transcendental meditation

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transcendental meditation

 
a technique for attaining a state of physical relaxation and psychological calm by the regular practice of a relaxation procedure which entails the repetition of a mantra.

trans·cen·den·tal med·i·ta·tion (TM),

(tranz'en-den'tal med'i-tā'shŭn),
A form of mental concentration practiced over 2500 years ago in Asian cultures; was made popular in the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a means to help increase energy, reduce stress, and have a positive effect on mental and physical health; it involves the person sitting upright for 20 minutes, with eyes closed, and silently speaking a mantra (a key stimulus word used uniquely by each practitioner to return to the proper meditative state) whenever thought occurs.

Transcendental Meditation

A trademark for a technique of meditation derived from Hindu traditions that promotes deep relaxation through the use of a mantra.

transcendental meditation

A form of meditation developed in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which consists of silently repeating a mantra for 10 to 20 minute sessions. Transcendental meditation has changed in philosophy from being mystical and believed to serve as a vehicle for achieving nirvana and the extinction of the ego, to being a popular modality believed to enhance mental and physical well-being, personal development and social advancement.

trans·cen·den·tal med·i·ta·tion

(TM) (tranz'ĕn-den'tal med'i-tā'shŭn)
A form of mental concentration practiced over 2500 years ago in Asian cultures; popular as a means to help increase energy, reduce stress, and have a positive effect on mental and physical health.
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By understanding the beginnings of the postcharismatic phase in the TM movement, which started with Maharishi's death in 2008, we can perhaps make predictions about the movement's future and further understand the mechanisms by which a spiritual movement survives or fails.
However, as Yinger notes, any organization that is merely an extension of the charismatic leader's dreams and thoughts, such as the TM movement, will face a tumultuous period after the death of their leader.
(68) As such, those who have left the global TM movement have been forced into covert schismogenesis; they are hard to find and are, for all intents and purposes, forgotten by the movement.
The TM movement has faced over fifty years of harsh criticism and skepticism, leaving them sensitive and defensive about their beliefs and practices.
The original members of the TM movement often joined after periods of personal and spiritual exploration, experimenting with other ideologies before finding their own truth in TM.
(102) While many who join these movements do eventually reintegrate into society after completing their rite of passage, there are others who never quite seem to do so, such as the members of the TM movement. This understanding of intentional communities was also independently postulated by Andelson.
If a schism were to occur in the TM movement, it could occur over the issue of "core teachings." The Global Council's perspective