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Transcendental Meditation, religion, and spirituality
by Evan Finklestein, PhD
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13 September 2013
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For Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, spiritual development meant the development of ''wholeness of life.'' It included the full growth and harmonious integration of every aspect of individual life: body, senses, mind, heart, and one's speech and behavior with others.
Maharishi often remarked that the spirit, or Self, is the state of pure Being, or pure consciousness. Even though it affects all levels of life, pure consciousness is beyond the physical, sensory, mental, and emotional aspects of life. It is the free and unbounded essential nature of the core of everyone's being.
From the perspective of spiritual development, in order to directly experience the nature of the Self, one needs to consciously transcend all the limitations of physical space and time and even go beyond the more subtle limitations of the thinking mind. Experience shows that this process of transcending is very easily accomplished by the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Maharishi emphasized that the purpose of transcending the entire relative aspect of the world is not to escape the world, but rather to glorify it with the light of the inner Self. The regular experience of the limitless nature of pure Being is the basis for gaining a lasting state of enlightenment. He taught that the state of enlightenment is a harmonious and perfect integration of the spiritual and material aspects of life. . . .
Clergy and religious people from many different religious traditions who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique have said that it enables them to grow spiritually, and to more fully realize and live the highest values of their own faith.
Dr Finklestein shares three examples: from a priest, a rabbi, and a religious Muslim.
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Dr. Evan Finkelstein is a faculty member in the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
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