The Householder Way of Life by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The way of Spiritual Unfoldment for a householder is a life of action.
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There are two ways of life to attain Salvation, the life of the householder and the life of a recluse. Photo: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Excerpts from “Preparatory Course for Meditation” as Taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.(1)
Transcribed by Dr. Diane M. Rousseau for ISS, 2020.

The Householder Way of Life
by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Understanding the varied effects of two types of Meditation...”

There are two ways of life, the life of the householder(2) and the life of a recluse, or monk, the sannyassi(3) renounces the world. Both ways are designed to attain Salvation. Both are equally effective for Self-Realization, both are valid paths for attaining Eternal Freedom from bondage, for Living an Integrated Life in SELF Consciousness. These effects are produced by two different ways of approach to SELF Realization, or, the two types of Meditation.

The quality of Meditation of a recluse monk is distinct from the quality of meditation of a householder. The Sound (Mantra) of a householder is different from the Sound (Mantra) of a monk. The effect of a particular Sound medium of the recluse supplements his life of detachment. If for any reason, he starts to do something, he will not succeed. By the physical influence of his meditation, the monk is forced to remain a monk, away from activity and all aspirations of worldly life. The way of Spiritual Unfoldment for a householder is a life of action ...and integration...whole life, worldly and Transcendental.

In discussing the value of Sound (Mantra) for Meditation, the age-old Tradition of Great Masters who have lived the Spirit of Scriptures informs us of a specific Sound (Mantra) for our Meditation. The Power of Sound increases as it is refined during Meditation. To understand the varied effects of the two types of Meditation, we should first understand the influence of sounds that we utter. It should be understood that every word that we say sends forth sound waves which strike against everything in creation. When the sound waves of my words strike other waves there, they produce some effect or other, either life supporting or life damaging. Either of the effects will have to be there. Everything in Creation is affected because the sound waves are not restricted to any particular area. Once set forth, they keep on traveling. Once the word is uttered, the vibrations of it spread in all directions and reach the four corners of creation. The effect could only be either detrimental or supplemental to life. That is why one has to be careful about what he thinks, what he speaks and what he does.

“… the “do's and don'ts” of Religions”

All the “do's and don'ts” of Religions are based on this principle. Every thought and action of everyone influences the entire creation. All that which influences creation by supplementing life is suppose to be Good, and all that which is detrimental to life is suppose to be bad. This is how the Good and bad are detailed in Scriptures.

There is great responsibility on all of us, a very great responsibility. The Soul of the human species assumes this obligation. Here, in the species of man, the nervous system is completely developed. A man is able to act and is held responsible for his actions. That is why Scriptures are for man who has ability of understanding. Man having a completely developed nervous system, is expected to do what is right. This is why he has a great responsibility in this respect...this is the reason why we should put our mind in Tune with the Cosmic Life Force and become familiar with It so that It may flow in accordance with the stream of Evolution and then there is no question of any wrong. Only by attuning our mind with Cosmic Intelligence does it begin to flow in the Right direction of Evolution. This is why we must tune our mind to the basic field of Cosmic Intelligence and allow the nature of the mind to be transformed by the Light of Truth and then, live a normal natural life, a life of Righteousness by nature. The question of right and wrong is a very complicated one. Nature is so complex, life is so complex, and the human mind is so limited…

The Way of the Householder

By taking our mind to the field of Transcendental Being and allowing it to be saturated with the Pure, Absolute Being, then it comes out Infused with Bliss Consciousness. This is the sole purpose to improve the state of Being within us. Improve our Being, expand our Being… then, from that level of Being, let us think and do.

The practice of Transcendental Meditation is the direct way to develop Being. We take our conscious mind to the field of the Transcendental Pure Consciousness, the field of Cosmic Being and the mind gains some of that status. Coming out into the relative field of the world again the mind carries some of that greatness of that field with it. This is the direct way to develop Being. The whole area of thought and action becomes better with developed Being.

This is the way of the Householder. It has its own charm, its own glory. It has its value of outer and Inner life both together. So, we do not in any way regret or feel sorry for having been born in the western world where life is busy and very hectic...only we enter into the Cave of our Heart. Transcendental Consciousness is our pivot, we reach it from wherever we are.

- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

(1) Excerpts from “Preparatory Course for Meditation” as Taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Chapter Four; Pgs. 26, 27, 28 and 29. Published by Spiritual Regeneration Movement -1970; Transcribed by Dr. Diane M. Rousseau.
(2) Householder ( Sanskrit: Gahastha) literally means “being in and occupied with home, family and the duties of maintaining a home, raising a family, educating one's children, and leading a family-centered life.
(3) Sannyassi: (Sanskrit: “abandoning” or “throwing down”) also spelled sannyasin, in Hinduism, a religious ascetic, a renunciate, someone who has renounced the physical world and personal possessions.

Transcribed by Dr. Diane M. Rousseau for the Institute of Spiritual Sciences (ISS), 2020.

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