Marcus L. Munger- US

A nuclear physicist with degrees from Cal State at North Ridge and the University of Colorado, Marcus L. Munger, Pb.D., became interested in self-knowledge through his.fascination with the forces of nature. For over two decades, be has worked on the design and development of surveillance satellites, initialy for IBM Federal Systems Division and currently, as senior scientist, Research and Development Project Lead for Lockheed Martin. Having worked on the early development of the Strategic Defense Initiative during the 1980s, he holds two patents for algorithms that allow satellites to track objects in ballistic motion. Before receiving self-knowledge, Munger tbought the pursuit of science in and of itself might enable bim to understand his own nature. He’s discovered that there’s more to it than that.

Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by how nature works. When I went to University, this curiosity led me to study nuclear physics. I hoped that through these studies I would also come to understand myself. After a few years, I realized that studying nuclear physics, although interesting and challenging, was not yielding what I was looking for.

I first became interested in self-knowledge in 1972 when I read an article about it in a Denver newspaper. This lead me to attend a Maharaji lecture in Red Rock later that year. What I heard made sense to me. Maharaji spoke of a superior power within each of us that could neither be created nor destroyed. This, of course, is one of the tenets of the principle of the conservation of energy. The pursuit of self-knowledge became for me the means to realize and experience what was happening within me moment by moment. Thinking a certain way is not as important to me as being able to experience contentment. Analysis and syn-thesis are still necessary in dealing with problems both at home and on the job, but I don’t have to rely on them for my own satisfaction.

Self-knowledge has increased my understanding of my inner self. It connects me to something that is perma-nent, affording a wider perspective to see the beauty around me. The experience has taught me that there is a way to have satisfaction even when I can’t find it in the world outside. People notice that I tend to remain calm and am not upset by changing circumstances. I have talked several times with one of the managers I work with about life and where contentment lies. The other day, he said to another manager who was feeling upset: “Talk to Marcus. You will understand things from a different perspective and begin to feel better.” After this person had talked to me, she became aware that there was something more important to understand.

I find that this fast-paced life can be confusing, and it is wonderful to have someone to guide me who knows how to experience joy. In the 30 years I have known about self-knowledge, he has reminded me again and again to consider what is most important to me. I now know that it is possible to feel satisfaction and contentment in this life. It is worth the search.

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