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Thoreau: 'We become like a still lake of purest crystal'
by Craig Pearson, PhD
Transcendental Meditation - USA
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1 November 2010
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The article is a brilliant essay by Craig Pearson, PhD,* about 19th century American writer Henry David Thoreau, who at age 28 'went to Walden Pond, seeking spiritual regeneration through harmony with nature', and later published his experiences and reflections in Walden.
Quoting beautiful passages from Walden and Thoreau's Journals, Dr Pearson presents a masterly analysis of many experiences described in these works, drawing on the knowledge and experience of the transcendental field of life provided by Maharishi Vedic Science and the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
Dr Pearson explains that Thoreau went to Walden Pond 'to gain enlightenment', as he understood it from his reading of the Vedic literature of ancient India, in which he 'found a conception of human life and human potential that became his ideal—that the human soul, deep within, is divine, and that this divinity is to be found throughout nature.'
In a striking passage, Thoreau 'describes ''serene moments'' when his mind is like ''the calmness of the lake when there is not a breath of wind,'' ''like a still lake of purest crystal.'' '
'Thoreau experienced that deep within, everyone is infinite,' Dr Pearson writes, 'and that this inner, infinite, divine field of life is there for everyone to enjoy—declaring that: ''Silence is the communion of a conscious soul with itself. If the soul attend for a moment to its own infinity, then and there is silence. She is audible to all men, at all times, in all places.'' '
The essay clearly analyzes these and other experiences in terms of the experience of Pure Consciousness, the fourth major state of consciousness, beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping. Pure consciousness is the foundation of the mind and of nature itself, Dr Pearson explains—it is identical with the Unified Field of Natural Law.
He points out that this experience is easily accessible to anyone: 'We don't have to build a cabin and isolate ourselves from society. We simply need to dive within. And for that we simply need a technique.'
In his conclusion Dr Pearson explains that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought to light the Transcendental Meditation Technique 'from the oldest continuous tradition of knowledge in the world, the ancient Vedic tradition of India—the tradition that so inspired Thoreau and Emerson.' Transcendental Meditation allows the awareness to effortlessly open to the silent, unbounded field of Transcendental Consciousness at the basis of the mind and of the entire universe.
'We now have a simple, natural, effortless procedure for enjoying this simple, natural, magnificent experience.'
* Dr Pearson is Executive Vice-President of of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. He has served the University in a variety of roles over the past 33 years, including 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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