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Teaching is a natural profession: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
by Global Good News staff writer
15 April 2010

During an interview at the large international Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course held at Humboldt State College in California, USA, in the summer of 1972, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was asked why he came out of the Himalayas to teach Transcendental Meditation to people everywhere in the world?
Maharishi answered that it is the nature of a bulb to emit light. Once it is lit, it can’t keep light within itself. ‘It's the nature of life to progress,’ Maharishi said, ‘and to give out knowledge is such a natural thing in man. It belongs to the value of life, which always grows and grows. Life is progressive; it evolves. It grows spontaneously. 

‘A small, young child sees the yellow car going on the road and then he runs to the Mummy—‘'Mummy, Mummy, yellow car!' He sees something and he wants to deliver that message to others. It's natural to life.’  

Maharishi said that teaching is a natural profession. ‘Everyone who has any knowledge he just can't feel rested until he has given out! So motivated by this natural tendency of life to give out knowledge, I came out of the Himalayas. I couldn't rest there.’ 

Maharishi then explained that the Science of Creative Intelligence*, ‘this knowledge of effortlessly making ourselves acquainted with the deepest value of life, which is so marvellous—unbounded awareness, bliss consciousness, such great harmony, happiness, peace, freedom from stress: all these wonderful results come through one simple, comfortable sitting with closed eyes [a twenty minute period of practising Transcendental Meditation]. 

‘It's such a beautiful technique,’ Maharishi said. ‘Having got this from my Master**, it was not possible to sit quiet in the Himalayas.’ 

Maharishi was then asked whether at the time he decided to go out and train teachers of Transcendental Meditation and the Science of Creative Intelligence, did he envision it growing as rapidly and becoming as big as it has? 

‘I expected this growth about six years ago!’ Maharishi said. He had thought that in the West, ‘the people are scientifically advanced, and technologically grown-up, very widely intelligent, and I thought it will not take much time for this message to grow because it's so simple, so useful—but it has taken that much time,’ he said.  

Maharishi had started with the World Plan, but he couldn’t speak of the World Plan because there were not enough teachers. ‘When this year [1972] I found there are about 4,000 teachers, then I said “With this strength, we can establish at least 3,600 Teacher Training Centres—the World Plan***.” But the whole Movement was started with the whole population in view.’  

Because the technique is so simple, so natural—anyone who can think can meditate: ‘With this simplicity and naturalness of the practice of Transcendental Meditation, it was easy to whisper in all parts of the world, and everyone would start to take advantage of it,’ Maharishi said. 

‘But even in this jet age it has taken this many years, 12, 13, 14 years, but it doesn't matter. Better late than never! 
‘This 1972 is the Year of the World Plan, and very soon we hope to reach the whole population of the world with this wonderful message of the Science of Creative Intelligence.’ 

* The Science of Creative Intelligence:
‘The main theme of the Science of Creative Intelligence is that there exists a source from which creative intelligence springs and a goal toward which it progresses as the process of evolution unfolds. This source and this goal are identical and can be identified as the inner-most area of one's own life, as the source of the thinking process: the self-referral consciousness of everyone, the field of pure creative intelligence."
Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural technique to experience this source of creative intelligence that is deep within every individual. 

** Maharishi's Master: His Divinity Brahmanand Saraswati, Jagatguru [great teacher] Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas, is revered as the embodiment of Vedic wisdom closest to Maharishi in the illustrious tradition of Vedic Masters who have passed down the wisdom of life from teacher to student since time immemorial. 

*** In 1972 Maharishi inaugurated his World Plan to 'solve the age-old problems of mankind in this generation.’  
The seven goals of the World Plan are:
* To develop the full potential of the individual;
* To improve governmental achievements;
* To realize the highest ideals of education;
* To solve the problems of crime, drug-abuse and all behaviour that brings unhappiness to the family of man;
* To maximize the intelligent use of the whole environment;
* To bring fulfilment to the economic aspirations of society, and the individual;
* To achieve the spiritual goals of all mankind in this generation. 
These goals of the World Plan are now being fulfilled through the Global Country of World Peace, a global country without borders for all peace-loving people everywhere, which was set up by Maharishi in the year 2000.

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