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'Speak well of others' - Maharishi
by Bob Roth

Transcendental Meditation - USA
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24 October 2011

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In the early 1970s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi held several month-long summer courses in the Science of Creative Intelligence on U.S. university campuses, which were attended by thousands of Transcendental Meditation participants. A highlight of the courses was the question-and-answer sessions with Maharishi on a wide range of topics, including the purpose of life and the development of higher states of consciousness. The following question for Maharishi came during the August 1970 course at Humboldt State College in Arcata, California.

Question: Maharishi, in your commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita* you write that not finding fault and not speaking ill of others is counted an essential prerequisite to achieve higher states of consciousness. . . . How does speaking ill of others and finding fault slow down our progress and coarsen the nervous system?'

Maharishi: 'What comes out indicates what's been inside. So if the wrongs of some other people come out, that means the wrong was stored inside. It just tells the structure of the heart, what is contained inside. If someone never speaks ill of others, that means he has a pure heart, he doesn't have the wrong inside. If something wrong was done by some man, why should I bring that wrong, through thinking or remembering, and try to keep it in my heart? And if I speak it out, that means I had stored something of that. And if wrong is stored, then the heart is not pure. It just indicates what kind of storage is here, whether purity is stored or impurity is stored. . . .

'It's not necessary to use our time and energy of thinking and speaking on something that does not improve our life, that does not help us to grow. It's not worthwhile. 

'So spend your energy and get joy, happiness, evolution, more ability to enjoy, more ability to create. In this field we spend our energy and time.'

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* Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1-6. (The English-language edition is available through Maharishi University of Management Press.)

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