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.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Why Nashik Kumbh Mela will be of epic proportions this time

The mega religious gathering along on the banks of the Godavari river is set to welcome millions of visitors and will be marked by initiatives that boost tourism and help in the brand building exercise.

All roads will lead to Nashik for the next two months as the Nashik Kumbh Mela was officially inaugurated by the Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
Marked by the chanting of hymns and poojas, the opening was held in two spots, around 40km apart — one in Trimbakeshwar and the other in Nashik, along the banks of the Godavari river. The mega holy gathering begins on July 14 and will go on till September 18.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest religious congregations, which is held once in 12 years, the kumbh mela, this year, is set to draw in 30 million devotees, pilgrims and tourists to the city of Nashik, often recognised as an important pilgrimage town for Hindus. Besides its religious and social significance, this year’s mela is marked by interesting initiatives that boost tourism and help in the brand building exercise.
In 2009, the state government had allocated a budget of over Rs 2,300 crore for the kumbh mela preparations, ranging from roads development to arrangements for the pilgrims, security measures and waste management initiatives.

Going green

Known as the Harit Kumbh or the green kumbh, this year’s mela is set to be environment-friendly. So, the state government will clean up the Godavari, remove waste from the river and plant one lakh saplings to increase the green cover and reverse any potential environment damage due to the heavy crowds.
Jute and cotton bags are being distributed with a message to not use plastic during the mela. A few thousand toilets have been constructed all over the area. Garbage bins are out up near food and tea stalls to prevent littering. Sewage treatment plants are set up so that untreated sewage isn’t released into the river.

Technology meets devotion

The state government is using technology in a big way to assist tourists and pilgrims and spread information. A website dedicated to the mela gives information about the significance and important religious dates. Around 700 CCTV cameras will keep vigil to ensure better security. LED screen have been installed to keep giving live updates to people.
Community radios have been set up in buses to disseminate information to pilgrims and travelers.

Business Gets a Boost

A festival as significant as the Kumbh mela is an opportunity in branding and promoting tourism. This year, there ‘religious packages’ on offer, so you can spend a few nights in Nashik, take a dip in the river and then visit other key temples in the region.
The mela is a time when local businesses step up their activities. With a growing demand for hotels and rest houses, hotels are offering special stay packages and people have converted their houses into home stays.

Significance of the festival

Believers and religious scholars say that when Gods and demons were fighting over the sacred nectar, Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of nectar spilling a few drops at four different places-- Haridwar, Nashik, Ujjain and Prayag. The Kumbh mela is held at these spots. The celebration of Kumbh Mela and its location depends on the position of Jupiter. It is said that when Jupiter and sun fall on the zodiac sign of Leo, the Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik. The mela is marked by religious rites and rituals, devotional music and a gathering of sadhus. The kumbh mela also attracts non-believers who want to experience or document the gathering.

Balaraj Maharishi

J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2010 Jul-Sep; 1(3): 222–224.

Balaraj Maharishi 
and the first clinical trial of Ayurvedic medicines in the West

by Donn Brennan

In June 1984, I was part of a group of western-trained medical doctors from six countries who began a 15-month course in Ayurveda. In February 1985 as part of our course, we were invited to join a group of Vaidyas in Brasilia, Brazil, for a two-week conference on the indigenous health traditions of South America. It was here that I first came into contact with Balaraj Maharishi, one of the great Vaidyas of his era, and at that time adviser on Ayurveda to the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

In Brasilia, he soon came to the notice of our group, but in an unusual way. Conference sessions would last many hours with the Chairman, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and others speaking. As we sat watching the proceedings, we could not help in noticing that one person on the stage sat for hours hardly moving, or without moving at all. The stillness surrounding his presence was palpable. Even after the first session, our group all wanted to know who he might be.

We were told that this was Balaraj Maharishi, a senior and highly respected Vaidya, a great living authority on Ayurvedic medicinal plants and their uses – the science of Dravyaguna. At the meeting that was arranged, Balaraj Maharishi told us something of his life story.

As a 17-year-old, he had been travelling by train in North India when he witnessed a train guard demanding payment for his fare from a Sannyasi, something that never usually happened. He remonstrated with the guard, but ended by paying the man’s fare for him. This had much amused the Sannyasi, who asked the young man what he intended to do with his life. Balaraj said he just wished to make people happy and so was considering music. He had run away from home and was on his way to Madras to learn a traditional instrument from a group who had recently visited his village.

On hearing this, the Sannyasi offered to teach him something more precious, and invited Balaraj to follow him. It turned out that he was an experienced Ayurvedic doctor with life-time knowledge of medicinal plants and their uses. In this way, as a teenager, Balaraj began to learn Ayurveda from a Vaidya Sannyasi, who had invited him to become his shishya (student) at their very first meeting.

From then on, wherever they walked through forests, fields, or deserts of India, but particularly in the Himalayas, every time they met a plant his master would tell him all about it – names, family, genus, properties, uses, in what combinations it could be used, and for what conditions, etc. For many years, they walked the length and breadth of India, particularly the Himalayas, with his instruction continuing. He had thus acquired detailed working knowledge of some 4000 plants, or so it was reputed.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Unnatural Disaster: How Global Warming Helped Cause India’s Catastrophic Flood

The flood that swept through the Indian state of Uttarakhand two years ago killed thousands of people and was one of the worst disasters in the nation’s recent history. Now researchers are saying that melting glaciers and shifting storm tracks played a major role in the catastrophe and should be a warning about how global warming could lead to more damaging floods in the future.

The boulder in the foreground saved the historic Kedarnath Temple from destruction in the 2013 flood.

Two years ago this month, a flood devastated the Himalayan village of Kedarnath, India, the destination of half a million Hindu pilgrims annually. The town sits 11,500 feet up in a tight valley. Sharp, snowy peaks tower on three sides and a stone temple sits at one end. The flood — which occurred on June 17, 2013 — was India’s worst disaster in a decade. Several thousand people drowned. The deluge tore apart dozens of bridges, swept away miles of paved roads, and carried off herds of livestock. 

Government officials, scientific researchers, and media commentators soon speculated about the cause of the flood and about why so many people had died. They pointed to the early and heavy monsoon rains. They railed against poorly built homes, unregulated development along the Mandakini River that runs through Kedarnath, and soil erosion caused by thousands of pilgrims trekking on foot and on donkeys to reach this remote town in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

All these factors contributed. Yet in the two years since the flood, scientists studying with the care and intensity of forensic investigators have added another key cause: global warming. In recent papers, they conclude that melting glaciers and shifting storm tracks may soon set off more catastrophic floods in mountainous regions of India and adjacent countries. Atmospheric scientists say that in northern India the intense rains that preceded the disaster are extremely rare. But they have discovered that an unusual collision of weather systems steered storms over Uttarakhand and locked them in place, pouring rain down for days. Long-term changes in weather patterns are making such collisions more likely, a development that some scientists believe is caused by global warming. Global warming has is also melting glaciers all over the Himalayas, including one perched above Kedarnath. Some researchers say that had the glacier remained healthy, heavy rain alone would not have destabilized a gravel bank that collapsed, releasing a destructive pulse of debris-filled water.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

GM Cotton Does Not Increase Profits for Indian Farmers – Oxford University Experts

Posted on Jun 10 2015 - 11:44pm by Sustainable Pulse

Experts from Oxford University in the UK have released a study in the Nature journal stating that there are no increased profits for Indian farmers who grow Bt cotton in non-irrigated areas.

Carla Romeu-Dalmau, Liam Dolan and their colleagues at Oxford University, compared the economic impact of growing native Asiatic cotton (Gossypium arboreum L.) with that of growing American Bt (GM) cotton (Bt Gossypium hirsutum), which has been engineered to contain bacterial genes that make the crop resistant to insect pests.

They found that farmers in the Indian state of Maharashtra spent more money to produce Bt cotton than native cotton, even though Bt cotton generates higher yields.

The authors also looked at farming Bt cotton under different conditions, and found that the GM cotton grown under rain-fed conditions has similar economic benefits to the same cotton grown using irrigation. Although Bt cotton gives higher yields with irrigation than without, growing it under these conditions costs more and eats into profits.

Farmers should bear in mind a range of factors, including expenses and water availability, when choosing which crop to plant, the authors suggested.