Saturday, 2 January 2016

Maharishi about Himalayas

"Himalayas will always remain Himalayas. They will always be on the top of the world.
There are about 100 Purusha practicing Transcendental Meditation and living Purusha life of absolute brahmacharya. They are gaining command over Prakriti. Prakriti is the daivi shakti, which functions for the individual as the individual Purusha value inside - witnessing value, self-referral value ? and so the Purusha value increases in daily life. Himalayas will always be guiding light of purity, of affluence, of gaining authority in Nature.
Uttarkashi has been a place where Guru Dev has been, and Guru Dev’s Guru Dev has been. It’s a fountainhead of Pure Knowledge. One cannot sing the glory of the Himalayas enough. Throughout the ages the Vedic literature is full of the glory of the Himalayas: Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Rishikesh. A beautiful, beautiful fortune of the people takes them on pilgrimage- year after year thousands and thousands of people and they have a glimpse. They go there to breathe a few breaths of peace and happiness and satisfaction, and they rise in atma gyan, in brahma gyan.
It’s a very fortunate thing to be going to the Himalayas from time to time. It’s a different world. One cannot describe in words.
यतो वाचो निवर्तन्ते Yato vacho nivartante: tad dharma parama mama: ‘This is my abode’, says the Lord, ‘from where speech returns.’
Sahasrakshara parame vyoman: ‘Transcendental is that field.’
शिवं शान्तमद्वैतं चतुर्थं मन्यन्ते स आत्मा सविज्ञेय Shivam shântam advaitam chaturtham manyante, sa âtmâ, sa vigyeyah: ‘That is the Self, that is the atma, which is absolute silence, Shivatva, which is the source of all dynamism.’
It’s a very complete culture of life for the supreme state of evolution: brahmi chetana, Unity Consciousness.
Something that is real to life is housed in the Himalayan heights - peace eternal. And peace eternal is the basis of all possible dynamism in human awareness. That is why the concept is, Yogasthah kuru karmani: ‘Established in Yog, established in Unity Consciousness, perform action.’ It’s a beautiful philosophy, a total philosophy of practical life.
We are building in different parts of the Himalayas for the busy people of the world to go for some time there and refresh their soul, refresh their intellect, refresh their mind, so that their speech and behaviour will be the guiding light to human existence.
It’s very beautiful: Himalayas means Heaven."
-- Maharishi, 17 October 2002

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Solar Powered Acoustic Device Protecting Crops (And Animals) - Energy Matters

Solar Powered Acoustic Device Protecting Crops (And Animals) - Energy Matters

Our organic gardens here in the ashram are precious to us, but they are also a source of fascination for a large troupe of langur monkey who live in the jungle around us, and they often do raids. Slingshots haven't proved effective, and they also could be harmful for these charming visitors, so this acoustic device powered by solar energy could useful to us as well as farmers all around India.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Over 1500 yoga asanas shortlisted to thwart patenting by foreign parties

Aug 9, 2015

The government decided to form the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, after the bitter experience of some MNCs claiming patents for neem and turmeric in the last two decades.

Apart from trained yoga teachers, a team of AYUSH doctors would scrutinise the applications for a medical history and status to decide whether to allow them to attend the yoga sessions or not. -

In a move that will help thwart attempts by foreign MNCs and individuals to get patents and trademark on ancient yoga techniques, the government has shortlisted over 1500 asanas and videographed over 250, classifying them as “traditional knowledge” of the country.

The initiative will be a part of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a unit of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, which challenges claims made at several patent offices across the globe by individuals and MNCs.

“Our experts have identified over 1500 yoga techniques from the literature available from our ancient texts and what is available now.

Nearly 250 asanas have been video graphed already.

It should take five or six months to complete the process, after which it can be the part of the database.

“Once that happens, any attempt to claim patent on the Indian yoga techniques practiced since ancient time can be thwarted,” said Archana Sharma, head of TKDL.

It has been observed that several patents have been issued in the West for various yoga techniques. Many have copyright on those. The government decided to form the TKDL, after the bitter experience of some MNCs claiming patents for neem and turmeric in the last two decades.

Getting a patent issued to a US MNC revoked for turmeric, alone cost over a million dollars in legal expenses, travel and other costs.

Following this, it was decided to form TKDL. Today its database has over 2.93 lakh medicines, their properties indicating that those have been traditionally used for cure in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems.

The information is also present in Spanish, German, English, Japanese and French languages.

The database is shared with the European Patent Office (EPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), German Patent Office (GPO), Intellectual Property Australia (IPA), Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and Chile Patent Office (CPO) under a “non-disclosure” pact.

“So, every time when any individual or any MNC files for patent, the major patent offices refer to the TKDL base. On our part, a team is constantly monitoring the patents that are being filed. So, we also file pre-grant opposition. There have been cases when the patent applications were crossed checked with the TKDL database and queries were raised. Following that the applicants withdrew their claims.

“Since 2009, TKDL has thwarted over 200 claims,” said Sharma. Over the past one month, India has thwarted two attempts at patenting Indian traditional medicines, which again included turmeric.

Last month Europe’s Leading Dermaceutical Laboratory – Pangaea Laboratories Limited’s attempt to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss was foiled.

The same month, India thwarted another attempt by Colgate-Palmolive Company to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb (Nutmeg- Jayaphal) extract used in Indian traditional systems of medicine to cure oral diseases, at European Patent office

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Maharishi's Lecture at the Guru Purnima Celebration 1999

(Unofficial transcript)

Blessings of Guru Dev—after we have performed our Puja to Guru Dev, our homage to Guru Dev. It’s a very joyful time for us, to express what comes. What comes to us is an open door of perfection to life of everyone on earth. This is what comes to us, as a blessing of Guru Dev, emerging from the offerings that we made to Guru Dev in the traditional Vedic manner.

What comes to us is an open door to perfection in life for everyone on earth. And when we analyse on the scientific level the perception that comes to us. What has come to us now, an open door of perfection, an open door of perfection to life of everyone on earth. And what is the logic behind it? What is the scientific character of this open door perfection to heaven?

The reality is Ved. What is Ved? Pure knowledge; total knowledge is there always lively within the Self of everyone. The Self of everyone is the reality of open door for perfection in the life of everyone. This is Ved, the field of pure knowledge, this is Vedanta, the basis of this total knowledge in the field of consciousness. Self-referral state of everyone’s consciousness is reverberation of consciousness. Consciousness reverberates in terms of the impulses of consciousness. They reverberate as sound. Sound of Ved. Vedic sounds, Ved Vani. This is the reality of the self-referral state of consciousness of everyone. This is the logic at the basis of this open door for perfection for life of everyone on earth.

This is absolutely simple, it is absolutely easy, it is absolutely useful for everyone on earth. Regardless of his state of mind. Regardless of the level of his intelligence. Regardless of his state of awakening, whether fully awake, waking, dreaming, sleeping state of consciousness. Doesn’t matter, in whatever state of consciousness one may be, the reality at the basis of every state of consciousness is self-referral state of Transcendental Consciousness. Fortunately for the last 40 - 50 years we have taught Transcendental Meditation throughout the world and we have a huge record of scientific research that the capable scientists in all fields of knowledge have recorded, as the benefits coming from this Transcendental Consciousness.

So the open door to perfection in the life of everyone, that we are perceiving today, open door .... we are perceiving today because we have taken our consciousness to a level of that self-referral consciousness. Even when we are sleeping, that level of self-referral consciousness is the reality of the perception that everyone is Ved. Everyone on the level of consciousness, the total knowledge, the Ved, and the whole body is the expression of the Ved, the whole universe is the expression of the Ved, the expression of those eternal impulses of consciousness, or intelligence, which has expressed itself in the reverberation of the Vedic language and in the material creation.

It’s a very beautiful time. We have been teaching this all time, all these 40, 50 years. And every year on the Guru Purnima Day we have been reviewing our eternal state of life. and every year we have been proclaiming that life is bliss. This year is a special year for this, for us, because, we have plunged to modify the politics of the world. The politics, which has been administering life on a very superficial of behaviour. Behaviour is the result of the state of consciousness of the individual. Now, what the individual is in essence has been discovered on the level of quantum physics, chemistry. Our scientists will tell you, they are all here to affirm what they have been seeking in the world on the level of scientific knowledge, physics, chemistry, physiology; all this on a unified level. And this is the Self of everyone, the Atma of everyone. The impulse of which we have the records in the Vedic literature, which we have sorted out in terms of 40 values. and Prof. Tony Nader, the great neurologist, the great physiologist, a very successful scientist.