What is the value of the ‘mantra’ in the practice of Transcendental Meditation?

by admin on March 22, 2011

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In this video, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains the role of the mantra in the process of transcending. He also explains the naturalness of the TM technique.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

“The practice (of Transcendental Meditation) involves thinking of a word, a word devoid of meaning.

Meaning is a static thing. The sound changes in its pitch—it can be loud sound, or low sound. The meaning is the same at every pitch. If the mind is on the meaning, there is no chance of refining the meaning. If the mind is not on the meaning, there is a chance of refining the sound, there is a chance of experiencing the sound in its finer values till the finest could be transcended and the awareness could reach that inner wakefulness devoid of any perception. This will be Transcendental Consciousness….

This unbounded awareness where the perception is no longer within boundaries—it is unbounded. This is a silent state of the mind, and it is so fulfilling that the physiology having tasted this kind of quietness of activity it cherishes that. And because it is cherishing to the whole physiology, to the whole experience, the physiology tends to maintain that state naturally even when there are activities. So by nature that state is experienced, and by nature, through practice, it becomes stabilized in the field of activity….

The whole thing is very simple. It is an absolutely natural process.”

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  • dr haworth

    this video freezes at about 4:10. the audio continues, but with frozen picture of Maharishi. please correct.

    • admin

      Unfortunately that glitch can’t be fixed… At least we have sound :)

  • Juan

    For those of us who did not get the benefit of meeting Maharishi while he was alive, these videos are the next best thing.

  • DR DAVE OCONNELL

    I GET ASKED ABOUT THE MANTRA ALL THE TIME BY PATIENTS AND COLLEAGUES.THIS IS A BRILLIANT,SIMPLE EXPLANATION & RATIONALE FOR THE USE OF THE MANTRA AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TM. ALSO,I LOVE MAHARISHI’S VOICE.VIBRATIONS FROM THE INFINITE!!

  • Amina K.

    Practicing TM and TM SIDHIS for 17 years….Pure happiness twice a day.
    Jai Guru Dev

  • BillK

    Practicing TM since 1973, TM Sidhi since 1991. The best parts of each day, twice a day. It’s not so important to see Maharishi as it is to listen to him. His voice emboides the sweet depth of the experience of trnascendence.

  • Nirmala Raman

    I am a very staunch believer in the TM and TM Siddhi, and have been practising it very regularly for more than 15 years. There are no words to describe either the actual experiences at the time of meditation, or the boundless benefits, both at the gross and the subtle level,(at all times, in and out of meditation), that I have enjoyed. I sincerely hope that TM is made a part of the curriculum in all schools and a daily 10 minute exercise in all offices. Definately (to use Maharishi’s words), this world will then become a “HEAVEN ON EARTH” !!!!!

  • http://www.spiritpublishingllc.com/tccep1.html Terry Swejkoski

    “Meditation is not some-thing you do… it is the experience of Being that which you are!”
    - Terry Swejkoski

    • http://www.tm.org Pablo

      Yes, I agree with you. If you do not do nothing, you are not going to get nothing.

  • ronan

    Ive been a Siddha for years, and learned TM 40 years ago when I was 15, and each day just gets better and better. It’s the best thing I have ever done in my life…it’s the reason for my life. Jai Guru Dev

  • meditation

    Great information . I really like . this is new for me . keep posting this type of information

  • http://www.tm.org Pablo

    The daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and the TM-Sidhis program establishes a permanent Bliss Consciousness, the panacea of all human’s problems.

  • Stuart

    So great to hear this lecture again after all these years. It completely nails the TM technique and sooooo simply put!

  • http://www.4UFOs.com/ Robert Wiley Hughey

    Yes! Labeling things, which is something we all do too often, limits the very thing we are attempting to define with a label.
    SO never let anyone else try to tell you what or who YOU are, as they are inadvertently diminishing you.

    I look forward to studying this further. Thank you so much for sharing it

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