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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Paraview Special Editions (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931044856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931044851
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Warren White, M.A.T., is an internationally known author, educator and lecturer in the fields of consciousness research and higher human development. He has held positions as Director of Education for The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a California-based research organization founded by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell to study human potential for personal and planetary transformation, and as President of Alpha Logics, a Connecticut school for self-directed growth in body, mind and spirit. He is author of The Meeting of Science and Spirit, Pole Shift, A Practical Guide to Death and Dying, Everything You Want to Know about TM and a children's book, The Christmas Mice. He has also edited nearly a dozen anthologies, including Frontiers of Consciousness, Psychic Exploration and What Is Enlightenment?. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Omni, Esquire and Woman's Day, and his books have been translated into ten languages. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a master of arts degree in teaching from Yale University. He has taught English and journalism on the secondary and college levels, and has served on the governing and consulting boards of various academic and research organizations. He has also served on the editorial boards of various scholarly and popular publications. He has lectured at various colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has made numerous radio and television appearances.He and his wife Barbara have four grown children and five grandchildren, and live in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA.

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You cannot learn TM from a book.
Visionary
He writes well enough, and he tries to be objective, but he clearly doesn't have a deep understanding of what he is writing about.
Peregrina
You can't learn TM from a book and to give people the idea that you can just shows ignorance of it.
L. Geeslin

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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By T. Gomez on April 6, 2011
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Like many people that look into learning TM, I was immediately put off by the organization's prohibitive fees. When I first inquired several years ago they were charging $2500(now $1500) and I pretty much gave up on learning to meditate. Recently my interest was renewed when I picked up Dr. Herbert Benson's Relaxation Revolution and Meditation for Dummies by Stephan Bodian.

What struck me about hose two books was the fact that they both mention TM several times but are scant on details(naturally). After practicing Benson's method, as well as Mindfulness and various other relaxation meditations I started to feel like I was still missing something. My sessions were relaxing but nothing happened that matched the enthusiasm I've seen in practitioners of TM.

I began searching online relentlessly for alternative methods to learn TM and after many hours of searching, I finally came across a viable option, but more on that later. I read this book, "Everything You Want to Know About TM" after already having learned to successfully transcend. I purchased the book because I was intrigued by taking a skeptical look at the TM movement and on that level it delivers.

One of the main problems I had with the book is that the author never experienced states of bliss while meditating. This is something that came naturally to me in my first session and every one since. I can't help but wonder what the book would have been like had the writer been profoundly moved the way I was.

Another problem that I had was that the book was written more than 30 years ago. A lot has happened in the TM movement since then, including the passing of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This book could have greatly benefited from revisions over the years.
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56 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jusuf Hariman on January 14, 2009
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This little book (190 pages) is the best book on Transcendental Meditation (TM) I have ever read. Wildly popular in the 70's and 80's, TM continues to be the most accessible form of Eastern spiritual practice in the West. It is billed as "a simple, natural, and effortless mental technique practiced 20 minutes a day". One of the greatest strengths of this book is chapter 5 ie "How to Do TM?" because every student of TM has a legal contract with the TM movement not to teach it to anybody else, let alone to reveal its precious mantra (It now costs circa $3000 to study TM). I also congratulate John White, the author of the book, to include crucial articles on TM by prominent authors in Appendixes 1-3. Finally, John White appraises TM. Does it live up to its hype? Does Maharishi Mahest Yogi enlightened? What is the purpose of mantra? What does science say about TM? And whether TM ignores the core traditional concern of Indian mysticism ie "Kundalini". Read this book and you will have a balance view of TM.
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40 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. LING on October 21, 2004
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This book is unique in that unlike most books telling readers how great TM is, White gives the pros and cons of TM from every view point. The implication I get is that TM works for some people some of the time but not for everybody all the time. No doubt further research and probings are required. To me, everyone who wants to learn TM should read this book carefully.
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43 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2009
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I, for one, am very grateful to John White for his very honest and objective book. I wanted to take a TM course this month, and their corporation told me it was now $2500, since they were offering $500 off this month. I can't imagine anyone charging that much for something you can learn in, using their words, 20 minutes. You CAN learn how to meditate from a book, and I strongly oppose the reviewer you said you can't. I learned how to from John White's book, and believe me, it works. I feel the people from TM have lost their way. Was TM supposed to become an elitist method, excluding millions of people who are unable to come up with nearly $3,000?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. Wick on April 2, 2014
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The reason I like this book and recommend it is that it appears to give almost anyone a chance to practice "TM Meditation" or something very like it without the great cost. Now it does require you to be able to apply what you read without someone hanging on your shoulder and coaching. But, most people can do that. In fact, if you combine this book with some online research I think you pretty well have the whole technique. I've tried it and it seems to be productive.

All I've said above is in the first 40% of the book. The other 60% is somewhat aggravating. The author comes across as a whiner who says he is not critical of the TM institution and its founder -- then goes on to criticize and criticize and criticize. The gist of his displeasure is that TM meditation, in his opinion, is a "kindergarten" form of meditation. He wants the Maharishi to do much more. In fact, what he really wants is to be taught a different KIND of meditation. He does not seem to realize that there are different kinds and people have different purposes. Not everyone seeks Samadhi. So, much of the last 60% of the book was annoying. That is not to say that it was uninteresting. The author strews the entire book with a bunch of interesting (if sometimes conflicting) evidence and information.

On balance, if you have any interest in TM meditation or simply getting started in meditation in a simple and effective way, then this book is worth your while. Also, if you are considering going to the "paid up" version of TM it is probably worthwhile to read this book (with a grain of salt) first.
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