“Maharishi, what is ‘enlightenment’?”

by Mario Orsatti on May 25, 2011

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In this interview, UCLA student reporter Rachel Kelley asks Maharishi about the role of students in changing the world, how the Transcendental Meditation technique can improve effectiveness, and the best question of all—What is enlightenment?

Question: I have heard that you talked about enlightenment as being easy. I was wondering what exactly you mean by “enlightenment”?

Maharishi: Enlightenment means lack of darkness, absence of darkness. And “absence of darkness” means no mistakes, no weakness, no shortcoming—success everywhere, fulfillment of desire everywhere. That is enlightenment. One is living in full accord with Natural Law. Spontaneously Nature is supporting us: then we are not in the dark about anything.

Question: What do you feel is the value of students learning the TM technique?

Maharishi-MaheshMaharishi: The purpose of student life is to gain as much knowledge as possible, and if possible, gain Total Knowledge. So when they learn Transcendental Meditation, they learn and experience the underlying principles of Transcendental Meditation—Transcendental Consciousness—Total Knowledge.

Transcendental Consciousness is the Unified Field of Natural Law. Quantum Field Theory has established that there is one unified field at the basis of all the creativity of natural law. So when one transcends, one gets into that level of intelligence, which is all-knowingness. This is enlightenment. And one spontaneously begins to think better in every way—and better means right for everyone, useful for everyone, and quickly achieving the desire. That is enlightenment.

The life of the student is to gain all the knowledge that is possible to gain, to develop all the creativity that is possible to develop. There is an infinite degree of creativity in the consciousness of everyone, and Transcendental Meditation unfolds that consciousness, very easily and very simply, so that Total Knowledge—which is the Self of everyone—can be gained by every student. The purpose of student life, the purpose of gaining education, can be fulfilled through the practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Question: What do you think students can do for the world?

Maharishi: They can re-create the world. The world must be re-done, it must be re-established. And basically there is only one thing to restructure the world, and that is enlightenment for everyone.

Question: People in the United States don’t normally associate ease with effectiveness, so how does the TM technique encompass both?

Maharishi2-correctedMaharishi: Transcendental Meditation makes the active mind fully silent, spontaneously, and that silence remains when one comes out of meditation. The mind remains silent after meditation and yet fully active in the world. It’s like when a businessman goes to the bank and he comes out with his pocket full. He moves around in the market very easily, and does not have to struggle to gain profit in the market because he has money in the pocket. Like that, when people meditate the inner creativity comes out and then, with increased creativity, they don’t have to work that hard.

The principle of Transcendental Meditation is: No hardness in life. This great principle is: Do less and accomplish more. In the principle of shooting an arrow with great force, we just pull the arrow back and release—it will go very far and hit the target with great force. So success is not gained through hard work: Success is gained by having the infinite organizing power of natural law in our favor. Transcendental Meditation brings the favor of natural law—brings the creativity of natural law, which governs the whole universe in perfect order—so that everything becomes very easy for the meditators to achieve.


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  • http://hollowsonline.org Samer Hanna

    D u h
    the dude is dead!!!
    How can he make an interview!?
    Btw I Am A TM and it changed my life, but yet how can I accept such an interview

    • E. Castle

      this is a transcript of an interview done a few years back. That should have been obivious………………….

    • John Schwary

      Is it possible the interviewed occurred before he died?

  • Linda Klock

    I feel wonderful and free . I wish the whole world could feel this way !

    Thank you ! for a tool that helps me with peace in my mind .

  • divakarbairy

    I always read the materials displayed in this website. I am practicing daily T M
    since 1999. I do enjoy the benefits of T M & yogic flying. I do not know how my entire body gets lifted without my attempt. Really my life style has changed since I started T M. I feel I was lucky to meet Sri Ananth Bhat who taught me T M when I was working in a place by the name SAGARA in Karnataka India. Great idea —T M . The very word enhances my energy level. I am working in a Bank.

    Divakar Bairy

  • Tom Lumsden

    Sometime it is like two farmers who need rain. They are discussing it and one says, “ I’ll get the weather forecast on the news tonight and see if it will rain.” The forecast said “rain tonight and all next week.” But no rain the next day or for several days. The farmers talked about it again. “ I am going to pray for rain,” one said. “You do that,” the other said. “I am going to meditate.” That night it rained, the heavens opened up. The next day the farmers talked about it again. They couldn’t agree on what caused the rain, prayer or meditation but both were satisfied that indeed, it rained.

  • http://www.tmru.info Attila

    “D u h
    the dude is dead!!!
    How can he make an interview!?
    Btw I Am A TM and it changed my life, but yet how can I accept such an interview”

    Hello Linda,

    Of course, the interview was taken before Maharishi has departed. If you click on “UCLA student reporter Rachel Kelley”, you are redirected to an article from 1996. So, maybe, the interview is also from that time.

    Good that you are happy with the effect of TM on your life. (This shows that the teaching is ALIVE and that is the most important!..:-)

    Kind regards,

  • Roberto Valderas

    I started TM again after many years. I really love doing it again. I need to find a Center again in the Baltimore area to have it checked. I remember in the 90s my TM would get even better after checking. It was like a tune-up. The Blissfull feeling when you reach pure conciousness is great. It’s hard to describe, like a light comes on in your head and endorphins run through your body.

  • jack Hunter

    I have been a meditator for many years. Now it is sporadic. Nevertheless when I set down to meditate I seem to go to sleep. I have no doubt about that. Still, I recall Maharishi’s teaching that sleep during meditation is simply meditation, not sleep.

    Since my experience is that of sleep I wonder what comments others may have regarding sleep/meditation.

    Please let me have comments.

    Jack Hunter

    • Tom Ridgley

      Hi Jack,
      Sleep will come on in meditation when the body releases stress. The stress temporarily causes the mind to lose waking state awareness. It’s a good quality of sleep, more concentrated than at night. The good part is over time more and more stress goes out and the whole process becomes clearer and with it comes expanding awareness.

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