Maharishi Mahesh Yogi often quoted a Rig Veda shloka : richo akshare parame vyoman, which translates as “Knowledge is structured in consciousness.”
Everything we do depends upon the quality of our consciousness. How do you feel when you had a poor night’s sleep ? How is your productivity, your mood, your relationships, your appreciation of the environment ? How much greater is your appreciation and enjoyment of life , when you had a good night’s sleep !! —- Maharishi says, “If the mind is cheerful, everything is found to be cheerful ; if the mind is sad, one’s outlook is gloomy. When the ‘state of Being’ becomes infused into the nature of the mind, during meditation, then tis infusion makes the mind divine. When the mind becomes filled with the Divine Being, the vision is, naturally, full and even. It is steady and undistorted by the diversity of life in the world.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics says : As temperature increases, chaos increases. Temperature is analogous to activity. When you bring water to a boil, it becomes visibly agitated, reflecting an increase in activity among the hydrogen and atoms. The Third Law of Thermodynamics says : “As temperature decreases, orderliness increases. If you put the water in the deep freezer, all the molecules line up in perfect crystals. These laws of physics apply to us too. When we have too much activity, we feel frazzled —— we say wrong things and make bad decisions. When we feel more settled and fresh inside, we are more perceptive happier and more effective.
During practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, mental activity settles down, until we experience the mind’s ‘silent depth’, completely still and fully awake. When the ‘knower’ does not fluctuate, then the ‘object of knowledge’ does not lfluctuate. When one’s mind is established in the ‘vacuum state’ (Being), silent and alert, then the knowledge one gains is always correct. Knowledge has ‘organising power’. Greater knowledge allows you to ‘do less and accomplish more.’
There is a state of consciousness where knowledge is pure and unbounded, Maharishi calls it the state of ‘KNOWINGNESS. This is very different rom ‘knowing’. KNOWING is on the surface of the mind : I know this or I know that. KNOWINGNESS is on the surface of the mind, awareness by itself. It is like the difference between activity ‘on the surface’ of the ocean and activity from the ‘depths.’ A small movement at the depth of an ocean, can create huge waves on the surface. Activity from the state of pure awareness brings greater ‘skill in action’ than activity from the surface thinking level. And at the same time, it stirs the inner bliss.
Knowledge is different in different states of consciousness. Create a solid foundation of lively inner silence, and the outside world becomes better. THE WORLD IS, AS YOU ARE.
—– Lane Wagger