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Ancient Chinese philosopher described Transcendental Consciousness
by Craig Pearson, PhD
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18 August 2011
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The article is another in a series of brilliant essays by Craig Pearson, PhD,* about great historical figures in world culture whose thinking, speech, actions, and written works have expressed a deep familiarity—based on direct experience—with the transcendental field of life. This one is about Zhuangzi, also known as Chuang Tzu, esteemed alongside Laozi as one of the founders of Daoism in China. His writings also influenced the growth of Chinese Buddhism.
As in articles on Laozi, Helen Keller, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and St Teresa of Avila, Dr Pearson analyzes beautiful passages from Zhuangzi's writings, articulating the details of experiences he describes in terms of the knowledge and experience of Transcendental Consciousness—the fourth major state of consciousness, beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping—brought to light from the ancient Vedic tradition by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In contrast to other schools that proposed political changes to improve individual and social life, Zhuangzi proposed a different solution: bring yourself into harmony with the Dao, the Way, nature's intelligence, and the world will change automatically. For this, he says, a certain kind of experience is necessary:
Why don't you try wandering with me to the Palace of Not-Even-Anything-identity and concord will be the basis of our discussions and they will never come to an end, never reach exhaustion. Why not join with me in inaction, in tranquil quietude, in hushed purity, in harmony and leisure? Already my will is vacant and blank. I go nowhere and don't know how far I've gotten. I go and come and don't know where to stop. I've already been there and back, and I don't know when the journey is done. I ramble and relax in unbordered vastness; Great Knowledge enters in, and I don't know where it will ever end. 
Readers familiar with the experience of transcending will recognize that Zhuangzi is describing the experience of Transcendental Consciousness. . . .
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* Dr Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. He has served the University for 33 years, also as Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, Director of Maharishi University of Management Press, Director of Freshman Composition, and Professor of Professional Writing. He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM and is the author of books on the development of full human potential, including The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.
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