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About the Author

Denise Denniston became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program in 1971. Since then, she has taught the TM Program in Omaha, Nebraska; Los Angeles, California; and New York City. She has worked at the United States National Center for the Transcendental Meditation Program and at the International Capitol of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from the University of California at Berkeley and is a faculty member at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa where she serves as chair the department of the Science of Creative Intelligence and Dean of the College of the Science of Creative Intelligence. She is married to Joseph Gerace and has a daughter, Marisa Bagambhrini.

Barry Geller, who illustrated this book, was head of the design department of Maharishi International University Press, the international production facility for the Transcendental Meditation Movement in Europe. He now operates his own freelance advertising, illustration, and design business.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Fairfield Press; New Edition edition (September 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093178302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931783029
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have to admit, I was expecting a how-to on Transendental Meditiation. This book is 308 pages on why you should pay $1000 to go to a center and learn TM.
TM may be wonderful, but the book actually made me feel wary. I was originally drawn to TM by news reports of lowered blood pressure and stress reduction in practicers The book's emphasis on all the wonderful things you get, with very little effort, and very little detail on how, smacked, just a bit, of secret societies and too-good-to-be-true, $1000, instant-fixs.
And, to be honest, I wasn't looking for a sales tool, I was looking for a how-to, so I feel a little silly and a little duped.
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By A Customer on December 18, 2003
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I have not read the book but I took TM many years ago and I thought it was expensive then, and that was about $250.00. I practiced TM and did have some excellent results. I can never reveal my mantra but I can tell you that the technique is very simple and you learn how to do it in about 5 minutes. The rest is just performing what you learned as a meditation. I have since gone on to other types of meditation also. But basically, this is a mantra meditation. You can use the universal mantra "Aum" or "OM" for this purpose without spending $1,000. You are paying this money just to get your own mantra which is not to be revealed to anyone.
Meditation was meant to be a spiritual experience, bringing you closer to oneness with the all pervading consciousness which is God. Any real meditative goal is really this process. During the course of doing this, there are many benefits, including those discussed by TM. A truly spiritual lesson should not be an opportunity for gouging people. $1,000 is absurd and I have to question the motivations of the organization. Something is not right about that. Ultimately, spiritually-related matters should be free, but understandably, it is not feasible. However, charging excess sums of money is a sin and goes against the spiritual laws.
So, if you want to benefit from this meditation, you should sit quietly with back erect and mentally chant your mantra (no specific method is required, just let it come naturally) (e.g., "OM") over and over again. You allow your mind to quiet gently without stress or pressure. Concentrate on the "OM" but don't strain. If you find your mind wandering during the meditation, just gently realize and return to the mantra. Do this for 20 minutes, twice a day.
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I'm not sure why Amazon allows people to review a book they have not purchased or even read, but that's the internet, I guess. This is a very good basic book on benefits of transcendental meditation. If you have practiced TM, you will not find the fee unreasonable. The instructors should get paid for their time and much of the money goes to the foundation. The foundation is sponsoring programs for Military Veterans, At-Risk Students, Homeless Rehabilitation and other very worthy populations. If you do TM regularly, you will agree that this is the best investment you have made in yourself. TM is easy and will make dramatic improvements in all aspects of your life. I also recommend reading Transcendence by Norman E. Rosenthal
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This is THE bestseller book on TM with more a Million copies in Print.Best book for someone who wants to know about the benefits they will have if they do TM.
TM can never be learned from a book like any skill like painting, sports, music can't be learnt from a book. The TM fees maybe a bit high, but remember you have a life time of followup. I learnt TM in 1996, I still visit my local TM center for group meditation on Thursdays and still discuss my meditation with the TM teachers for free, nearly 20 years after i learnt it paying the fees!!!
The Book is well illustrated , lots of charts, bar diagrams, pie charts which make it easy to understand the benefits and differences between TM and others. The language is in a Socratic Question and Answer format and most of the questions are the ones any new comer would ask anyway. I use it to reinforce my TM practice whenever i slacken, to remind myself of the benefits i get for such a short investment of time everyday.
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this is a great book about TM and why its good to do,,,love the illustrations especially the one about sitting in the dark and all you have to do is turn on the light,, it was one of the first books on TM ,,,still so good :)
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I was very very very very disappointed in this book. It was one huge advertisement for the seminar. And really, just a reiteration of what is on the website. It basically paints the picture of people from all walks of life, doctors, lawyers, stock brokers, athletes, and mothers or anyone who regularly experience high levels of stress, (and dont we all, if we didn't, we would not be living) and how the patented TM technique, helps them exceed their goals, and live in peace.

And here comes transcendental meditation to the rescue!!!!! In just 15 minutes, twice a day, if you use this special technique, (and only a qualified teacher can properly show you this technique, that can only be learned in person, NOT by a book or video or blah blah blah.) your life is saved!!! and you are now a happy camper!!!!

What a joke!!!! I can not beleive I spent five minutes reading this crap.

That is the only saving grace, that it is an easy read, and that it goes quick. It follows a 3rd grade reading type of style. OK, I am exaggerating a bit. But you get the point.

Please, do not buy this book. I truly beleive in the power of meditation, but ANY meditation, done with consistency and practice, is very very powerful, and you will earn the benefits just the same.

Save your pennies on this one people.
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