Man Is Made in The Image of God

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Satellite News Conference - March 28, 2006.
Excerpts Transcribed by Diane M. Rousseau

Editors Notes:
The following article was inspired from handwritten notes that were transcribed by Dr. Diane M. Rousseau from a satellite broadcast discourse first delivered by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on March 28, 2006. Included in this article are some of the teachings of Charles F. Lutes, President of Maharishi’s Spiritual Regeneration Movement and Dr. Rousseau’s personal teacher, along with some of Dr. Rousseau’s own personal experiences, teachings and observations. In this article Dr. Rousseau honors and acknowledges the teachings of her two most influential teachers (Gurus): Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Charles F Lutes. ~ RJR

Man Is Made in The Image of God

by Diane M. Rousseau

On Tuesday in March of 2006, while watching the latest news conference by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Maharishi), my attention is drawn to Maharishi's intense speech about God. Watching, I see Maharishi begin by looking intently into the camera before speaking. At 94 he exudes strength, intensity, love and power; the same feeling he has held all these years, if not more, for the benefit of humankind.

Maharishi begins by saying:
“It is a joy for me today to reflect on the need that has been felt throughout the ages by the wise throughout the ages, that life is to be lived in its full creative potential, that life is recommended to be the representation of The Will of God. The Will of God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient reality.”

Maharishi goes on to say, “… the material value of a human is what is usually thought of as important, but man is made in the image of God. The the physiology of man - mind, ego, outside and inside - is the expression of supreme fulfillment which is on the level of Almighty God.” Maharishi emphasized that, “… human life has to Be in Bliss Eternal, this should be the flow of human life.”

Maharishi speaks again, “Human is all Divine, Man is made in the image of God. From earliest ancient times it was known man is Divine. The Divinity of man is not a human concept, it is a Divine concept. The Divine in man, the Divinity, is the real character quality of human life. Human life has to be in the waves of Bliss. This is the real nature of life on earth."

Looking very intently, Maharishi slowly speaks the following,
“But, the practical life on Earth does not accept this definition of human life. What is human? Normal means to make mistakes, Superior value of life is in the religions, this shows that man is made in the image of God. The only human right is to be Divine on the functional level of life. This definition of life has not been realized on the level of human awareness. This is due to lack of education. Education as it is, has been teaching man to be a slave, to be another's slave. Due to the current education system, children are not made aware of their own character of life as a Light of God. This knowledge is due to lack of education. Education to be proper must include the naturalness of life, which is the Light of God, the Will of God.”

Some people may be surprised at these comments and although this may be new to some this is just the surface of what Maharishi has been teaching since the very beginning in 1955. Everything I quoted earlier by Maharishi I have heard before in Maharishi's earlier Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM) teachings. He has never veered from his purpose. Maharishi has never been anything other a Spiritual Being who cares profoundly for all humanity and wants to heal the suffering and pain, the confusion and lack of direction, the sadness and loneliness. Maharishi has always wanted humankind to know "themselves" and has quoted Scripture since the beginning. A statement that I remember Maharishi saying on an SRM lecture tape (1964) was, "First experience God, then one will know to do right action."

Some personal background.
By time of this broadcast in 2006 I had been a Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM) Meditator for thirty-four years. I had begun the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) through the SRM, the spiritual side of the TM movement, which was started by Maharishi in 1955 in India. When I was Initiated into TM in April of 1972, my Initiator Mr. “B” had just returned from Maharishi's Teacher Training Course in Spain. Mr. B had been with Maharishi and was personally taught by him. We were a small group of ten people at the University of Washington Campus in Seattle, WA that April attending Mr. B's first lecture on Transcendental Meditation.

Mr. B (who had an MS in Physics) went into very scientific explanations of the Transcendental Meditation technique. I understood the release of stress, the calming of the mind but I wanted to hear about the Spiritual aspect of meditation. Having been raised Catholic and deeply into Spiritual Teaching and Spiritual Philosophy since age 13; I wanted to hear more about God.

When Mr. B finished his lecture, he looked at me and said, "Do you want to start Transcendental Meditation?" Then, after a further moment looking at me, he sensed I wanted to hear something else and to my surprise he said, "Do you want to experience God?" I said "Yes!" to this and so my husband and I were his first Initiates that week. I can share with you that I did experience God and a profound peace, a beautiful love coming from the inside that I could not explain.

Many Spiritual experiences followed my TM initiation and eventually my TM Initiator contacted the Seattle TM center and they then contacted Charles F. Lutes. Charles F. Lutes (Charlie) was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s World Governor of the International Meditation Society (IMS) and also World President of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM). Charlie Lutes had been with Maharishi since 1958 and traveled around the world with him, starting Transcendental Meditation centers, helping out with administration and lecturing for Maharishi and Maharishi’s Spiritual Regeneration Movement which was formally inaugurated in the USA in 1959.

A few days later Charlie Lutes called me on the phone and he told me to come see him when he was scheduled to come up and lecture in my home town of Seattle later that year. A profound speaker and dedicated to Maharishi, Charlie spoke of higher Consciousness, Spiritual principles, and the inner life that unfolds as one develops.

I then met with Charlie privately near Seattle at an organized TM retreat and he asked me a series of questions, listening carefully to my answers. He then came to a decision and he then told me that, “what I was experiencing was natural.”

Early SRM photo: Charlie, Maharishi and Helen.
With Maharishi’s expressed blessings, Charlie took me under his wing for all future teaching and instructions and he formally became my Teacher and Mentor from that day forward. Charlie and his dear wife Helen then became my friends for the next 29 years until their passing in 2001.

With Charlie’s mentoring and Maharishi’s teachings I learned that the knowledge contained in SRM is the knowledge needed to Spiritually regenerate one's self into Being “The Divine Self”. Maharishi teaches that T.M. is the tool which unlocks the Inner experience, enabling one to transcend the mind into the Supreme Nature of Bliss and awareness of Divinity. The Inner Knowledge gives one the direct experience of Truth, and this process goes on continuously, unfolding Higher Consciousness and realities. This gives a profound insight to life, and an appreciation of nature and respect for all life. The Laws of God become natural as one understands the deeper realities of the Soul and life.

Continuing with the 2006 satellite conference talk, Maharishi says, "Divine Law is the Law of the Almighty Merciful God. Education has to include God and be in terms of the Supreme quality of life." Maharishi asks again, "And what is lacking? Education is lacking. God is not a new reality!"

Maharishi continued to explain that, … “total knowledge is the turnkey to make the Will of God natural in life, as was known in ancient times. This was a blossom of fullness and bliss. Since that time, the relationship between man and Divine was in education, in Veda, knowledge; the Almighty side of consciousness. This education is the turnkey for this to become a reality on our surface life. The knowledge of God, the technology of the practice (T.M.), makes a concept of the total value of life in Bliss on every level in human awareness. There has been a Tradition, “The Holy Tradition of Total Knowledge” passed on throughout time from generation to generation of human life and people upheld this in their family and the Vedic Tradition of the family. They committed to memory The Knowledge.”

Maharishi explains that, “The whole Source in Veda is contained in one syllable, "Ahhh". The whole Tradition comes from this one syllable, one single source that flows into relative life. Knowledge of these syllables is the Seed. There is emptiness in the Seed, from this emptiness is the unmanifest of creation which goes into manifest creation. Through memorization, the one Word (sound) became the second word and on and on like a river that becomes the ocean. River of Veda, Total Knowledge, unbounded systematically and how it expands into different manifestations, and this has to be a continuous education so to unfold the interior into the exterior of life.”

Maharishi said that, “fifty years ago, a new awakening came into the same old reality. The Unknown was brought to human awareness; unlimited reservoir of total knowledge into human consciousness. The guiding of every action, right action, will produce right results. The unfoldment of Divinity within the unfoldment of humanity. This is real education! Education must unfold the new reality. Humans have had wrong education; to be a servant. This is not freedom It is a misuse of life. To save mankind from this useless education, total natural Divinity must unfold within each individual to have unlimited potential in all areas.”

Further Maharishi states, “The Unified Field is the basis of all things. Through Yoga, through the practice of Meditation, human mind makes Transcended Consciousness that goes beyond all levels of relative life; Vedic Unified Field which is the home of all the Laws of Nature, The Light of God, all of the whole Galactic Universe - the orderly expansion of all life, eternally in the expanded state, not static, dynamic!”

Maharishi further stated, …” the Power of action is an integral part of the unlimited potential in the reality of Bliss that Vedic Education, that Science, will now study and express. Self-referral of the unified field transforms itself into the relative; it appears to transform. It is internal. It is wholeness of silence in dynamism - all from the nowness from the Transcendental Consciousness of Divinity of the Universe. It is in the Silence. The Transcendental is not in the human mind, but in the field of the Unmanifest. Transcendental is the Source of all Energy, orderly growth of Energy into segments of growth - units of intelligence. Know all is Divine. This is real freedom and consciousness based in right action.”

Maharishi once commented on his experience of coming to the USA in the late 50s. He said that coming to a country of size as the USA, he found the U.S. people more understanding of the Truth. Maharishi said, "The soil held the Consciousness of Science. Maharishi tells us that, through meditation, “the collective consciousness of the country to be the radiance, to be the Light of the World.”

Then, speaking about countries and governments in general, Maharishi continued, “Whatever a government does is motivated by National Consciousness. Policy is motivated by total National Consciousness. A change can be had by the transformation of humanity to Divinity. Government can only do what it is doing. To change this, raise the quality of Collective Consciousness and then the government will naturally do better and better. This will change government through the transformation, and new Laws will be made automatically.”

This Ancient Wisdom will continue to be held by people throughout time, people who hold on to the Scriptures, both East and West. There will come a time when Darkness will disappear and we will see peace in this world.

All Glory to God.

Written in loving memory to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Charlie and Helen Lutes.

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