Transcendental Meditation, also called TM, spiritual movement that was founded by the Indian teacher the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi .
The Maharishi, whose original name was Mahesh Prasad Varma, earned a degree in physics before pursuing his spiritual calling.
For 13 years he studied meditation with the guru (teacher) Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, also known as Guru Dev.
. In 1958 the Maharishi (he adopted the name in 1955) founded the Spiritual Regeneration Movement and began to spread the practice of transcendental meditation internationally. His movement was popularized in the 1960s when the Beatles and other celebrities began to meditate.
Transcendental Meditation uses one of a variety of Sanskrit mantras, each of which is a short word or phrase that, repeated in the mind, helps the user still the activity of thought and find a deeper level of consciousness. Through this process, it is claimed, the practitioner finds deep relaxation, which leads to enhanced inner joy, vitality, and creativity. The theoretical perspective behind TM, called the Science of Creative Intelligence, is based on Vedanta philosophy.
TM is one of the most popular forms of meditation, practiced by millions of people around the world. It’s simple to perform. You choose a mantra that has meaning for you, sit quietly with your eyes closed, and repeat your mantra for a period of about 20 minutes, twice a day.
TM is an effortless technique that allows your mind to settle inward, beyond thinking, to experience pure awareness—the most silent and peaceful level of the mind, your innermost Self.
Extensive research has found that TM reduces stress and anxiety resulting in more inner peace, creativity, health, success and happiness.
This one simple technique allows you to go beyond thinking and contact the deep, transcendental source of all your energy, creativity and intelligence, dissolving stress and enriching mind, body, emotions and relationships.
Inner Peace: A Mind-Body Experience
The deep restfulness experienced during TM relaxes the body and allows it to release stress and built-up fatigue.
When your nervous system is less tense, you can react more calmly to problems that arise. It's not enough to affirm yourself to inner peace. You have to experience it in the physiology.
TM produces a coherent state of restful alertness – a state of true inner peace, for your mind and also your body. Deep within your mind is a peaceful field of pure consciousness, your own awareness awake to its own most settled state. Transcendental Meditation allows you to experience this – effortlessly
TM eliminates the effects of stress internally and physiologically. When practised regularly, this results in a more balanced outlook, more energy and motivation and a deeper appreciation of one's surroundings.
Everyone is aware of the negative effects of stress. It decreases performance, harms relationships and creates physical wear and tear. In short, it curtails enjoyment of life. Furthermore it tends to build up in the system over the course of a lifetime. Even a good night's sleep or an extended holiday does not enable us to recover fully.