The Supreme Awakening is a treasure chest full of jewels. If all you are looking for is a superb anthology of peak spiritual experiences gathered from across time and across the world, then this is truly one of the best ever written. It contains descriptions of the most exalted human experiences, each of them gorgeous, each worth reading aloud.
In this volume you’ll find experiences from the world’s great spiritual leaders — Laozi, Zhuangzi, the Buddha, Jesus Christ, and Shankara . . . from such philosophers as Plato and Plotinus . . . from such poets as Wordsworth and Tennyson and Traherne, Rumi and Kabir . . . from St. Augustine, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Merton, representing the Christian tradition . . . from Dov Maer of Mezeritch, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, and Martin Buber, representing Judaism . . . from such American authors as Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickenson . . . from athletes like Billie Jean King, Roger Bannister, and Pelé . . . from political leaders like Vaclav Havel and and Anwar el-Sadat.
And many more — all describing the highest levels of human experience.
But The Supreme Awakening offers much more than this. The book organizes these experiences according to a new understanding of human growth, a new model of higher human development — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s model of seven states of consciousness. Beyond the three familiar states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping, Maharishi has described four higher states of consciousness, each a progressive stage of enlightenment. Each higher state brings an expansion of our potential — an elevation of knowledge, bliss, power, and fulfillment.
The Supreme Awakening shows us that, down through history, people have described, in detail, experiences of each of these higher states of consciousness. The experiences collected in this book help show that higher states of consciousness are universal.
The book presents a simple, effortless meditation procedure, the Transcendental Meditation technique, for experiencing the fourth state of consciousness and thereby cultivating higher states. And it shows how ordinary men and women who learn and practice this technique are now describing experiences matching those reported by some of the great geniuses of history.
Finally, it shows that growth to enlightenment does not involve adopting some new attitude or mood or way of thinking but rather on cultivating the brain and the nervous system to support these more exalted modes of experience — on purifying the physiology of stress and integrating brain functioning. The book presents the scientific research showing that the TM technique does exactly this.
Lucidly and engagingly written, The Supreme Awakening ¬extends the scope of such classic books as R.M. Bucke’s Cosmic Consciousness and William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience. We now have a clear understanding of the very highest levels of human potential, how we can we achieve them, and the countless benefits this growth brings.
The Supreme Awakening shows us that higher states of consciousness — experienced and celebrated by some of the greatest people through history — are real and universal, have been scientifically validated, provide the foundation for solving the myriad problems we face today, and are now available to everyone.
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