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Maharishi's Thanksgiving Day address, 1983 - 'Celebrating the Thanksgiving Day, the flow of life unbounded'
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24 November 2011
The Thanksgiving webcast on 24 November continued with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's historic Thanksgiving Day address in 1983 at the College of Natural Law, Washington, DC.
Please see Part I, Part II, and Part III of this article, in which Maharishi explained that Thanksgiving is 'a great upsurge of life . . . to connect to the source,' ultimately to its unbounded source in the Unified Field of all the laws of nature. Life flows, Maharishi said, 'starting from the unbounded source in the unmanifest Unified Field,' and the natural flow of the stream of life is 'from source to goal, which again is the source unbounded'.
Maharishi went on to say:
'The stream of life, from source to the goal, is the stream from source to source. And the stream from source to source is a big huge performance of a cosmic self-referral nature. Infinite self-referral, unbounded self-referral; and it is essentially the nature of the self-referral point of the unbounded self-referral. Infinity is self-referral, point is self-referral, infinity referring to the point, and this is what creates the stream of life.
'Ocean—it's the flow of ocean, it's the flow of life. And it's the flow of life that one experiences on this day, celebrating the Thanksgiving Day, the flow of life unbounded—from infinity to a point it flows, from point to infinity it flows, but it's a flow of the ocean of life which flows from within itself.
'This whole history of life spreads the red carpet for everyone, the whole human race, to come within, and follow this pattern of cosmic self-referral performance. The huge cycles, great huge cycles in space and time . . . this is the cosmic self-referral nature of the Unified Field. This self-referral performance of natural law—or talking as a whole, the self-referral performance of nature—makes this tradition of running to the source, at least on one day in a year.'
Maharishi said that for teachers of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, this is 'an all-time running without running, always continuously connected with the source.'* But for all the world, he said, 'it's a phenomenon, Thanksgiving Day brings a phenomenon, out of 365 phenomenal days, each day has its own character. This day has the character of self-referral performance, running to parents. This is the point facing the infinity. Parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, looking to the children. It's like infinity unbounded, coning down, focusing on the point.
'So infinity focusing on a point, point diverging onto the infinity, unbounded—this mutual relationship of infinity to its own point is what governs the universe. Relationship—this is the day to celebrate relationship. Thanksgiving Day is the day we celebrate relationship. It's the relationship. It's a mutual looking on to one another. It's mutual.'
Global Good News will continue to feature Maharishi's historic address from Thanksgiving Day, 24 November 1983.
* Through their teaching and daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, which allows the conscious mind to directly experience the Unified Field in the state of transcendental consciousness at the basis of the mind's activity.
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