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The main textbook of Yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, begins by defining Yoga. The second verse of the text explains: "yogash chitta-vritti-nirodhah", which means Yoga is the complete setting of the activity of the mind.
In the Bhagavad Gita, another basic text of Yoga, the secret to all success in life is given in the words: "nistrai gunyo bhava Arjuna", which means be without the three gunas, O Arjuna. Arjuna, the hero of the story, is adviced to be without the three gunas in order to gain Enlightenment — the ability to always spontaneously think and act in an evolutionary way for everyone and everything, and the ability to fulfill his intentions without facing obstacles, while always established in unconditional, eternal contentment. In the Vedic tradition, which is the origin of Yoga, the three gunas are the three fundamental principles of intelligence — the three most fundamental laws of nature that are known to administer the entire universe. Therefore, being without the three gunas means going beyond the material world, beyond the manifest universe, or, in other words, settling down the avtivity of the mind, but, of course, remaining awake.
And what do we experience when the activity (the content, the thoughts) of the mind settles down, but we remain awake? Then the mind has a chance to experience its own nature. When the mind is no longer distracted by thoughts or experiences, when it is not required to experience something external (as it always is, except in the case of sleep), when the mind has gone beyond the three gunas, beyond the material world, in this way, then the mind, having been left without any object of experience, has the opportunity to experience itself — one experiences the true Self, which is the subject matter of Yoga, and the entire Vedic Literature. This is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's interpretation of these two and other verses, which has been absolutely central in the revival of the correct understanding of Yoga and meditation, so that Yoga and meditation can really produce what they were intended to: Enlightenment — unbounded bliss — for everyone, in an easy way.
As we see from this chart, during Transcendental Meditation, the activity of the mind becomes finer and finer — one experiences finer levels of thought, finer levels of reality, until one transcends thought altogether and experiences the source of thought, which the Self of the practitioner. Having freed itself from all distractions, all objects of experience, the mind has the opportunity to experience its own nature. Not being restricted by any object of experience, not being restricted by any limitation, the
mind experiences the full nature of existence — pure existence, pure Being, pure consciousness. This is the state which is defined as Yoga in the texts of Yoga. This is the complete settling of the activity of the mind that the Yoga Sutras refer to, and this is the state beyond the three gunas that Bhagavad Gita describes as the secret to all success.
In Transcendental Meditation, the mind easily and effortlessly attains this state, enlivening the full value of life, and this explains its remarkable benefits in all areas of life, verified by hundreds of scientific studies.
The result is total brain functioning. The entire brain becomes lively and functions in an integrated way during the expeirence of the full value of life. One enlives one's full potential.
What would happen if the state of being beyond the three gunas, the state of pure existence, could be maintained outside of the practice of Transcendental Meditation?
All areas of life would dramatically improve. In fact, this is what happens through Transcendental Meditation. Health, relationships, intelligence, moral maturity — everything in life improves as one's mind and body contact the full value of life.
This is exactly why Bhagavad Gita expresses the ultimate formula for action in the words: "Yogasthah kuru karmani", which Maharishi translates as "established in Yoga, perform action". Established in the state of pure existence, perform action. This is the formula prescribed by the literature of Yoga for all success in life, and even Enlightenment: the ultimate level of personal development, in which every desire is automatically fulfilled, while every desire is automatically evolutionary for oneself and everyone else, and while one enjoys permanent unbounded bliss, stemming from the experience of pure existence, the full value of life.
This results in the full use of one's brain, especially when the body lifts up in Yogic Flying, as scientific research shows.
By allowing the mind and body to function at their full potential, Yogic Flying accelerates the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in all areas of life, and at the same time develops Enlightenment — Higher States of Consciousness, bringing fulfillment to the teaching of Yoga.
Yogic Flying develops total brain functioning and produces dramatic benefits for all areas of life of the individual, and for the environment as well.
Such results have not been seen in science with any other method. Yogic Flying has been shown to unfold Yoga in the life of people in an unprecedented, unimaginable way, never seen before in modern history.
Yogic Flying is the completely authentic, completely simple, easy, and effortless ancient technique to live Yoga in daily life.
Shiva Samhita, one of the ancient texts of Yoga, has to say the following about Yogic Flying:
"When the Yogi, though remaining in the lotus position, can rise up in the air and leave the ground, then know that he has gained Vayu Siddhi [success over air], which destroys the darkness of the world." (Chapter 3, verse 42.)
This is the effect of the blissful lift-
Its effects of destroying the darkness of the world have been widely documented by scientific studies.
Through Yogic Flying, now everyone has a means to enliven Yoga — the ultimate reality of life, which brings unbounded bliss and all good to life — for oneself, and for the whole world.
"Without knowing what to expect, I began to drift down into deeper and deeper levels of relaxation, as if I were sinking into my chair. Then for some time, perhaps a minute or a few minutes, I experienced a silent, inner state of no thoughts, just pure awareness and nothing else; then again I became aware of my surroundings. It left me with a deep sense of ease, inner renewal and happiness."
“It needed a scientific age for the world to appreciate the significance of the philosophy of Yoga and its practical application in creating integrated individuals, integrated nations, and an integrated world family.
“Yoga means union, the union of the individual awareness with the unified field of all the laws of nature in the state of transcendental consciousness. Yogic Flying demonstrates the ability of the individual to enlven the total potential of natural law in all its expressions — mind, body, behavior, and environment, ‘Yogic Flying’ presents in miniature the flight of galaxies in space, all unified in perfect order by Natural Law.
“If the full value of the brain is utilized, then the cosmic potential of the individual is utilized. This is the turning point of the human race — the destiny of the human race now.”
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|Total Brain Functioning|
|The Physics of Flying|
|The Fulfillment of Yoga|
|Yogic Flying Competitions|
|Learning Yogic Flying|
|Can Anyone Learn?|
|Benefits for the Individual|
|Benefits for Society|
|How the Maharishi Effect Works|
|Research on the Maharishi Effect|