Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely known as the founder of Transcendental Meditation — and made the technique available in the world today.
Inspired by his own teacher, Maharishi began his worldwide lecturing and teaching in 1957 and first came to Australia in 1962. He trained teachers in almost all countries, leading to non-profit educational organisations being established for the on-going teaching of Transcendental Meditation everywhere.
Q: What is Transcendental Meditation?
Maharishi: Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural program for the mind, a spontaneous, effortless march of the mind to its own unbounded essence. Through Transcendental Meditation, the mind unfolds its potential for unlimited awareness, transcendental awareness, Unity Consciousness — a lively field of all potential, where every possibility is naturally available to the conscious mind. The conscious mind becomes aware of its own unbounded dignity, its unbounded essence, its infinite potential. Transcendental Meditation provides a way for the conscious mind to fathom the whole range of its existence — active and silent, point and infinity. It is not a set of beliefs, a philosophy, a lifestyle, or a religion. It's an experience, a mental technique one practises every day for fifteen or twenty minutes.
Q: What are the benefits of the TM technique?
Maharishi: Scientific experiments with people who practice Transcendental Meditation indicate that it tends to produce normalisation in all areas of life. It reduces stress, improves health, enriches mental functioning, enhances personal relationships, and increases job productivity and job satisfaction.
Q: Why does one need to be taught, if it's so natural?
Maharishi: Through instruction, what happens is that the mind, in its active state, learns to experience its own less active states, experience its progressively minimised active states, until eventually it cognises the transcendental state of consciousness. But in learning to do this, we must remember that the mind has usually been allowed to wander around so long in the realm of knowledge or power or the pursuit of happiness that it must be taught how to know itself again. That's why teaching becomes necessary.
Q: What is enlightenment?
Maharishi: Enlightenment is the normal, natural state of health for the body and mind. It results from the full development of consciousness and depends upon the perfect and harmonious functioning of every part of the body and nervous system. When one is using the full potential of the mind and body in this way, every thought and action is spontaneously correct and life-supporting. This is life free from suffering, life lived in its full stature and significance. The goal of the Transcendental Meditation technique is the state of enlightenment. This means we experience that inner calmness, that quiet state of least excitation, even when we are dynamically busy.
Establish life according to Natural Law
Maharishi worked with researchers and educators to integrate timeless wisdom of human development with modern science. The practical benefits of Transcendental Meditation are universal — they can be enjoyed by people from any culture or way-of-life to support growth of happiness and peace for all.
Imagine trying to learn a natural golf swing or the violin. You know how valuable it is for a good teacher to show you the proper technique.
The TM technique is easy to learn, but requires personalized interactive guidance. For this reason, it's taught only through one-on-one instruction by a certified TM teacher.
There is no other way to learn the authentic TM technique — and there is no evidence that anything else provides the full range of benefits documented in the published research on the TM technique.
The TM technique allows your mind to easily settle inward, through quieter levels of thought, until you experience the most silent and peaceful level of your own awareness — pure consciousness.
No problem at all. Unlike other forms of meditation, TM practice involves no concentration, no control of the mind, no contemplation, no monitoring of thoughts. It is completely effortless.
The TM technique's effectiveness is the same whether you believe it will work or are completely sceptical. That's because it automatically and effortlessly allows your active thinking mind to settle down to a state of deep inner calm.