Maharishi on the complete meaning of Yoga

by Bob Roth on May 11, 2010

During an international news conference held in 2007 from Maharishi European Research University in Holland, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi answered a question from a reporter on the widespread practice of physical yoga postures, which has become a trend throughout the world. Maharishi was asked his advice for people who practice this physical form of Yoga.

“Yoga means ‘unity’—it means living unified wholeness in the field of diversity,” Maharishi said. “My advice is to continue practicing Yoga on the physical level—but also to start and continue to practice Yoga on all other levels—mental, intellectual, and on the level of self-referral, Transcendental consciousness. On all levels, Yoga will help you to progress in every way, in every field of life.”

Maharishi explained that Transcendental Meditation is Yoga. “I had to give it a new name—Transcendental Meditation—because I felt Yoga has been commonly misunderstood in terms of the physical level alone.”

Maharishi said that a great Yoga truth is that “Yoga is superior action.”

“When you want a superior quality of action, then you should practice Yoga on all levels,” Maharishi said. “Yoga is a good word, but it should be properly understood and practiced beyond the physical level. The result will be a rapid, holistic evolution of life.”


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  • James

    Amazing post! – Yoga is soooo misunderstood.

    Please keep the Maharishi videos coming, they are the best.

  • Jim Cassa

    True and good tips on yoga. However I would like to add one yoga that should be viewed with caution and this is Kundalini yoga.

    To raise the Kundalini energy by doing certain practices has associated dangers as the internal heat has the possibility of creating physical problems.

  • Menaka

    Do you have any group meditations scheduled in SA TX?
    If not, what do you have available in San Antonio TX?
    I am a meditator of many years.

  • Katherine Roberts

    Thanks for the tips…

  • Jonathon S.

    Amazing! I am so happy to find the truth about the meaning of YOGA. It really makes sense – thank you Maharishi.

  • Lee Fergusson

    As always, Maharishi brings out the most comprehensive meaning of a topic, in this case Yoga. This ability to see the broadest and deepest aspect of a thing, and to explain it so clearly is a real blessing to hear. Please keep those videos coming.

  • bhaskaran

    thank you very much

  • http://uiic harish

    maharishi is great
    nothing can match TM

  • Aaron Starr

    Maharishi makes sense of all that what was mystical and widely misunderstood.
    He is so integrated and easy to understand. There is no other meditation that is “easy” and produces what TM does…automatically.
    Jai Guru Dev

  • S W Tan

    Clear precise explanation.
    More please.

    Thank you.

  • Ramesh Bondale

    We should have access to Marashiji’s full length audio and video tapes from early days 1959-1975 on various topics ranging from Karma, Yoga, Kundalini and thousands of other topics. Please make them available. All the TMers will be grateful. Coming from Maharishiji we will not have to worry about the authenticity of source. A lot of concepts will get clarified.

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