Transcendental Meditation – Research Resources

Research resources on Transcendental Meditation



Field of TM Dreams By John W. Kennedy, Christianity Today

Fairfield, Iowa, of all places, is now a major world center for Transcendental Meditation, and local Christians are figuring out how best to evangelize Maharishi’s devotees

Is TM a religion?

Transcendental Meditation was ruled a religion by the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Docket No. 76-341 (H.C.M.) Civil Action, in the case of Alan B. Malnak. et al., Plaintiffs, v. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, et al., Defendants, in a summary judgment issued October 19, 1977, followed by an order and judgment, filed December 12, 1977.

Transcendental Meditation Looks at the roots, teachings, and methods of Transcendental meditation.

Transcendental Mediation – A Christian Perspective A brief, but informative overview.

Transcental Meditation – Profile by Watchman Fellowship

Who Took the “T” Out Of “TM”? By Tom Forehand, Watchman Expositor, Vol. 7, No. 7, 1990

Many have stated that the Federal Government has barred the practice of TM (Transcendental Meditation) from the public classroom because its religious nature is a violation of the Constitution. However, has the practice of meditation actually been so banned for constitutional reasons?

Yoga and Transcendental Meditation – a Christian Option? By George Smith, Retired General Practitioner and Dermatologist. Published by the Christian Medical Fellowship.


TM-Free Blog“Independent views of the Transcendental Meditation Orgs and their founder, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Scandals, research, insider secrets, and more”. Operated by John M. Knapp, who also runs the TranceNet website.


Beyond Gurus: A Woman of Many Worlds by Nancy Cooke De Herrera. This insider’s story is out of print. Well worth the search.

Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs By John Ankerberg and John Weldon Includes much information related to Transcendental Meditation (cross-referenced)

TM and Cult Mania by Michael A. Persinger, Normand J. Carrey, Lynn A. Suess. Hard to find, but excellent analysis. Describes problems with TM research.

Transcendental Hesitation: A Biblical Appraisal of Tm and Eastern Mysticism by Calvin Miller. Dated and out of print, but contains helpful material.

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Behind the TM Facade A look at TM’s myths, peer reviews of TM research claims, crime statistics, etcetera.

Falling Down the TM Rabbit Hole “How Transcendental Meditation Really Works – A Critical Opinion” By Joe Kellett, a former TM teacher Online since June, 1995, TranceNet provides a wealth of research resources on Transcendental Meditation technique and on related programs associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Editor John M. Knapp also operates the TM-Free Blog


The Transcendental Meditation Program Official TM program web site