Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Introduction to Transcendental Meditation

In today’s hectic world with extreme day to day stress, the ways to alleviate stress is vital for a peaceful life. Meditation has always been practiced in India in many different ways and is a proven means to ease the stress. His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the simple, natural and effortless technique of Transcendental Meditation in 1957. It is a simple, natural, effort-less and effective technique which one can practice by sitting comfortably anywhere.

Transcendental Meditation or TM is a technique as old as Rig Veda. But unfortunately meditation is misinterpreted in different ways by people and mysticism and religious experiences have been added to it. Maharshi Mahesh Yogi has revived and purified this technique to its basic form and re introduced to the world in a scientific manner.

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

TM is an experience of the mind similar to other experiences like happiness, joy and love. Transcendental Consciousness is an infinite source of energy, intelligence and creativity. The nature of human mind is to create many different thoughts by firing millions of neurons each and every second. This is called Background Noise. The essence of TM is to systematically bring down the noise level and go to a state of silence. When the mind experiences silence state, because of the intimate connection of the mind with body, both experience a profound rest due to the de excitation of the neurons. This state is called the state of Restful Alertness.

Maharshi Mahesh Yogi has explained that the Transcendental Meditation programme is systematic, repeatable with verifiable results and hence is scientific in character. In Maharshi’s words
“Transcendent Divine is omnipresent. Its nature is bliss. We miss the experience of the omnipresence because we engage ourselves in experiencing only its expressions rather than itself. The technique of TM is a gift of nature and when nature has provided such infinite energy, creativity and intelligence to human being, why should they suffer? They suffer because they fail to explore the latent energy within themselves and utilize it in their life. Life is bliss. There is no reason for anybody to suffer in this world.”

You can read about “The Technique of TM” in the next blog post.


  1. The TM technique allows your mind to settle inward, beyond thought, to experience the silent reservoir of energy, creativity and intelligence found within everyone—a natural state of restful alertness. During the practice, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

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