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Maharishi addresses the Global Financial Capital of New York Press Conference on Unified Field-Based Education, May 9, 2007
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18 May 2007
Following the presentation by Dr John Hagelin, Minister of Science and Technology of the Global Country of World Peace, outlining the programme and achievements of Consciousness-Based Education, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke about silence and action and the realization of Brahm, totality.
Maharishi said that it was a very great joy to listen to the clarity with which Dr. Hagelin was expounding Unified Field-based Education—the education and knowledge that is Unified Field-based, the knowledge that unifies all diversity.
'What unifies all diversity? It has a name, Vedic knowledge. Veda means total Knowledge, Total Knowledge. What does Total Knowledge mean? I give you an example.
Total knowledge of a building is in the bricks of which it is made
'Total knowledge of a building is in the bricks that make the wall. The building is made of bricks. What the brick is made of? I am just explaining what Total Knowledge means.
'Total knowledge of the house means total knowledge of the bricks, which means knowledge of the grains with which the brick is made. Total knowledge of the grains—not only the knowledge of the concrete grain, but knowledge of the connecting space between the grains.
'Total knowledge does not mean only the concrete grains, but also that which puts the grains together. That is not a grain, it is space. It's not grainy; it's not material, but it makes a link between the two grains. Space, space, space.
The connecting space between the grains
'Total knowledge means what connects the grains, and not only what connects the grains, but which side of the space is connecting one grain, and the other side of the space is connecting the other grain. So it's not the space alone; it's not the grain alone.
'That means it's not the knowledge of the space alone; it's not the knowledge of the grain alone, but the knowledge of something mysterious that connects one grain with the other grain. We say space.
'So all these different areas of knowledge together make the knowledge unified. That means so many different levels of knowledge and not only them, but something that puts them together. That is the unified state of knowledge.
The unified state of knowledge from the Vedic Tradition—the word and the gap
'That unified state of knowledge is from the age-old Tradition of Total Knowledge that is of the Veda. What is there in the Veda? There is a word and there is a gap. The word and a gap. [If] you ask the Vedic Pandit to recite the Veda, he will say Ak ni mi le pu ro hi tam. So he is reciting the words and what he is not reciting, we call it a gap.
'So there is something concrete that comes out in the reverberations. Every word is reverberating something, and that something that is not the reverberation of a word, it is silence. This silence is also not static, it is on the move.
'When we say Ak ni mi le pu ro hi tam, the word comes out, but the word is inertia. It is propelled by something that is absence of a word, that is allied with it.
'So Total Knowledge—I am just defining Total Knowledge, which is just not the words. Not the words, but something that puts the words in relation to each other—something that is not a word, something that transcends the word. Word is that which we hear; in Sanskrit it is called Shruti, you hear [it].
'For hearing, the sense of hearing is needed. What you hear has its basis in the sense of hearing. It's a different object. Sense of hearing is involved. In the sense of hearing, the hearer is involved. Subject is involved: I am hearing, you are hearing, he is hearing.
The principles of action and silence
'The 'I' and 'he', they become a subject. So the subject is involved, and when the subject is involved, the verb is involved. The action principle is involved. So the field of action is one aspect of knowledge, and the field of action on the level of non-action, silence [is another]. Silence is another object, which is an object of knowledge. Silence is one aspect; action is another aspect.
The connecting agent
'Now there is something that connects the silence with action, and what is that? The connecting agent is there, so the unified aspect is also there. So [there are] the two different aspects—silence, action, and the third aspect is the connecting aspect. Knowledge of each of these separately—knowledge of these very fundamental values of silence and action, silence and action, and the third is the connecting link between them.
The word and the gap
'When we say silence and action, we say the word and the gap. The word and the gap. This is the structure of the Veda known to all literary people of the Veda. Any language [has a] word and silence, word and silence. In its essential nature, it is knowledge, which knows its own nature to be non-silence. Action means non-silence. So the knowledge of silence and the knowledge of non-silence within silence.
'These are the ingredients of knowledge. So when we say Total Knowledge, Total Knowledge means silence and action and action and silence together. The three qualities. So we sum them up to be knower, knowing and known. The three values.
Knower, knowing, and known, the constituents of knowledge
'Silence is also the knower; knower, knowing and known. Action is also knower, knowing, and known in itself. And the connecting link has to have three on this side and three on this side, six.
'So these are the constituents of knowledge. This is Vedic Knowledge—ultimate—and ultimate means the Constitution of the Uni-verse. This is Uni-verse. Uni-verse of knowledge. Three on this side, belonging to knower, knowing, and known in the field of silence; and knower, knowing, and known in the field of action. Silence and action putting together three on this side, three on this side. This completes the field of knowledge. That is the Veda. This is insight into knowledge that is Vedic Knowledge.
'What Dr Hagelin has described, he has described it in terms of the Unified Field, but all these details are there within the structure of the Unified Field. That's why the Uni-versity, [di]versified unity. The concept that Dr Hagelin has brought about in his University has this wheels within wheels, wheels within wheels within wheels, and this structure is available to us in the knowledge of the Veda.
Three uniting and three separating
'It's beautiful. This is one lump of knowledge with [its] ingredients—one different from the second, different from the third, different from the other one, two, three. One, two, three uniting; and one, two, three, separating. Three uniting, three separating.
'This becomes the total structure of knowledge, and from the Vedic Tradition, these fine ingredients of knowledge are open to one's awareness. How? The first step is transcend diversity. Come to Transcendental Consciousness, and then pick up the ingredients there. That is Sutras; pick up Siddhi sutras. And then pick up the differences of the Sutras, and transcend the differences of the Sutras, and come down to a more unified level, where you are left with your three levels. Come down to those three levels in order to find some, we can say, co-operative, or differential values of the three.
Rishi, Devata, Chhandas
'In the Vedic language the three are called Rishi, Devata, Chhandas. Three Rishi, Devata, Chhandas of this kind and the Rishi, Devata, Chhand of the other kind. That means one Rishi, Devata, Chhandas belonging to the silence value, and the other Rishi, Devata, Chhandas belonging to the dynamism value. Silence value, dynamism value, silence value, dynamism value.
Gyan and Kriya
'In the Vedic literature it is the value of Gyan, knowledge, and the value of Kriya, action. Knowledge and action. And knowledge itself is in full value of action, but also one aspect of knowledge has no action. [It is] all by itself; in no action.
'It's all silence, but silence cannot be conceived on its own value because silence itself is not inertia. It knows itself. It is self-referral. This self-referral makes it into three divisions. It knows itself. It is knower and knowing and known.
'So from this one abstract, what one gets is three concretes. It's concrete; once in the three, [there is ] one concrete, two concrete, three concrete[s]. This is how the structure of knowledge [unfolds]; this is how, step by step, from one to three, and suddenly from one to two, and suddenly three—this is Total Knowledge.
Vedic knowledge taught in terms of 'A', 'I'. 'U'
'In the Vedic Knowledge all this mechanics of unified diversity is taught to the children in three syllables—'A', 'I', 'U'. 'A' is the first lesson of total knowledge. Within 'A' is shown 'I', and within 'A' and 'I' is 'U'. The whole alphabet of the Vedic language is so profound, and all this knowledge is available to the seers of the Veda.
'It's a joy for everyone, and the student of the Veda, to see how the first seer of the Veda, Madhuchhandas, saw the whole Veda sequentially in layers of 'A', and within 'A', layers of 'I', and within 'I', layers of 'U', and within 'A, I, U', the whole of the Veda, and within the whole of the Veda, the whole of Vishwa, the whole universe, and all the five elements.
The five Mahabhutas [elements] and eight Prakritis
'Now we go into the structural dynamics of creation: the five Mahabhutas, and from there the creation in the eight Prakritis, eight Prakritis, eight values. From where do the eight come? They comes from two into two, four; and four into two, eight; and eight into sixteen, like that. Two, two, two, two, because there are two—knowledge and action, knowledge and action. Silence and action, silence and action.
'The whole theme of duplicating, triplicating, and making it quadruples, multiplying for five, is completely dependent on the structural constituents of knowledge, knowledge, knowledge.
'It is its own theme that Dr Hagelin comes out with in terms of the scientifically described system of gaining knowledge, step by step from one to infinity; step by step from one to infinity. Maharishi Central University that Dr Hagelin has beautifully conceived, he has conceived because he sees what the constituents of Total Knowledge are.
'From completely abstract something, when you analyse 'A', what is 'A'? And what is 'I'? What is'U'? 'A' is the Rishi, the seer, and what does he see through? He sees through Devata. So he is Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas. Chhandas is that which hides. So all that hides is within 'A'; all that opens, Devata, is within 'I', and 'A' itself is totality, and that is called Brahm.
The proclamation of Dr Hagelin
'This is the strength of the proclamation of Dr Hagelin. He is going to give Total Knowledge to every student of his University. And what is that Total Knowledge? The constituents, the grains. [It is] the constituents and that which connects the grains to make the abstract infinity. Dr Hagelin is able to give Total Knowledge to every student in one syllable 'A', which is already implicit and explicit in the structure of the Veda.
All languages are in reference to one aspect of the Vedic language
'There is a language in the world called Vedic language, and all the thousands of languages prevailing in the whole span of time of the universe, are with reference to one or another aspect of the Vedic language. One aspect of the Vedic language or the other aspect of the Vedic language—just as I said, like a brick.
Each brick has its own speciality
'A brick has thousands of grains—a grain in the middle of the brick, and a grain in the end of the brick. There is something different in the grain middle of the brick, and in the grain at the edge of brick. They're different. All are grains, but each grain has its own speciality. When we are considering the structure of the combined value of the grains—like that, the fields of knowledge within one syllable, they are different fields even within one syllable. The syllable may be the beginning syllable or the middle syllable or the end syllable. So there is uniformity composed of diversity, and from this reality is the word 'uni-verse'—[di]versified Unity, Unity [di]versified.
Seeing with a magnifying glass
'This is how, in the eternal Unity of Total Knowledge, all the innumerable aspects of knowledge are existing. They are available for scrutiny; they are known. As you know something from a magnifying glass, when we see a magnifying glass, what is a magnifying glass? It expands the vision; it unfolds the vision. Something that is unified, two grains, you take a magnifying glass, and immediately you see that they are made of two. They are made of two, and you can say they are made of two. One is attracted to the other, one is attracted to the other.
Our vision in the Transcendent
'So like the magnifying glass is your vision in the transcendental field, where limitations don't get registered. [It's all] unlimited, unlimited, unlimited. And when our awareness becomes familiar with the unlimited values, it begins to see the junction point within the one with the other, the junction point within the one with the other. Then you begin to see. In the beginning you may say this point is in this point, but later you begin to see there is some difference in the points. There is some difference in the points.
The Vedic Literature
'These are available in the different stages of Vedic Literature. One is called the Samhita, Veda; one is called the Vedangas, one is called the Upangas, one is called the Sthapatya Ved, and Dhanur Veda—these are all different names of the different qualities.
Shabda Brahm: totality in the form of sound
As our vision becomes familiar with the one, we begin to see that the one is made of two; that two are made of four, they are made of eight, they are made of ten, they are made of infinity. Infinity at every point. Infinity at every point. But all that infinity at every point is—take any point, take a word. It is called Shabda Brahm—totality in the form of a sound.
'How many sounds are there? So many alphabets, so many syllables, so many words, so many words are there. What is a word? It's a composite of the letters. So Shabda Brahm. Shabda is also Totality. It is Brahm. Letters are also Totality; [they] also are Brahm. And these letters are made of fine unmanifest vibrations. That is also Brahm. Complete unmanifest, complete self-referral. That is also Brahm.
'So Brahm. Brahm. Brahm. Brahm is also totality, totality. So ultimately a phrase comes out in the field of knowledge: totality is all that there is, Sarvam khalvidam Brahm. All this is Brahm. Because, when you see two grains, it's totality you see as one. Total, one, one.
'When you go deeper into it, you understand two, two, two. And when you go deeper into one, you get into abstract totality, abstract infinity. You can make any divisions that you want.
'These are the different fields of knowledge when words enter into anything. From anything you deliver Total Knowledge, and it steps onto Total Knowledge as you go to the finer and finer and finer.
The speciality of Maharishi Central University: experience and intellectual scrutiny
'So the speciality of Maharishi Central University will be to hand over to the student one word, one syllable. And then enter into that, and then enter into that, and enter into that. Enter into that from both levels, experientially—these are our higher techniques of transcending, higher techniques of Transcendental Meditation—but at the same time, each level is open to scrutiny by the intellect.
'So in the classes, the students will get an intellectual probe into the different levels of reality. In closing the eyes in the classes, they will investigate into the abstract, transcendental field.
'Transcendental Meditation makes the awareness come out of all sensory perceptions: [awareness] goes to the mental perception, to the intellectual perception, to the self-referral transcendental Being, and that is called the Unified Field. That is called totality, totality.
Administration according to Natural Law
'So this experience of totality at Maharishi Central University will not deprive the visible world from being appreciated in its entirety. And the visible world appreciated in its entirety makes a man promote that which is very necessary, which we say 'Administration according to Natural Law'. Administration according to Natural Law.
Man-made concepts or unmanifest fluctuations of the Unified Field
'Today's administration and the administration of the past times have been on the basis of man-made concepts. Man-made concepts are concepts in the limitation of space and time. And what governs life in space and time? Not the man-made concepts, but the reality of the unmanifest field—fluctuations of the unmanifest field.
'In the manifestations, there are so many consonants, so many vowels, so much language, and so many numbers and all that. But in reality, it is the experience in the quieter areas of all these that takes us to the junction point of two quiet values—two quiet values in which one differs from the other, silence and dynamism, silence and dynamism.
The words of totality
'The words of the totality, the totality of knowledge in the Sanskrit language are such beautiful words. They say: Nirgun nirakar, Sagun sakar [Nirguna nirakara saguna sakara]. One talks of complete abstract, and complete abstract is complete concrete. So this and this—complete abstract, it's complete concrete. One, a complete infinity. Infinity is completely one. Infinity is completely many. So between the two, between the two, one is determined between the two. It's a very delightful system of educating the children.
Education is a fraud
'When we [Maharishi] were studying on this or this, I was wondering where I am going? What is all this? What is all this? There is no beginning and no end to the education. And [when] there is no beginning, there is no end to education, we call it a fraud. It's not educating. So all education so far, in the light of this total education, has been completely useless and a fraud, and it was misguiding the people. I'm very frank about it. Education was opposite to what it should be. So far.
'Now here is total education, capable of being handled in one syllable, in one word, and within that word—details, details, detail, detail, until no more detail is possible in the abstract, unmanifest field—Nirgun nirakar sagun sakar . Nirgun nirakar means 'completely beyond everything', and completely beyond everything is that concrete experience, Reality, totality. This is the field of Total Knowledge, but so far the whole thing was a fraud. It was a fraud. That is why [there is] this fraudulent world everywhere. That is why [it is] the time of all misery opposite to life. Life is bliss, and the life is being lived as hell. In the Kali-Yuga, the darkness of the age, the Dark Age. The Dark Age, Kali-Yuga.
Dawn of the daylight
'But even in the Dark Age there is a sample of reality; there is a night, darkness of the night, and there is a dawn of the daylight. Darkness and light, darkness and light. This shows that if anyone is caught up in the night, he has only to know that it's coming to an end. Night is not a lasting thing. Ignorance is not a lasting thing, and this is the time when ignorance is being replaced by complete Total Knowledge.
Dr Hagelin creating Invincibility in world consciousness
'I marvel at the expressions of Dr Hagelin that he is able to conceive of Maharishi Central University, where he wants to train 40,000 students. It'll take a year, or two or three years for the students to become 40,000, but then this number will become completely enough. Even much before, he'll create Invincibility in the world consciousness by creating small areas of this Maharishi Central University in America. Dr Hagelin will have small universities in all the small countries, and each country will rise to Invincibility with a few people.
Dr Hagelin speaks Vedic wisdom on the level of the wisdom of modern science
So the whole future of the world, as far as education is concerned, is so bright and so full of hope, absolutely. I congratulate you, Dr Hagelin, you are able to speak Vedic Wisdom on the level of wisdom of modern science. Wisdom of modern science is made on physical enquiry, physical enquiry—open to the senses, open to the senses.
'But Dr Hagelin has realized the basis of the senses. Senses require [something] physical, some physical ears and eyes and all that, but the basis of this is mind; more abstract [is the] intellect, more abstract the ego. More abstract ego, individual, come on the level of cosmic ego. 'That is the field of A-ham, I am 'A'. I am totality. I am Total Veda. I am the Constitution of the Universe. And I am the expression of the Constitution in terms of the universe. Aham vishwam, Aham vishwam, I am the universe, I am the universe.
'Before I am the universe, I am myself; I am totality. Totality means I am abstract, I am concrete; concrete, abstract, concrete, abstract, concrete. One, many, many, one, many. Point, infinity, point, infinity, point, infinity. That is Aham. That I am. Aham. And that is Brahm, totality. That is universality. I am the universe, I am the Veda, Total Knowledge.
'This is Total Knowledge. This is Total Knowledge, which will be the realistic value of knowingness of each student of Maharishi Central University.
'Beautiful, Dr Hagelin, go ahead. You have the blessings of the eternal tradition of Vedic Knowledge, and you have the appreciation of the modern scientific age of scientific knowledge.
'Your balance measures concrete values, and your balance measures equally well abstract values. You have a balance, and the balance is a Unified Field of concrete and abstract. This is your totality. This is your Central University and you have your companions; they are bringing out the structure very quickly, and you have selected well. America has been the most creative country in the scientific field, so you have chosen the central point of America to be the seat of your Central University, and you will be the guiding light of the whole world from that Centre of America.
'Congratulations to you for bringing out so clearly the Total Field of Knowledge and associating it with the brain functioning, with the heart functioning, with the physiology, and all that.
Maharaja Nader Raam, the greatest scientist of this age
'You have the support of the greatest scientist of this age, Maharaja Nader Raam, who said 'Consciousness is the basis of physiology.' His research in the field of consciousness is at your disposal. You are representing the Science and Technology of his Ministry. In every way you are so fortunate, and the world is so fortunate to have you in its midst.
A new magazine: Invincibility
'Your Conference whispers to me to issue a magazine called Invincibility. It will go to all the thousands of universities, colleges, schools, and governments periodically to remind them of their ardent duty to not postpone the day of fulfilment of their institutions.
'So your Conference whispers that you announce today that you are going to issue a magazine called Invincibility, for bringing the message of Invincibility to every single individual and institution in the world, and as soon as possible the world is to rise to the level of Invincibility.
That is the whisper of your Invincibility Conference on Education: issue a Magazine.
All Glory to Guru Dev*. Jai Guru Dev.'
*Maharishi's Master, His Divinity Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas.
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