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Albert Einstein - ''There is neither evolution nor destiny; only being''
by Craig Pearson, PhD

Transcendental meditation - USA
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9 October 2011

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The article is another in a series of brilliant essays by Craig Pearson, PhD,* about great historical figures in world culture whose thinking, speech, actions, and written works have expressed a deep familiarity—based on direct experience—with the transcendental field of life. This one is about Albert Einstein, widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists who ever lived.

As in articles on Laozi, Helen Keller, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and St Teresa of Avila, Dr Pearson analyzes beautiful passages from Einstein's writings, articulating the details of experiences he describes in terms of the knowledge and experience of Transcendental Consciousness—the fourth major state of consciousness, beyond waking, dreaming, and sleeping—brought to light from the ancient Vedic tradition by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his Transcendental Meditation Programme.

The totality of Einstein's work converges into one supreme goal: to understand the unity underlying nature's diversity, Dr Pearson writes.

His theory of special relativity (1905) showed the underlying unity of matter and energy and of light and time. His theory of general relativity (1916) showed the unity of gravity and acceleration, of space and time, and of matter and space.

Einstein profoundly altered the way we think of ourselves and the universe. He spent the last half of his life trying to develop a unified field theory, a description of the one field which, he felt certain, underlies and gives rise to all the forces in nature. . . .

Where did Einstein's conviction of nature's underlying unity come from? What impelled his life's work, despite the criticism and lack of success in the latter decades?

Einstein himself gives us a clue in a letter he wrote to Queen Elizabeth of Belgium (1876-1965) that contains the following passage:

Still there are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments, one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable: life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being. [1]

Here Einstein describes experiences he apparently had of an underlying reality of life—not only beyond space and time but beyond life and death, beyond evolution and destiny. And what does he experience at this level? ''Only being,'' he tells us.

Einstein's words call to mind Maharishi's teaching that at the basis of all of life, inner and outer, is a field of pure existence, ''pure Being,'' as he called it early on—an unmanifest field of pure consciousness, of limitless intelligence and creativity. This field, Maharishi explained, forms the source of everything in the universe; all the forms and phenomena of creation are but waves on the ocean of Being. . . .

Enjoy the full essay on the Excellence in Action page.

* 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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