I am inclined to add to this as Time goes by. I recommend you take your time to look at the website slowly and cautiously and critically or skeptically. If you have any doubts please feel to e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
One very obvious question is this,
1. “By learning TM, do I become a Hindu? Or is this some form of religion?”
This is and would be a reasonable or sensible concern in light of the fact that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a Hindu monk and TM is a technique that has been held by either Vedic or Hindu sages since time immemorial.
The answer to this question is “No.”
You will be given precisely nothing to believe in or even values to follow. You will emphatically not be told to give up alcohol and cigarettes etc. You and you alone will guide the process.
You will be given a sound or mantra and then instructed how to use it properly. You and you alone for the remainder of your life will be in charge of when or where or even if you meditate. It is the most autonomous process I know of in Life – and has made my mind thoroughly independent.
Just because something of value has been held by monks since time immemorial does not mean to use or practice that technique means the individual becomes of that religion or whatever it is. Maharishi was adamant it is open to anyone of any background as it is a mental technique – Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics – all are welcome. It works in the same simple and mechanical way for all. Dropping the individual into deep rest of mind and body – this is inevitable with correct practice. Same for all.
Mantras are sounds. Words are a collective of letters which have a meaning which therefore engage the conscious mind. The mantras are sounds with very specifically no meaning so they very specifically do not engage the conscious mind.
“Man” in Sanskrit means “mind” and “tra” means “tool.” It therefore is stated that mantras are mind tools or mind instruments to carry the mind to transcendence. The 4th state of consciousness called Turiya in Sanskrit or “transcendence” in English. This is the sole purpose of TM. To bring that state of “restful alertness” to individual human life.
If we use a word as a “mantra” then it has meaning. For example, “banana.” This will be of no value as words have meaning and this engages the conscious mind automatically. We will think about food automatically. A complete waste of time. No, we have meaningless sounds for very good reason. They are also meaningless sounds which are known through the passage of time to be suitable to householders who live an active life in the World and which bring life supporting influence.
The mantras are not Hindu Gods. Or words representing Hindu Gods. Due to the loss of the precious knowledge of transcendence some Hindus have come to think these sounds are God or represent Gods but Maharishi’s process was to restore correct knowledge and restore mantras in their correct status.
Myriad health benefits follow for mind and body for those who remain regular with their practice of TM – it about quality of Life.
It is wise not to invent one’s own mantra. We trust the word of Maharishi and his tradition on this matter – or better simply not to learn TM.
We trust the word of Maharishi because we see the outcomes described in the Science of TM section in this website. Time and experience over many years supports the word of Maharishi.
2. “Isn’t it difficult to learn to meditate? I struggle to concentrate…”
Every concept or perception that you probably have about meditation does not apply to TM. It does not require concentration and it is easy to learn and easy to practice. It is a joyful break for your mind-body system in order to enjoy your life more.
It is very easy and simple to learn TM. It is a locked in guarantee of mine that I will be able to teach you TM or you will have your money back.
It is also very simple and easy to get wrong if an individual attempts to teach his or herself independently. There is nothing to stop someone attempting to do this – online courses etc. My personal guess is that the individual will have less than a 1% chance of being successful without proper guidance of a teacher.
I will always recommend having a correctly trained teacher from either the Meditation Network of the British Isles, the Meditation Trust or the Maharishi Foundation.
3. “I’m too busy to meditate…”
An average adult citizen – man or woman – will have 16-17 waking hours in a day.
The practice of TM is – ideally – half an hour before work and half an hour after work. So one hour. This is 6% of your waking hours.
In return for that you will get significantly – if you keep a regular practice – improved quality of mind-body performance. It will not make you live forever – it just helps our daily life. Very significantly. If it did not do this I would not be wasting my time teaching.
It is reckoned that an average person spends 8% of their waking hours on Facebook. There is nothing wrong with Facebook – but surely a serious investment in health and well being is worth 6% of your waking hours.
I would seek better things to do with my time and space if TM was not of great value but it is of great value and the Science of physiology has confirmed this.
TM comes from the ancient holistic health traditions of Ayur Veda (the or a holistic health tradition of India) just as, for example, acupuncture comes from TCM or traditional Chinese medicine.