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Eternal meditation - Maharishi enters Mahasamadhi
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20 February 2008
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought to the world the Transcendental Meditation Technique, a technique for inner peace and silence that made the scientific community delve into the nature of consciousness.
The great impact of Maharishi's peace-creating techniques are 'especially significant when viewed alongside the stressed and fractious world that was evolving at the time'.
The article stated, 'Countering the world's hot spots with consciousness-raising courses and projects became the Maharishi's hallmark social campaign.'
When Maharishi brought TM to the West it was at the height of the Cold War.
The article stated, 'He ran his first international meditation teacher training courses alongside the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. This period was probably the greatest nuclear flashpoint that the world has ever seen. And while historians bicker over the way in which the situation defused itself, questions will always remain over how and why the world was not plunged into nuclear war at that time.'
Maharishi countered the world's stress by gathering together meditators who practiced their technique together in large groups.
The article explained, 'From the Vietnam War to the Iraq conflict and many in between, nobody had ever seriously suggested before that you could avert wars and calamity by throwing a quantum amount of silence and inner awareness at a given situation rather than guns and tanks.'
In addition, Maharishi had scientists measure meditators to see what effect their TM practice had on the physiology. Scientists measured heart rate, skin response, and EEG patterns and found that those practicing TM 'reduced their oxygen consumption by more than twice that of deep sleep'.
The article stated, 'By 1977 over a hundred separate pieces of physiological and psychological research had been conducted, published and peer-reviewed on the positive effects of meditation and health professionals around the world started to see a genuine alternative to tranquilisers for an increasingly stressed world. As the research continued conditions like asthma, anxiety and blood pressure all improved with meditation and as well as social factors like an ability to get on with people and a decrease in drug abuse.'
The article concluded, 'Not only did (Maharishi) bring meditation to the west but more importantly, he left a road map to higher consciousness that was easy to follow and written in the language of the day.'
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