Why Transcendental Meditation™ is unique
Transcendental Meditation is unique.
As it is taught under the auspices of Maharishi’s worldwide organisation, it differs fundamentally from other systems of meditation and relaxation. Read on to find out why.
Transcendental Meditation is the purest, simplest, and most effective form of meditation the world has known. Restored by the greatest sages of the Vedic tradition, it is the pure technique of transcending – settling to the simplest, most powerful state of awareness – untainted by any mind control or thought process.
Only as it is taught by Maharishi’s worldwide organisation, Transcendental Meditation comes to you 100% faithful to its origins.
Transcendental Meditation is also the most effortless of all techniques. This is not by chance. Effortlessness implies naturalness. And naturalness is the key to effectiveness, simply because Nature (one’s own deepest inner nature) knows best how to create optimal functioning of mind and body – better even than any doctor or scientist!
Science verifies: Transcendental Meditation is a unique meditation technique
Abundant scientific research over decades not only documents the wide-ranging benefits of Transcendental Meditation, but also shows that these effects are not demonstrated by other types of meditation and relaxation, as is often assumed. This is the only practice verified by the extensive scientific research summarised in this website and confirmed by the personal experiences that are recounted.
“Meta-analysis” and “systematic review” are methods of rigorously comparing the effects that treatments have, by pooling data from multiple research studies. Using these large bodies of reliable evidence, scientists are able to draw the soundest conclusions. These methods help to confirm that the findings are not due to, for example, the self-selection of participants, the biases of researchers, expectation or the “placebo” effect, or other things that may cause doubt about the veracity of individual studies.
Large meta-analyses have shown that Transcendental Meditation:
Randomised controlled trials directly comparing Transcendental Meditation with other programmes have found that it is more effective in bringing about sustained long-term relaxation and reduction of stress hormones in daily life, and in promoting a healthy long life.
For details and references to scientific sources, see research summaries.
How the process of Transcendental Meditation differs
Many people who learn Transcendental may have already tried some other techniques of meditation or relaxation, either from a self-help source, or a class. On learning Transcendental Meditation these people are pleasantly surprised at the ease of the technique, and the resulting benefits.
Transcendental Meditation is not mind-control or mental discipline; it is not concentration or eastern philosophy. You don't have to control your breathing or muscles. You don't even have to try to relax. You are learning a technique that facilitates a completely natural process – an ability that is inscribed in the nature of the mind. This is called “transcending”.
The process of Transcendental Meditation is described in some more detail at the introductory meeting, when there is time to do it full justice. In a nutshell, however, Transcendental Meditation uses the subtle effects of sound to evoke the natural brain response of transcending, or settling of the awareness to a state of perfect rest and stillness in which one is, at the same time, highly alert.
As such, it differs fundamentally from all other techniques. These invariably involve either concentration (controlling the mind or attention in some way) or contemplation (an active thought process of some kind). In this way, other types of meditation keep the mind active – which actually impedes the transcending process.
An analogy makes this clear. The mind is like the ocean: constantly in motion on the surface, but silent and immensely powerful at its depths. Concentration techniques are akin to treading water and resisting all the waves and currents. Contemplation or other thought processes are like swimming around on the surface and exploring. Transcendental Meditation, in contrast, involves settling without any effort to the silent depths of the ocean – becoming recharged by that unbounded state of pure consciousness.
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N A T U R E
makes available to all of us a renewable energy source that we can tap into every day.
Yet because most of us live in ignorance of it, we are forced needlessly to exhaust ourselves, to stretch our physical and mental resources to breaking point, even while the energy, relaxation and inspiration we crave is all around us.
As though we are sitting, parched, on the banks of a cool clear stream.
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