Maharishi didn't just sort of send Vernon Katz off on his own to write the 
commentary from scratch. According to Katz, it was an extremely close 
day-to-day collaboration, with Maharishi supplying the thoughts and he and Katz 
deciding together how to put them into words on the page. That's not to 
minimize Katz's contribution, which was substantial, but it's incorrect to 
suggest he wrote the commentary by himself.

 Also, it isn't established fact that Maharishi "distorted" the Gita. Every 
translation/commentary reflects the consciousness, knowledge, and understanding 
of the translator/commentator. There's no one definitive overall meaning that 
one can determine from the various versions, or even find in the original 

 Maharishi may well have tweaked his version here and there to bring out more 
strongly and clearly what he wanted to teach about TM, but whether that 
constitutes "distortion" is a matter of opinion. For all we know, he may have 
brought out what others had missed or misinterpreted.

 Anyone who reads versions of the Gita other than the Marshy version will know 
that Marshy distorted a good deal of it to funnel people's awareness to believe 
that it was all about TM. That's not what the Gita says. And marshy didn't 
write his commentary - he had a TM'er write it for him, Vernon Katz I think it 
 On Tue, 2/25/14, nablusoss1008 <> wrote:
 Subject: [FairfieldLife] Transcendental Meditation: Remembering the legacy
 Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10:55 AM
 His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh
 Yogi referred to the Bhagavad Gita as "the pocketbook
 edition of the Vedas". It contains all the wisdom
 necessary to take us from ignorance to enlightenment.
 The Gita's
 most important verse,
 Maharishi says, is verse 45 of chapter II. Here Krishna
 instructs Arjuna: 
 'Nistrai-gunyo bhavarjuna' . Be without the three 
 , O Arjuna. Take your
 mind from the field of excitation and chaos, to the state of
 inner Unity, perfect orderliness. 
 In his commentary on this
 verse, Maharishi says, "It is difficult for a man to
 improve his business affairs while he himself is constantly
 immersed in all their details. If he leaves them for a
 little while, he becomes able to see the business as a whole
 and can then more easily decide what is needed".
 Similarly, transcending all mental activity results in great
 clarity, peace, and broadened awareness, which naturally put
 life in its proper perspective. 
 "Water the root, to
 enjoy the fruit" , sums up Maharishi. Just as a strong
 foundation is necessary for a sturdy structure, so inner
 silence is the basis of successful activity. By enlivening
 the "root" of the mind, the "vacuum
 state" of consciousness, all aspects of life get
 nourished. Maharishi had the key for this: Transcendental
 Meditation (TM), a technique of effortless transcending.
 To understand what TM is, we need
 only analyse its name. "Transcend" means to go
 beyond; "meditation" refers to thinking. During
 TM, the mind goes from the surface, hectic level of
 thinking, to more quiet, less excited states, until one
 transcends thought altogether, arriving at the silent oasis
 of the mind. This is the state of anandam 
 - pure consciousness - where
 the mind is completely calm and fully awake. 
 For centuries scholars have
 said that it is very difficult to transcend thought and gain
 the state of perfect inner peace. Maharishi knew otherwise.
 Transcending is easy because the mind experiences increasing
 degrees of happiness at every step of the way. No effort is
 required. Any force or control actually prevents the mind
 from transcending. 
 This technique of effortless
 transcending is validated by verse 40 of chapter 2: "In
 this (Yoga) no effort is lost and no obstacle exists. Even a
 little of this dharma 
 delivers from great
 Maharishi commented, "The flow of the mind towards this
 state is natural, for it is a state of absolute bliss, and
 the mind is always craving for greater happiness. Therefore,
 as water flows down a slope in a natural way, so the mind
 flows naturally in the direction of bliss". 
 By alternating between
 dipping a white cloth in yellow dye, and then hanging it in
 the sun, eventually it becomes colourfast. Similarly, the
 regular alternation of TM and daily activity results in a
 state where pure consciousness becomes permanent. Then one
 enjoys inner silence even while engaged in dynamic activity.
 Besides the personal
 experience of over 60 lakh people in 140 countries
 practising TM, nearly 700 scientific research studies
 validate its effectiveness (e.g. increased alertness and
 focus, 87 per cent reduction in heart disease, improved
 memory, reduced stress). 
 Maharishi's legacy to
 mankind is a remarkably simple, natural procedure, which
 nourishes all aspects of life: mental, physical and
 spiritual. He said, "Life is here to enjoy and no one
 has the right to suffer". For over 50 years, Maharishi
 endeavoured to make the world aware of this. 

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