“Absolute Bliss consciousness belongs to the depths of everyone’s heart.”
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
We also know this state of consciousness as transcendental consciousness, ground state, or as the 4th state. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of a group of Indian gurus that brought meditation to Western culture in the 1950s. His popularity grew to worldwide status when the rock group the Beatles endorsed him and his meditation technique in 1967.
What is Bliss Consciousness?
This is the term Maharishi uses to describe the higher state of consciousness one reaches when using his technique. This is the main goal of meditation. We know the generic version of this form as Japa Meditation. This form comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. So, this process has a rich tradition. And, we find similar processes around the world. Thus, making this simple but powerful technique a building block for consciousness exploration.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) is the worldwide trademark of Maharishi. The generic name for this process is Japa Meditation. More than a teacher, Maharishi became a social icon. His process helped to break down cultural barriers, making meditation an acceptable practice in the West.
Is bliss consciousness really a separate state of consciousness? Yes, it is! We also know this state of awareness as bliss awareness. It has a unique set of physiological attributes different from waking, dreaming, and sleeping. Some of these unique markers include increased coherence of the brainwave pattern and brain frequency operation in the theta-wave area around 4 to 7 Hz. These distinctive attributes make it a unique state of consciousness. Some people refer to this partition of awareness as the “fourth” state, pure consciousness, pure consciousness, etc. See research at the David Lynch Foundation.
Another name for this partition of consciousness is the 4th state. It’s the first of the higher states of consciousness. Some refer to the Shamanic State of Consciousness as the first real venture of man into altered states of awareness.
Using a Mantra Bliss Awareness
TM or Japa uses a Sanskrit Mantra in a very specific and effortless process. A Mantra is a vibrational tool. You’ll find it at the core of many forms of meditation. In this process, we use a Mantra to travel to the source of our thoughts, to the transcendent, bliss consciousness. Learning Japa (TM) is easy. However, you can’t learn this process from an audiotape. The teacher needs to select a mantra specifically for you. And, you need to give and receive feedback during the learning process. Many students reach this state of bliss awareness the first time they meditate using this process.
If you are learning the Japa form of the technique, be sure the instruction includes three phases:
- pre-learning preparation/theory, proper use of the Mantra
- personal instruction throughout the learning process
- and enough post-learning follow-up meetings
Last, if you can’t find someone qualified to teach Japa, then contact the Transcendental Meditation Center near you. They are more expensive but they definitely provide quality instruction in this technique. Both processes are identical. The only difference is cost. The generic always costs less, but may not be available everywhere.
Benefits of Bliss Awareness
What are the benefits? Most noteworthy, while in this state the body experiences a deep state of rest, while the mind experiences a profound state of alertness. This state of restful-alertness is one of the unique attributes and benefits. This reduces stress-reducing or eliminating the need for medication. Many scholars and teachers like Joseph Campbell endorse this technique for the exploration of consciousness. As a result, this state is a building block for more in-depth spiritual exploration. For example, the practice of the Siddhis of Patanjali uses the Japa technique as a platform for its Sutras.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Transcendental Meditation, tm.org
Transcendental Meditation, Wikipedia
David Lynch Foundation, orgdavidlynchfoundation.org