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Dr Vernon Katz reflects on Maharishi's unique contribution to the world - Part II: Bringing Transcendental Meditation to the West
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11 June 2008
Continuing his review of early days with Maharishi, Dr Vernon Katz spoke about Maharishi's compassion in bringing the technique of Transcendental Meditation to the world, so that everyone everywhere could realize the true nature of life.
(Please also see Part I of this article.)
Dr Katz read the following excerpt from a booklet he had worked on with Maharishi, entitled, 'The Treasury and the Market'.
'Life has not to be suffering. Life is bliss, it is eternal wisdom, eternal existence. Absolute bliss consciousness is the natural characteristic of life. Yet somehow we have happened to miss it. As a matter of fact, this absolute bliss consciousness is the very nature of the soul. But if it is the very nature of the soul, how is it that we can possibly miss it? We cannot miss it. If we have missed it, it is only like missing the spectacles on the eyes—not really missed—but for practical purposes they are completely missed. Like that, the essential nature of the soul which is eternal bliss consciousness is our own, nobody has ever been able to be without it, no one has ever been without it, but it seems to have gone out of grip and it has gone out of grip only because we are not gripping it, that's all.'
As Dr Katz explained, 'The surprise is that it is not evident to everybody; this is why Maharishi had to come and bring it to life. He could see how people were suffering through not being aware of this level of their own Being. . . .
'The American architect and author, Buckminster Fuller', Dr Katz continued, 'described Maharishi as 'completely indomitable', and greatly admired Maharishi as an example of 'someone who works things out for himself'. (Buckminster Fuller was famous as a designer, futurist, inventor, and visionary. He devoted his life to trying to find out what an individual could do on his own to improve humanity's condition that large organizations, whether governments or private enterprises, could not do.)
Dr Katz provided an intimate and personal glimpse into his first meeting with Maharishi, to whom he was introduced as a student of Dr Radhakrishnan. Maharishi had responded, 'Oh yes, I met him and he said that spiritual life was so difficult and it is so easy', then laughed joyously. Describing his early impressions of Maharishi, Dr Katz said, 'I liked him, his laughter. It was what he was, not what he said. His personality captivated me and I could not get enough of him. Every night I was there to listen to his discourses.'
Dr Katz then went on to give a very charming and humorous account of his instruction in Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi, mentioning some initial difficulties due to his own intellectual preconceptions. However, these were dramatically overcome when he attended the first European Transcendental Meditation residence course: 'I was fortunate to go on the first residence course in the Black Forest . . . . Maharishi was giving a brilliant discourse on the mechanics of creation as described in the Upanishads. He said that in Transcendental Meditation, it is the same thing but backwards; they started from the subtle and went to the gross, and in Transcendental Meditation we start from the gross and go to the subtle and the subtlest and then we transcend.
'And something clicked from that moment, it must have been underground before . . . but then suddenly everything went into place. It was like a waterfall of wisdom pouring over me. When I said goodbye to Maharishi in the Munich airport, he said to me, ''Very good, very good, you have unlearned a lot of things.'' '
Global Good News will feature Part III of Dr Katz's talk in the coming days.
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