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Enlightenment - The Transcendental Meditation Magazine    Translate This Article
13 June 2015

Excerpts from an address by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
July 17, 1972 in Massachusetts, USA


''It is vital that even when one wants to make a decision in a narrow boundary, the decision has to be from that unbounded level where great comprehension is possible at one time.''
—Maharishi

The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring this address, in which Maharishi describes how daily contact with the field of Creative Intelligence or pure consciousness during our practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique allows our mind to think and act from a calmer and more expanded level of awareness. This helps us make better decisions and live more of our full potential in life. A few excerpts follow:

Maharishi: In this generation, it will be possible for all men to become so competent that everyone will be making right decisions for all good. How this will be brought about by the Science of Creative Intelligence is very obvious.

We know, in these days of technology, a small computer will compute small things. A bigger computer will compute much bigger things. A bigger computer has the ability of greater comprehension. . . .

If one is in a boat in the ocean and is surrounded by all the waves, he looks around, but he can't see a great distance, just because there are waves to obstruct his vision. But if he launches his boat on a quiet day when the wind is almost nil, he finds a calm, quiet surface of the ocean. In whatever direction he looks, he looks far. The vision is more comprehensive when the surface of the ocean is calm.

This is just the situation with the mind. When the mind is wavy, its ability to comprehend a greater horizon is much less. When the waves of the mind are calm and quiet in that pure consciousness, the motionless ground state, a field of no activity, such an awareness comprehends a great horizon, a great range.

And then, whatever decision is made from that very wide horizon of awareness, it comprehends a greater range of influence. Just as a quiet, calm mind of an architect is able to take into its awareness so many aspects at a time. . . .

And on this level, the mind is like a very big computer which can instantly take into account many aspects and produce the desired channel of performance.

So the ability to maintain wide comprehension and project the desired activity is the ability of a developed mind. Developed means using our full potential. The full potential of the ocean on the surface value is when the ocean is calm and quiet.

Enjoy the full article on the Excellence in Action page.

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