Monday, November 2, 2020

Questions on Cosmic Consciousness Bad Mergentheim 1964

Questions on Cosmic Consciousness Bad Mergentheim 1964 

Question: Could a man, having attained Cosmic Consciousness, lose this consciousness again? 
Maharishi: No, I’ll explain it later, but ‘no’ is the answer. 

Question: If a man in Cosmic Consciousness creates karma, then karma must be something which goes into the future also? 
Maharishi: A man has deposited something in the bank, and if he dies, not found, that property is inherited by the heir, as he is not found. So whosoever inherits, his successor inherits that property. Like that the karma that the man in Cosmic Consciousness does, whatever influence is produced, that influence is shared by all other people, not by him. Everyone else in the universe inherits that, shares that karma. He remains uninvolved. 

Question: But obviously it seems to be that also those who meditate for some time, are suffering? 
Maharishi: They must be suffering less than before. When we proceed towards the light, we are in a better light. Maybe we are not in a complete light, but we are better than before. 

Question: Could you say something more about that state, if someone dies in God Consciousness? 
Maharishi: One doesn’t die in God Consciousness, nor one dies in Cosmic Consciousness. That [death] doesn’t touch them. God Consciousness and Cosmic Consciousness are the states of eternal life. That doesn’t touch them. 

Question: Does one need the grace of God to get to God Consciousness, or is it enough to use the technique to get from Cosmic Consciousness to God Consciousness? Maharishi: Technique is by the grace of God. 

Question: Is it an eternal life with all the time the same body, or is it an eternal life with interchanging bodies? 
Maharishi: Not interchanging bodies, certainly. Take it as I say it. Eternal life could be with this body, and eternal life will be cosmic life without the body, where the individuality will not be found. Otherwise it could be that the ageing process is stopped and one could eternally continue with this body. That is also possible. Both possibilities are there. Does it make sense? 

Question: Is it up to the will of the person to continue with the body? 
Maharishi: Not only will. But something more than the will could keep the body. Something more will be that technique which will stop the process of change in the physical level. 

Question: There was the answer whether the Cosmic Consciousness would be the result of the evolution or a natural state and you said: it could be both. Now, in which case could it be the one, and in which case could it be the other? 
Maharishi: By regular practice of meditation and taking it easy, in this life, in this body we could accomplish Cosmic Consciousness. And by not meditating, or by some times meditating and then taking another body and then again taking another body, we’ll come to that state of evolution after many lives. And by being regular, we could achieve it now, here. .no, no man in Cosmic Consciousness would be born. By birth no one would be in Cosmic Consciousness. To be in Cosmic Consciousness at the time of birth, he will have to be in Cosmic Consciousness at the time of death. And if he is in Cosmic Consciousness at the time of death, then he is not born. Therefore no one man can be born in Cosmic Consciousness. He may be 99%, and 1% has to be fulfilled in this life for which he has taken birth.  


Friday, September 18, 2020

Maharishi on Support of Nature in our activities - Kumbha Mela, 1966

 We have only to be true to ourself 

Maharishi: We don’t have to use the almighty nature, it is there for spontaneous use. See the spontaneity of help from nature? We don’t have to request or do anything to get support of nature. Just an aspiration and that is the aspiration of the almighty nature and it is carried out quick. This is what they say ‘First deserve and then desire’. Once we deserve and we deserve by making full use of all the aspects of our life–mental, physical, spiritual, all aspects of life. And once we begin to make full use of our own individual existence, there is that unlimited power of nature to support us. ‘God helps those who help themself’. Helping themself means, you bring out all what you have inside. And if you are able to help yourself, if you are able to come out with what you are fully, then the power of nature is there to support. ‘God helps those who help themself’. It is only when we are true to ourself. You don’t have to be true to Mother Nature. We have only to be true to ourself. And be true to ourself means, when we speak, the speech should have full support of Being. Then we are true to ourself. Otherwise we have reserved Being, have kept Being out of speech. And then speech will be weak. Then we are not true to our speech. We are speaking baselessly. If our action, the field of action, is not supported by Being, then we have kept aside, kept in reserve, some precious part of our life and we are not exposing it to the outer gross. That means the whole outer field of action is baseless. That means we are not true to action, because we are not providing the very basis to the action. So we are not true while we are acting. Like that, if we are true to ourself means, all the different components of our life are in good harmony and are well disposed to every aspiration of ours, to every action of ours. Then we are truthful to ourself and in this state the entire force of almighty nature lies at hand to be used spontaneously. 

The beauty is that we don’t have to do anything to use it, no, we have only to stand on our feet [laughter]. And the feet of life is Being. So when our life stands on the feet, means stands on the basis of Being, then we are supported from all sides. And if can’t stand on our feet, then we have to be dependent on others all the time. To gain the support of almighty nature our every aspiration must be supported by all aspects of our existence. If we don’t gain the support of different aspects of our own individual life, how do we deserve the support of the almighty Nature? And even if one expects, the expectation will be futile, it never becomes to be fulfilled. See, the business man who does not put all his wealth in the market, how he can gain the profit of the whole market? Some millionaire, if he goes to the bank for ten thousand rupees–ten thousand, (this is) nothing, you have millions, a millionaire you are and you bring out your million and then we could give you another million or two million. But if you are reserving your million, asking for a few thousand, who will give you? No, once one is fully out... As long one has reserved in oneself–he should bring out the reserve, if he wants more and more effect. And if one is exhausted, fully brought out, all Being, supporting thought and action, and then there is nothing within the scope of the individual life that could be brought out more into the field of action. Then the force of almighty nature is there to support. If one has not brought out himself fully, then if he wants more support, fine, bring out from one’s own Self. And if one is not able to bring out from one’s own Self the reserve, then he is incapable of using whatever is given to him. What is the proof then that if the almighty nature begins to support, he will be able to use it? Incompetency of using one’s own reserves, brings proof to the almighty nature that no more he deserves to be given from our side. 

Question: The greater the investment does not necessarily mean the greater the profit 

Maharishi: At least greater stability in business, and that is all that is needed. And profit will be there in proportion to the investment. The profit is always in proportion to the investment. Less investment, less profit–more investment, more profit. And the banks are very willing to pay to a flourishing business man [laughter]. Unlimited (...) of the bank is open to those who flourish.  

Monday, September 7, 2020

Creativity, Relaxation and Transcendental Meditation


Creativity has something to do with relaxation. Somehow we get our best ideas when we are in a situation where there are no inhibitions, no worries, no limitations to the flight of our mind. That’s when the mind is fluid and free flowing and in this state good ideas seem to become more accessible. And we all know that a good idea is its own reward.

For many of us this may happen when we’re out in nature taking a walk, in the privacy of our bathrooms, in a library or study, hanging out with our friends etc. There seems to be no fixed rules about this yet the fact remains that in some situations we feel more creative more able to use our mental capacity than in others. What is also a fact is the more we chase or struggle after good ideas the less likely that they will come. Somehow trying too hard makes the mind tense and superficial. The very effort we make to be creative becomes the obstacle.

Whereas if we can just let our minds be, the mind opens up and lends itself to deeper exploration. The more we can let our mind be the more it lends itself to us. The more we struggle with it the more it rebels. Letting the mind ‘BE’ however is easier said than done.

Because letting the mind ‘BE’ would mean that we do less and less with it until the mind is so restful, so self-sufficient that it does not even entertain a thought. This state of just ‘BEING’ has been  known throughout the ages as the state of Yoga, the meditative state, Samadhi etc. and has been coveted by wise men all along as the fountainhead of creativity and intelligence within us. The source of our thoughts.

In this state the mind is effortlessly awake in its full potential beyond any limitation of thought, feeling or identification. Ironically the source of thought is a place where no thought is happening, where the mind is brimming with potential but not doing anything. How then do we access it and make it useful in our day to day lives. How do we maintain that abstract, relaxed, profound state of ‘BEING’ while we are in the midst of mundane activities of day to day life.

This will require us to incorporate a practice which allows us to expose ourselves to the experience of ‘BEING’ repeatedly on a day to day basis until it becomes familiar to us, becomes a habit, becomes second nature. It will require us to integrate two seemingly irreconcilable states, one is the abstract silent non active state of BEING the other is the ordinary, mundane everyday state of thought and action. This abstract state of ‘BEING’, a state of pure potentiality will find its purpose and fulfillment in the concrete arena of our day to day lives when its potential is utilised and realised.

To illustrate, lets take the example of a soccer match. It involves players and spectators. The player is the one who actually effects changes on the ground through his actions but can only see whats in front of him. His options are limited by his narrow vision. Whereas the spectator who is far removed from the game has a much broader vision of the game even though he is incapable of doing anything. He has many more ideas about what can be done as he is free from the pressures of being on the field.  If somehow the two can be brought together the player will gain the advantage of the broad vision of the spectator and the spectator will see his vision being translated into successful action bringing fulfillment to both.

The active mind is like the player and the abstract state of pure BEING is like the spectator. When the two are integrated and lived in one awareness then it has the potential to bring greater fulfilment on both levels. As individuals wanting to live more enriching fulfilling lives one is constantly nourished by the contact with the state of BEING within. And the BEING within enjoys when its true potential is realised through the actions of the individual.

The key to this phenomenon is in the ability of the individual mind to contact the state of ‘BEING’. This is where the easy, natural technique of Transcendental Meditation shines! Its a process whereby the mind is allowed to naturally settle into the state of BEING by systematically entertaining lesser and lesser mental activity. By Mental activity we mean thought. A thought begins deep within the mind as a faint idea and as it travels to the surface of the mind it assumes a more concrete form. We then appreciate the thought as a concrete thought on the surface of the mind and then make it further concrete in terms of speech and actions.

So speech and action is a concrete form of thought, thought in turn is a concrete form of an idea, an idea is a concrete form of a faint impulse deep within the mind and that faint impulse is an expression of a possibility among infinite other possibilities that exist in the state of BEING deep within the mind at the source of thought. Therefore the un-manifest BEING expresses itself as thought which eventually leads to concrete action.

During Transcendental Meditation we experience a thought on the gross level and then systematically experience it in its earlier and earlier stages of development until eventually we arrive at the source of thought, the state of BEING which is the living source of all of our mental activity. This journey from the outer gross level of thinking all the way to abstract un-manifest BEING happens most spontaneously and effortlessly as the mind enjoys every step of the way. The normally outward going mind is turned within during meditation and just like the mind wanders here and there ordinarily, during meditation it wanders inward without any effort on our part.

Thus our goal of reaching the creative essence of the mind is reached in a most natural manner. And as the mind settles down it experiences greater and greater relaxation and is therefore exposed to more fluid and unbounded aspects of the thought process. Then outside of meditation the mind spontaneously maintains some of that relaxed, expanded awareness in the midst of ordinary thought and activity. This phenomenon is reinforced with regular practice of experiencing the state of BEING and coming out and living that state of BEING in day to day life until we start maintaining that state spontaneously throughout the day.

Its therefore not surprising that research on Transcendental Meditation shows practitioners displaying greater creativity, spontaneity, better learning ability, better memory among a host of other benefits. It improves the overall use of our mental potential leading to more successful, fulfilled lives. This technique is a simple tool at our disposal for bringing greater fulfillment to our individual lives. The origins of this technique go back to the hoary past of India and belongs to the Vedic Tradition. It was made popular in the modern age by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who taught it as a systematic science of experience and development of consciousness. Millions of very successful people throughout the world practice this simple technique and many attribute their success to the long term practice of this meditation.

Jai Gurudev

Anand Ayyangar