As one of the greatest spiritual teachers in the world, Maharishi teaches that the goal of life is to attain the highest state of human consciousness through the Transcendental Meditation technique and the conscious practice of the teachings of the Vedas. However, unlike other spiritual teachers, Maharishi’s teaching is not limited to spiritual teachings, but is a complete science that teaches scientific principles of the nature of human consciousness and the state of human existence. The teachings are based on several thousand years of traditional knowledge handed down as an oral tradition by sages, saints, and spiritual masters. The ancient Vedic texts are the final authority on the nature of the universe, the nature of the cosmos, the nature of existence, and the nature of man. The underlying theory of the entire teaching is that the mind, being the vehicle of existence, can be controlled and changed to develop a desired state of consciousness. All the teachings of Maharishi aim to help individuals become conscious of their own unique nature as an eternal, integral, cosmic being that is divine and fully complete.
mMaharishi’s extensive research on the nature of existence led him to the conclusion that consciousness in its various forms is a universal and a deeply researched phenomenon that has been the subject of a wide variety of scientific enquiry. Maharishi has developed a new philosophical paradigm for the study of consciousness, the basis of which is the concept of the development of consciousness, or how consciousness can be altered from its natural state, and the possibility of attaining its highest state. He has been able to relate many of the results of the latest scientific research to the Vedic ideas. Many of his concepts of consciousness have been developed from the idea of the possibility of consciousness development and how it relates to ethical values and the basic requirements of human life. The material in this book is also the foundation for the Transcendental Meditation programme and the TM-Sidhi programme, also the foundation for the TM-Sidhi programme. The practical principles that Maharishi developed for achieving the highest state of consciousness have been the basis for the TM-Sidhi programme.
MVS is based on the Vedic texts of India, which it interprets in the light of modern science, including the work of Einstein and Bohr, as well as the findings of neuroscience. MVS is a result of Maharishi's life-long study of these texts. In MVS, the mind is described in two forms, the first being the transcendental mind, and the second being the normal mind. The transcendental mind is the mental faculty that is the repository of the Supreme Soul Energy, which is also known as the Seed Sound, or the Gyan Sound. This mental faculty is the root cause for all activity in the universe, and is the sustaining power of the Universe itself. The transcendental mind is sometimes referred to in the MVS literature as the Self. The normal mind is the mind of the mind, or the ego mind. The normal mind is a product of the transcendental mind, and reflects a small part of the mind in the universe. The normal mind is the source of thought activity in the universe, and creates all thought forms, including thoughts of the Self. The normal mind is the source of subjectivity, or self-consciousness. The self is considered to be the higher aspect of the consciousness of the human mind and it is the source of the individual as a living being, along with his or her feelings and actions. 827ec27edc