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Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: The Classic Textby Jack Forem
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Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, natural method of allowing the mind to go beyond thoughts and gain access to the silent inner field of creativity, energy, peace, and happiness that is our own essential nature, our Self. Widely known and prescribed by physicians for its powerful stress-reducing effects, TM is much more than that. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918–2008), who brought TM to the West, said that TM offers any individual not only a gateway to the highest spiritual unfoldment (Enlightenment), but also “sound physical and mental health, greater ability in action, a greater capacity to think clearly, increased efficiency in work, and more loving and rewarding relationships with others.” Five million TM practitioners around the world and more than 360 published, peer-reviewed scientific studies have consistently corroborated these lofty claims.
Described as “a great book, by far the most comprehensive on the TM Program” when it was a bestseller in its original version, Jack Forem’s study of TM became a much-loved classic. This updated edition contains all the features of the original plus much more. Clear, easy-to-read diagrams explain scientific research showing TM’s beneficial effect on the brain and a broad spectrum of contemporary concerns, from health, self-actualization, and development of intelligence to post-traumatic stress (PTSD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and much more. In these pages, Oprah Winfrey tells how she has offered TM to everyone on her staff. Dr. Mehmet Oz explains the benefits of TM for heart health. School principals describe the dramatically positive effect on their students when TM is introduced in the classroom. Interviews with celebrities as well as men and women of every age, background, and religion provide a lively testimonial to the efficacy of TM in making anyone’s life happier, healthier, and more creative.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917–2008) was one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. University trained in physics, the Maharishi was a pioneer in uniting the scientific approach of the West with the ancient spiritual wisdom of India. He is best known for introducing the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a simple, natural method of allowing the mind to reach its most silent level—a field of pure creativity, energy, and peace. TM, Maharishi said, offers every individual not only a gateway to the highest spiritual unfoldment, but also “sound physical and mental health, greater ability in action, a greater capacity to think clearly, increased efficiency in work, and more loving and rewarding relationships with others.” Over the past 40 years, millions of people around the world and more than 250 published scientific studies have consistently corroborated these lofty claims.
In this new edition of his classic book, Jack Forem points out the practical application of TM to a broad spectrum of contemporary concerns. He reviews recent research focusing especially on neurophysiological evidence for attaining higher states of consciousness, and the surprising ability of large groups of people meditating together to generate social coherence and global harmony. Throughout the book, Forem draws parallels between the teachings of Maharishi; ancient wisdom from various cultures; and insights gleaned from modern-day physics, psychology, ecology, and other disciplines. Interviews with men and women of every age and occupation provide a lively testimonial to the efficacy of TM in making one’s life happier and more creative.
About the Author
Jack Forem met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and learned Transcendental Meditation in late 1966. After studying with Maharishi in India in 1970, Forem served as head of the TM center in New York and on Maharishi’s International Staff; taught training courses for TM teachers in Europe; led conferences and seminars on the development of creativity, leadership, and higher states of consciousness; and wrote a best-selling book on Maharishi and TM.
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