21 March 2007 Press Conference Highlights
The Role of Transcendental Meditation in Successful Business Leadership
A question from the press asked, 'What exactly does Transcendental Meditation offer executives in the highest levels of business or government to make them better leaders?
Hagelin said that there are many possible angles to this question because
the answers are very deep and profound. 'But everyone of us has within
us a CEO (chief executive officer), a dynamic leader, and that is called
the CEO of the brain.'
higher brain, the CEO of the brain, is responsible for all our higher
functions: learning or judgement, planning, moral reasoning, the ability
to consider the implications of one's actions, foresightedness and so
forth—these are the higher functions that separate the human brain
from the primitive brain of other species, Dr Hagelin said.
said Dr Hagelin, 'under stress, this prefrontal cortex shuts down. The
higher brain shuts down, and what is left is the reactive brain, as it
is called, and we behave purely in a reactive mode without capability
of foresight, without breadth of comprehension, without real executive
control over our reaction. 'That is the so-called fight or flight response
of the brain.'
'Transcendental Meditation immediately reduces and eliminates the deleterious effects of stress on brain functioning,' Dr Hagelin said, 'because Transcendental Meditation, among all its other effects, provides the physiology with a level of rest far deeper than sleep. And in that profound state of rest, rejuvenation, refreshment, and revitalization—elimination of fatigue and stress—all occur very efficiently.
'With the elimination of stress, the restoration of blood flow and functioning of the entire brain—including the critical prefrontal cortex, the CEO of the brain—turn back on,' said Dr Hagelin.
Dr Hagelin elaborated that, furthermore, under the chronic stress which pervades many of our corporations, many of our classrooms, many urban environments, and whole areas of the world today, the pre-frontal cortex shuts down chronically. Thus it is under-utilized, under-functioning, and fails to develop during its crucial, formative years between adolescence and age 25.
'So, it is particularly important that during the education, the pre-frontal cortex be properly developed. That requires the elimination of stress through Transcendental Meditation, which reduces the stress that is the barrier to proper balance in brain functioning and operation of the CEO of the brain. TM engages the total brain, including the prefrontal cortex,' Dr Hagelin explained. 'It integrates the total brain so that the prefrontal cortex exerts proper executive control over the primitive brain, over the whole brain.'
Thus, far more than just eliminating the stress that prevents the functioning of the prefrontal cortex, Transcendental Meditation actually engages the prefrontal cortex and develops it together with holistic functioning of the entire brain. 'That alone is the most essential leadership training, because we cannot be leaders without the leadership portion of our brain properly functioning and properly developed.'
cannot be a CEO without the CEO of the brain,' Dr Hagelin emphasized.
He concluded that proper, balanced brain development is fundamental to
anyone, but particularly to a CEO, who is expected to perform at a higher
level and to use more innate mental potential.
what does Transcendental Meditation give executives that other leadership
training programmes don't? It gives them their own CEO of the brain,'
Dr Hagelin said.
'What an incredible organizational task of Nature is that,' Dr Hagelin said. 'There are seven million species on earth, all in this intricate web of mutual support and mutual enrichment. In comparison to that the organization of the human species is nothing—certainly the organization of one business is child's play,' he said.
'We can have that capability of cosmic organizing power by enlivening that cosmic intelligence, the Unified Field, the Constitution of the Universe, in our own brain,' said Dr Hagelin.
further elaborated that enlivening Total Knowledge, the Unified Field,
in one's own awareness spontaneously brings one's thought and activity
in accord with Natural Law for spontaneous maximally life-supporting,
effective action and success. So, it is possible to govern a company,
by making decisions that are spontaneously right and balanced.
Maharishi Central University—The Pinnacle of Education
His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has now designed a whole university specifically for the top level of leadership training in the world. This university includes Transcendental Meditation as a fundamental element, a key component. 'Without the balanced development of the brain, we will never be a CEO without the CEO [the prefrontal cortex] functioning in our brain,' Dr Hagelin emphasized.
For these reasons, Dr Hagelin concluded that Maharishi Central University is the pinnacle of education in the world, teaching the deepest principles and most practical programmes of leadership—Unified Field-based or Total Knowledge-based leadership in every field of life.