What is Transcendental Meditation?
Transcendental Meditation™ as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a simple, natural, effortless technique practised for 15-20 minutes morning and evening, sitting comfortably with eyes closed. It requires no belief, (you do not even have to believe it will work), nor any change in lifestyle or diet. It can be easily learned by anyone, regardless of age, education or culture. Over 5 million people throughout the world have learned the technique.
It is taught by personal instruction – by qualified teachers who have completed an extensive training programme and are registered with Maharishi Vedic Institute - and is effective from the first instruction.
You do not need to adopt unusual postures or try to control thoughts or breathing.
The principle of effortlessness is central to the practice of Transcendental Meditation. It goes all by itself - governed by nature and not we ourselves. There is no need for concentration or contemplation or mind control. Effortlessness is what makes Transcendental Meditation fundamentally different, in principles and practice, from all other systems of meditation - and self-development in general. It is the only completely natural meditation.
The many benefits of Transcendental Meditation in everyday life include the ability to achieve more with less effort – whatever your present state of mind and body. Some people learn because they have specific ailments, particularly stress-related disorders such as hypertension, insomnia or migraine. Others simply want to achieve more of their full potential.
Transcendental Meditation is the most extensively researched technique for self-development.
It comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India – the oldest record of human knowledge. Veda means Natural Law. It is based on the understanding that the natural tendency of life - the natural tendency of the mind - is to evolve. That natural tendency is towards more and more - to transcend individual boundaries in order to realize the mind's infinite, unbounded nature. The individual is cosmic.
Life lived within boundaries is a struggle. The Veda offers a technique whereby the life of the individual is naturally aligned with natural law, cosmic life, or, as religious people call it, the will of God.
The Transcendental Meditation technique was brought to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over 50 years ago. It had been restored for practical use by Maharishi’s master, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati – known as “Guru Dev” - who was Shankaracharya of north India in Jyotir Math, Himalayas. This is one of four seats in India – North, South, East, West – where the leading authorities on Vedic knowledge sit. They are named after Shankara, a renowned seer in the Vedic tradition of masters.
The authentic Transcendental Meditation technique is imparted in exactly the same way as it was by Vedic masters over 5,000 years ago.
Adherence to the correct, age-old teaching procedure ensures the purity and effectiveness of the teaching. TM now has its imitators, including some who claim to teach “transcendental meditation” but teach nothing of the sort. Only teachers authorised by Maharishi Vedic Institute can be relied upon.
Maharishi died in February 2008. He is the only spiritual master to have been given a state funeral by the Indian government.