|Volume 8, Issue No.
© 2001-2008 Maharishi Health Education Center - Lebanon, All Rights Reserved
Washingtonian Magazine and
Washington Business Journal
present first Green Awards to
The Tower Companies
On 15 May 2008 PR Newswire reported: Washingtonian
Magazine has given The Tower Companies (based in North Bethesda,
Maryland, near Washington, DC, USA) its first Washingtonian Green Awards
for being green-building pioneers in the design and construction of the
world's largest Vedic office building. In addition, the Washington
Business Journal has given the company a Green Company of the Year
Award. Tower Company partner, Jeff Abramson, is a well-known
practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation technique. It is a joy for
Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the
success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to
bring fulfilment to the field of business.
On 6 May, Washingtonian Magazine presented the Corporate Leader in Green
Building Award to The Tower Companies.
The newly created Washingtonian Green Awards are 'celebrating
Washingtonians who preserve and protect the environment through
education, by promoting green building, and by teaching the importance
of living green.'
The Tower Companies were
honoured for 'being green-building pioneers and fierce proponents of
sustainable design and construction; one of the nation's largest buyers
of green power, buying wind energy for its 13 buildings; (building) the
first LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] apartment
complex in the U.S. and for 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, the world's
largest Vedic office building.'
The Washington Business Journal has also honoured The Tower Companies in
their first green category, which recognizes businesses that promote
environmentally sustainable economic development. The company won for
the Green Company of the Year Award for Best Real Estate Deals.
Publisher Alex Orfinger stated that the award is designed 'to reward a
real estate-related company that has demonstrated an extraordinary
commitment to improving the science and the art that goes into the
design and construction of buildings in our region . . . to single out
companies for whom green has never been a fad, but rather a longstanding
principle that reflects their values and actions.'
He stated, 'The Tower Companies is a family run company and longtime
D.C.-area developer responsible for some of the area's most successful
retail and residential developments, including White Flint, the Blairs
in Silver Spring and Tower Oaks in Rockville.'
Orfinger went on to say, 'From partner Jeff Abramson's well-known
practice of Transcendental Meditation to its two major current projects,
2000 Tower Oaks in Rockville and 1050 K Street, downtown, both were
designed to achieve Gold LEED.'
The Tower Companies is one of eight carbon neutral companies in the
According to their website, the company has won numerous city, county,
state, and national awards including:
• 2007 Business of the Year Award from the DC Chamber of Commerce,
• 2006 and 2003 Green Power Leadership Awards from the US Environmental
Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy,
• 2003 Green Building Award from the Apartment and Office Building
Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Dr Vernon Katz reflects on
Maharishi's unique contribution to the world
Early years with Maharishi
(10 June 2008)
Dr Vernon Katz, Visiting Professor of Vedic Science and Trustee of
Maharishi University of Management, recently addressed an assembly of
faculty, students, and participants of the Invincible America Assembly
at the university.
Dr Katz is an eminent Sanskrit scholar, renowned for his contribution to
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation and
Commentary, Chapters 1-6.* Maharishi's translation and commentary is
regarded by scholars as a supreme contribution to the vast field of
Vedic literature. Although the Bhagavad-Gita had a greater number of
commentaries than any other scripture, Maharishi realized that no
previous commentaries had brought to light the essential point of the
teaching. He has described the Gita as the essence of the Vedic
literature which offers a complete guide to practical life in
Dr Katz received his doctorate from Oxford University in England,
studying Sanskrit under Dr Radhakrishnan, who went on to become
President of India, and economics under Dr Harold Wilson, who became
Prime Minister of Britain. He was one of the first to meet Maharishi
during his first world tour when he arrived in London in 1960. Dr Katz
was instructed by Maharishi in Transcendental Meditation, and has since
participated in all the advanced programmes and courses offered by the
Global Country of World Peace. In addition to his work with Maharishi on
the Bhagavad-Gita, Dr Katz also contributed his expertise during
Maharishi's translation of the Brahma Sutras, and is currently
collaborating on a translation of the Upanishads with Dr Thomas Egenes,
Professor of Sanskrit at Maharishi University of Management.
During his address, Dr Katz shared his reminiscences from earlier days
of working with Maharishi and attending courses under his guidance. His
anecdotes illustrated not only Maharishi's unique and deeply profound
contributions in bringing to light the knowledge of integrated life in
enlightenment, as taught in the Vedic literature, but also revealed
Maharishi's own very blissful nature and deep joy of life.
Dr Katz began his talk with an observation that the innumerable aspects
of the physical environment of Maharishi University of Management were
all reflections of Maharishi's creativity—even the buildings had taken
shape from principles of Vedic Architecture brought to light by
Maharishi. Every aspect of daily life in the university, including the
courses offered, the daily routine of the students, the entrepreneurial
creativity of the numerous businesses in the community, had all sprung
from knowledge given out by Maharishi in his fifty years of offering his
Vedic knowledge to the world. 'He was so endlessly inventive, he would
create and create, always some new initiatives,' Dr Katz said.
Dr Katz remarked especially on the latest programme of bringing hundreds
of Vedic Pandits from India to America, calling it a 'complete miracle'
which only Maharishi could accomplish.
'This Maharishi could do', Dr Katz said, 'because of his establishment
in Brahman Consciousness. Brahman is a field of all possibilities and
for one established in that, there are no barriers, no obstacles. He is
completely free to think the impossible, and that is what Maharishi has
Dr Katz explained what he regarded as the source of Maharishi's
greatness and wisdom, saying, 'He attributed everything to his Guru
(teacher), Brahmananda Saraswati, he was the inspiration and guiding
light for everything Maharishi accomplished. There was no ego involved,
he did not appropriate anything to himself. Maharishi laid everything at
the feet of his Guru Dev.' Dr Katz also spoke of the great joy and
enthusiasm which Maharishi had for his many activities. 'He enjoyed what
he was doing every minute, something good was happening and he was
happy.' Here, Dr Katz was reminded of a quote from Maharishi, 'I was
walking on the soft ground of Guru Dev's grace.'
Commenting on Maharishi's tendency for taking new initiatives, Dr Katz
said that everything Maharishi did, others would follow. He spoke of the
earliest people who learned Transcendental Meditation during the first
years of Maharishi's teaching in western countries. 'Meditation was an
outrageous thing when we started, it was simply not accepted. Today so
many millions are doing it.'
Dr Katz also described all the vagaries of surroundings and
circumstances which confronted Maharishi during his early days in the
West. Maharishi would never mind the environments he found himself in,
he would sometimes address an audience who were not always positive, not
always receptive; but when he spoke, everyone listened. As Dr Katz said,
'He just shone, he spoke out his message and his focus was completely on
what he had to do, no boundaries at all—he just spoke what he had to
say, and I thought it was great.'
'One has to think,' reflected Dr Katz,' why did he subject himself to
all this? He could have been in Himalayas, he could have had a life of
silence, but he chose to come out to teach Transcendental Meditation to
the world. It was just pure compassion.'
Dr Katz read the following excerpt from a booklet he had worked on with
Maharishi, entitled, 'The Treasury and the Market'.
'Life has not to be suffering. Life is bliss, it is eternal wisdom,
eternal existence. Absolute bliss consciousness is the natural
characteristic of life. Yet somehow we have happened to miss it. As a
matter of fact, this absolute bliss consciousness is the very nature of
the soul. But if it is the very nature of the soul, how is it that we
can possibly miss it? We cannot miss it. If we have missed it, it is
only like missing the spectacles on the eyes—not really missed—but for
practical purposes they are completely missed. Like that, the essential
nature of the soul which is eternal bliss consciousness is our own,
nobody has ever been able to be without it, no one has ever been without
it, but it seems to have gone out of grip and it has gone out of grip
only because we are not gripping it, that's all.'
As Dr Katz explained, 'The surprise is that it is not evident to
everybody; this is why Maharishi had to come and bring it to life. He
could see how people were suffering through not being aware of this
level of their own Being. . . .
'The American architect and author, Buckminster Fuller', Dr Katz
continued, 'described Maharishi as 'completely indomitable', and greatly
admired Maharishi as an example of 'someone who works things out for
himself'. (Buckminster Fuller was famous as a designer, futurist,
inventor, and visionary. He devoted his life to trying to find out what
an individual could do on his own to improve humanity's condition that
large organizations, whether governments or private enterprises, could
not do.) |
Dr Katz provided an intimate and personal glimpse into his first meeting
with Maharishi, to whom he was introduced as a student of Dr
Radhakrishnan. Maharishi had responded, 'Oh yes, I met him and he said
that spiritual life was so difficult and it is so easy', then laughed
joyously. Describing his early impressions of Maharishi, Dr Katz said,
'I liked him, his laughter. It was what he was, not what he said. His
personality captivated me and I could not get enough of him. Every night
I was there to listen to his discourses.'
Dr Katz then went on to give a very charming and humorous account of his
instruction in Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi, mentioning some
initial difficulties due to his own intellectual preconceptions.
However, these were dramatically overcome when he attended the first
European Transcendental Meditation residence course: 'I was fortunate to
go on the first residence course in the Black Forest . . . . Maharishi
was giving a brilliant discourse on the mechanics of creation as
described in the Upanishads. He said that in Transcendental Meditation,
it is the same thing but backwards; they started from the subtle and
went to the gross, and in Transcendental Meditation we start from the
gross and go to the subtle and the subtlest and then we transcend.
'And something clicked from that moment, it must have been underground
before . . . but then suddenly everything went into place. It was like a
waterfall of wisdom pouring over me. When I said goodbye to Maharishi in
the Munich airport, he said to me, ''Very good, very good, you have
unlearned a lot of things.''
Continuing his reminiscences of early days spent with Maharishi, Dr
Vernon Katz discussed the progressive unfoldment of the knowledge which
Maharishi brought out. 'I implied to him sometimes that he was planning
things (that everything came out according to a systematic plan), but he
always said that 'it is completely natural, it just comes, Nature brings
It was in this natural way that Maharishi brought out the understanding
of higher states of consciousness. As more people learned Maharishi's
Transcendental Meditation technique, inner experiences deepened.
Experiences of Transcendental Consciousness had become so clear that
Maharishi was inspired to go deeply into the explanation of this fourth
major state of consciousness and its practical significance in the daily
life of the individual. Maharishi explained the necessity of regular
practice in order that Transcendental Consciousness is spontaneously
maintained more and more in the awareness during daily activity. As such
experiences grew, Maharishi discussed how regular alternation of
meditation and activity gives rise to Cosmic Consciousness, the fifth
state of consciousness. In the same way, increasingly refined
experiences inspired Maharishi to describe the sixth and seventh states
of consciousness, which he called God Consciousness and Unity
'Then later, when people had very refined experiences and could see the
fine fabrics within Atman, within the Self', Dr Katz continued,
'Maharishi gave out the whole Veda fully. He had talked of Veda before,
but he gave it out fully only then. Maharishi revealed what is basically
the internal mechanics of Atman, which is one of his great, great
contributions to knowledge—that Shakti element within the Atman which is
responsible for creation. He gave that out at the right time . . . for
seventeen years, he just talked about Transcendental Meditation . . . .
he wanted to have a firm foundation for his movement in Transcendental
Meditation . . . . Everything he has done has been on the basis of
Transcendental Meditation and on the basis of that, he could build up
all this; it was great wisdom on his part.'
'It always interested me', Dr Katz reflected, 'what was the source of
Maharishi's inspiration? It was so great and so unusual, he never said
anything obvious . . . . When Maharishi was giving an introductory talk
to someone in Kashmir, I listened for half an hour, totally absorbed in
what he was saying. And I thought to myself, I've heard this a hundred
times before, but it was new each time, because Maharishi was not
remembering it, he was creating it. I thought, that is the reason for
Dr Katz went on to discuss Maharishi's commentary on the Brahma Sutras,
which progressed over several years and was a major focus in the summer
of 1969. Taking one of the Brahma Sutras as an example, he described
Maharishi's profound and unique insights into their true meaning,
bringing out knowledge which had never before come to light.
Dr Katz related a beautiful comment from that time: 'Maharishi was
talking about Vyasa, the great seer of the Brahma Sutras and many other
aspects of Veda and Vedic Literature, and said, ''His insight into the
situation during the time of dissolution where the world is non-existent
yet Brahman (Totality) is—that is beautiful. That shows in what great
calmness he has written those Sutras (Vedic expressions), just calm.''
'Then Maharishi said this beautiful thing, ''This morning I came just to
these conclusions, when you just sit, sometimes you close your eyes, and
sometimes you open your eyes, and you are. I was on the introduction to
these Brahma Sutras and then like petals they opened. This point and
this point: such an exhilarating, enjoyable situation. You are working
and yet you are resting. You are there, and yet you are not there. That
is how, in that calm and quiet atmosphere, Vyasa must have written these
Sutras. This is beautiful because we can see how this Sutra arose.'' '
Dr Katz also recounted other stories revealing how intimate was
Maharishi's knowledge of the mechanics of cognition through which the
great Vedic Rishis (Seers) brought to light the various aspects of Veda
and Vedic Literature.
In conclusion, Dr Katz drew a parallel between the unfoldment of
Maharishi's teachings and the lives of many great men, citing
Michelangelo and Beethoven as examples. 'I found a pattern with great
people; they start by being very accessible and then later things become
very abstract . . . . I think with Maharishi it is the same thing.'
Dr Katz noted that in the early years of his organization, Maharishi
established a systematic path for everyone to rise to higher states of
consciousness. Later, Maharishi went into ever-increasing depth
regarding the fundamental structure of Natural Law and the fine
mechanics of creation. 'In the first period, he helped us rise to higher
states of consciousness', Dr Katz said, 'and in the second period he was
as if sitting at the top of creation and telling us how it is, how
creation comes about. . . .
'I was always interested in the developmental stages of his teaching . .
. this huge corpus of knowledge he left us through his great compassion
and kindness for us and for the whole world. It is something infinitely
great and infinitely beautiful, and that is why we love and respect him
and he will always be there for us,' Dr Katz concluded.
Announcing a new programme for businesses,
organizations, and clubs to learn Transcendental Meditation
(6 June 2008)
In a recent Global Family Chat, Raja Steven Rubin, Raja of Invincible
China for the Global Country of World Peace, spoke about special new
group programmes for learning Transcendental Meditation in clubs,
businesses, and organizations.
Raja Rubin spoke first about the great value of those practising
Transcendental Meditation who already have the inner experience and a
taste of transcending*, a deeper understanding of Maharishi's knowledge,
and what it can produce in terms of results in the world.
Raja Rubin said the idea arose last year from the many programmes in
which Transcendental Meditation was already being offered to groups—for
example in schools and universities through the David Lynch
Foundation—and to expand that programme to include thousands of other
groups—organizations, clubs, or associations in every city where people
gather based on their affinity, interest, or professional career.
When this idea was presented to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the
Global Country of World Peace, he was very enthusiastic and encouraged
that the programme be implemented immediately.
'The Global Country of World Peace is providing this precious knowledge
to private individuals and now to groups throughout the world as well,
and as we place this knowledge in front of more people, the opportunity
comes for more people to learn Transcendental Meditation,' said Raja
These programmes will also feature special group rates. Both the group
members and the organization can take advantage of this added benefit
for a large group. Another advantage, Raja Rubin said, is that the group
members would already know each other before learning Transcendental
Meditation and would share in the inspiration and enthusiasm of the
leaders of the organization arranging and endorsing this group programme.
'Now we have a programme we can offer to the organization rather than
their simply coming to a local centre,' Raja Rbin added. 'The programme
can be tailored to their specific interest, whether it is health,
business, or education, offering a lower fee for a group rate, by virtue
of the larger group.'
He explained that 'the idea is based on a simple concept that is
prevalent throughout all business and service organizations'—that if an
organization makes a commitment to involve their people or organization
with a product or service on a larger scale, special financial
arrangements can apply for that larger group.
Raja Rubin encouraged all those practising the Transcendental Meditation
and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme to introduce the local
Teachers of Transcendental Meditation to such groups, clubs, or
businesses so that they can gain the advantage of learning
Transcendental Meditation through this programme for large groups.
*The process of the mind settling down and experiencing increasingly
refined levels of its own activity, eventually going beyond the finest
level of thinking and experiencing the unbounded field of Transcendental
Consciousness. Transcendental Meditation is a simple, effortless,
systematic technique to experience this most silent, peaceful level of
one's own consciousness—the innermost Self.