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Transcendental Meditation (TM)

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TM (Transcendental Meditation) is a simple meditation technique that was introduced to the United States and Western World in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It involves sitting comfortably and saying a mantra (word or phrase such as RAM) over and over again for twenty minutes twice a day.

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[Save your money. TM Trainers charge $2500 to teach Transcendental Meditation.]


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)
Brief Biography:
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (birth name: Mahesh Prasad Varma) was born tentatively on January 12, 1918 in Pounalulla, in a Central Province of British India and died on February 5, 2008 in Vlodrop, Netherlands. He founded and developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and related programs and initiatives, including schools and a university with campuses in the United States and China. Around 1939, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi became a disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati who, from 1941 to 1953, was the Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) of Jyotir Math, located in the Indian Himalayas.

TM (Transcendental Meditation)
is a simple meditation technique that was introduced to the United States and Western World in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It involves sitting comfortably and saying a mantra (word or phrase such as RAM) over and over again for twenty minutes twice a day. The goal is to drive out distracting thoughts and reach a heightened level of awareness that produces a profound sense of deep rest.

TM is Practiced Twice a Day: TM is practiced for 15 to 20 minutes once in the morning on an empty stomach before breakfast to start the day with alertness and energy, and once again in the late afternoon just before dinner on an empty stomach to eliminate the accumulated stress of the day and as a basis for an enjoyable evening and a good night’s sleep.

How to Do TM (Transcendental Meditation)
When doing TM, you can sit crosslegged on a rug, carpet or pillow in yogi-style position or you can sit comfortably on a chair. You can meditate in any environment (outdoor or indoor) as long as it is safe. You can meditate outdoors when the light is not too bright and the place is quiet; you can meditate indoors, even in your apartment, as long as the place is quiet or noise level is low. You can practice TM anywhere in your office after work, while riding the subway on a comfortable seat, while traveling in an air plane by sitting on a comfortable seat, or even in your car parked at a highway rest stop. However the best place to practice it is in the comfort of your own home with peace of mind.

Make sure you are not interrupted for 20 minutes while you are on meditation. Take the phone off the hook and send the kids out to play with instruction not to disturb for the next half an hour. TM prescribes that you meditate for 20 minutes each session twice a day. Since meditation takes you away from time keeping frame of mind, you should have a watch or clock arranged nearby in such a way that you can easily see it without having to change your sitting position. Then approximately by the end of 20 minutes, you can open your eyes slightly to check the time. Don’t be surprised if you guess it’s only 4 or 5 minutes and then open your eyes to discover that it’s been 15 minutes. Meditation works that way as your mind shuts down from being alert. With practice you will develop a pretty good sense of when to come out of your meditation session (20 minutes), and the watch or clock won’t be even necessary any longer.

MANTRA: Now for the mantra, the word RAM, one of the Hindu names of God, is used. The person who meditates is supposed to say silently within the heart the mantra RAM or RAMA.  It is pronounced to rhyme with “bomb” RAM or RAMA.

The people of Hare Krishna Organization use RAMA for chanting the song:

RAM was the last word Mahatma Gandhi uttered when he was assassinated with a gunshot.
                     Mahatma Gandhi Used to Chant His Favorite Hymn Everyday:

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patit Pavan Sita Ram
Sita Ram Jai Sita Ram
Bhaj Pyare Tu Sitaram
Ishwar Allah Tere Naam
Sabko Sanmati de Bhagavan

Lord Ram, the Lord of Heavens
Blessed is Thy Name
Victory to You Lord Ram, the Husband of Sita
Oh So Lovable, Joyous it is to Worship Thee...
Some of Us Call You Ishwar (Lord Vishnu)
and Some Others Call You as Allah
but We Beg You Lord that Do Bless Us All...

But since the word “RAM” is essentially unknown to western culture, it will serve as a non-meaningful sound for our simulated TM meditation. TM can be practiced even without having any belief in mantra RAM, and still get successful results.

To begin TM, settle yourself comfortably into the meditating position that suits you. Sit quietly with your eyes open for a few moments without any thoughts and then close your eyes. For perhaps a minute just sit quietly without attempting to say the mantra. Most people normally breathe at a rate of about 16 breaths per minute so use your breathing as a guide for timing yourself. Just sit there and count 16 breaths while just your mind and nervous system cool down.

Then silently say to yourself within your heart “RAM” by closing your eyes.  You can say it at whatever speed you want, and you probably will find that you experiment a bit. Try coordinating it with your breathing, and say “RAM” as you breathe out. Just keep saying “RAM” silently in your mind over and over again.

If your attention wanders away from saying your mantra, which it’s almost certain to do unless you have truly extraordinarily mental control, that’s okay. That’s part of the meditation process, according to TM. But as soon as you become aware that you have stopped saying your mantra, you should gently and effortlessly come back to it. Start repeating, “RAM, RAM, RAM.”

During the time that your attention is off the mantra, all sorts of interesting thoughts and feelings and images may come into your mind. That’s okay too. Don’t try to stop them forcefully. Carefully but casually observe them without becoming entangled in them or attached to them. You may start watching a lurid sex story or an adventuresome drama starring yourself, but when you become aware that you are not saying the mantra, gently let those thoughts go and begin to repeat the mantra again.

When you have decided to end your meditation, simply stop saying the mantra and sit there quietly for about two minutes with eyes closed. Let your physical senses gradually restore themselves. Then slowly begin to open your eyes. Take the full 2 minutes to do so, counting breathes if necessary to time it. This is still part of the TM procedure, and it serves the vital purpose of avoiding shock to the nervous system, which is now in a very quiet and sensitized condition.

After the 2 minutes of “rising to the surface,” your eyes will be falling open and you will be completely aware of your environment. You may have moved your body, hands, or legs somewhat during your meditation, it is perfectly okay to do so, but you will probably now find yourself in a position that you have been holding in a relaxed way for 5 to 10 minutes, maybe longer.

Stretch your arms, rub your face and eyes, and get yourself into motion. You will feel like you are waking up after a good night’s sleep, and maybe you will yawn or have a deep sign. But within a few minutes you will probably feel super-awake and full of energy.

What Happens During TM: During TM, the mind settles down to a silent yet fully awake state of awareness¾pure consciousness. At the same time the body gains a unique and profound state of rest and relaxation.

Mind can reach two different states: “state of exited mind and state of settled mind.” For example it is Friday 2 pm; It has been a busy day and a long week. You are late for an appointment. You race to your car only to realize that you have forgotten your keys, and then you have to battle traffic and road construction before finally making it to your appointment, only to discover that you have left behind some important papers; Your mind is speeding and your heart is pounding; This is the state of excited mind. Another example is it is Sunday afternoon and you are heading home from a long weekend vacation, rested and relaxed; You feel contented, relaxed, happy; Your mind is alert, calm, clear; You begin to plan your next coming week with many practical and positive ideas, willing to make them work for you; This is the state of settled mind. Similarly the body and mind could reach a greater excitation, medium excitation or low excitation depending on your daily circumstances.

TM is used to attain mental stability no matter how excited your state of mind is. With the aid of TM, mind settles down to a silent state of awareness where the mind is calm, collected, yet fully expanded and fully awake. This state of mind represents the simplest but pure form of human awareness. It is pure consciousness. This original settled state is completely natural. It has always been there. Only it has been lost from the experiences of human activities, lost from its use because of the noise, perturbance, stress and other factors. However TM allows the mind to attain pure consciousness rapidly and easily and effortlessly and more importantly TM practice is pleasurable and enjoyable. Extensive scientific research findings showed that, through TM, the body gains a state of profound rest and relaxation that is far deeper than any other meditation technique. They called it "deep rest."

Pure consciousness is the source of unlimited creativity and intelligence of the mind. Research has shown that attaining pure consciousness back to its natural state twice a day makes the mind more alert, creative and intelligent enough to take wise decisions by being productive in work and enjoy the life. Moreover, the deep rest provided by TM eliminates the build-up of stress and tension.

Deep Rest Thru TM Is Better Than Sleep, Physical Activity and Entertainment:
Pure consciousness can be accomplished by the deep rest thru TM meditation. Rest eliminates the stress. The deeper the rest, the better the elimination of stress is. The rest gained during a good night’s sleep may eliminate some of the stress and fatigue that comes from the daily activity. Sleep alone may not be enough to attain full relaxation as we may not be completely free from fatigue accumulated throughout the day. Some may exercise to help cope with stress, play tennis, work out at gym, take an evening walk, or listen to music, watch TV, go to a cinema, read a book, go fishing or go on a trip to ocean. But all these physical and entertainment activities may not remove the stress completely because stress clings on to the nervous system and builds up day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. Too much worry and personal problems add up and stress levels could be multiplied to become a disaster. Therefore deep rest such as TM meditation, twice a day, is essential to bring the consciousness to its pure state. Deep rest eliminates deep stress.

Scientific findings showed that Transcendental Meditation (TM) is by far the most effective meditation technique in reducing anxiety, improving psychological health, increasing self-actualization, and reducing drug, cigarette and alcohol-related addictions.

TM is a practical and proven technique for developing more energy, creativity and intelligence
¾for awakening the unlimited potential of mind and body and for enjoying greater health, happiness and success in life.

TM is Not a Religion, Not a Philosophy, Not a Lifestyle
[According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]
TM is practiced by millions of people of all religions including Clergy. TM supports all religions because it releases stress and purifies the mind, body and emotions of the person who practices it. However please note that some courts in US ruled that TM is a religion.

TM is a simple mechanical technique. Turning on a light switch is a technique, not a philosophy; using a lever to move a large rock is a technique, not a philosophy; Similarly Transcendental Meditation is a simple technique that is universally applicable, repeatable and verifiable by anyone anywhere without any philosophical background.

TM is so easy that it can be easily learned and practiced by anyone without ever changing the lifestyle. The benefits of TM are rewarding and highly enjoyable.

Proof that TM Lowers High Blood Pressure
TM is a simple meditation technique that was introduced to the United States in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of India. It involves sitting comfortably and saying a mantra (word or phrase such as RAM) over and over again for twenty minutes twice a day. The goal is to drive out distracting thoughts and reach a heightened level of awareness that produces a profound sense of rest, which Dr. Benson calls the "relaxation response."

The cardiovascular benefits of meditation are not limited to TM, according to Dr. Benson, associate professor of medicine and president of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Deaconess Hospital. Many other techniques that involve sitting quietly, repeating a word or sound, and ignoring distracting thoughts can bring about the relaxation response. Dr. Benson emphasized one note of caution: "It"s essential for people with hypertension who want to try TM or any other relaxation technique to work with their doctor and not change or stop taking medication on their own." Refer to American Journal of Managed Care, April 1996, pp. 427-437. See Dr. Benson"s books below.

Benefits of TM
¨ Clearer Thinking, Improved Memory, Better Quality Sleep, Concentration and Creativity
¨ Reduces Stress and Anxiety While Increasing Energy and Vitality
¨ Improves Health, Lowers High Blood Pressure, and Promotes Reversal of Aging
¨ Improves Memory, Creativity and Intelligence
¨ Enriches and Strengthens Personal Relationships
¨ Expands the Mind to its Unlimited Cosmic Potential
¨ Develops Inner Contentment, Happiness, and Fulfillment¾the Sate of Enlightenment
¨ Creates Waves of Peace and Harmony in Individual and Collective Consciousness

Adverse Effects of TM
Some people, including a study at Stanford Research Institute, reported harmful effects of TM such as mental disorders, depression, increased negativity and less motivation in life. So it is strongly recommended that you study the effects of TM carefully before adopting it permanently and you should evaluate whether or not TM is beneficial and suits your body and mind.

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