The Purpose of the Vedas by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Enlightenment, The State of Eternal Being.
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Photo of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This article is composed of excerpts taken from a Maharishi taped Lecture delivered on December 6, 1964. Published by SRM, USA, 1967. Pages: 24, 25, 27 and 30.

The Purpose of the Vedas
Three Aspects of Being
by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The State of Eternal Being

Enlightenment means that the mind is able to cognize the unity of life in the midst of all diversity. This is the Knowledge of the Vedas. How to make use of the physical structure of life, how to make use of the mental structure of life, or much finer structure of life, and how to make use of the Spirit, which Is the Basis of life, the Transcendental Being.

All these three aspects: Spiritual Transcendent, Mental and the physical, all of them grow to a State which produces that Consciousness which is capable of having that Unity in the midst of diversity. So that one enjoys the Absolute, Eternal, Imperishable Oneness of life at the time when he/she is enjoying the diversities engaged in the field of activity.

This is the whole aim of the Vedas: that no man/woman engaged in the field of diversity - field of diversity means field of death, field of change - no man/woman engaged in the field of change should ever be allowed to remain there all the time. She/he should be given the opportunity, body and mind should be cultured, so that the Imperishable State of Eternal Being permeates all these changing phenomena in the relative field.

One must live 200% of life…

One hundred percent of life in the outside material field and one hundred percent of life In the Inner Spiritual Being, which is Eternal Bliss Consciousness. That one hundred percent of Bliss Consciousness and the hundred percent of ever changing phase of material physical existence; both should be lived.
Simultaneously, both should be lived, this is the purpose of the Vedas.

Upanishads deal with the Knowledge aspect of the Vedas and the end chapter of the Vedas: Bhagavad Gita. It presents the Essence of all Vedic Wisdom; Karma Kanda, Upasana and Gnana Kanda… the Chapter on Action, Chapter on Devotion to God, Chapter on sitting near God, and Chapter on Knowledge. All these three are combined in the “Bhagavad Gita”.

The Spiritual Regeneration Movement presents, in its very practical form, the Entire Knowledge of the Vedas in its most simplified aspect, and we arrive at the advantage of all.

Knowing ourselves and knowing our Lord, we are free and better off wherever we may be, no matter where we are. It is simple and easy and this is what Christ said, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. If Christ had not thought that God Consciousness is easy to attain, He would not have said the word first… Everyone has the capacity. Gain that Consciousness through morning and evening practice (meditation) and thereby gain that State of Being.

- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Transcribed for publication at the Institute of Spiritual Sciences (ISS) by Diane M. Rousseau.

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