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His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
 





 

Culture and Religion

CULTURE: When the collective consciousness of any nation is coherent, which means that individuals are living life in accord with Natural Law and national law, then every individual will naturally uphold his own cherished cultural traditions while embracing all that enriches national life and promotes progress. Impervious to any negative influences from within or without, peaceful coexistence with all other nations is the natural result.

RELIGION is the supreme science and art of connecting back to the source of all life—investigating everywhere the omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent to discover the source of all life in the Light of God. The ideal of religion is living the Light of God in daily life, as available in the field of Total Knowledge—the field of the science and technology of total Natural Law—the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature.

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Question from the press: Could you comment on what the Veda is? What is Vedic Science? Where did it come from, and does it have any links to other great spiritual and religious traditions, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam?


‘All these different avenues of knowledge have the same source in the ocean of knowledge—Veda. Veda is the ocean of knowledge. All knowledge comes in this area. Veda is the Total Knowledge. Veda is that knowledge which is, in its unmanifest form, in the transcendental area of life. Through Transcendental Meditation, human awareness opens itself to Veda, and Total Knowledge gets enlivened in one’s own awareness. Then the man doesn’t make a mistake. Always his thoughts, speech, actions are spontaneously always in the evolutionary direction.’
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‘Path of religion, path of God—simple, it’s very simple, it’s very delicate, it’s very simple, very delicate—no cunningness of intelligence to hide behind the logic. There is not much logic there. Either you go straight or you go crooked, that’s all. If you go crooked, it will take you a long time to reach the goal; if you go straight, arrive quickly. So the path of virtue—the path of good—is always good, for everyone.’
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‘Veda is knowledge—Total Knowledge. And Total Knowledge, is, we say, “Will of God” from the platform of religion; from the platform of science we say, “Natural Law”, “total Natural Law”. So knowledge depends on how much the physiology of the brain is functioning. How much the physiology of the brain is functioning, to that extent knowledge promotes thoughts, speech, action, behaviour. What is very important is daily practise of Transcendental Meditation. That will save the individual and his potential in God’s grace—total potential of Natural Law. That is one little  programme—a few minutes morning and evening—that will take a man to his higher states of consciousness within himself, within himself.’
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‘Religion: “re”—back, “ligare”—to bind. The path or the principle of the programme that binds one back to one’s source in God. The path to God Realization—that is a religion. Sciences: you do something, he also does the same thing, both receive the same results—so it is a scientific performance. You do the same thing, you get the same results—that is science. And you follow the path of religion, you reach the realm of God—fulfilment in every way, fulfilment.

‘Fulfilment is only in God Realization, in realization of the cosmic potential of Natural Law. Whether we take any religious texts, it is the same thing. Safety for life in the path of religion. Also safety for life in the path of science. So this is the time where religion—sensible proper religion’s texts—meet with the science: you do the same thing, you get the same results. Veda is the source of all these different values of science and technology. Veda is the science of creation from point to infinity. The whole field of evolution is the field of knowledge, and the field of action inherent in knowledge. That is why Vedic Procedure, procedure for total promotion of Supreme Intelligence—total promotion of Supreme Intelligence.’
—Maharishi
24 July 2002, MERU, Holland

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