The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years. This web site covers the life work of Mahesh Prasad Varma (later known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) and the Transcendental Meditation technique. Jai Guru Dev:)

About the Transcendental Meditation programme.

Photo: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Although Transcendental Meditation is presented as a modern process which stands up to the latest scientific verification, the technique has ancient roots and its effectiveness is the accumulation of thousands of years of careful transmission of knowledge.

Transcendental Meditation may not have always had the same name, but the basic technique has been taught for several thousand years, although, it's history is not a continuous one. Many teachers, no longer associated with the TM movement, now teach under the name "Vedic Meditation"

The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique is a simple, natural, effortless mental process that allows the mind to experience subtler and subtler levels of the thinking process until thinking is transcended and the mind comes into direct contact with the source of thought.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique, describes this process in the Physiological Effects of Transcendental Meditation section of his book 'The Science of Being and Art Of Living'.

The Transcendental Meditation program is not a religion. It involves no religious beliefs or practices. In fact, the TM program requires no beliefs, religious or otherwise. You don't have to believe in gravity for gravity to work. Similarly, you don't have to believe in the TM technique either. As long as you practice it, it works.

There are no dietary restrictions involved in the TM program.

There are no exercises either; no pretzel positions, no full lotus, no "keep your spine straight while meditating". The TM technique is practiced while sitting comfortably - on a chair, on a bed, on the floor, anywhere.

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no concentration. This is an important point, the one which separates the TM technique from all other "meditation". Concentration means controlling the mind in some way.

The TM technique involves no mental control.

It is effortless.

No other meditation method is absolutely effortless.

The difference between the effort involved in saying "one" each time you exhale and the effortlessness of the Transcendental Meditation technique may not seem too great initially; but when you begin multiplying the effort involved by twenty minutes, by twice a day, by the rest of your life, the drudgery becomes obvious.

And here we should also mention that the Transcendental Meditation technique is not a contemplation, which is thinking about something. A person may say: "I am meditating on the meaning of life"; and by that they mean: "I am thinking about the meaning of life." The Transcendental Meditation technique involves no such thinking about something.

Finally, the Transcendental Meditation program is not difficult. All the benefits mentioned on this site come from the twenty-minute, twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, which, as we've just noted is effortless.

Learning the TM technique involves no difficulty either - four two hour sessions, and that's basically it. You're an official, bona fide TM er. The only difficulty then becomes setting a side the twenty minutes twice a day. However, because when we find something so rewarding and beneficial in life, such as bathing, being with loved ones, reading, making time for TM it is not really difficult.

So, the Transcendental Meditation technique does not involve religion, beliefs, diets, exercises, concentration, contemplating, or difficulty.

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Books by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi wrote numerous books about his vision for a new humanity developed in all life´s values - physical, mental, material, spiritual. More ...

Origins of Transcendental Meditation
A brief overview of the origins of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and it's founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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Scientific and medical validation
An enormous amount of research has been done on the health benefits of TM. Read about some of the published findings in this selection. More.