History of Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental meditation is similar to other traditions of meditation, because it uses elements from Hinduism. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought this form of meditation to the West in 1959. By the 1960s, the practice gained more popularity and even some celebrities such as Mia Farrow and the Beatles started practicing it. To date, there is a university dedicated to transcendental meditation in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, and the organization has become wealthy.
Since its Westernization, a fundamental change has taken place. Similar to Buddhist meditation techniques, transcendental meditation uses mantras. However, the mantras are the focus of this particular type of meditation. When it this movement started, the mantras were simple–one for males (“Ram”) and one for females (“Shiriram”). The mantras have evolved and many different varieties of words and phrases can be put together to form an appropriate mantra for a yogi.
Transcendental Meditation Secrets
The Ability to Levitate
One claim that the transcendental meditation organization has made is that the practice enables enlightened individuals to levitate. While this seem impossible, there are many incidents of occurrences involving Tibetan, Hindu and Zen masters.
For example, in Sushila Blackman’s Graceful Exits, there are numerous accounts of masters having incredible death stories. How can you explain the amazing things that happened before, during or after these masters’ deaths? One shocking story in particular involved Guru Nanak who requested that flowers be spread on both the Hindu and Muslim sides. When he passed away, nothing was left of him except flowers. Stories such as these as well as the claim of levitation may remain unexplained forever.
The most well kept transcendental meditation secrets are the mantras. In Buddhist tradition, it’s common for the teacher to provide the student with a customized mantra. The same is done in transcendental meditation. However, they have tried to keep these mantras and formulas for the mantras a secret. Some say the organization wishes to continue profiting from the mantras, but it could also be because the mantras are personalized and sacred chants meant for spiritual enlightenment.
A list of the secret mantras can be found online, but they are provided for historical and research purposes only. The basic formula for creating a mantra takes the student’s age and sex into consideration as well as the teacher’s discretion. There are also advanced techniques for formulating the mantras.
Transcendental meditation may be more secretive in some respects, but the goal is the same, which is to find unity, connectedness and a deeper understanding and awareness of yourself as well as the world around you. If you’re looking into practicing this form of meditation, it may be best to seek an expert yogi who can provide you with the best guidance and most appropriate mantra.
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- Sushila Blackman. Graceful Exits. Weatherhill, 1997.