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Promoting creative intelligence

Promoting Creative Intelligence
and Developing Talent Hitherto Considered
Beyond Human Potential is the Essence of
Maharishi's Vedic Technology.

--By Dr. Ian Brown

The previous article (October 22) discussed the predicament posed by having identified talent as a company's most valuable resource while observing that Western education and job training techniques have consistently failed to improve talent The Vedic technologies of consciousness, most notably, according to extensive scientific research, the Transcendental Meditation and TM- Sidhi Programme including Yogic Flying of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, have resolved this Quandary. Maharishi's programmes have been measured to promote growth not only in such fundamental competencies underlying the expression of talent as creative intelligence, but also in the development of talents hitherto considered beyond the pale of human potential: the siddhis as described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

This remarkable compilation of extraordinary talents and formulae for their development provides a blueprint for benchmarking the unfolding of the full human potential namely, the degree of mastery of these siddhis

That Patanjali's work is currently viewed with skepticism and not recognised as an authoritative text on human development is due to the insistence that performance of the siddhis violates the scientifically discovered laws of nature. Thus, the reliability of numerous eyewitness accounts of Yogic Flying has been discredited on the basis of the classical understanding of gravity formulated by Newton and Einstein.


Not violating the mechanical
understanding of gravity

However, with the discovery in quantum physics of a Unified Field of all the laws of nature that govern the creation and orderly (intelligent) evolution of the universe, the objections of modern science to the descriptions by India's great rishis, of the unbounded nature of human potential, become stilled. The Unified Field gives credence to the plausibility of mastering siddhis. Yogic Flying, for example, does not violate the new quantum mechanical understanding of gravity, provided the performer is established at the level of the Unified Field (the Planck Scale where gravity becomes defined by a space-time foam). This stipulation is the same as the prerequisite established for developing the siddhis.

Practically speaking, though, physicists, unable to investigate directly into the nature of the Unified Field, have yet to propose new technologies for harnessing this unlimited resource of talent. However, with the remarkable discovery that the Unified Field is the field of pure consciousness, Atma, the Self of everyone, Vedic technologies fill the void created by modern science.

As pointed out by Maharishi, on the basis of technologies of consciousness anything can be achieved in the whole field of creation. This is a stunning conclusion, whose vision of an infinitely extending human potential opens up realisable achievements like the eradication of war, poverty, disease and all suffering that brings unhappiness to the family of man. Such is theoretically quite practical, but it is predicated upon the ability to operate from the Unified Field, the origin of creative intelligence – the infinite organising power of Natural Law that governs the universe.

According to Maharishi, "Total Natural Law is available in the Self-referral state of consciousness – Transcendental Consciousness – that is why the Vedic Philosophy of Action is: Yogastah kuru karmani (Bhagavad Gita, 2.48) Established in the Self, perform action. Prakritim swam avashtabhya visrijami punah punah (Bhagavad Gita, 9.8) Curving back onto My own Nature, I create again and again. Yatinam Brahma bhavati sarathih (Rig Veda, I.158.6) For those established in Self-referral consciousness, the infinite organising power of the Creator becomes the charioteer of all action.


To shoot the arrow forward
one must first pull it back

Western philosophies of action pertain to utilising skill, as exhibited by its emphais on maximizing the workday, and characterised by Edison’s description of genius as 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. The Vedic counterpart, with its focus on talent is summarised by Maharishi’s expression: do less and accomplish more.

It is not input effort but output achievement that determines success, and the two are inversely related. TO improve talent levels, go to the source of talent, the field of pure consciousness, which according to physics is a field of least excitation.

To display talent, the formula is to first minimise activity; to shoot the arrow forward, as Maharishi advises one must first pull it back in the opposite direction. To improve company performance the procedure is to pull back the talent arrow by incorporating employee group practice of Maharishi’s Vedic Technologies of Consciousness into the daily work routine. Only on this basis should skill training and education be subsequently implemented. Skill development enhances efficiency, but what use are efficiency improvements, if effectiveness, a function of talent, remains beyond control? Doing the wrong things better may have harmful repercussions. These days, top priority must be restored to improving effectiveness and this is via the same Vedic technologies as used for developing talent. Managing effectiveness and other issues whose realisation requires a Vedic approach to knowledge – such as the unfolding of full organisational potential, the cultivation of leadership qualities, the elimination of stress and the guaranteeing of success – will be addressed in subsequent articles.

The author is a professor of Vedic Management
Maharishi Institute of Management

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