A little background.
Supposedly, it is the original teachings for meditation, which have along time twisted into all other meditation techniques known.
Every once in a while, a teacher brings this deep truth about meditation and in this time, it is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, commonly known just as Maharishi.
Maharishi spent many years in recluse and was a student of the great master, Guru Dev. Maharishi never takes personal credit for his work, and therefore will always end a lecture or discussion with the phrase:
“Jai Guru Dev” -->
By the grace of Guru Dev
meaning that this teaching is only made available today again by the grace of Guru Dev.
( hence the famous Chorus from The Beatles Across The Universe: Jai Guru Deva Om )
Anyway, he suggests that meditation should be something very easy, effortless.
This technique does not require any degree of concentration , and requires absolutely 0 efforts.
Maharishi, opposed to most eastern and spiritual teachings does not suppress physical life and emphasizes the need for physical well being.
Maharishi talks about the nature of mind and of thoughts.
There’s an ocean.
The bottom is the pure self, a field of pure consciousness , pure intelligence and creativity. Science calls this the Unified field. No content, just pure consciousness.
A bubble is coming up from the bottom through the water until reaching the surface when it gets noticed. Likewise, all thoughts are generated from the field, from the pure self, and as they come up , they gain more and more volume and concrete form until they overcome the mental noise (water) to be heard consciously as a thought in your mind.
TM (transcendental meditation) is diving into the water and experiencing more and more subtler levels of thought, until you reach the bottom, the unified field, the field of pure consciousness and intelligence, where no thoughts are, only pure being. That is transcendental consciousness
Studies have shown immense physical changes in subjects while Transcending.
Metabolic rate has significantly decreased and breathing . An rough average is about 6 breaths a minute (which is very little) . You would expect the subjects to take deep breaths to cover for the oxygen loss, but the opposite is the truth, their very few breaths are also very shallow.
Paradoxically, the oxygen level in the blood remains the same. The body is not derived of oxygen, its as if the need for oxygen decreases.
In the state of complete mental stillness, pure consciousness, breathing (and everything else) stands completely still. This has been observed by scientists.
It usually lasts for about 30-60 seconds but very experienced TM practitioners can go for many minutes.
Basically, the technique is about NOT trying to concentrate or trying to do anything and just let the mind fall naturally of its own record to more and more subtler levels of being.
It is supposed to be practiced for 20 minutes, usually twice a day.
Maharishi’s intentions were to spread the technique as fast as possible all around the world. It is only taught in a very specific manner by TM instructors in order to make sure that the subjects will actually Transcend. It is therefore not possible to really learn the technique unless you attend the course.
The learning procedure has 7 steps to it.
the first 2 are talks about the nature and history of meditation and TM.
Then comes a one on one interview with the instructor.
The next step is the technique itself, and then the instructor checks on the progress and experience of the subject to make sure he gets it the right way.
After that, for some time, the instructor has a check on on the subjects to make sure they are doing it correctly.
I explained it kinda in a messy way but that’s it, generally.
A good book on the subject is Peter Russell’s The TM Technique
and most important is the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s book:
“Science of Being and Art of Living
Hope you enjoyed this little presentation on TM.
If by any chance, someone here has experienced it, I will be very happy to hear about it.
Any thoughts are welcome !