Some decades ago, Transcendental Meditation became popular as millions of people worldwide followed the techniques of this mantra meditation. As early as the 1950s, this type of meditation was being taught in India by the founder -Mahareshi Yogi.
Millions of people were attracted by TM since it could provide them an effective way of managing stress in their lives. The TM website asserts that meditation is effective when done for 15-20 minutes, mantra should be uttered while eyes are closed.
This meditation is practiced twice a day for desired results that claims ‘ supernatural powers’. Not only common people like students started practicing Transcendental Meditation but famous people like Hollywood celebrities and world leaders as well. Most of the followers of this meditation technique came from the United States.
Later, the TM institute promoted training of people through the TM Sidhi program who wanted to learn more advanced techniques that included levitation. There were also intriguing claims from TM believers that the technique produced a peace-inducing field which was refuted by some articles on epilepsy.
The roots of Transcendental Meditation could have been influenced by Hinduism. Williamson, a new age researcher traces back the history of mantra words to old practice of Vedics in India.
Mahareshi Yogi, the late founder of TM, taught his believers that some words or thoughts are important since they possess powers which can only be revealed through meditation. Moreover, he added that the thoughts when translated into words such as ‘oooommmm’ release vibrations that have power.
Fundamentally, this is the keystone behind Transcendental Meditation. For this reason, many individuals became practitioners of meditation hoping that they would acquire positive energy vibrations.
Many scientists and academician doubt TM’s claimed results since there is not much scientific research to support the claims. Nevertheless, until today, many people worldwide still practice the meditation techniques from Transcendental Meditation which supposedly clears their mind and helps them relax.