Aspirant: What is the aim of SKY (Simplified Kundalini Yoga)? Maharishi: In SKY system we teach meditation, introspection and simplified physical exercises. By simplified exercises, the body is kept in healthy condition. By meditation, one can realize Self or God. By introspection, the mind is streamlined and sublimated towards perfection.
Aspirant: Who is a best teacher? Maharishi: I may say one himself is a best Teacher. Or else, I may even say the Nature is the best Teacher. Both are same. Nature is Totality and man is fraction. Man is a phenomenon and a process of nature developing the consciousness from fraction to Totality. Every minute, nature reveals its own secrets through every man, every material, every action and every enjoyment for the development of man to reach his goal of perfection. One who respects and understands with due sincerity such revelations, reaches the goal of perfection. He enjoys harmony, satisfaction, happiness and everlasting peace in life. He who neglects the teachings of nature suffers from pains, miseries, disturbances and disappointments. The very purpose of life is lost, the journey of the goal is delayed.
Aspirant: What is Religion? Maharishi: The charge, stock and conversion – capacity of life – force undergo fluctuations by 1) Hereditary values, 2) Quality of food, 3) Quality of thought, 4) Deeds, 5) Changes of planetary positions and 6) Accidents.
1) The understanding, 2) Self-awareness (soul-consciousness or energy-consciousness) and 3) Will-power of a person is the powerful media to regulate and maintain the life-force with a full sense of responsibility.
Religion is a system of harmonious and peaceful life, formulated on the understanding of 1) The existence, 2) Function and 3) Results of the life-force (soul)
It is a code of moral behavior for the maintenance of the valuable life-energy, to ensure better living for everyone in the society and develop consciousness to its fullness.
The life-force is also called spirit. Hence the system of life formulated and followed on the understanding of the spirit (soul) is called spirituality.
The way of spending the life force gives pleasure and pain. The conversion of the life-force is experienced as pressure, sound, light, taste and smell which together are called pancha- thanmatra (5 self-transformations). The life energy is converted as pressure, sound, light, taste & smell and consumed. The over consumption and the lesser stock create pain as they go beyond the minimum critical level.
Also the sudden conversion (and consumption) which disturb the sensitive organs (skin, ear etc.,) gives pain.
If only this secret (Pancha-thanmatra principle) is understood by modern scientists and intellectuals, half the gap between religion and science would be filled.
When the same scientists and intellectuals understand the meaning, existence and functions of Truth, otherwise called God, the remaining gap also would be filled and there would be no conflict, whatsoever, between religion and science.
Aspirant: What is the history of the world? Maharishi: The history of the world, as is normally recorded, is about the deeds of barbarous politicians, greedy industrialists and superstitious religious heads. The ruinations of men and materials of these unkind three types are taken as history of the world. In reality, evolution of the living beings, from amoeba to man, is the history of the world.
Aspirant: In the Book of Matthew it is given, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness ‘ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. Did Jesus mean only what you have been explaining? Maharishi:
Yes, true knowledge does not admit double-talk or double-think. When understanding matures and the peak is reached, the concepts would be the same and the definitions would be uniform and to the point. Even about the goal, has not Jesus said: “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you!”
Aspirant: Swamiji, my children are mischievous and naughty all the time. Can I transform them through blessing? Maharishi: Most certainly you can. Remember, children are to grow up to the normal height of about 6 feet. The potential energy for this is pushing them up all the time and that is why they are high-spirited and overactive. To become annoyed with children is not a rational attitude. Bless them after meditation and you can change their character and mood. Children are the treasure of the family. They should live well, behave well and shine well. Your blessing will work as a capital for them.