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Plato: 'And this state of the soul is called wisdom'
by Craig Pearson, PhD
Transcendental Meditation - USA
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11 February 2011
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The article is another in a series of brilliant essays by Craig Pearson, PhD*—this one about the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, founder of the Academy, the first university in the West, and considered the father of Western philosophy. Together with Socrates, his teacher, and Aristotle, his student, 'Plato laid the philosophical foundations of Western culture.'
'At the core of Plato's extensive writings, Dr Pearson writes, 'was his assertion that there is an inner or underlying reality of life, beyond what we ordinarily experience. This reality he called the Good and the Beautiful. For Plato, the Good was not merely an intellectual construct or ideal. It was something that could be experienced directly—and this experience was the highest attainment in life.'
Dr Pearson quotes extensively from Plato's works, considering in depth his beautiful descriptions of this experience. 'Clearly it does not take place in the outer world of sense perception. Rather, it comes as the result of the soul ''returning into herself''—an inward turning of awareness. Deep within, Plato says, one experiences a field of life that is pure, eternal, immortal, unified, and unchanging. Plato calls this state wisdom.'
Dr Pearson's analysis draws on the knowledge and direct experience of the transcendental field of life provided by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science and the Transcendental Meditation Programme—'a simple, natural, effortless procedure, . . . by which anyone can have this inner experience, celebrated through the centuries,' he writes.
'Everyone on earth, Maharishi taught, has the natural ability to experience . . . the inner ocean of infinite creativity and intelligence, the field of unbounded pure consciousness that lies at the source of thought.' Millions of people around the world have learned Transcendental Meditation and are experiencing what Plato and so many others through history have described.
* Dr Pearson is Executive Vice President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. He has served the University for 33 years, also as Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, Director of Maharishi University of Management Press, Director of Freshman Composition, and Professor of Professional Writing. He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM and is the author of books on the development of full human potential, including The Complete Book of Yogic Flying.
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