Maharishi: The principle of Transcendental Meditation is simple: Being is bliss in its nature. It is infinite happiness. The mind is always moving in the direction of greater happiness. It is the experience of everyone that wherever the mind goes, it moves in the direction of greater happiness. And because the nature of inner Being is bliss, infinite happiness, during Transcendental Meditation the mind takes that inward course in a most spontaneous manner.
In this meditation we do not concentrate or control the mind. We let the mind follow its natural instinct towards greater happiness, and it goes within and gains bliss consciousness in Being.
The technique is: We take a specific thought which suits us, which is called a mantra or suitable sound for us, which we receive from the trained teacher of Transcendental Meditation. Teachers are found everywhere in the world, and I have trained them properly. They give a suitable word, and the man experiences the thought of that sound minimizing, and then experiences the finer state of that thought, until the source of thought is fathomed, and the conscious mind reaches the transcendental area of Being.
“We let the mind follow its natural instinct towards greater happiness, and it goes within and gains bliss consciousness in Being.” —Maharishi
So the mind moves from a gross thought, to the subtle state of thought, to the subtlest state of thought—this is the path of Transcendental Meditation—until the conscious mind reaches bliss consciousness, Transcendental Consciousness, or pure consciousness, the state of Being.
Here in the state of Being, the mind becomes soaked with energy, intelligence, and great happiness. With it, it comes out and performs and experiences the world much better than before.