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''What's enlightenment?'' - Q and A with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
by Mario Orsatti    Translate This Article
14 August 2012

The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring this article with colourful photos.

Please click on the following link to read more about ''What's enlightenment?'' — Q & A with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

An interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is featured on the Excellence in Action page of Global Good News, in which Maharishi gives profound answers to deep and probing questions about enlightenment. The interview is an excerpt from the book Celebrating the Dawn by Robert Oates, Jr., first published in 1976 (G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York).

Q: What's the goal of Transcendental Meditation?

''The goal of the Transcendental Meditation technique is the state of enlightenment. This means we experience that inner calmness, that quiet state of least excitation, even when we are dynamically busy.''

Q: But activity and quietness seem to be opposites. Isn't it necessary to sit and close the eyes in order to enjoy the peaceful effects of the TM technique?

''It's only in the beginning days of meditation that one has to meditate in order to experience that silent, quiet level of the mind, that state of pure consciousness. As we continue to alternate the experience of the meditation with daily activity, the value of that pure consciousness is infused into the mind. The pure level of consciousness becomes stabilized in our awareness, and when that pure level—the state of least excitation—is a living reality even during daily activity, this is the state of enlightenment. This is life free from suffering, life when every thought and action is spontaneously correct.''

Maharishi goes on to explain how the mind can be both silent and dynamic at the same time. Later in the interview Maharishi explains that in the state of enlightenment, when all stresses in mind and body have been dissolved through regular practice of Transcendental Meditation,

''When that pure state of silence and bliss is stabilized on the level of one's awareness, every activity is supported by that peace and joyfulness. Every activity is the expression of the fullness of life.''

Enjoy the full interview on the Excellence in Action page.

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From Celebrating the Dawn by Robert Oates Jr.

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