Vethathiri Maharishi's immortal lecture at United Nations Organization, New York, U.S.A. on 9th January 1975.
"Dear Friends, I am very much glad to see all of you gathered here with a noble aim of hearing something about spiritual development. The spiritual knowledge is very important to make our life perfect and to maintain peace in the life of one and all on the Globe.
This great Organization U.N.O. has been started and is functioning only with the aim of establishing peace among mankind.In both political and economic fields, the U.N.O. strives hard to bring peace.
"It is a noble scheme to bring the representatives of all nations under one roof and make them think about the international peace which is the only hope of survival of mankind against the dangerous atomic weapons. The world of philosophical wisdom and intellectuals of international thought will appreciate the useful works of U.N.O.
Here I have to point out one more things which are also very much important for peace. That is the development of spiritual knowledge among mankind.Of course material comforts are essential for peaceful life but without spiritual knowledge, material comforts alone will not bring satisfaction or peace in life.
Here I will give an example. Food, shelter and clothes are the important commodities in materials comforts. Please visualize the whole world and the available stocks of these three main commodities.
The clothes in stock at present will be sufficient for the next two years for all people even though the whole world stops production at once. Similarly, the present stock of food will be sufficient for one year. If the shelters are restricted to the area of actual need
no one in the world will have to suffer for want of shelter. With some persons and with some countries these commodities may be less; and with others they are in surplus.The development of spiritual knowledge only will enable mankind to share all the needs with love, respect and responsibility.
The love which blossoms in a man as a natural process by spiritual development will enable him to understand the feelings of others, to respect the needs and ambitions of others and to cooperate in the effort of satisfactory living by willing sacrifice on one's own physical, financial and intellectual abilities.
Therefore, in addition to the efforts for increasing the material comforts by political and economic means, an opportunity for spiritual development in the human society should be provided so that all deserving persons will develop spiritual knowledge in time.
Let us consider: What is the spiritual development? In the process of living, the mind is the nucleus and important phenomenon. When one understands the values and wonders of the mind, he can enjoy life successfully and happily.
"How to realize the spirit within us, which is working as the life force? Although the life force is pervading the entire body, it has a working centre in a particular place in the physical body. Generally the working centre of the life force is at the base of the spine which is called Mooladar by ancient yogis.
Unless this centre is changed from Mooladar to Agna Chakra,the point between the eye-brows,the presence of the life-force cannot be perceived by the mind."The ancient yogis tried to change the centre by breathing exercises or by chanting mantras.Both the methods were strenuous and time-consuming.
Many years were required to bring the energy up,Meanwhile if the energy got stuck up on the way, the aspirant had to suffer from some ill-effects too. Therefore, family people could not practice and get the benefit of this yoga.
"Now, we have found out a safe, sure and quick method to bring up the working centre of the life force. A master trained in Kundalini Yoga can easily intensify the life force of an aspirant within minutes and bring it up by a touch method. "After the master has fixed up the working centre of Kundalini power,
the aspirant has to simply observe the force of the power mentally. This process becomes Meditation. Mere observation of the force mentally develops awareness of the mind, conserves the life force from wastage, and improves steadiness and peace of mind.
By the mind observing its own base, the existence and functions of both the life force and mind and the relationship between them will be understood as a practical experience."Activating the life force, the Kundalini power, from Mooladar and fixing it up at the Agna Centre of an Aspirant by an eminent master is the Initiation.
This is the first step in the spiritual practice. There are some other practices which are to be learnt and followed one by one. We, the members of the World Community Service Centre call this Kundalini Meditation as Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY).
Vethathiri's lifetime works are called Vethathiriyam, which literally translates as a roadmap to the mountain of knowledge. He claimed that a deep understanding of nature is essential for living in harmony with the law of nature, while balancing material well-being with spiritual progress.
Vethathiri Maharishi's claimed to synthesize a complete science of living for the betterment of humanity through: Simplified Kundalini Yoga meditation, Physical Exercises, Kaya Kalpa Yoga and Introspections.
In 1958 Shri Vethathiri Maharishi founded the World Community Service Centre (WCSC), a non-profit registered society with a view to work towards World Peace Through Individual Peace. As of today, more than 200 trusts and about 1000 meditation centres have been registered and affiliated to WCSC in India. From 1972 to 1993, he travelled abroad annually, lecturing and teaching extensively in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and USA.
In 1984 he founded the "Vethathiri Maharishi Yoga and Kaya Kalpa Research Foundation" based in Aliyar, Pollachi, Tamil Nadu in the name of Arutperunjothi Nagar. This is located on Pollachi-Valparai Highway SH-78, next to Azhiyar Dam and State Transportation buses are available to Arutperunjothi Nagar from Pollachi. Facilities are provided for large groups to stay and undergo SKY courses of several days in duration. The Temple of Consciousness is the centerpiece of the campus.
In 1998 the Brain Trust was established to bring together intellectuals of various fields to discuss the issues facing mankind and work towards solutions for bringing about peace and harmony to the individual and to the world at large.
Vethathiri Maharishi died on 28 March 2006 in Coimbatore. His embalmed body is now located in Mani Mandapam inside the World Community Service Center, Arutperunjothi Nagar, Azhiyar, Pollachi.
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