TM peas are Grade A+; Amma B; Osho C-; Sai Baba D+; Sahaja Yoga F

"You have spent more than 20 years doing Sahaja Yoga and still you are diseased by 'catches' and imbalances!? What is the point of meditating when two decades are not sufficient to graduate from kindergarten to Grade 1, as is the case of most SYs? What type of chronic sickness do you get from the SYSSR? Why are you still diseased after 20 years? Why do you subtle system SYs want to spread your disease and paranoia to us and others?
And the imbalances are main i.e., are major issues. i admire your honesty in admitting that you will make seekers flee from you. (If they realize you are a SY for the last 20 years, they will think that people become crazy doing Sahaja Yoga ....... of which you are a fine specimen.)"


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Look Who's Meditating Now
By IRINA ALEKSANDER
Published: March 18, 2011

RUSSELL BRAND, the lanky British comedian, has made a career of his outrageous antics. While a host at MTV UK, he went to work dressed up as Osama bin Laden. At the network's annual music awards, he likened Britney Spears to a "female Christ." And he was fired from the BBC after leaving raunchy messages on the voice mail of a 78-year-old actor, a comic bit that even his country's then-prime minister felt compelled to denounce.

David Lynch explains Transcendental Meditation at his fundraiser. It is jarring then, to say the least, to hear Mr. Brand, 35, speaking passionately and sincerely about the emotional solace he has found in Transcendental Meditation, or TM. Yet there he was in December, onstage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (as his new wife, the pop singer Katy Perry, waited backstage), describing how TM has helped him repair his psychic wounds.

"Transcendental Meditation has been incredibly valuable to me both in my recovery as a drug addict and in my personal life, my marriage, my professional life," Mr. Brand said of the technique that prescribes two 15- to 20-minute sessions a day of silently repeating a one-to-three syllable mantra, so that practitioners can access a state of what is known as transcendental consciousness. "I literally had an idea drop into my brain the other day while I was meditating which I think is worth millions of dollars."

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Transcendental Meditation

The Transcendental Meditation technique allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought, the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness—your innermost Self.

To ensure maximum effectiveness, the Transcendental Meditation technique is taught in the same systematic way used by teachers thousands of years ago.

Physiological Indicators of Deep Rest

Meta-analysis is a procedure for drawing definitive conclusions from large bodies of research studies. A meta-analysis of all available physiological research on the Transcendental Meditation program found that the practice of this technique produces a state of deep rest compared to control conditions, as measured by reduced respiration rate, reduced basal skin conductance (increased skin resistance), and reduced plasma lactate. Reference: American Psychologist 42: 879881, 1987.

What TM technique is and is not
What religious leaders say
What is the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique?

It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It's not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It's the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.

What happens when you meditate?
The Transcendental Meditation technique allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness, or the unified field. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

How many people practice the TM technique?
More than five million people worldwide have learned this simple, natural technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions — making it one of the most popular of all meditation techniques.

How much scientific research has been done on the TM technique?
The TM technique is the most widely researched of all meditation techniques. Over 600 research studies have been conducted at more than 250 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). These studies have been published in more than 100 journals.

Where did the TM technique come from?
The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years. About 50 years ago, Maharishi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world, restoring the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness at this critical time for humanity. When we teach the Transcendental Meditation technique today, we maintain the same procedures used by teachers thousands of years ago for maximum effectiveness.

How is the TM technique different from other meditation techniques? There are many forms of meditation, with many goals. Other practices most often involve some concentration or control of the mind and others involve contemplation—thinking about something. These practices keep the mind engaged in some way, for example, by focusing on an object or on something like your breath. Others keep us aware of thoughts, or images. These practices keep the mind active in some way on the surface thinking level. TM allows the mind to simply, naturally and effortlessly transcend thinking and to experience a deep state of restfully alert consciousness. The holistic benefits that have been found to result from the practice of the TM technique are the automatic result of this unique experience.

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10 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. Simple: The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, effortless mental process practiced for 1520 minutes twice a day, sitting quietly and comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed.

2. Easily learned: The Transcendental Meditation technique can be easily learned by anyone and is enjoyable to practice.

3. Immediate benefits: The benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique are immediate and increase over time. The technique's positive effects—for mind, body and relationships—have been verified by hundreds of research studies conducted at top medical schools and published in over 350 peer-reviewed scientific journals.

4. No belief required: The Transcendental Meditation technique does not involve belief. In fact, you can be thoroughly skeptical and the technique will still be fully effective.

5. Develops the total brain: Brain research shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique develops the total brain, increasing creativity and intelligence and improving decision-making and problem-solving abilities.

6. Not a lifestyle: The Transcendental Meditation technique is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle.

7. Reduces stress and high blood pressure: Medical school research funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that the Transcendental Meditation technique is the most effective mind-body practice for reducing stress and stress-related disorders, including hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke and atherosclerosis.

8. Unique: The Transcendental Meditation technique is unlike any other form of meditation or self-development—in practice and results. The technique is distinguished by its naturalness, effortlessness and profound effectiveness.

9. Systematic instruction: The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught by certified teachers through a systematic course of personalized instruction and includes extensive follow-up and support, ensuring that everyone who learns gains maximum benefit.

10. Nonprofit organization: The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization. The organization's goal is to develop the full potential of the individual, minimize the negative impact of stress, and bring unrestricted and fulfilling progress to all areas of society
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Benefits of Meditation BRAIN

The Transcendental Meditation technique strengthens communication between the brain's prefrontal cortex and different areas of the brain, and develops total brain functioning.
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CREATIVITY
The Transcendental Meditation technique opens the awareness to a inner field of unlimited creativity and intelligence at the silent source of the thinking mind.
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STRESS
The Transcendental Meditation technique promotes health by reducing activation of the sympathetic nervous system—which, in turn, dilates the blood vessels and reduces stress hormones.
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WORKPLACE
The Transcendental Meditation technique raises performance by reducing harmful stress, improving cardiovascular health, enhancing creativity and developing the total brain.
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CLASSROOM
The Transcendental Meditation technique develops the full brain potential of the student—increasing IQ and improving academic performance, while decreasing stress, anxiety and depression.
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SOCIETY
The Transcendental Meditation technique develops a healthy, creative, peaceful individual—the basic unit of a healthy, creative, peaceful community, nation, and world.
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Research on Meditation

More than 600 scientific studies verifying the wide-ranging benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique have been conducted at 250 independent universities and medical schools in 33 countries during the past 40 years.

Gary Kaplan, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Hofstra University School of Medicine.
Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., author, educator, and women's health specialist. Fred Travis, Ph.D. director of the MUM Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition.

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Recent research

More than 350 scientists have conducted research on the Transcendental Meditation program.

After two weeks of practice of the TM program, individuals showed significantly increased EEG coherence during the practice, in contrast to their own eyes-closed control condition before they learned the TM technique. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147151, 1981.

Increased Wakefulness
Those who practiced the TM technique displayed electroencephalographic (EEG) indicators of increased wakefulness during the practice, in contrast to controls. Reference: Revue d'Electroencephalographie et de Neurophysiologie Clinique 4: 445453, 1974.

Increased Blood Flow to the Brain
Individuals who practiced the TM technique displayed significantly increased cerebral blood flow during the practice, in contrast to controls. Increased cerebral blood flow was found during the practice of the TM technique both in the occipital area of the brain, and also in the frontal area. Reference: Physiology & Behavior 59: 399402, 1996.

Increased use of brain reserves
During the TM program, early (sensory) components of the brain's response to somatosensory stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Reference: Human Physiology 25: 171180, 1999.

Increased EEG Coherence
After two weeks of practice of the TM program, individuals showed significantly increased EEG coherence during the practice, in contrast to their own eyes-closed control condition before they learned the TM technique. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147151, 1981.

Increased Wakefulness
Those who practiced the TM technique displayed electroencephalographic (EEG) indicators of increased wakefulness during the practice, in contrast to controls. Reference: Revue d'Electroencephalographie et de Neurophysiologie Clinique 4: 445453, 1974.

Increased Blood Flow to the Brain
Individuals who practiced the TM technique displayed significantly increased cerebral blood flow during the practice, in contrast to controls. Increased cerebral blood flow was found during the practice of the TM technique both in the occipital area of the brain, and also in the frontal area. Reference: Physiology & Behavior 59: 399402, 1996.

Increased use of brain reserves
During the TM program, early (sensory) components of the brain's response to somatosensory stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Reference: Human Physiology 25: 171180, 1999.

Increased EEG Coherence
After two weeks of practice of the TM program, individuals showed significantly increased EEG coherence during the practice, in contrast to their own eyes-closed control condition before they learned the TM technique. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147151, 1981.

Increased Wakefulness
Those who practiced the TM technique displayed electroencephalographic (EEG) indicators of increased wakefulness during the practice, in contrast to controls. Reference: Revue d'Electroencephalographie et de Neurophysiologie Clinique 4: 445453, 1974.

Increased Blood Flow to the Brain
Individuals who practiced the TM technique displayed significantly increased cerebral blood flow during the practice, in contrast to controls. Increased cerebral blood flow was found during the practice of the TM technique both in the occipital area of the brain, and also in the frontal area. Reference: Physiology & Behavior 59: 399402, 1996.

Increased use of brain reserves
During the TM program, early (sensory) components of the brain's response to somatosensory stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Reference: Human Physiology 25: 171180, 1999.

Decreased Need for Medical Care: Decreased Hospitalization
A study of approximately 2000 participants in the TM program analyzing five years of medical insurance data found that they required significantly less hospitalization, for both medical and surgical procedures, in comparison to the average of all other insured persons. Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493507, 1987.

National Institutes of Health
The NIH has awarded more than $24 million to study the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for improving brain functioning and cardiovascular health during the past 20 years.
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American Medical Association
The AMA's journal Archives of Internal Medicine published a recent study showing the TM technique is highly effective in preventing the risk factors for high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
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American College of Cardiology
During its annual convention, the ACC hosted a symposium on the research conducted at more than a dozen independent universities and medical schools on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique for reducing heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and heart failure.
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American Psychological Association
During its annual conference last year, the APA featured research on the TM technique that documents the positive, long-term benefits of the practice for self-actualization and self-development.
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