Deepak Chopra and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
“The Bhagavad-Gita declares that there are no outward signs of enlightenment,” Deepak says.
I”ve noticed that impersonalists almost always phrase this kind of statement “Bhagavad-gita declares.” Actually Bhagavad-gita doesn”t declare; Krishna declares. Except that actually He doesn”t say this at all.
It may be that Deepak got confused because Arjuna asks “What are the symptoms…?” in Chapter 2, but Krishna doesn’t say much about the “enlightened” person’s activities (engaging in His loving service) until later chapters, after Krishna reveals His own unique position as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Does Deepak really think the following statement (verse 9.14) by Krishna, as just one example of many, does not describe outward signs of enlightenment?
“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.”
From Deepak’s interpretation, we might think one can find “enlightened” people attending strip clubs and cainos. Such nonsense.
Since this article is basically a eulogy, I”m going to refrain from criticising too heavily. However one other point is quite important, which is that in Bhagavad-gita, Krishna recommends against the kind of practice that MMY apparently taught. (I haven”t paid the big bucks to for a TM class, and I”ve heard enough to know there are much better ways to spend my time and money.)
As Krishna says in Bg 12.5, “For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal feature of the Supreme, advancement is very troublesome. To make progrese in that discipline is always difficult for those who are embodied.”
I wonder how MMY translated that verse from Bhagavad-gita. Not that it”s important, since Krishna explains in verse 4.3 that Bhagavad-gita can only be understood by His devotees: “That very ancient science of the relationship with the Supreme is today told by Me to you because you are My devotee as well as My friend; therefore you can understand the transcendental mystery of this science.”