Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mind?
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Independent information on Transcendental Meditation
Several scientific studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation® is the most effective and beneficial meditation technique (such studies are not as many as the Transcendental Meditation Organization claims, though).
Transcendental Meditation® is also known as TM® (disclaimer).
The reduction of stress and anxiety caused by Transcendental Meditation is much greater
than the effect caused by most of the other meditation and relaxation techniques
(Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45: 957-974, 1989 and
Transcendental Meditation is very expensive ($2000) and for this reason there are several critical websites about TM (such as the old Trancenet.org, discontinued in 2005).
Also, a mystical atmosphere surrounds the Transcendental Meditation Organization, that deals with strange projects such as "Heaven on Earth", "Yogic Flying", "Reconstruction of all the buildings of the world", and others.
Transcendental Meditation was introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1958. The first scientific articles were published around 1970 in important magazines and scientific journals
such as Science, American Journal of Physiology, Scientific American, etc.
The first studies (1970-1972) were conducted by two medical doctors, Benson and Wallace. This research was made on many American people, of different race, sex, age, religion, job, who were practicing Transcendental Meditation regularly.
Since 1970, a large amount of research was conducted on Transcendental Meditation by many doctors, psychologists and other scientists, who published several articles in important scientific journals.
Around 1995, Dr. Chopra introduced the Primordial Sound meditation®, that is similar to Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and is as much as effective.
Unfortunately Transcendental Meditation and Chopra's technique are very expensive: the fee for learning TM is $2000. Chopra's technique is also expensive, at $375.
This has prevented TM to spread out adequately.
New initiatives to teach effective mantra meditation techniques at a reasonable cost include TM Independent UK and the inexpensive
Natural Stress Relief© technique (NSR, 2003),
that is a single-mantra-for-all meditation.
Recent scientific research seems to suggest that the NSR technique may achieve the same results as TM.
Transcendental Meditation is a registered Service Mark in the USA (but not in the UK). Trademark disclaimer.
Reduction of anxiety is
shown by a sharp increase in
galvanic skin response (eeg.it)
Scientific research on Transcendental Meditation
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mind?
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Transcendental Meditation vs NSR meditation
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