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New book - The Flow of Consciousness: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language
by Tom Ball
Transcendental Meditation - USA
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22 April 2011
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This article by Tom Ball, originally published on tm.org/blog, is an in-depth review of a new book—The Flow of Consciousness: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language—a compilation of lectures recorded during Maharishi's 1970s lecture tours around the world and from his discussions with leading scientists and scholars.
Mr Ball gives a clear, insightful analysis of the wealth of knowledge contained in the book, and its value both for the appreciation of literature and for understanding the vital role of consciousness in every field of human life.
'Maharishi's talks in any field of study connect the given discipline with its source in human consciousness,' Mr Ball writes. 'A subject that still leaves the sharpest minds of neuroscience groping for clues, consciousness, for Maharishi, was a simple, clear, and fundamental reality. Consciousness is not a subject of metaphysical speculation, in Maharishi's view, but a field to be directly experienced at the basis of the mind, its potentialities explored and enlivened through what Maharishi called ''Vedic technologies,'' such as the Transcendental Meditation technique.'
Mr Ball quotes Maharishi, from The Quantum Theory of Literature:
'When we know literature to be the flow of consciousness, the flow of life, the flow of nature, the flow of infinity, totality, then we have to study it on the ground of that infinite, unbounded, total value of consciousness.'
'Maharishi's comprehensive, consciousness-based framework provides a clear understanding of why we love literature and why it is worth our time.'
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