As an 18 year-old-student, I attended a lecture on the Transcendental Meditation technique given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Trocadero Ballroom in Sydney. There were 2,000 people in attendance.
Maharishi, an enlightened sage from the Himalayas, was world famous. His message was that enlightenment is the birthright of everyone.
The transcript of this lecture is available as a pdf file that you can download here.
A few years back I told Maharishi that I was convinced to learn Transcendental Meditation® even before he spoke that evening.
First, because of the grace of his movement and the bliss radiating from his personality.
Second, because of the microphone.
After Maharishi was introduced he was given a hand-held microphone to speak into. He liked to talk with his hands, using flowers in his analogies. So he asked for a microphone stand, but was told none was available.
So he took the bouquet of flowers he had been given, took off the rubber bands holding the flowers together, and put the microphone inside the flowers, and tied it all up with the rubber bands again. Then for the next two hours he spoke into the flowers.
He did this all in a few seconds, while smiling lovingly at the whole crowd in this big hall. He was serene and blissful.
I thought it was such a creative solution, but even more than that, Maharishi’s peaceful, blissful personality created a deep impression on me.
A few years ago I told Maharishi this story, and he said: “Yes, but did you like the lecture”
I said, “Yes, I loved the lecture.”
In the lecture, Maharishi’s message to Australia was simple:
And just like that I learned the technique of Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi at 10 am the next morning.
Maharishi would teach 100 people a day, just sitting on the bed, while groups of five would receive the whispered instructions from him—each person feeling the incredible peace and warmth and love he emanated.
Then the first group meditation, and sinking down to a level of consciousness never experienced before—so soft, so infinitesimally small somehow, so quiet, so warm—and afterwards being filled with energy, and laughing in a newly joyful kind of way.
In the evening Maharishi would check our practice with the whole 100 crammed into a small room, answering every imaginable kind of question. I asked my first question to him then, and his answer was totally unexpected. I realized then that an enlightened teacher is not limited by any normal, small thinking (like mine).
One year later, in January 1969, at the age of 19, I went to Rishikesh, India on the Ganges bank to Maharishi’s Academy of Meditation to be trained by Maharishi along with 150 others from all over the world as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. The 45 years since then have been a thrilling ride. I am so grateful for what he gave to me and to six million others, and for the new golden age of the world now dawning.
President of Maharishi University of Management • Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees • BA, MA, Psychology and Philosophy, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University (England) • MSCI, DSCI, Maharishi European Research University
Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa USA
Global Country of World Peace
Born Adelaide, Australia, 1949; B.A., M.A., Psychology and Philosophy, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, England; MSCI, DSCI, Maharishi European Research University, Switzerland
For 45 years Dr. Bevan Morris has worked as a teacher and administrator in the worldwide Transcendental Meditation Movement, founded by the great sage from the Himalayas, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
For the past 33 years Dr. Morris has been President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, the first Consciousness-BasedSM educational institution in the world, which offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in many academic disciplines (as well as an award-winning K-12 school).
He has overseen the University’s growth, developed its many international relationships, and manages its diverse educational and research programs. He also supervises the University’s unique programs for developing higher states of consciousness in its famous Golden Domes, and the University’s programs for the creation of permanent world peace.
He has presented the Consciousness-Based educational programs of its founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in over 120 countries to Presidents, Prime Ministers, education and health Ministers, University Rectors and Vice-Chancellors, school principals, and business executives.
Since 2005, Dr. Morris has been the Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace—founded in 2000 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to unite the world family in perpetual peace and prosperity. The Global Country of World Peace has been established to support all nations to rise to invincibility through Consciousness-Based programs, which create waves of harmony and peace in national consciousness—relieving the stress and strain in national life.
Dr. Morris also serves as President or Chair of other nonprofit organizations engaged in creating world peace and promoting Consciousness-Based education. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation (USA and the Netherlands); President, Global Country of World Peace (USA); member of the Board of Directors of Maharishi Global Development Fund; and President, Maharishi Foundation (USA).
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