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Maharishi: The goal of meditation

Enlightenment - The Transcendental Meditation Magazine    Translate This Article
19 March 2015

The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring an excerpt from a talk by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on July 17, 1972 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Maharishi explains that the regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique allows us to enjoy more inner silence and contentment throughout the day, not just during the 15 or 20 minutes we are meditating. It is the regular alternation of deep rest during meditation and activity during the day that stabilizes this inner silence or pure consciousness, allowing it to become a permanent experience, even when we are engaged in dynamic activity. A few quotes from Maharishi's address follow:

'When we meditate morning and evening, we build up the momentum of a very flexible nervous system, where the adaptability to environmental influences is maximum. These basic changes brought about by meditation produce an overall influence of stability, and that is very important to cultivate. . . . when this beautiful state of modified functioning of the nervous system is maintained during activity, then the efficiency of life is raised to that high value.'

Maharishi went on to explain, 'The procedure of alternation of meditation and activity has been designed to produce a permanent state of the physiology which will create and maintain that unbounded awareness in a very natural way, no matter what we're doing. . . .

'And it is this transformation which structures that kind of fullness, which we express in the words ''cosmic consciousness''. That ability to comprehend the whole thing, yet engage in the parts.'

See related article: Integration of life and the nature of Self-realization

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