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''The basis of peace is bliss'' - Maharishi
by Mario Orsatti
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24 July 2013
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Many people seem to have the idea that meditation is about ''stilling the mind''—removing all thoughts so that the mind can relax and achieve the goal of inner peace, writes Mario Orsatti.
He quotes an excerpt from Science of Being and Art of Living, by the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Maharishi makes important distinctions between emptying the mind of thoughts and the real experience of deep meditation as a means to achieve the goals of meditation—inner happiness, freedom from stress, enhanced creative abilities, and the growth of higher states of consciousness.
Maharishi explains that attempting to silence the mind may bring an experience of peace, but such practices lead to dullness of mind, passivity, and lack of energy in thinking and action.
''What is necessary is not the attempt to vacate the mind, but that the conscious mind be led on to the subtle states of thinking to eventually transcend the subtlest state and arrive at the positive state of Being. . . .
''Thus we find that practices that silence the mind in the first place produce dullness in the mind, and, in the second place, the peace that is felt is not lasting. As we have said, peace can be lasting only if the mind could be made happy forever. Only if the very nature of the mind could be transformed to bliss consciousness could peace be lasting. The quest for peace should be directed to bringing the mind to the field of the transcendent, the source of all happiness through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. . . .
''The only golden gate to peace in life is the experience of transcendental bliss consciousness and this great glory of life is easy for everyone to achieve and live throughout life.''
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