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Transcendental Meditation: Remembering the legacy
by Lane Wagger
Times of India Translate This Article
2 May 2008
On 2 May 2008 Times of India reported:
'Life is here to enjoy' is the everlasting legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He offered to the world the simple technique of Transcendental Meditation, which has made success and fulfilment in life a reality for millions of practitioners around the world.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of world peace.
Drawing on Maharishi's explanation that the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation is illustrated in the Vedic Literature, the article discussed Maharishi's commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, stating that the Gita 'contains all the wisdom necessary to take us from ignorance to enlightenment'.*
The article quoted Chapter 2, Verse 45 of the Gita: 'Nistrai-gunyo bhavarjuna—Be without the three gunas, O Arjuna.'** Presenting Maharishi's enlightened understanding of the fundamental wisdom contained in this central verse, the article stated that this means, 'Take your mind from the field of excitation and chaos, to the state of inner Unity, perfect orderliness.' Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique allows one to transcend the active, thinking level of the mind and experience this inner unity and silence, which 'results in great clarity, peace, and broadened awareness'.
'For centuries scholars have said that it is very difficult to transcend thought and gain the state of perfect inner peace,' the article reported. However, Maharishi explained that transcending is effortless 'because the mind experiences increasing degrees of happiness at every step of the way', the article said. Again the article quoted the Bhagavad-Gita, which in Chapter 2, Verse 40 states: 'In this (Yoga) no effort is lost and no obstacle exists. Even a little of this Dharma delivers from great fear.'
The experience of inner silence and peace during Transcendental Meditation is the basis of success and happiness, the article explained. Over time this experience becomes an all-time living reality.
The wide-ranging benefits of Transcendental Meditation—including greater alertness, increased focus, significant reduction in heart disease, better memory, and reduced stress—have been verified by over 600 scientific studies and by the personal experience of practitioners everywhere.
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*For more about Maharishi's explanation of the fundamental truths of life contained in the Bhagavad-Gita, please refer to: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1-6, Penguin books, distributed by Maharishi University of Management Press.
**Arjuna, the hero of the Bhagavad-Gita
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