Morality and Moral Life

Morality and Moral Life

Q.: “You say that through your meditation a person can fulfill his desires. What type of […] control do you have, so that the fulfillment of one person’s desires will not stop the fulfillment of desires of another person. […] Would you have some type of control of morality for people?”

MAHARISHI: “The morality comes very naturally. All moral sense of behavior comes out of inner contentment. A strong, more evolved man, more energetic, more intelligent, happier man naturally behaves in a right way.

No use telling a man to remain weak and do right! A weak man will naturally try to accomplish things that he wants to accomplish through any way. And a weak man naturally goes wrong this way or that way.

It is the weakness that lies at the basis of all immorality. All immoral behavior is based on weakness, discontentment.

And when the mind goes deep into Being, it gains Bliss Consciousness. Bliss Consciousness develops contentment and contentment in fullness of awareness – one naturally behaves right. Naturally! Automatically one goes the right way. And this is a way to build the whole society on ideal of behavior, on moral standards.

Otherwise we see, the teaching of morality saying “do this and don’t do this” and “do this and don’t do this”… people know that something is wrong… even they know that “if I do something, I’ll go to jail”… with all the knowledge, they are not able to resist the temptation. And that’s why telling the people “do this and don’t do this” and “do this and don’t do this” doesn’t much help to create a morality in society.

That is why International Meditation Society does not take upon itself to preach the code of moral living! It raises the level of consciousness and leaves a man to be automatically moral. It’s a great thing!”

-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Press Conference and Assembly, 1960s, Canada

Photo from Hochgurgl, Austria, 1961-62