Maharishi on Yoga and Transcendental Meditation

Maharishi on Yoga and Transcendental Meditation

“Yoga we know is the summation of all the trends of mind – Yoga, Samadhi, Transcendental Consciousness. How it becomes perfected? Yoga becomes perfected when the Yoga state is not disturbed by anything. What could be the disturbing element—because that Yoga state is absolute silence—what could be disturbing to it? Only the activity could be disturbing to it. But when the action does not disturb the silence of the Yoga, then Yoga is perfected. It is a beautiful point.” —Maharishi



In the West, yoga has come to mean the physical postures known as asana. But in the tradition that gave us yoga, the term actually refers to an inner experience gained during meditation: yoga means union or the state of unified awareness.


From the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:

yogaś citta vṛtti nirodhaḥ
“Yoga is the cessation of the thought waves of the mind.”

The Transcendental Meditation technique is yoga practice in the purest sense. It is a technique for arriving at the “cessation” of mental activity while maintaining inner wakefulness, the state of pure consciousness or samadhi. This experience is the true state of yoga. (2:46)


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “The advise is to continue Yoga on the physical level, and start and continue Yoga on the mental level, and start to continue Yoga on the intellectual level, and live in daily life Yoga on the Self level. On all levels of life-physical, mental, intellectual, and on the level of Transcendental Being-on all levels, Yoga will help you to progress in every way, in every field of life.

Yoga means Unity. Unity is more and more bringing unified wholeness in the field of diversity. And one of the Yoga sayings is that “Yoga is superior action.” A better quality of action when you want, then you practice Yoga. And Yoga on all levels.

Transcendental Meditation is all Yoga. I had to call it Transcendental Meditation a new name because I felt Yoga has been commonly understood in terms of physical exercises. That is also a Yoga, but it is a level of its own. Then mental Yoga, intellectual Yoga, and then the Self-Referral Yoga Self-Referral Consciousness, the Unified field of all the Laws of Nature, the field of Consciousness, Consciousness, which is more basic to all the physical levels. Yoga is a good word, but it should be properly understood and practised, and the result will be holistic evolution of life.”

Yoga in Bhagavad Gita.

“The Inner Experience of Yoga.” by: William F. Sands

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