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Dr Vernon Katz reflects on Maharishi's unique contribution to the world - Part III: Unfoldment of higher states of consciousness
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13 June 2008
Continuing his reminiscences of early days spent with Maharishi, Dr Vernon Katz discussed the progressive unfoldment of the knowledge which Maharishi brought out. 'I implied to him sometimes that he was planning things (that everything came out according to a systematic plan), but he always said that 'it is completely natural, it just comes, Nature brings it out.'
(Please also see Part I and Part II of this article.)
It was in this natural way that Maharishi brought out the understanding of higher states of consciousness. As more people learned Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique, inner experiences deepened. Experiences of Transcendental Consciousness had become so clear that Maharishi was inspired to go deeply into the explanation of this fourth major state of consciousness and its practical significance in the daily life of the individual. Maharishi explained the necessity of regular practice in order that Transcendental Consciousness is spontaneously maintained more and more in the awareness during daily activity. As such experiences grew, Maharishi discussed how regular alternation of meditation and activity gives rise to Cosmic Consciousness, the fifth state of consciousness. In the same way, increasingly refined experiences inspired Maharishi to describe the sixth and seventh states of consciousness, which he called God Consciousness and Unity Consciousness.
'Then later, when people had very refined experiences and could see the fine fabrics within Atman, within the Self', Dr Katz continued, 'Maharishi gave out the whole Veda fully. He had talked of Veda before, but he gave it out fully only then. Maharishi revealed what is basically the internal mechanics of Atman, which is one of his great, great contributions to knowledge—that Shakti element within the Atman which is responsible for creation. He gave that out at the right time . . . for seventeen years, he just talked about Transcendental Meditation . . . . he wanted to have a firm foundation for his movement in Transcendental Meditation . . . . Everything he has done has been on the basis of Transcendental Meditation and on the basis of that, he could build up all this; it was great wisdom on his part.'
'It always interested me', Dr Katz reflected, 'what was the source of Maharishi's inspiration? It was so great and so unusual, he never said anything obvious . . . . When Maharishi was giving an introductory talk to someone in Kashmir, I listened for half an hour, totally absorbed in what he was saying. And I thought to myself, I've heard this a hundred times before, but it was new each time, because Maharishi was not remembering it, he was creating it. I thought, that is the reason for it.'
The conclusion of this talk by Dr Katz will be reviewed in Part IV in the coming days of Global Good News.
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