If you’re interested in learning transcendental meditation technique as a beginner, there are some truths you need to know. Read this before you get started.
Transcendental Meditation technique. It’s supposed to be a simple way to harness your inner power. A meditation technique, not massively dissimilar to other meditation techniques.
There’s just one problem.
Most meditation techniques aren’t subject to such a hailstorm of media scrutiny, celebrity endorsements, and online debate. Sure, Transcendental Meditation is more trustworthy than some other forms of meditation (for example, Maum meditation is generally considered a cult).
Transcendental Meditation technique has grown to become far more than a mere “Technique.” It’s a hurricane of heated opinions. And while there are lots of people interested in learning transcendental meditation technique as beginners, there are some things those people need to know first.
The History Of Transcendental Meditation
TM technique is a way of removing distracting and potentially negative thoughts from your mind and promoting calmness, happiness, inner peace and relaxation. It was created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and derived from the ancient Indian Vedic tradition.
Transcendental Meditation is actually a form of mantra meditation,, which is a type of meditation in which you recite a specific phrase many times over.
It’s a techniques that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi learned from his master, Brahmananda Saraswati. His master called it “Transcendental Deep Meditation” but Maharishi later took out the middle word.
Transcendental Meditation was created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s. He quickly began touring the world and taught the technique to many thousands of people in his world tours from 1957 to 1965. As well as teaching all comers, the Maharishi taught a whole school of teachers, and indeed people continue to learn to teach Transcendental Meditation to this day. And because of the amount of teachers TM has reached millions of people, including some notable celebrities.
Among the many famous people that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi taught meditation to are The Beatles and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has said that TM helped him to find inner peace during a time of immense personal distress.
The popularity of TM only burgeoned into the new millennium. By the early 2000s TM had been taught to well over a million people and the Transcendental Meditation Organization was beginning to take full force, releasing lots of products designed to help people achieve happiness and health.
How To Do Transcendental Meditation (just some notes on what other websites have said)
TM is a registered Trademark and if you want to learn TM you must go through a certified teacher, which you can find via the official TM website.
All I can do here is report on what else has been said online.
- Wikipedia tells us:
“The meditation practice involves the use of a mantra for 15–20 minutes twice per day while sitting with the eyes closed…vThe Transcendental Meditation technique has been described as both religious and non-religious, as an aspect of a new religious movement, as rooted in Hinduism,vand as a non-religious practice for self-development.”
- A website called Minet.org also offers advice on how to do Transcendental Meditation. They say,
“Close your eyes, wait a few seconds, and then start thinking the mantra.
Let go and allow the mantra to change in any way it wants.
Allow thoughts to come and go along with the mantra.
When the mantra disappears and the mind goes off on thoughts we quietly come back to it.
At the end of meditation stop thinking the mantra and wait about 2 minutes before opening the eyes.
This is taken from the website Minet.org.
In that conversation, Prasanth Chandrahasan says,
“Sit comfortably, close your eyes and repeat a mantra. A mantra is a meaningless word which in TM’s case is supposedly customized for each person. This claim has always been challenged. For one, it is said that there was just one mantra before. Also, the effect of using a different mantra has never been thoroughly studied.”
- Again, these are not my own words. They are taken from other websites. I’m just reporting what people have said online.
Learning Transcendental meditation technique as a beginner
Only TM teachers are permitted to teach TM instructions, as TM is not free. However, I’ve heard that it’s similar to most other meditation techniques in most aspects, except that it uses a personal mantra which is unique to the student.
It is said that when an individual practices Transcendental Meditation technique they transcend the regular state of thinking and achieve pure consciousness. This in turn provides a few key benefits. Let’s take a look…
The benefits of Transcendental Meditation Technique for beginners
It is believed that the TM technique offers many benefits for body, mind and spirit, including:
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Clarity of thought
- Increased energy
A wealth of scientific research does seem to confirm that TM is very beneficial for your health. For more on this I recommend taking a look at TM Home’s article about all the ways TM helps you.
TM offers a lot of benefits. But so do other meditation techniques and they’re free! You can get complete guidance in every other form of meditation for as little as a few bucks. So whether you want to fork out on TM just to join the movement… well it’s up to you.
The very questionable history of the TM Movement
All other meditation techniques are free. But TM isn’t. And worse, according to Wikipedia, the Maharishi Foundation has been suing people for trying to teach TM. There are quite a few voices in the online community who have spoken out against the Maharishi Foundation. Including: This guy.
And then there’s the shocking news about the murder that happened on campus at the Maharishi University (according to this article on The Guardian).
I would go on to say more about TM, but here’s the deal.
I daren’t say any more because I’m worried that I might be sued by a supposed “Guru.” I should hopefully be alright because I’ve only referred to other websites and bloggers and what they’ve been reporting.But I’m still worried bout the idea of getting sued so I’m going to keep my mouth shut like the mortal that I am, rather than the “Guru” that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi called himself.
Incidentally, how many times did Buddha sue people…?
Anyway… back to the purpose.
Maybe you still want to get into TM. Maybe. So how do you do that?…
How To Learn Transcendental Meditation Technique
TM cannot be learnt from a book, CD or video and instead must be taught by a certified Transcendental Meditation technique instructor.
The TM technique has come under much criticism because of this need to be taught by a certified teacher. Many believe that TM technique is simply a way of cashing in on meditation. Transcendental Meditation technique is not particularly different to other meditation techniques, so why does it require a certified teacher and the payment of thousands of dollars?
A four month course in TM costs $1500. This is for an introduction to Transcendental Meditation technique and for a teacher to present you with your personal mantra.
But did you know that the mantras used in TM all come from free sources (according to this article here). They’re vedic mantras. You can get vedic mantras for free right here.
Whether or not you deem the cost to be worth it is a hugely subjective matter. Personally, I’ll stick to traditional meditation techniques, which happen to be free and happen to have been proven more often to work.