Theory of Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation opens one's mind and makes one aware of the infinite reservoir of energy, creativity, and intelligence that lies hidden, deep within everyone. As the body becomes deeply relaxed, the mind transcends all mental activity to experience the simplest form of awareness, Transcendental Consciousness, where consciousness is open to itself. The experience of Transcendental Consciousness develops the individual's dormant creative potential while dissolving the accumulated stress and fatigue through the deep rest gained during the practice. This experience enlivens the individual's creativity, dynamism, orderliness, and organizing power, which result in increasing effectiveness and success in daily life.
Mantras in the Technique of Transcendental Meditation
Chanting of mantras plays a vital role in the Technique of Transcendental Meditation. TM teacher assigns an appropriate set of mantras to each student, suiting to his or her nature. The mantras however should be used as per exact instructions. Vibrations of the mantras should resonate and harmonize with the nature of the individual and pulse of his thoughts.
Practicing the Technique of Transcendental Meditation
Technique of Transcendental Meditation is practiced in the mornings and evenings, while sitting comfortably with closed eyes and chanting mantras. However it is not advisable to practice it immediately after eating. Technique of Transcendental Meditation is scientific. It requires neither specific beliefs nor adoption of a particular lifestyle. The practice does not involve any effort or concentration. It is easy to learn and does not require any special ability. People of all ages, educational backgrounds, cultures, and religions in countries throughout the world practice this technique and enjoy its wide range of benefits.
Benefits of Transcendental Meditation
Over 500 scientific research studies conducted during the past 25 years at more than 200 independent universities and research institutes in 30 countries have shown that the TM program benefits all areas of an individual's life: mind, body, behavior, and his or her surrounding environment. All together, it also changes the perception of an individual towards life itself, making the individual more optimistic and a better human being. The various benefits of Transcendental Meditation includes increased happiness, reduced stress, increased intelligence, increased creativity, improved memory, improved health, reduced high blood pressure, improved relationships, increased energy, reduced insomnia, reversal of biological aging, reduced crime and improved quality of life in society
Researches indicate that TM practitioners, on average, are biologically 5 to 12 years younger than non practitioners. Instances of significant reduction in illness and risks of heart diseases have also been found. Studies also show that TM practitioners have warmer interpersonal relationships, less anxiety, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, increased problem solving ability and greater creativity.
Technique of Transcendental Meditation contrasts with other techniques of relaxation or meditation. Rather than keeping the mind active, Transcendental Meditation allows the mind to settle down completely and transcend thoughts attaining a state of silence and inner peace. Rather than forcing the mind to be quiet through concentration, which takes constant effort and actually keeps the mind active, it allows the mind to settle down spontaneously on its own accord. Once the process of transcending has begun, the mind moves naturally inward. It gets motivated by its natural tendency to seek experiences in a more charming and fulfilling way because no other experience is so completely satisfying.