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Is Transcendental Meditation a philosophy or a meditation technique?

I would like to know your personal experience with this if you have any.


  1. It is both a prayer and meditation technique. However you must purify your heart and place only the love of God in all intention before one can enjoy the true benefit of it.
    I must state that it is extraordinarily unfortunate that someone with greed in their heart found it necessary to trademark the term and create a certification process for it.
    Capitalism is indeed alive and well.
    I feel that this has only brought corporatism unto a great practice.

  2. New students of Transcendental Meditation (TM) often are led to believe that it is a purely nonreligious practice. However, Tom Harpur of the Toronto Star recently observed that “no one else besides the Pope is called, ‘His Holiness.’” Yet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the sect’s current North American leader, is so addressed. Harpur also notes that “every person initiated into TM is made to be present at and participate in a Hindu religious rite in which there are prayers, homage to Hindu deities, and the offering of symbolic sacrifices.” Why are most initiates unaware of the religious factor? “Because the whole ceremony is in Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language,” says Harpur. “But, English translations of the religious rite make its character abundantly clear.”
    I do not have any personal experience with this technique. I hope this was in any way helpful. 🙂

  3. TM is just a technique. You don’t have to philosophize in order to do it. It is something very simple that you do in your mind sitting with your eyes closed. You don’t have to believe anything in order to do TM. In fact, you don’t even have to believe it will work. It just does. A good web site on the technique is http://www.TM.org. Enjoy!

  4. I have been doing Transcendental Meditation for years and it’s good. The technique is the process of innocently experiencing restful levels of mind and body. TM is practiced by individuals from a variety of religious backgrounds that include Christian priests and Buddhist monks in Thailand. So it’s not a philosophy, religion, or belief. While the mechanics of how the technique works and some of the research is taught when the student learns to meditate, those understandings are not necessary in order to meditate and experience the benefits. So even skeptics can learn TM and still get the good effect whether they believe in it or not.

  5. TM is a purely mental technique. Calling Maharishi “His Holiness” is an honorific title akin to “Lord So and So” in England, or “His Worshipful Mayor” in Jamaica.
    I have practiced TM since 1970. It helped me overcome PTSD from my time in Vietnam. It has allowed me to develop better health, better mental well-being, and better relationships.
    It is the only self-development technique that has been extensively studied and it has consistently shown to have great benefit.


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