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Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Eastern, New Age movement lead by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - Indian mystic woshipped by the Beatles in the 1960s. Claims to expand self-awareness and world peace, (and, at time, also to reduce crime) through meditation and levitation (yogic flying). TM Universities are located in several countries. The movement has its own political party, Natural Law, active in some 70 countries, and is said to have about 5 million voters worldwide.

More than 30 years since flower children were inspired by the Beatles' flirtation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and his method of self-relaxation, transcendental meditation these days is being pitched at professionals looking for relief from the nerve-racking stresses of modern life.
Source: Search for Serenity, Washington Post, July 6, 2000

Expansive claims have been part of TM since a little-known Hindu came to the West in the 1950s with a new version of traditional Hindu teachings he called Transcendental Meditation. He became world-famous in 1960s when the Beatles took up TM.

His theology was very traditional, said Scott Lowe, a religion professor at the University of North Dakota who studies new faiths and was a TM practitioner. The Maharishi based his teachings on his readings of the Vedas, the sacred texts at the heart of many Hindu beliefs, Dr. Lowe said. The faith requires a rigid caste system as one way to pay off karmic debts incurred in previous lives, for instance. And the theology also claimed an essential connection between sound and the power that undergirds the cosmos, he said. Repetition of the right sounds or phrases called mantras is said to confer power.

The Maharishi separated the mantra from its religious trappings and created TM. The practice has changed little over the decades. These days, practitioners pay $2,500 to be given a short word that they are told to repeat silently for 20 minutes, twice a day. As was true when TM started, current new practitioners are told that TM is not a religion and works without any changes in belief or lifestyle.

TM practitioners say the practice has positive effects on mental and physical health claims that are challenged by some mainstream researchers.
Source: Meditation movement's big plans have often come to little ends, The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 5, 2002


Christian Field of TM Dreams by John W. Kennedy, ChristianityToday.com:
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
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.
Christian Transcendental MeditationPDF file Looks at the roots, teachings, and methods of Transcendental meditation.
Christian Transcendental Meditation - A Christian Perspective Brief, but effective overview.
Christian Who Took the ''T'' Out Of ''TM''? by Watchman Fellowship
Christian Yoga and Transcendental Meditation - A Christian Option? by George Smith, Assistant General Secretary of 'Christians in Caring Professions' (CiCP) and the organisation's official spokesman on New Age and Alternative Medicine. An article on the Christian Medical Fellowship website


Secular Beyond Gurus: A Woman of Many Worlds by Nancy Cooke De Herrera. This insider's story is out of print. Well worth the search.
Christian Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs by John Weldon and John Ankerberg. Includes much information related to Transcendental Meditation (cross-referenced)
Secular TM and Cult Mania by by Michael A. Persinger, Normand J. Carrey, Lynn A. Suess. Hard to find, but excellent analysis. Describes problems with TM research.


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Christian Mere Transcendental Meditation "The basic concepts of neo-Vedanta philosophy. " by Irving Hexham
Christian Transcendental Meditation Profile, by Watchman Fellowship

See Also


Secular Behind the TM Facade (Contra) A look at TM's myths, peer reviews of TM research claims, crime statistics, etcetera.
Secular Falling Down the TM Rabbit Hole (Contra) "How Transcendental Meditation Really Works; A Critical Opinion" By Joe Kellett, a former TM teacher.
Non-Christian Maharishi Global Construction (Pro) Designs According To Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Architecture (See also Vedic City)
Non-Christian Creating Heaven on Earth "A Transcendental Meditation Portal"
Non-Christian Maharishi University of Management (Pro)
Non-Christian Meditation Information Network (Contra) ""Supporting critical examination of the programs associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi"" Good research resource.
Secular Trancenet.org (Contra) Site operated by a former TMer.
Non-Christian Stuff about TM (Contra) Don Krieger's collection of information about TM includes ads, forms, personal testimonies, etcetera.
Non-Christian The Transcendental Meditation Program (Pro) Official site.

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