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What's the story on the mantras in Transcendental Meditation?

Where do they come from? Do the really work? Does anyone have any details?


  1. its a bit of a scam, they tell you your mantra” nonsense word that ‘only you know” and tell you not to tell it to anyone else.( or it won’t work) but a couple of people I know traded mantras and it turned out they had the same one. so in at least some cases they recycle them.

  2. The mantra is selected by the Transcendental Meditation teacher based on the suitability and harmonious effect it will create for each student when properly used. This is because the technique of how to use the mantra is just as crucial as the proper selection of the mantra/sound itself. It’s important to note that the mantras are used for their sound quality only and have no assigned meaning. These two important aspects, suitability and meaninglessness, allow the mind to be lively but undirected at the same time, so it can sink deep within, ‘transcend’ thought and experience its own silent, inner nature. This is the process called ‘transcending’ which takes place during the Transcendental Meditation technique. The Transcendental Meditation technique and the mantras/sounds it utilizes have their origin in the ancient Vedic tradition which predates all religions and cultures including the Hindu religion. The Vedic tradition is a universal body of complete and timeless knowledge encompassing the total field of natural law, or underlying intelligence, that governs the universe. Because the Vedas and the Vedic tradition are ancient and universal, many of its sounds, names and principals are found in many countries, cultures and religions around the world. The ancient Vedic tradition of India is the oldest continuous tradition of knowledge on earth. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Vedic tradition (specifically the recitation of the Vedic hymns) a “masterpiece of intangible heritage to humanity”. The TM technique and its mantras are derived from this same Vedic tradition. Over thousands of years, the technique of Transcendental Meditation contained in the Vedas had been misinterpreted and therefore lost its effectiveness. It was then revived in the 1950’s, to its original and highly effective form, by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who was the custodian and representative of the Vedic tradition in our generation.

  3. The Mantra provided to you by a teacher of Transcendental Meditation is a meaningless sound chosen according to specific criteria. It allows your mind to settle deeper and deeper within, a process known as transcendence. Thanks to this process you are able to reach a state of deep rest, deeper than sleep, and eliminate deep stress from your nervous system. This allows you to achieve greater happiness and success in daily life.
    For maximum effectiveness students are encouraged to refrain from speaking or writing down their mantra as this has a damaging and dulling effect on this highly delicate and refined meditation tool. Also, there is a limited pool of mantras that each Transcendental Meditation teacher draws upon to select the appropriate sound for each student. So it’s entirely possible that some students could have the same mantra.

  4. The mantras are chosen on the basis of age. The highly secret words are the names associated with Hindu deities (ie. Shyama = Krishna). At the introductory lecture, the mantras are said to be “meaningless sounds whose effects are known.” However the following statement by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of TM suggest otherwise: “We can take any word. Even the word ‘Mike’ can be taken … thus we find that any sound can serve our purpose of training the mind to become sharp.” He goes on to say: “For our practice, we select only the suitable mantras of personal Gods. Such mantras fetch to us the grace of personal gods and make us happier in every walk of life.”
    The typical mantras are as follows:
    (age range)
    1 to 11 mantra = Eng
    12 to 13 mantra = Em
    14 to 15 mantra = Enga
    16 to 17 mantra = Ema
    18 to 19 mantra = Aing
    20 to 21 mantra = Aim
    22 to 23 mantra = Ainga
    24 to 25 mantra = Aima
    26 to 29 mantra = Shiring
    30 to 34 mantra = Shirim
    35 to 39 mantra = Hiring
    40 to 44 mantra = Hirim
    45 to 49 mantra = Kiring
    50 to 54 mantra = Kirim
    55 to 59 mantra = Sham
    over 60 mantra = Shama
    The advanced techniques of TM are as follows:
    1. Aing Namah
    2. Shri Aing Namah
    3. Shri Aing Namah Namah
    4. Shri Shri Aing Namah Namah
    5. Shri Shri Aing Aing Namah Namah
    6. Shri Shri Aing Aing Namah Namah
    (The mantra is thought in the heart area of the body).
    Shri = oh most beautiful
    Aing = Hindu goddess Saraswati
    Namah = I bow down


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