Top 10 Questions about TM

1. What is the Transcendental Meditation® technique?

It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. More than six million people worldwide have learned the TM technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions. To learn more, visit www.TM.org.

2. What happens when you meditate?

The Transcendental Meditation® technique effortlessly allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness. This experience—termed “restful alertness”—has been identified by researchers as a fourth state of consciousness that is distinct from the waking, sleeping, and dreaming states. This fourth state of consciousness, in which the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the most silent form of human awareness, is known as Transcendental Consciousness.

Most significant for education is the finding that only the experience of Transcendental Consciousness enlivens the total brain physiology.

This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

3. How do you meditate?

It is practiced for twenty minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The technique needs to be learned from a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher. Maharishi School students receive TM instruction shortly arrival their arrival.
At Maharishi School, additional time is structured for simple yoga postures (yoga asanas) and an easy-to-learn breathing technique (pranayama) for balancing body and mind.

4. What is the school day like that includes Transcendental Meditation®?

At our school the day starts and ends with a few minutes of the Transcendental Meditation® technique. The liveliness of the students’ arrival at school is soon replaced by a peaceful silence as the students settle down in the Hall of Bliss to their morning session of meditation before class.

During meditation the students effortlessly and very naturally experience the deep inner silence of transcending, thereby enlivening the coherent functioning of the brain—the basis for success in life. The coherent brain functioning of the students and faculty naturally creates the happy, friendly atmosphere that is frequently remarked upon by visitors to Maharishi School.

5. How much research has been done on the TM technique?

Over 600 research studies have been conducted at more than 250 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). These studies have been published in more than 100 journals (see bibliography)

The National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $25 million for research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation® technique on health, especially cardiovascular health.

6. Where did the TM technique come from?

The Transcendental Meditation® technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years.

In 1959, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced the Transcendental Meditation® technique to the world, restoring the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness.

7. How is the TM technique different from other forms of meditation?

Other forms of meditation typically involve one of these two approaches:

  • concentration (focusing on something)
  • contemplation (thinking about something, often referred to as mindfulness)

Both of these approaches may produce some good effects in specific areas.

The Transcendental Meditation® technique involves neither concentration nor contemplation. It is a simple, natural procedure that effortlessly allows the mind to transcend, to experience transcendental consciousness — described by neuroscientists as a state of “restful alertness.”

A meta-analysis of 597 studies covering most meditation and relaxation techniques was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. The study found the TM technique to have markedly better results in a wide range of criteria related to cognitive function, self-actualization (growth toward one’s potential), and mental and physical health.

8. What if I practice another meditation technique?

Your interest in developing your full potential through meditation is to be commended.
Research studies have found that the Transcendental Meditation® technique produces the transcending experience — a unique state of restful alertness. This experience is the foundation of Consciousness-Based education, and the vehicle for our students’ growth in consciousness.

To avoid the risk of mixing procedures — which could compromise the naturalness and effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation® technique — we ask that all students practice only this meditation procedure.

Our admissions counselors would be happy to discuss this further with you.

9. Are scholarships available for the TM course?

Yes. The David Lynch Foundation provides all new students at Maharishi School with a scholarship covering the full tuition for the TM course.

10. What is the TM-Sidhi program?

The Transcendental Meditation® technique allows your mind to settle down to the source of thought and experience pure consciousness — a state of restful alertness. The Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi® (TM-Sidhi) program trains you to think and act from this most silent and powerful level of the mind.

The TM-Sidhi® program was brought to light by Maharishi from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, from the ancient Vedic tradition.

Scientific research studies have shown that the TM-Sidhi® program accelerates the personal growth that comes with the Transcendental Meditation® technique by itself — faster growth of creativity, learning ability, physical health and psychological well-being.

Students practicing the TM-Sidhi program describe the experience as one of happiness, energy, bliss, and inner freedom, with these qualities carrying over into their daily life.

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