The objective of every government is a peaceful and prosperous country. However, it is hard to find an ideal government in the present world and not a single government could fully satisfy their citizens. No matter which country people always complain about the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the government. In some countries, the problems remain unsolved as the government cannot find a solution to stop ongoing war, crime and corruption.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1993) who is the founder of the Transcendental Meditation Program, explains that in order to be successful, the government should appoint the expert administrator who has been proving success in administration since the beginning of the solar system and universe, to accomplish everything for the government. He points out, “The government of the universe has been demonstrating its ability to administer the whole diversity of the universe, with order and perfect peace, and without a problem ever” (Maharishi, 1993). Maharishi (1986) explains, the reason for all the problems is the violation of nature’s law by the people. When people live in accord with natural law, the individuals act more intelligently and harmoniously in accord with the natures design. Thus the actions are progressive and does not do harm to the individual or to the environment.
In order to comprehend how the individuals who live in accord with the nature’s law can help to solve the problems of the nation, one should understand the concept of collective consciousness which is the basis of Maharishi’s theory of government. In Maharishi’s (1976) view, the success of the government directly depends upon the quality of consciousness of its citizens, because the nation is a collection of individuals.
Individual Consciousness and Collective Consciousness
To understand the connection between individual consciousness and collective consciousness, one should first understand what consciousness is. Consciousness governs all the action of life of an individual. As Maharishi (1976), explains, “Consciousness is the light by which man looks out into the world to experience objects” (p. 123). Individual consciousness is considered as the primary element of collective conciseness. Collective consciousness is the totality of the individual consciousness of any particular group of individuals. Maharishi (1978) says that “when we talk of community consciousness, we merely put together the consciousness of all the individuals who make up the community or the nation” (p. 87). There are countless institutions of collective consciousness which consist of individuals. Maharishi mainly focused on family, community, city, provincial, national and world consciousness.
The quality of the collective consciousness depends upon the quality of the individual consciousness. Just like invisible electromagnetic waves in the environment, individual consciousness permeates everywhere, producing an impact upon every part of the creation. Maharishi...