Mind And Body Health
Enlightenment: By Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Meditation and Unity Consciousness

Meditation is a simple, natural program for the mind - a spontaneous, effortless march of the mind .. to its own unbounded essence.

Through meditation, the mind unfolds its potential for unlimited awareness, transcendental awareness, UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS .. a lively field of all potential, where every possibility is naturally available to the conscious mind.

The conscious mind becomes aware of its own unbounded dignify, its unbounded essence, its infinite potential.

 Meditation provides a way for the conscious mind to fathom the whole range of its existence­active and silent, point and infinity. It is not a set of beliefs, a philosophy, a lifestyle, or a religion. It's an experience, a mental technique one practices every day for fifteen or twenty minutes.

Scientific experiments with people who practice meditation indicate that it tends to produce normalization in all areas of life. It reduces stress, improves health, enriches mental functioning, enhances personal relationships, and increases job productivity and job satisfaction.

Creation has two sides: intelligence, which is the cause of everything, and the manifestations of intelligence, which are the physical and psychological features of the everyday world.

Because meditation directly approaches intelligence, rather than the manifestations of intelligence, it solves problems by introducing harmony and well-being at the most basic level, and not I dealing with problems themselves That's why it is so effective.

For example : The gardener supplies water to the root of a tree. That water, that nourishment, then reaches all parts of the tree leaves, branches, flowers, fruit .. through the sap. We can think of the sap as analogous intelligence and the green leaves or yellow flowers as analogous to the manifestations of the intelligence. The leaves and flowers are the intelligence of the sap, after it has been transformed.

So intelligence  like the leaves and flower of a tree appears as the many different forms manifest life. Those manifestations include every aspect of existence, from the material and physiological, through the psychological intellectual, and spiritual. All of those features of life come from transformations of intelligence.

In meditation, we directly meet this essential intelligence. Therefore, we have the possibility of nourishing all of its other levels, and thus, levels of manifestation, in a way that harmoniously related to the whole universe.

The mind has two sides. One side is in the direction of diversity, in the direction of many. The other is in the direction of unity, the unified state. Gaining unity means rising to TRANSCENDENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS, the settled state, while gaining diversity means moving toward more and more activity. Unity is on one side, diversity is on the other side. Both sides belong to the nature of the mind.

The mind moves to diversity in search of more and more, and it moves in the direction of unity·· a quiet state of unbounded awareness, unbounded consciousness, unbounded intelligence .. in search of less and less. The move of the mind from its active state to its quiet state is part of the nature of mind itself, and we say the mind in that state is at one with the unified field of all the laws of nature. Its potential is unbounded, infinite ; it enters the field of all possibilities.

It is UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS, an encounter with the field of unified consciousness. In transcendental consciousness, the mind experiences itself, intelligence experiences itself. The mind is the observer of its own reality. In that state, the mind is transcendental consciousness.

Just as the quiet surface of the ocean is the source from which all waves arise, so the self-fulfilled state of mind, which we call transcendental consciousness, is the source of all activity. We call it the unified field of natural law, from which all the different laws of nature emerge and conduct their specific activities in the relative world.

As a result of regular practice it is maintained more and more. The situation is as though we were to take a white cloth and dip it in yellow dye. We bring the cloth out and put in the sun and the yellow fades away. Then we put it back again and again into the color and back again and again into the sun. It keeps on becoming yellow and yellow and yellow, then fading, fading, fading. But over time the color becomes permanent. That happens to the mind through regular practice. That unbounded awareness, that pure consciousness, the field of all the laws of nature, becomes ingrained in all activities of the mind. Then the mind begins to live in UNITY CONSCIOUSNESS.

Courtesy:   Spiritual India
March – April 2008