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'Freedom and Self-Realization'
by Mario Orsatti
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12 January 2014
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The more scientists explore the effects of the daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique on mind, body and behavior, the more amazing its range of practical benefits becomes. However, in addition to these individual benefits, there is a holistic result of the daily Transcendental Meditation practice that has a profound impact on the development of enlightenment.
An excerpt from the book Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, by writer Jack Forem, provides some insight into one of the dimensions of this holistic inner development.
Mr Forem thoughtfully explores various aspects of the topic of 'freedom'—inner and outer freedom, freedom and self-realization, the nature of the self, freedom from fear and from mistakes. Drawing on Maharishi's writings, other great thinkers, and experiences of people who practise Transcendental Meditation, his analysis brings out the value of the technique in culturing a lasting state of true freedom through the regular experience of the unbounded, eternal, blissful nature of the innermost Self, 'infinite in intelligence, energy, and happiness':
''The bliss of this state eliminates the possibility of any sorrow, great or small. Into the bright light of the sun no darkness can penetrate. No sorrow can enter bliss-consciousness, nor can bliss-consciousness know any gain greater than itself. This state of self-sufficiency leaves one steadfast in oneself, fulfilled in lasting contentment.''—Maharishi
'The ultimate freedom,' Mr Forem writes, 'comes to those who persevere with meditation, clear their minds and bodies of the accumulated stresses that are the breeding ground for negative thoughts and behaviors, and steadily awaken to the enlightened state of life in which positive (life-supporting, evolutionary) thinking and acting are natural, spontaneous, and unforced. As we move toward that state, the inner ''space'' of freedom . . . becomes wider, and our freedom of choice more tangible and profound.
'The key that most effectively opens the door to this growth of freedom is transcendence.'
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