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The Sage and the LotusThe Sage and the Lotus

Mind, Body and the Five Worlds

Jeremy J Bowler


Summary

The book presents a holistic understanding of consciousness from the ancient Vedic Tradition of India, based on the teaching of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Sage of the title. The symbolism of the Lotus on the Lake is used to illustrate the connections made between consciousness and matter.

Modern life is very much separated into compartments, and for all our scientific and technological developments, modern culture displays a lack of knowledge of wholeness. To be precise, we have no real understanding of consciousness or of how our minds interact with our bodies, nor of how life as a whole functions to nourish the separate parts.

Consequently, many people remain unhappy or unfulfilled and we continue to act collectively in ways that are damaging to life.

The book is in four parts

Part one starts with the polarisation of world views illustrated by science and religion and the difficulty this creates in coming to a shared understanding of reality that encompasses all aspects of human experience. Such human experience covers several interacting domains: the physical; the mental; the social and cultural, and the spiritual.

Science only tells us accurately about the physical. So we have the bizarre situation that scientists, working with their minds in a social and cultural context of shared meaning, cannot explain consciousness. Religion purports to explain the human relationship with the Divine, yet, for many, religion has become a matter of blind belief leading to actions that can sometimes seem destructive to life itself.

The Mind-Body problem is introduced as revealing the fundamental difficulties we face in understanding the wholeness of life. A discussion of this problem and some of the broad approaches to tackling it, via dualism, materialism and idealism, leads naturally into an explanation of Maharishi's teaching.

Part two describes Maharishi Vedic Science as a theory of wholeness which takes consciousness to be primary. The theory is explained in some detail and extended to show how three interacting modes of consciousness are required to create physical forms, worlds of shared experience and the appearance of matter. The three modes are the cosmic mode, the individual mode and the collective mode.

Part three returns to the Mind-Body problem and shows that it does not exist in Maharishi Vedic Science. The difficulties described in part one are shown to arise only if we take a limited viewpoint from within the main theory, a viewpoint in which wholeness is missing. Mind and body go together, but they are both expressions of a deeper reality in which wholeness is all.

Such a deeper reality does not have to be left to blind belief, or only to faith. It is open to experience through a process of spiritual development. The techniques of Yoga, properly understood and applied – and exemplified in Maharishi's system of Transcendental Meditation – are designed to promote the experience of wholeness.

The need for a paradigm shift in our shared understanding of the wholeness of life and the conditions required for creating that shift are discussed. A new Five Worlds Framework for human experience is proposed. The new framework is presented as a device to help the cultural development of new holistic approaches in every area of practical life. It is hoped that different cultural and spiritual traditions can use the framework to make their own contributions.

Details are developed to describe the structure of individual life and its relationship to the whole, and the image of the Lotus on the Lake is used, to sum up, these ideas.

Part four gives three examples of how Maharishi Vedic Science can be applied to practical life. They are: Spiritual Development, which has the potential to power a global paradigm shift; Education, which develops the mind, and Medicine, which maintains the health of the body.

An Appendix outlines Maharishi's teaching on the Seven States of Consciousness.

Reviews


An important and very well-argued book which tackles the profound issue of the relationship of consciousness to matter. Ian Birnbaum, 13 October 2016

This is an important book. It presents an excellent summary of the current approaches to the mind-body problem and explains their shortcomings clearly and thoroughly. It then goes on to describe the profound teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and shows how those teachings constitute an integrated and comprehensive theory of consciousness and matter which overcomes the shortcomings of the current theories, all of which are seen as partial. The final part of the book sets out some of the key practical implications of the theory and ends with some stimulating thoughts to ponder. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has wondered about the relationship of mind and body, consciousness and matter and wants a powerful and stimulating exposition which is very well argued and convincing. Do read this book. You will not be disappointed.

A thoughtfully and carefully written book which condenses a myriad of ideas and ancient teachings into an approachable and enjoyable read. Simon Moore, 1 December 2016

I really enjoyed this insightful book and found it fascinating. Understanding the nature of consciousness can be both tantalisingly simple and frustratingly complex at the same time. The way in which the various arguments, deeply-felt and understood knowledge and trains-of-thought are communicated by the author, helped me make much more sense of my own being. I'm sure I will be revisiting many of the chapters as time goes on, to remind myself how beautifully unified our experience is.

Other readers have commented:

“An enjoyable read", "well written", "fascinating", "easy to read", "Nice book!", "I highly recommend it", "a work of great depth", "a very impressive piece of work", "the best explanation of Maharishi’s Vedic Science I have ever read.”


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The Sage and the LotusThe Sage and the Lotus

Mind, Body and the Five Worlds

Jeremy J Bowler


Everyone knows that we have a mind and a body and that those two parts of life work together. Yet science has no adequate theory to explain the connection. At the heart of this difficulty is the Mind-Body problem, which is as much to do with the way we understand reality as with the scientific understanding of our bodies.

This book discusses the problem and presents a solution to it based on the teaching of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Sage of the title. For over 50 years, Maharishi expounded a new and detailed understanding of consciousness taken from the Vedic Tradition of ancient India. He applied it to life in the modern world with great success. In that understanding, both mind and body are two expressed parts of a more universal, underlying wholeness of life which can be brought to the level of direct experience through Transcendental Meditation.

Opening one’s awareness to that inner reality is called Self-realisation. Expanding that inner wholeness into activity in the world creates Enlightened living. Both topics are discussed in the book in relation to the Mind-Body problem and to Maharishi’s teaching.

The book also uses the symbol of the Lotus on the Lake to connect individual consciousness with the universal value of Being that underpins it. This image, adapted from Laya Yoga, beautifully expresses the relationship between individual life and the cosmic value of wholeness. It is a poetic and yet technical description of the structure of individual consciousness.

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  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (18 May 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1790662117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1790662111
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Weight: 573g

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The Sage and the LotusThe Sage and the Lotus

Mind, Body and the Five Worlds

Jeremy J Bowler


Summary

The book presents a holistic understanding of consciousness from the ancient Vedic Tradition of India, based on the teaching of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Sage of the title. The symbolism of the Lotus on the Lake is used to illustrate the connections made between consciousness and matter.

Modern life is very much separated into compartments, and for all our scientific and technological developments, modern culture displays a lack of knowledge of wholeness. To be precise, we have no real understanding of consciousness or of how our minds interact with our bodies, nor of how life as a whole functions to nourish the separate parts.

Consequently, many people remain unhappy or unfulfilled and we continue to act collectively in ways that are damaging to life.

The book is in four parts

Part one starts with the polarisation of world views illustrated by science and religion and the difficulty this creates in coming to a shared understanding of reality that encompasses all aspects of human experience. Such human experience covers several interacting domains: the physical; the mental; the social and cultural, and the spiritual.

Science only tells us accurately about the physical. So we have the bizarre situation that scientists, working with their minds in a social and cultural context of shared meaning, cannot explain consciousness. Religion purports to explain the human relationship with the Divine, yet, for many, religion has become a matter of blind belief leading to actions that can sometimes seem destructive to life itself.

The Mind-Body problem is introduced as revealing the fundamental difficulties we face in understanding the wholeness of life. A discussion of this problem and some of the broad approaches to tackling it, via dualism, materialism and idealism, leads naturally into an explanation of Maharishi's teaching.

Part two describes Maharishi Vedic Science as a theory of wholeness which takes consciousness to be primary. The theory is explained in some detail and extended to show how three interacting modes of consciousness are required to create physical forms, worlds of shared experience and the appearance of matter. The three modes are the cosmic mode, the individual mode and the collective mode.

Part three returns to the Mind-Body problem and shows that it does not exist in Maharishi Vedic Science. The difficulties described in part one are shown to arise only if we take a limited viewpoint from within the main theory, a viewpoint in which wholeness is missing. Mind and body go together, but they are both expressions of a deeper reality in which wholeness is all.

Such a deeper reality does not have to be left to blind belief, or only to faith. It is open to experience through a process of spiritual development. The techniques of Yoga, properly understood and applied – and exemplified in Maharishi's system of Transcendental Meditation – are designed to promote the experience of wholeness.

The need for a paradigm shift in our shared understanding of the wholeness of life and the conditions required for creating that shift are discussed. A new Five Worlds Framework for human experience is proposed. The new framework is presented as a device to help the cultural development of new holistic approaches in every area of practical life. It is hoped that different cultural and spiritual traditions can use the framework to make their own contributions.

Details are developed to describe the structure of individual life and its relationship to the whole, and the image of the Lotus on the Lake is used, to sum up, these ideas.

Part four gives three examples of how Maharishi Vedic Science can be applied to practical life. They are: Spiritual Development, which has the potential to power a global paradigm shift; Education, which develops the mind, and Medicine, which maintains the health of the body.

An Appendix outlines Maharishi's teaching on the Seven States of Consciousness.

Reviews


An important and very well-argued book which tackles the profound issue of the relationship of consciousness to matter. Ian Birnbaum, 13 October 2016

This is an important book. It presents an excellent summary of the current approaches to the mind-body problem and explains their shortcomings clearly and thoroughly. It then goes on to describe the profound teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and shows how those teachings constitute an integrated and comprehensive theory of consciousness and matter which overcomes the shortcomings of the current theories, all of which are seen as partial. The final part of the book sets out some of the key practical implications of the theory and ends with some stimulating thoughts to ponder. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has wondered about the relationship of mind and body, consciousness and matter and wants a powerful and stimulating exposition which is very well argued and convincing. Do read this book. You will not be disappointed.

A thoughtfully and carefully written book which condenses a myriad of ideas and ancient teachings into an approachable and enjoyable read. Simon Moore, 1 December 2016

I really enjoyed this insightful book and found it fascinating. Understanding the nature of consciousness can be both tantalisingly simple and frustratingly complex at the same time. The way in which the various arguments, deeply-felt and understood knowledge and trains-of-thought are communicated by the author, helped me make much more sense of my own being. I'm sure I will be revisiting many of the chapters as time goes on, to remind myself how beautifully unified our experience is.

Other readers have commented:

“An enjoyable read", "well written", "fascinating", "easy to read", "Nice book!", "I highly recommend it", "a work of great depth", "a very impressive piece of work", "the best explanation of Maharishi’s Vedic Science I have ever read.”

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