Transcendental Meditation Health Effects

Transcendental Meditation (TM) [पारलौकिक ध्यान] refers to a specific form of silent, mantra meditation and less commonly to the organizations that constitute the Transcendental Meditation movement. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi created and introduced the TM technique and TM movement in India in the mid-1950s. The Maharishi taught thousands of people during a series of world tours from 1958 to 1965, expressing his teachings in spiritual and religious terms. TM became more popular in the 1960s and 1970s, as the Maharishi shifted to a more technical presentation, and celebrities practiced his meditation technique. Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System appeals to our valuable readers to know about transcendental meditation in-depth for its health effects.

Transcendental Meditation Meaning (पारलौकिक ध्यान का अर्थ)

A technique for detaching oneself from anxiety and promoting harmony and self-realization by meditation, repetition of a mantra, and other yogic practices, promulgated by an international organization founded by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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Transcendental Meditation Technique (पारलौकिक ध्यान की तकनीक)

The meditation practice involves the use of a silently-used mantra for 15–20 minutes twice per day while sitting with the eyes closed. It is reported to be one of the most widely practiced and among the most widely researched, meditation techniques, with hundreds of published research studies.

Worldwide availability (दुनिया भर में उपलब्धता)

The technique is made available worldwide by certified TM teachers in a seven-step course, and fees vary from country to country. Beginning in 1965, the Transcendental Meditation technique has been incorporated into selected schools, universities, corporations, and prison programs in the US, Latin America, Europe, and India.

In 1977 a US district court ruled that a curriculum in TM and the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI) being taught in some New Jersey schools was religious in nature and in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The technique has since been included in a number of educational and social programs around the world.

Religious and Non-religious (धार्मिक और अधार्मिक)

The Transcendental Meditation technique has been described as both religious and non-religious, as an aspect of a new religious movement, as rooted in Hinduism, and as a non-religious practice for self-development. The public presentation of the TM technique over its 50-year history has been praised for its high visibility in the mass media and effective global propagation and criticized for using celebrity and scientific endorsements as a marketing tool.

Also, advanced courses supplement the TM technique and include an advanced meditation program called the TM-Siddhi program.

An authentic video can be viewed here for better understanding.

How to practice Transcendental Meditation (पारलौकिक ध्यान का अभ्यास कैसे करें)

The journey of Transcendental Meditation begins by finding a certified TM teacher and taking courses to learn the practice. Teachers are certified by Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally-recognized non-profit organization. As an experienced practitioner, Pink meditates twice-daily for 20 minutes. Here’s what a typical practice looks like, according to Pink:

  • Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on the ground and hands in your lap. Leave your legs and arms uncrossed
  • Close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths to relax the body
  • Open your eyes, and then close them again. Your eyes will remain closed during the 20-minute practice
  • Repeat a mantra in your mind
  • When you recognize you’re having a thought, simply return to the mantra
  • After 20 minutes, begin to move your fingers and toes to ease yourself back to the world
  • Open your eyes
  • Sit for a few more minutes until you feel ready to continue with your day

An authentic video can be viewed here for better understanding.

What is Transcendental Meditation Movement (पारलौकिक ध्यान आंदोलन क्या है)

The Transcendental Meditation movement consists of the programs and organizations connected with the Transcendental Meditation technique and founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Transcendental Meditation was first taught in the 1950s in India and has continued since the Maharishi’s death in 2008. Tise organization was estimated to have 900,000 participants worldwide in 1977, a million by the 1980s, and 5 million in more recent years, including some notable practitioners.

Included programs (शामिल कार्यक्रम)

Programs include the Transcendental Meditation technique, an advanced meditation practice called the TM-Siddhi program (“Yogic Flying”), an alternative health care program called Maharishi Ayurveda, and a system of building and architecture called Maharishi Sthapatya Ved. The TM movement’s past and present media endeavors include:

  • Publishing company (MUM Press)
  • Television station (KSCI)
  • A radio station (KHOE)
  • Satellite television channel (Maharishi Channel)

Organizations (संगठन)

During its 50-year history, its products and services have been offered through a variety of organizations, which are primarily nonprofit and educational. These include:

  • Spiritual Regeneration Movement
  • International Meditation Society
  • World Plan Executive Council
  • Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation
  • Global Country of World Peace
  • David Lynch Foundation

Teaching centers (शिक्षण केंद्र)

The TM movement also operates a worldwide network of Transcendental Meditation teaching centers, schools, universities, health centers, herbal supplements, solar panel, and home financing companies, plus several TM-centered communities. The global organization is reported to have an estimated net worth of USD 3.5 billion.

It includes:

  • Spiritual movement
  • New religious movement
  • Millenarian movement
  • World-affirming movement
  • New social movement
  • Guru-centered movement
  • Personal growth movement
  • Religion
  • Cult

Additional sources contend that TM and its movement are not a cult. Participants in TM programs are not required to adopt a belief system. The organization has also been criticized as well as praised for its public presentation and marketing techniques throughout its 50-year history.

Transcendental Meditation Health effects (पारलौकिक ध्यान के स्वास्थ्य प्रभाव)

It is not possible to say whether meditation has any effect on health, as the research is of poor quality, and is marred by a high risk for bias due to the connection of researchers to the TM organization and by the selection of subjects with a favorable opinion of TM. Most independent systematic reviews have not found health benefits for TM exceeding those produced by other relaxation techniques or health education.

Hypertension (उच्च रक्तचाप)

A 2013 statement from the American Heart Association said that TM could be considered as a treatment for hypertension, although other interventions such as exercise and device-guided breathing were more effective and better supported by clinical evidence.

Stress, Cardiovascular disease (तनाव, हृदय रोग)

A 2014 systematic review and meta-analysis funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found no evidence that mantra meditation programs such as TM were effective in reducing psychological stress or improving well-being. A 2014 Cochrane review found that it was impossible to draw any conclusions about whether TM is effective in preventing cardiovascular disease, as the scientific literature on TM was limited and at “serious risk of bias”.

Blood pressure (रक्तचाप)

A 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis found that TM may effectively reduce blood pressure compared to control groups, although the underlying studies may have been biased and further studies with better designs are needed to confirm these results. 

The first studies of the health effects of Transcendental Meditation appeared in the early 1970s. By 2004 the US government had given more than $20 million to Maharishi University of Management to study the effect of meditation on health.

Maharishi Effect (महर्षि प्रभाव)

In the 1960s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi described a paranormal effect claiming a significant number of individuals (1% of the people in a given area) practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) could have an effect on the local environment. This hypothetical influence was later termed the Maharishi Effect.

With the introduction of the TM-Siddhi program in 1976, the Maharishi proposed that the square root of one percent of the population practicing the TM-Siddhi program, together at the same time and in the same place, would increase “life-supporting trends”. Evidence, which TM practitioners argue supports the existence of the effect, has been criticized as lacking a causal basis, being derived from cherry-picked data, and is based on the credulity of believers.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the man behind Transcendental Meditation
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

TM Controversy (पारलौकिक ध्यान के विवाद)

The organization has been the subject of controversies and labeled a cult by several parliamentary inquiries or anti-cult movements in the world. Some also say that TM and its movement are not a cult. The TM movement has been characterized in a variety of ways and has been called:

  • Spiritual movement
  • New religious movement
  • Millenarian movement
  • World-affirming movement
  • New social movement
  • Guru-centered movement
  • Personal growth movement
  • Religion.

TM History (पारलौकिक ध्यान का इतिहास)

The TM program and the TM movement originated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the organization, and continue beyond his death in 2008. In 1955, “the Maharishi began publicly teaching a traditional meditation technique” learned from his master Brahmananda Saraswati that he called Transcendental Deep Meditation and later renamed Transcendental Meditation.

Initiation (दीक्षा)

Maharishi initiated thousands of people, then developed a TM teacher training program as a way to accelerate the rate of bringing the technique to more people. He also inaugurated a series of world tours which promoted Transcendental Meditation. These factors, coupled with endorsements by celebrities who practiced TM and claims that scientific research had validated the technique, helped to popularize TM in the 1960s and 1970s. 

First organization (पहला संगठन)

Among the first organizations to promote TM were the Spiritual Regeneration Movement and the International Meditation Society. In modern times, the movement has grown to encompass schools and universities that teach the practice and includes many associated programs based on Maharishi’s interpretation of the Vedic traditions. In the U.S., non-profit organizations including:

  • Students International Meditation Society
  • AFSCI
  • World Plan Executive Council
  • Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation
  • Global Country of World Peace
  • Maharishi Foundation

The successor to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and leader of the Global Country of World Peace, is Tony Nader.

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18 thoughts on “Transcendental Meditation Health Effects

  1. I request you to please share such posts as it gets one very anxious and bored sitting at home.

    1. TM is one of such activities, which would help not only utilize your time, avoid boring, and also help gain spiritual and mental health. However, I do understand that during the lockdown period, people need some recreational activities but the choice of everyone is different from each other. I shall soon bring out an article taking into consideration the common interest of the people. Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. So nice of you, Dr. Hemangi! I am privileged to have such appreciative comments from a Doctor’s personality. Your good words help keep my moral at highest peak. I shall always try to share such a great knowledge with people like you in the future too. Thanks once again for such great support.

  2. पारलौकिक ध्यान के ऊपर आर्टिकल बहोत ही ज्ञान दायक है यह केवल ध्यान निंद्रा को ही नहीं दर्शाता किन्तु इसके माध्यम से हम हमारे जीवन और स्वस्थ की आयु अधिक बढ़ा सकते है और बहोत से बीमारियों से दूरिया बनाया जा सकता है | ध्यान हमारे सभ्यता के प्रचीन कला में से एक है और अपने इसके बारे में अपने आर्टिकल से बहोत कुछ बताया है जैसे की इससे लाभ इसके इसे करने के तरीके और इसके इतिहास को अपने हमसे साँझा किया है | मुझे आपके लिखे आर्टिकल से बहोत कुछ सिखने योग्य मिलता है और इस ज्ञान के लिए में सिद्ध आध्यात्मिकता का धन्यवाद् करता हु |

    1. मुझे यह जानकर खुशी हुई कि आप अपने लेखों के माध्यम से कुछ नई चीजें सीख रहे हैं। मैं इस कथन पर विचार कर सकता हूं क्योंकि मेरे प्रयास मीठे फल देने वाले हैं। आपके शब्दों ने मुझे आप जैसे लोगों के साथ ज्ञान लिखने और साझा करने के लिए बहुत ताकत दी। जी हां, टीएम न केवल मानसिक बल्कि शारीरिक स्वास्थ्य के लिए भी उपयोगी है। कृपया लाभों का लाभ उठाएं और इसे अपने प्रिय और निकट के लोगों के साथ भी साझा करें। कृपया अधिक के लिए बने रहें।

  3. बहुत अच्छा मेडिटेशन ध्यान साधना

    1. बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद, तागेश्वरजी! आपके अनमोल वचन ऊर्जावान और सबसे मनभावन हैं। टीएम पूरी दुनिया में प्रसिद्ध है, कई लोग इसका अभ्यास करते हैं। हालांकि, हम SHLS में सबसे आसान ध्यान प्रणाली है, जिसे किसी भी धर्म का कोई भी व्यक्ति आसानी से अभ्यास कर सकता है और आनंद प्राप्त कर सकता है। आप इसके बारे में जरूर जान रहे होंगे, जी हां, यह आनंद मेडिटेशन है जिसका आविष्कार डॉ स्वामी हरदास ने किया था।

  4. Om Siddhaya Namaha!!! Transidental Meditation is very potent. I’ve tried it and experienced it. Thank you so much for throwing light on it. In fact I see it go hand in hand with our selfless service to mankind. Thank you so much for your good work keeping the light shine.

    1. Om Siddhay Namaha, Victoria! It’s wonderful and most pleasing to have your precious thoughts. You have already tried TM, how do you find it? How much did you spend for it? Did you find it beneficial? On the same line, I will soon publish article on similar topics, which will surely be helpful and beneficial. Anyway, thanks for your good words, which will help our selfless services to reach a maximum of needy people soon. Please stay connected.

    1. So nice of you, Ameeta! Your amazing words sound as I’m doing my job well. Your words are quite encouraging to write more and more wonderful articles. Please continue encouraging me in the future too. Have a nice and safe day!!!

    1. Thanks for your great word, Sanjeev Ji! I expect more such good words from you. Please communicate your thoughts in brief so that we can have most meaningful discussion. I have an urge to listen more to you.

May you be bestowed with health, peace and progress!

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