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Superior performance, bliss, invincibility: Experience of soccer star Pele featured in The Supreme Awakening
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12 April 2014
Continuing a recent interview, Dr Craig Pearson* read several experiences from his new book, The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Through Time—and How You Can Cultivate Them.
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One experience in the book is told by Pelé, the great football/soccer star and one of the most celebrated athletes of all time. In his autobiography, Pelé describes an experience he had during his first World Cup. He was 17 years old, playing against Sweden in the final game, and Sweden had just scored the first goal, putting Pelé's team down 1-0.
''We started off again and suddenly I felt a strange calmness I hadn't experienced in any of the other games. It was a type of euphoria; I felt I could run all day without tiring, that I could dribble through any of their team or all of them, that I could almost pass through them physically. I felt I could not be hurt. It was a very strange feeling and one I had never felt before. Perhaps it was merely confidence, but I have felt confident many times without that strange feeling of invincibility.'' — My Life and the Beautiful Game
In his Vedic Science, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brings to light the knowledge of seven states of consciousness—the three familiar states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping, as well as four higher states of consciousness.
Dr Pearson explained that Pelé's experience has several features that call to mind the fifth state of consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness. He feels a remarkable calm in the midst of exceedingly dynamic activity. This is coupled with superior performance, bliss, and a sense of invincibility. Of the thousands of games he played, of all his dazzling performances, he had this special experience just once.
In The Supreme Awakening Dr Pearson also describes a practical method—the simple, effortless technique of Transcendental Meditation—through which ordinary men and women all over the world today are rising to higher states of consciousness and enjoying the same kinds of sublime experiences described by philosophers, scientists, athletes, poets, artists, and saints throughout the ages—along with scientifically validated benefits of improved health and increasing happiness, creativity, and success in life.
Click here for more about The Supreme Awakening, published by Maharishi University of Management Press.
* Dr Craig Pearson is Executive Vice President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA. He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM.
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