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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
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)
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
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
The people of Hare Krishna Organization use RAMA for chanting the song:
“HARE KRISHNA, HARE RAMA; RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE.”
RAM was the last word Mahatma Gandhi uttered when he was assassinated with a
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
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
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.
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.
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
Thru TM Is Better Than Sleep, Physical Activity and Entertainment:
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
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
awakening the unlimited potential of mind and body and for enjoying greater
health, happiness and success in life.
Not a Religion, Not a Philosophy, Not a Lifestyle
to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]
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
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.
¨ 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
¨ 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
Effects of TM
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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