull it back, pull it back to the extent that it can be pulled back to its own source, Transcendental Consciousness. Release it from there and the release will be a tremendous force—any thought will be realised.

What do you mean by "Transcendental Consciousness?"
Transcendental Consciousness - calm, quiet, collected state of consciousness—is that level of life where the full creative potential of natural law is lively, and from where all the streams of activity emerge in the most orderly way. It is the unified field of natural law. Quantum theory has established that there is one unified field of all the laws of nature at the basis of all creativity. So when one transcends, one gets to that level of intelligence that is all knowingness. This is enlightenment. And one spontaneously begins to think better. Better means in every way - right for everyone, useful for everyone, and quickly achieving the desire. That is enlightenment.

Source http://www.natural-law-party.net/special_progr/interview_with_maharishi.htm
 

Maharishi's Vedic Science

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The fundamental knowledge of Maharishi Vedic University is Maharishi's Vedic Science, which contains the knowledge of Natural Law and its practical applications in the 40 areas of Veda and the Vedic Literature--total knowledge of Natural Law in its most concentrated form.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Maharishi Vedic University, defines his Vedic Science:

"My Vedic Science is the science of Veda.

Veda means knowledge. Therefore, my Vedic Science, the science of Veda, is the science of complete knowledge.

Knowledge results from the coming together of the knower, the process of knowing, and the object of knowing--knowledge blossoms in the togetherness of knower, process of knowing, and known. Therefore, knowledge is the Unified Field of knower, process of knowing, and known; therefore,

My Vedic Science, the science of knowledge, is the science of the Unified Field of knower, process of knowing, and known.

In Vedic terms, the Unified Field is called SAMHITA, the knower is called RISHI, the process of knowing is called DEVATA, and the known is called CHHANDAS; therefore,

My Vedic Science, the science of the Unified Field of knower, process of knowing, and known, is the science of Samhita of Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas. As the Samhita of Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas is available to us as Rik Veda Samhita, my Vedic Science is the science of Rik Veda.

Those who practise the Transcendental Meditation technique have the experience that Transcendental Consciousness is unbounded awareness--it is pure wakefulness; it is fully awake within itself; it knows only itself and nothing else.

Knowing itself only, Transcendental Consciousness is the knower, it is the process of knowing, and also it is the known--it is all three itself--it is togetherness of the knower, knowing, and known. It is the Samhita of Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas; therefore,

My Vedic Science, the science of the Samhita of Rishi, Devata, Chhandas, is the science of Transcendental Consciousness, which is self-referral consciousness, or pure consciousness; therefore,

My Vedic Science is the Science of Consciousness."

(from Vedic Knowledge for Everyone, 1994, pp. 154-157).

Maharishi's Vedic Science is a complete science in that it gives complete understanding and experience of all three components of knowledge--the knower, the process of knowing, and the known.

Maharishi's Vedic Science unfolds the knowledge of knower, process of knowing, and known through study and direct experience of their unified basis, called in terms of Vedic Science, Samhita--Transcendental Consciousness, the total potential of creative intelligence. In terms of modern physics, Transcendental Consciousness is understood as the Unified Field of Natural Law, the self-interacting field of intelligence at the basis of all the Laws of Nature.

RAAM—The Global Development Currency

http://www.globalcountry.org/EasyWeb.asp?pcpid=1521

On the auspicious occasion of Vijayaa Dashami, Oct 26, 2001, the Day of Victory according to the Vedic Calendar, Maharishi Global Financing, The Netherlands, issued the RAAM, the Global Development Currency of the Global Country of World Peace.

The RAAM is already in limited circulation, side by side with the Euro, for residents of The Netherlands through a special issue of RAAM NL (see prospectus); it is being used as a local currency in Vedic City, Iowa, USA, side by side with the Dollar; and it will be made available to all the cities and countries of the world where it is welcome as a currency, in conformity with all the applicable rules and regulations of those countries.

Agreements have recently been made, for instance, with a farmers' association in South America and with traditional leaders in Africa to start using the RAAM as the Farmers' Currency for agricultural development projects. The RAAM will act as a catalyst in the field of economy, enabling the development projects to start, and transforming itself into hard currency after the export of the crops.

In Holland, the RAAM NL is already exchangeable for Euros at a fixed rate of 10 Euros per RAAM at the Roermond branch of Fortis bank, one of the 20 largest financial institutions in Europe.

World Peace Bonds, backed by RAAM, are available in Europe for residents of Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. In the USA World Peace Bonds are available in 35 states and territories. Proceeds from these bonds will be used to accommodate and permanently maintain peace-creating experts in 3,000 major cities of the world though the cultivation of agricultural lands producing healthy organic food

Source : http://www.maharishi.org/overview/vedic_science.html

One case regarding TM

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Excerpted from TM-EX Newsletters, Fall 1990, Spring 1991, Summer 1991, Summer 1992

GERMAN STUDY..........and comments of ...Pat Ryan .....

The Various Implications Arising From the Practice of Transcendental Meditation

On May 29, 1989 the West German High court ruled the study valid.

Excerpts:

1.6.2.6 THE MANTRA AND STANDARDIZATION OF THE PROCEDURE OF THE MEDITATION Meditation with the help of a mantra is a common method and one in great demand in Hinduism. This is because of the belief in the magical power of certain sounds or words, by the use of which the initiated can attain godly powers. On account of this the mantra must be kept secret. Although it is said in the TM movement that the mantra is a sound without meaning, the belief in the magical power of the mantra is still maintained. It may not be exchanged, and has to be a certain one chosen from Hinduism, which, according to its also does have a traditional meaning: (for example a Hindu god). In order to resolve the conflict between religiosity and scientific appearances, Maharishi has deliberately mechanized and standardized his meditation procedure. He has made it useful for the needs of the westerner. The type of mantra given depends on age, and the mantra is supposed to function automatically. The checking of mistakes in the practice of meditation, (called ``checking'') also follows a 30 point procedure. This standardization finds its theoretical expression in orgin, the description: ``The mechanical path to God-realization.'' It is the highest and most complete path to God-realization, which in public is often paraphrased as self-realization by the TM movement.

This interest in the occult and parapsychological phenomena, as well as the central role of evolution is their epistemology. This shows an inner relationship with Aurobindo's teachings. A more detailed analysis would almost certainly lead to the conclusion that TM is very closely related to particular strands of neo-Hinduism, more than would appear at first glance. But a strong westernization has been intended from the start, evident up to the standardization of the meditation process.~

4.1.9 The initial positive meditation experiences together with the promises and encouragement of the TM movement lead many to take further courses. In these courses they become more deeply involved in the teaching and ideology of transcendental meditation. They believe in the effectiveness of TM even when in the meantime negative experiences and results are evident. These are interpreted as an on-going release of stress. Far reaching changes in the perception of reality occurred, as well as changes in self-evaluation and evaluation by others. The length of time given to meditation each day increased in half of the total cases, from 40 minutes to at least two to four hours daily; in one case to more than eight hours. This tendency is encouraged in courses, this at times being a direct instruction to meditate longer each day. As well as this meditators invest more time and energy in the TM movement.

4.3.3 TM has a detrimental effect on the decision making process. There is loss of self-determination and a turning toward the TM authorities for guidance, i.e. in the case of important decisions. Also, the variables, facial expression, bodily posture, voice and handwriting point to the fact that the total personality is gravely altered under the influence of TM.

4.5.4 Whereas before the TM phase performance at school was well above average, and those investigated were most happy with their school or job situation, a considerable worsening in these areas occurred as a result of the practice of transcendental meditation. 56% had decreased concentration abilities during the TM phase, only 16% reported an improvement. 61% found it more difficult to manage the workload, as against 13% who reported an increased capacity. TM had a negative influence on the professional careers of 58% of meditators. Altogether 28 meditators (42%) gave up their studies or professional career in order to work full time for the TM movement or to be able to go on long courses. They did this on the basis of promises made them by the movement. An analysis of the taped interviews and the stenographer's scripts only serve to strengthen the suspicion that the TM organization aims at cheap labor, which in the case of those people who became unfit to work in the course of time, can be sent away again without any real difficulty.

4.6.6 In 76% of cases psychological disorders and illnesses occurred, 9% of meditators had had therapeutic treatment before the TM phase, 43% had psychiatric treatment or had to have medical treatment during the TM phase. The psychological disorders most prevalent were tiredness (63%), ``states of anxiety'' (52%), depression (45%), nervousness (39%), and regression (39%). 26% had a nervous breakdown and 20% expressed serious suicidal tendencies. Psychological illness already present before the TM phase worsened considerably. TM can cause mental illness or at the very least prepare the way for the onset of mental illness. A lack of opportunity for the treatment of meditation experiences and/or altered perception of reality create suitable conditions for a pathogenic appearance. Added to this is the heightened delicacy and increasing helplessness in the personality of the meditator, which can develop into a complete depersonalization.

5.3.2 Karma and Stress. Maharishi had the idea of giving the hinduistic concept "karma" the same significance as the concept of "stress." In doing this, "stress" was attributed (in a westernized form), hinduistic-religious concepts. TM had, for the western world, the key with which all positive and negative aspects of life could be afforded a paritcular significance. All negative effects of the meditation are attributed to "bad karma" or "knots of stress," when they occur in meditators. When either during or after the meditation a meditator feels unwell, he is, according to TM theory, "unstressing." TM doctors diagnose this.

Whoever walks the road of "unstressing" should personally avoid all possible outside causes of stress, since the atmosphere (around him) could lead to a negative accumulation and consequently a hindering of his own development.

The personal unstressing on the part of the meditator has as a consequence a reduction in contact with people and a reduction in relationships. We can deduce here that the western concept of "stress" (the curing of which constitutes a large part of the promises made in TM advertising), has its cause in "karma." This "relationship" between the two is only known to insiders.

5.6.4 The suspicion grows that the meditation offered by TM, caused, in the meditators' cases which we have investigated, a far reaching alteration in the view of reality, which damages or causes further damage to social relationships, the drive to achieve (motivation) is considerably lessened, to the degree that practical work (i.e. in a job) becomes intolerable to the meditator, in addition to all conditions brought about by the intense practice of the meditation, it gives rise to physical and mental damage.

7.1.2 DECEPTION IN THE INITIATION INTO TM Even at the beginning of the new meditator's contact with TM, he is being knowingly deceived. The true meaning of the puja is kept from him and it is claimed that mantras are specially chosen for the new initiates. In fact they are given out according to the age group of the person being initiated. Only one person knew during the initiation ceremony that the puja was a religious invocation. None of the meditators knew what the translation of the puja was, which is celebrated in Sanskrit during the ceremony. All ex-meditators in our study were told that the mantra was a sound without meaning and none knew that the mantra was given out in a standardized way (i.e. other people of the same age would receive the same mantra). Every meditator kept the mantra a secret. That they all kept the mantra to themselves is an indication of the strong influence of TM and a foundation of further unquestioning obedience to TM directives.

7.5 SIDHA-LANDS In recent years there has been effort made by the TM movement to set up economically self-sufficient Sidhalands, in which meditators live and meditate, as well as having the opportunity to work in one of the TM concerns set up there. This institutionalization reflects the real attitudes of meditators. The attitude of the emigrant, who withdraws from all areas of social intercourse and can finally only be happy in his meditation and its institutionalized form. One of TM's formula/mottos, to `meditate and be active' is fulfilled in the Sidha-lands. The double-talk employed by TM would rule out an ordinary interpretation of this last sentence, i.e. that meditation is only fulfilled or effective when the meditator engages in energetic activity. Although TM gives this impression by its use of everyday language in its advertising, what TM really means by `meditate and be active' is something completely different. The meditation and activity are directed solely towards TM and its organization. Only when directed towards the organization can a meditator engage in meaningful activity, and in doing this he will also work effectively for his own evolution. Therefore it is not an activity in the social sense (social welfare) which is required, rather an activity in accord with ``evolution'' and ``the laws of nature''. Sidhalands offer the opportunity of undisturbed meditation, far away from outside influence. In a sidhaland a person can wish himself anything he desires; the Sidhaland becomes a land of milk and honey.

JUDGMENT OF GERMAN COURT

The ruling of the highest federal administrative tribunal, the Bundesverwaltungsgericht on May 24, 1989 in Case number 7 C 2.87 is:

1) The Federal Government is competent and allowed to care about cults.

2) The Federal Government is allowed to warn of TM.

3) The Federal Government is allowed to designate TM a ``Youth Religion'' as well as a ``Psychogroup.''

4) The Federal Government is allowed to say that TM is taught by teachers who are not qualified [to deal with the TM problems].

5) The Federal Government is allowed to say TM can cause psychic defects or destruction of personality.

The Various Implications Arising From The Practice of Transcendental Meditation

The study was commissioned by the German Government Ministry of Youth, Family and Health, the physical and social implications of the practice of TM being of primary interest. The investigation has as its aim to systematically establish the motives of an individual for beginning TM, the implications of the practice for this individual and his social circle, as well as to pinpoint the reasons for a voluntary or involuntary ceasing of TM meditation, or, in some cases, individuals distancing themselves from the movement. Moreover the relationship between the underlying world view, inherent in TM, and the practice as presented to the public was analyzed as to its effect on some individuals. The study offers an introduction into the teaching and practice of TM based on the movement's own presentation of itself and its aims, which in turn lead to the hidden religious background. [Editor's Note: A translation is available from TM-EX .]~

Source : http://www.trancenet.org/chopra/news/plagoverview.shtml

 

Quotes

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Expansion of happiness is the purpose of creation and we are all here to enjoy and radiate happiness everywhere."
-Maharishi

"I have brought from the Himalayas the fulfillment of every man's need in this fast tempo of modern living."
-Maharishi 1959

Life is naturally full. It is Bliss.
If you are not living this then, come on, here is the technique."

-Maharishi 1971

"By the grace of my master, I have found a simple technique, a simple formula, to transform the inner man to the great height of the spiritual level, and to bring it to every man everywhere, I have come out."
-Maharishi 1960

Enjoy your life and be happy.
Being happy is of the utmost importance.
Success in anything is through happiness.
More support of nature comes from being happy.
Under all circumstances be happy, even if you have to force it a bit to change some long standing habits.
Just think of any negativity that comes to you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss.
You may not always have an ocean of bliss, but think that way anyway and it will help it come.
Doubting is not blissful and does not create happiness.
Be happy, healthy, and let all that love flow through your heart."
-Maharishi, 1987

Appreciation

"When you are appreciating creation as much as the Creator, then the Creator will ask, 'Who is appreciating my creation as much as me. Let me see this person.' " (August, 1970 Humboldt College

Attention

"What you put your attention on grows strong in your life."

Attitude

"We must take situations as they are. We must only change our mental attitudes towards them."

Behaviour

"People are influenced by what we are, what we radiate. This has greater appeal than what we say."

Business

"Life is all business. Spend your energy to get joy, happiness, evolution, and to gain more ability to enjoy. In this field we spend our energy. We never use our time, energy, speech, or ability to do something that doesn't help us grow and improve our life. It's not worth it."

Capitalism

"Competition is for the competent."

Cognition

"There is nothing in the cosmos, either in the material plane or the spiritual plane which cannot be directly cognized."

Defeat

"If we think of defeat, that's what we'll get.
If we are undecided then nothing will happen for us.
We must just pick something GREAT to do, and then DO it.
Never think of failure at all, for as we think now, that's what we'll get." 

Desires

"Decide what you want and don't think of the intermediary conditions. When Nature works for us we should want what we want and Nature will work it out for us."

" Keep your desire turning back within and be patient.
Allow the fulfilment to come to you.
Gently resist the temptation to chase your dreams into the world;
pursue them in your heart until they disappear into the Self, and leave them there.
It may take a little self-discipline, be simple, be kind, stay rested.
Attend to your own inner-health and happiness.
Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.
Allow your love to nourish yourself as well as others.
Do not strain after your needs of life - it is sufficient to be quietly alert and aware of them.
In this way life proceeds more naturally, effortlessly.
Life is here to enjoy."

Detractors

"When the elephant decides to walk through the village, all the dogs come out and bark."

Doubt

"Doubts are death."
"Doubts are the dry rot of life."

Eating - Grace

"In Thy fullness, my Lord,
Filled with thy grace,
For the purpose of union with Thee
And to satisfy and glorify Thy creation,
With thanks to Thee with all our hearts
And with all our love for Thee,
With all adoration for all Thy blessings
We accept thy gift as it has come to us.
The food is Thy blessing and in Thy service
We accept in all gratitude, my Lord."

Effectiveness

"Naturalness is the basis of effectiveness."

Focus

"It is the focus on the highest ideal day after day that saves life from being wrapped up in small whirlwinds."

Freedom

"All freedom to man, but freedom is useful when we know what life is, when we know what past is, what present is, when we know how to go about things, not that every man should be left to experiment by himself."

Free Will

"Well, you see, it is like this. Absolutely everything is fixed, and absolutely everything can be changed at any time."

Fulfilment

·  "Fulfilment is structured in achievement,

·         Achievement is structured in action,

·         Action is structured in thinking,

·         Thinking is structured in knowledge,

·         Knowledge is structured in consciousness"

Goals

"Decide what you want and don't think of intermediary conditions. When Nature works for us, we should want what we want and Nature will work it out for us."

Happiness

"We have an infinite number of reasons to be happy, and a serious responsibility not be serious."

Humility

"About humility we speak with an analogy: When the branches are full of fruit, they just bow down."

Impossible?

"What we have been saying from the beginning of the Movement has been unbelievable but it has come to be believed. We have been impossible right from the beginning and we must continue to be impossible because we are raising a voice against suffering which has been considered to be the nature of life. It is our joy to be considered impossible - and it is our greater joy to make the impossible a living reality."

Intelligence

"Everything is an expression of our own intelligence. Through simple, innocent, natural unbounded awareness - fullness of Self, all is accomplished -

  •          Devotion

  •          Positive influence on the entire universe

  •          Nourishment of nature - thus gain the support of all the laws of nature

  •          Effectiveness

  •          Fulfilment of responsibility

  •          Togetherness in dynamism

  •          Revelation of underlying principles of life

  •          Following the routine without rigidity

  •          Elimination of individual's weaknesses.

Only we should not be influenced by the winds." - (December 1983)

Karma

"If you want to pay off your debts, it pays to increase your earning power."
 

Life

"Life is bliss.
"Man is born to enjoy."
"Human nervous system is the greatest gift of the creator."

Love

"Love opens all doors, no matter how closed they may be, no matter how rusty from lack of use. Your work is to bring unity and harmony, to open all doors which have been closed for a long time. Have patience and tolerance. Open your heart all the time."
"Personal love is concentrated universal love."
"Love in the heart of man is a shrine to God on Earth."

Meditation

"Meditate and enjoy."
"TM in the am and the pm."
"Water the root to enjoy the fruit."
"20 minutes in the bank, all day in the market place."

Mission

"I will fill the world with love and create Heaven on Earth." (1959)

Nature

"Nature supports right action."
"Nature works in parallel ways."
"The nature of life is to more and more."
"If a man is able to submit himself to nature, then nature will react to his needs. Almighty nature is all powerful and all loving, for the laws of nature are for the creation and evolution of all beings and creatures throughout the cosmos. There is no greater kindness than the kindness of nature."

Opinions

"Do not base your life on the likings and dislikings or whims of others. What you are in life - whether you enjoy or suffer - it is your own responsibility. Be regular in your meditation and do not postpone for a later date your striving for God consciousness."

Opposition

"Do not oppose because in opposing the tenderness of the feeling level is crushed.
All action should be to nourish the fine feeling developed in the practice of the TM sidhi program.
That is why we say Speak the Truth but see that you are speaking delicately.
Do not speak non-truth and do not speak in a non sweet way, so that the feeling is nourished.
The whole effect of activity is to enrich the feeling of the other.
Be as delicate as possible.
If communication accomplishes something on the gross but damages something on the level of feeling then it is a spiritual loss!
The feeling is more important for life.
Nourishment of the feeling level is the basis for growth of the spiritual holistic value.
Delicate behaviour on the surface should be such as to nourish, uphold and enhance the Transcendental value where feelings merge into a common source.
Do not oppose.
Opposition is dangerous to immortality."

Organisation

"Nature knows best how to organise."

Politics

"Only a new seed will yield a new crop."

Planning

"Know what you want, decide when you want it, figure your plan of action, follow through on it, and never doubt."
"Unless an action is rightly thought out and its steps rightly planned, every stage of its performance will probably remain vague and therefore unsatisfactory for the doer and all those concerned."

Problems

"Problems are all in your head."
"Problems are not solved on the level of problems. Analysing a problem to find its solution is like trying to restore freshness to a leaf by treating the leaf itself, whereas the solution lies in watering the root."
"All problems in life arise from some weakness of mind. All weakness of mind is due to the mind's ignorance of its own essential nature, which is universal and the source of infinite energy and intelligence. ... In order to root out any problem of life it is only necessary to be brought out of ignorance, to be brought to knowledge."

Progress

"Well begun is half done."
"That which comes slow comes solid."

Punishment

"We are born only to bless, not to punish.
This you should never forget.
We should always see good things in others - very important.
We are not in a position to criticize anyone.
The existence of enemies means for us that our friendliness has not been sufficient enough.
'God helps those who help themselves.' - it's a very true saying.
We are aware of darkness but for our own community we want to have Enlightenment."

Purpose

"The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness."
Asked why he brought TM to the West "For bliss."

Reincarnation

Asked if he believed in reincarnation: "I am opposed to it."
Another time (holding a flower): "One carnation is enough."

Relationship

"Ideal relationship is based on giving."

Responsibility

"Responsibility can never be given. It can only be taken."
"See the job, do the job, stay out of the misery."

Rules of Life

Maharishi's nine rules of life:

1.      Don't analyze

2.      Don't complain

3.      Don't compare yourself to others

4.      Don't expect things to be done for you

5.      Don't expect perfection in the relative

6.      Look to the knowledge aspect daily

7.      Own the movement

8.      Problems are all in your head

9.      Hold yourself together

Results

"The formula for producing maximum results is to disregard the obstacles and negative influences which offer resistance to the performance of action. The doer should engage in action and continue until the desired results are achieved. When the standard of consciousness is raised through the process of meditation, the action performed at that higher level of life energy and intelligence will have an overriding influence on karma from the past and will produce maximum results.
This is how, by the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation supplemented by the power of charity and virtuous deeds, the negative influence of past karma can be counteracted and the path of present karma smoothed. Then the action will be performed without resistance or obstacle, yielding maximum results.
This is how, by the power of present action or karma, destiny is controlled. Herein lies the full meaning of the saying that man is a master of his own destiny."

Right and Wrong

"We don't do what we know is wrong."

Seriously

"There is nothing in life to take seriously except the joy of life".

Sleep

"Sleep in the bliss of God.
Feel love of God, Lie in the showers of his blessings.
Let your heart melt in the love of God.
Sleep in the love of God and in Love.
Sleep in the warmth of Divine Grace,
Without my words -- only in this feeling"
 

Stress

"There is nothing that can be said so certainly about stress except that the amount of rest produced will neutralise the corresponding intensity of stress."

Success

"The secret of success is conviction and persistence."
"The secret of success in business is creativity. The urgent need in business today is to develop the field of creativity that lies deep within each individual. Through Transcendental Meditation the awareness of the individual comes into contact with this field of unlimited creativity, pure consciousness, the Constitution of the Universe."

Teaching

"The most effective teachers embody the teaching they give out."
"A good teacher will appreciate the good qualities of his students. If one good quality is allowed to emerge, a world of good qualities will emerge from that one."

Time

"The factor of time is very vital in life. Those who have accomplished great things in the world have been those who valued time in their life. The time of life is limited and a great amount of evolution has to be accomplished for fulfilment of life. Therefore, the factor of time must be valued above everything."

Vedas

"This is the whole aim of the Vedas: that no man engaged in the field of diversity--field of diversity means field of death, field of change--no man engaged in the field of change should ever be allowed to remain there all the time. He should be given the opportunity, his body and mind should be cultured so that imperishable state of eternal Being permeates all these changing phenomena in the relative world."

War

"God grants us the faculty to open ourselves to peace. If we don't then we are responsible if wars continue."

Why dogs look like their owners (and vice-versa)

"What you see you become."

Winds of change

"If we are all strong, stable, we can set our sail with any wind in the world that comes along. We make up our own direction. If we are not strong, we are like a leaf in the wind and the world's winds will take us where THEY wish, not where WE wish. So we meditate, EVERY DAY, REGULARLY, and gain transcendental being in our everyday life and then we are strong. When we are all infused with Being, we need not think which course is right, we just take the one that is automatically. Being is the wind-resister and the sail-setter..."
 

Wisdom

"It is the responsibility of the older generation to advise the young, to tell the child what is right and wrong. Even if they do not want to listen to follow our direction, it is right to tell them."

Yoga Asanas

"In thy presence, O Lord,
Filled with Thy grace,
I am starting Yoga Asanas.
Grant me good health, energy, and efficiency in Life.
I feel Thy presence, Thy divine grace."

Source : http://homepages.tesco.net/~d.saunders/TMCafe/Quotes.htm 

 

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Founder of Maharishi University of Management - from Maharishi University of Management in USA website.

History of Maharishi's World-wide movement - concisely writen and hosted on the TM-Ireland website.

Maharishi's message is as old as mankind: the basis of life is unbounded Bliss. This can be effortlessly experienced by everyone in daily life regardless of age, culture, or beliefs. This experience of Bliss provides many practical benefits for everyone. Only a simple, effortless procedure need be taught. From the AllTM.org website.

Maharishi answers questions on prayer, religion, Transcendental Meditation, and more. From the 14 July 02 press conference. Summary from 3 July, 10 July, 17 July, 24 July, 31 July, 18 Sept, 2 Oct, 9 Oct are also available on the AllTM.org web site. For summaries and replays of additional press conferences please see the MOU web site.

Maharishi in the World Today - Nicely done page from the Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute website.

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - From the Maharishi's Programmes in India website. The homepage presents descriptions of Maharihsi's programs for creating Heaven on Earth available in India. Also lists available videos to watch over the Internet. Unique perspective.

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Founder of Maharishi Thousand-Headed Purusha Program

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - has revived, Gandharva Veda Music together with leading classical musicians of India to bless the world with Maharishi Gandharva Veda music music. Here Maharishi describes Gandharva Veda.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Founder of Maharishi Vedic and Ayur-Veda Universities. "Everything is possible through knowledge of Natural Law and Natural law based programs" - Maharishi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - History of achievements.

Maharishi University of Management Press - Books, audiotapes, and videotapes on the Maharishi Vedic Science program and its application in all areas of life

Maharishi Guides Research in Consciousness Until the Structure of the Total Potential of Consciousness is Discovered in the Human Physiology - Historical outlook into one of Maharishi's great achievements


Scientific Research

Scientific Research - Benefits of Maharishi Transcendental Meditation are reliably established and thoroughly documented.

The Maharishi Effect - The Maharishi Effect is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community. Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that when one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme , the crime rate significantly decreases. Similarly, when groups of individuals practicing Maharishi’s TM-Sidhi programme with Yogic Flying equal at least the square root of one per cent of a population, there is a significant reduction...


Articles, Ezines, and Videos

Interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Unfolding the Infinite Potential of Human Consciousness: What the Transcendental Meditation technique is, how it works; and the goal.

Settled Mind, Silent Mind - An interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from Science of Mind magazine.

Maharishi - interview in Dutch

Enlightenment: Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology - In this interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a student reporter from UCLA's The Daily Bruin asks about the role of students, how the TM technique can improve effectiveness, and 'the best question'--what is enlightenment?


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Ghita : A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1-6 - Book review and purchase offer from Amazon.com or in hardcover from MUM Press

Science of Being and Art of Living :Transcendental Meditation - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and this one-of-a-kind book remains the definitive introduction to its practice. Since it was first published in 1963, the book has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi unfolds his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effortless technique that anyone can easily learn and enjoy.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation by Robert Roth. Here is an ideal introduction to the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program for your family, friends, and business associates. Written in a clear and simple style, this book features inspiring testimonials from doctors, business people, clergy, and students. New addition published in 1994.

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: A Living Saint for the New Millennium by Theresa Olsen. A charming account of Maharishi's early days in the U.S. With updated history and scientific charts. New addition published in 2001.

 

TranceNet
http://www.trancenet.org
Serving 6,000 pages of unfiltered information daily on Transcendental Meditation, The Way International, Rama/Lenz, Chopra, Moon, cultic abuse in families, more.


Meditation Information Network

http://www.minet.org
"Supporting critical examination of the programs associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi"


Falling Down the TM Rabbit Hole

http://www.suggestibility.org
Proposes the theory that TM works by a combination of trance induction and suggestion



ARTICLES:

"Maharishi Ayur-Veda: guru's marketing scheme promises the world eternal 'perfect health'" by Andrew A. Skolnick, Science & Medical Journalist

"The Maharishi Caper: Or How to Hoodwink Top Medical Journals"
by Andrew A. Skolnick, Science & Medical Journalist

"Patrick Ryan and Transcendental Meditation"
An excerpt from the book Combatting Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan, pp. 87-88, published by Park Street Press in Rochester Vermont in 1988 and 1990

"Man Who Said He Didn't Get To Fly Awarded $138,000"
From News Services and Staff Reports Wednesday, January 14, 1987 The Washington Post; Page B04

"Group Says Movement a Cult"
by Phil McCombs, Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 2, 1987; Page C03 The Washington Post; Page B04

"Notes of a Fringe-Watcher: Doug Henning and the Giggling Guru"
by Martin Gardner. Skeptical Enquirer magazine Vol. 19, No. 3, May/June 1995

"MEDITATION, DELUSION AND DECEPTION"
by David J. Bardin et al; article from Cult Abuse Policy & Research Newsletter, Vol 2, No 3, October 1994

Dr. Dennis Roark Letter
from TM-EX Newsletter, Spring 1992


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Resource Center for Freedom of Mind (Steve Hassan)


Transcendental Meditation Program
Information on specific techniques of meditation as preached by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Includes his biography; citations of news reports touting the physical and mental results of meditation; an overview the TM training program; and a guide to local training centers. Also provides the full text of Robert Roth's Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
's Transcendental Meditation.

Maharishi's Programmes in India
Resource on the organizations and programs run by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
, a spiritual personality in
India.

Healthy Happy Holy Organization (3HO)
Nonprofit foundation in
New Mexico, U.S., promoting the practice of kundalini yoga. Contains a brief biography of the founder, Yogi Bhajan, and information on the activities and events. Also features an interactive discussion forum and audio and video clips. Creating Heaven on Earth
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Introduction to the philosophies of the spiritual leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Includes notes on the technique of Transcendental Meditation and the Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. Also features a collection of links to information on related organizations worldwide.
Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture Institute
Maharishi Global Administration
Boone, North Carolina-based organization promoting Vedic food and agriculture, based on the precepts of Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Includes notes on its mission, faculty, programs, and organic farming practices.

- Connecting to Natural Law - Interview with John Hagelin. The Edge, Jan 04
- Meditating Twenty Minutes, Twice A Day - Interview introducing TM. filosophy, Jan 04
- Laying Your Troubles to Rest - TM taught in Indian corporations.
The Financial Express

- ALLTM.org Search Engine - Added 30 additional web sites and 8000 more pages.
- Maharishi Ayurveda Parkschlosschen - Maharishi Ayurveda Spa in Germany
- Maharishi Ayur-Veda Gesundheits- und Seminarzentrum Bad Ems - Germany
- Maharishi Ayurveda Shop - In German
- Peace Begins Here - Urgent appeal from Maharihsi Vedic City, Iowa.*
- Health spa uses Ayurveda methods to treat stress - Iowa City Press-Citizen, 1 Sept. 03

- Drustvo za tehniko TM Ljubljana and Zveza za Transcendentalno meditacijo - Slovenije
- Can meditation help inner-city kids? - From The Globe and Mail, 5 July
- Iowatopia: Transcendental relaxation on the cosmic plains -The Star Tribune, 8 June

- Guru's followers saying: Give peace palaces a chance - From Sacramento Bee, 29 May 03
- 'Peace Palaces' in Bay Area, across U.S - Article from San Fransisco Chronicle. 10 May 03
- Hazards of "Modern" Medicine - avoided by the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health

- Peace Palace a place to ponder - Meditation center opens. 15 April, Lexington Herald
- Maharishi Ayurveda for Women's Health - Nancy Lonsdorf M.D., director of The Raj
- Think peace - Article from The Oregonian, 26 March 03
- A meditation on the way to wellness - Article from Star-Telegram, 24 March 03
- Transsendenttinen Meditaatio - Finland - also a site just for Finnish youth practicing TM

- Maharishi Sthapatya Veda - Great introduction and should be a first visit
- Transcendental Meditation in Canada - Newly completed website; nicely done
- Maharishi Institut für Vedische Wissenschaft Frankfurt - in German

- Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music- Schedule of courses and concerts in Europe*
- Maharishi Veda Vision - Swarn Jayanti: Golden Jubilee of Shri Guru Dev DVD*

- For Sale's Sake Meditate - New book on how TM improves salesmenship*
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- Spiritual path to peace - Article from an Indian newspaper
- Transcendence in the Heartland - Well written article about MUM and MVC communities
- Maharishi Vedic City - Article from WHO-TV
- US Peace Congress - If we pay them, they will come*
- Maharishi Vedic Medicine from Health News Digest Fall 02 issue

 

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