Transcendental Meditation is one of the most popular forms of meditation practiced today. Its techniques create a sense of relaxed awareness and allow the practitioner not to become distracted by other thoughts
Transcendental Meditation has helped millions of people to achieve a calmer and more centered life. Since its beginnings in the mid 1950′s in India it has become a global movement which has proved popular with people from all walks of life. It has been publicly endorsed by celebrities such as the Beatles, Moby and David Lynch have given the practice even wider appeal. Transcendental Meditation is a relatively simple process but many people credit with having a life changing impact on their lives.
Today, transcendental meditation is a technique that’s used for very deep relaxation and rejuvenation to bring about a very intense state of rest. It’s used to treat all sorts of conditions, everyday health problems as well, such as stress, anxiety, tension, and insomnia. It’s also used to treat serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and bronchitis problems.
When the practitioner engages in Transcendental Meditation they close their eyes and sit silently while repeating a mantra. According to Transcendental Mediation teachings this mantra is individual to the student and can be given only by a qualified teacher.
Transcendental Meditation should be practiced for between 15 – 20 minutes twice day. Traditionally it is recommended to learn Transcendental Meditation that you attend a course of instruction with a qualified teacher. The cost of this course depends on the country you are in and the organization that you learn from.
So it’s very effective in many many different forms. It’s easy to learn. There’s no ability required. You can learn Transcendental Meditation from a qualified teacher, or you can self initiate the learning by yourself Transcendental meditation is simply mantra recitation You simply allocate twenty minutes of quiet time and use a mantra to liberate your mind from conscious thought and trigger the meditation
Mantras work, in theory, because they are essentially meaningless word sounds. One is chosen for you by your teacher from a library of dozens that go back to TM’s ancient Vedic origins. Once a mantra is given, it is never shared under any circumstances
However, there are web sites revealing all the TM mantras, which appear to be allotted by means of a simple formula based on the age and sex of the student.
A complete list of the “secret” TM mantras can be found here.
History of Transcendental Meditation
The origins of the Transcendental Meditation begin with the founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1955. In this year Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began to teach a form of meditation known as Transcendental Deep Meditation which he had been taught by his own teacher Brahmananda Saraswati.
At first Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began working with students directly teaching several thousand people in the techniques. However Maharishi Mahesh Yogi wished to reach a wider audience and began the Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Program teaching others how to be teachers themselves.
Through the introduction of the training program Transcendental Meditation began to rapidly expand through the 1960′s and 70′s. Its popularity grew even stronger after it was endorsed by the band the Beatles. In February 1968 the Beatles flew to Rishikesh in India to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation training session. This took place at the Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Joining the Beatles were other famous musicians of the time including Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Donovan and Paul Horn. The period following the visit to the Ashram was one of the Beatles most productive with them producing 18 songs which appeared on the White Album and Two on the Abbey Road Album.
Transcendental meditation has in recent years undergone something of resurgence. Celebrities such as musician Moby, actor Russell Brand and film maker David Lynch are all firm advocates of the discipline. There are now a number of major organizations globally that teaches the practices of Transcendental Meditation. Included among these the World Plan Executive Council, the Transcendental Meditation program for Women and AFSCI. By 2013 millions of people all over the world have undergone Transcendental Meditation programs and many make it regular practice in their life.