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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452282667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452282667
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Worldwide Transcendental Meditation Movement, has established meditation centers in all the major cities of the world.

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This book I found to be a difficult read.
Lynchianismist
So ... the book provides an excellent explanation of what TM is, and why it's beneficial and important to us and society.
MMc
This is the second time I've read this book.
Phil in MIdland

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By MMc on September 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. I read it when I was 19 years old because I was interested in spiritual ideas that would lead to a wider view of life, the world, the universe, etc. It certainly did that quite well. If all one wants to know is how to meditate transcendentally, just read the chapter titled "How to Contact Being"; it's really about the easiest thing a person can "learn" how to do. I use quotation marks around learn because most all people meditate in this way all the time; they just don't realize it, or do it systematically.

How do I know? When I was 21 my dear old mother paid $150 for me to take the transcendental meditation course. (She was a physician at a student health center and had seen her patients become healthier as they reduced their anxieties by meditating. Was the benefit psychosomatic, I asked her? Of course, she answered, the health benefits of anxiety/stress reduction are ALL psychosomatic but nonetheless real.) When I first "learned" I worried that "nothing was happening", so I asked my TM instructor. He basically answered that as long as my experience was consistent with the description of meditation in the book's chapter titled "How to Contact Being", then exactly what was supposed to be happening was indeed happening. In fact, as I continued to meditate over the next several days/months/years I became aware that what was happening during meditation was *exactly* as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi describes in the chapter.

As I recall Maharishi Mahesh Yogi points out in the book that meditation is completely natural in the sense people already know, subconsciously, how to do it and do it all the time without knowing it. About 10 years ago I tested this by teaching a friend of mine TM.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Richard Scott on September 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
There are two types of people who will read this book: those who haven't learned Transcendental Meditation yet and those who have.

For those who haven't, the book certainly provides the most in depth understanding and analysis of this unique meditation and its benefits in daily life. This insight can help you understand how TM is different from other meditations and decide for yourself if you want to go ahead and learn the technique from a qualified instructor.

For those who have already learned Transcendental Meditation, this book explains in detail the theory behind TM and acts as a valuable and authoritative resource to help you with questions either you or anyone else may have about the technique.

But in the end, it is just a book - if you want to experience the real thing, there is no substitute for actually learning it the only way you can - from a qualified teacher, one-to-one.

I did, and I've never looked back.
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142 of 171 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Its takes a while to get past the front of the book which offers praises of Maharishi, his history and plans to transform the world. Once you get past that (which appears again in the rear of the book) you realize this book does not teach you TM (so why is it in the title?).
There are some helpful things in this book especially if you are new to the spiritual path. But if you are looking for a serious book on meditation in general look elsewhere. This is more on the 'so how are you doing now after learning TM' side.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Phil in MIdland VINE VOICE on August 28, 2008
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This is the second time I've read this book. Back in the 70's, as I was learning TM, I read it for the first time. Now, having had the experience that Maharishi writes about, I realize that this book contains essential truths about the nature of life. This book explains the mechanics of Transcendental Meditation and the importance of performing right action in life. I won't get into the cost of learning TM, but keep in mind the amount of money we squander on pharmaceuticals, alcohol, psycho-therapy, large screen TV's and other material things. TM is a priceless gift that can help everyone realize their full potential. I know so many people who can benefit from this technique. However, I would not recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn TM. That can only be taught by a qualified teacher. So people can read and read and read, but unless you have the experience, true knowledge of the Absolute will never be known. More than ever, our society needs to turn inward first (through meditation), then perform right action. It's just that simple.
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88 of 112 people found the following review helpful By green grass on July 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
i logged on to the site of this maharishi and and in just a few clicks i got to a point where i cannot go beyond if i couldnot spend few hundred bucks. i am in to meditation and its philosophy from my school and i am an indian.(so i know pretty much more about all meditation & hindu philosophy stuff than foreigners and its difficult to foolme) and i have never come across a so called teacher who asks for money to sell his so called secret.

the problem with the meditation is no one will take you in the arms and carry you. you have to walk on your own feet all alone. mark my words" anyone saying "give me some bucks and i will take you there" is only fooling you. money is necessary is for oranizations to spread knowledge. but one can always tell the difference between asking money for survival (in the form of donation and which usually small) or make money(2,500$).

meditation(zen, indian, buddhist) is a subjective science. it has survived from centuries even with out all those statistics these people give.

if you are insearch of a comprehensive book about hindu philosophy and meditation, read "Raja Yoga" by swami vivekananda.

he is the authority on meditation. his life says so. and this book is a beautiful explanation of the yoga sutras of "Patanjali"

the original ancient indian saint, who brought into existance the comprehensive system of yoga.(yoga here is not practising different postures. yoga literally means 'science to know oneself' meditation is but one step in it)( the popular meaning of yoga- which is practising different postures- is actually called 'hathayoga'; B.K.S.Iyengar is the authority here) no one can be a greater authority than sage patanjali in this area.
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