Some thirty years ago, one of the most controversial and popular meditation that caught the world by a storm is Transcendental 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. According to the TM website, a mantra sound is uttered during the 15-20 minute meditation wherein one is sitting with eyes closed. Remarkably, there have been claims that repetitive practice of TM daily would yield supernatural powers that made people curious. Aside from ordinary folks, prominent people like Hollywood actors and people in authority practiced Transcendental meditation. A majority of believers and practitioners of TM are Americans, mostly composed of college students. 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. Certain mantra words are believed to have been part of the Tantric tradition according to a new age writer named Williamson while other experts trace back the mantras from the old Vedic tradition in ancient India. The founder himself, Mahareshi Yogi ( who passed away some years ago) claims that using a certain thought or words to connote a thought can be significant since such thoughts have unlocked powers that can be discovered as one learns the discipline of 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. Because of this, people adapted meditation as a way of having a positive energy into their being.
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.