Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation was developed in 1957. by a Hindu guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born Mahesh Prasad Varma) and it is a mantra meditation, we could say a form of yoga. He described this technique in his book "Science of Being and Art of Living" as a mental procedure that enables the mind to quiet itself, and all this was derived from Vedic tradition.

At the beginning TM instructor is giving a practitioner a mantra. As I have explained before, mantra is word or a sentence, usually in Sanskrit, which practitioner should repeat over and over during his meditation. The person that repeats mantra, although he usually doesn't know what he is saying, can invoke false gods and that can cause him serious problems later in life.

This is how Maharishi explains mantra: “We do something here according to Vedic rites, particularly, specific chanting to produce an effect in some other world, draw the attention of those higher beings or gods living there. The entire knowledge of the mantras or hymns of the Vedas [Hindu scriptures] is devoted to man’s connection, to man’s communication with the higher beings in different strata of creation".

It is obvious from this sentence that Maharishi believes that there are many gods in "some other world" as he defines it. Hinduism is a polytheistic religion and the supreme god is Brahma who is not a personal being, but is defined as unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality. So the meaning of Hinduism would be to achieve union with god, which they even don't know how to define. Other Hindu gods are sometimes humans like Krishna, or false gods like Shiva or Vishnu (they have four or more hands etc.). Kali for example is a goddess of blood and destruction and she is known as very violent. It is obvious that many Hindu gods are actually demons. That's why all these meditations and mantras can be very dangerous.

Although TM is supposed to relieve people from stress, it is proven that this so called "unstressing" produces among TM practitioners very violent behaviors and angry moods. One former TM teacher who converted to Christianity, Greg Randolph, observed reactions like this and said: "When you’re unstressing for a long time, large amounts of this (stress) can come out and actually condition angry moods and cause heart attacks and all kinds of different experiences.” The only logical explanation for this is that practitioners are actually invoking demons in their mantras.

This is citation from his book "Science of Being and Art of Living": "(TM) is the only way to salvation and success in life; there is no other way.” - this sentence shows that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has pretensions on taking the place of God.

During so called initiation a practitioner is repeating a prayer in Sanskrit. When this prayer is translated in English it means: To Lord Narayana, to lotus-born Brahma, the Creator ... to Shankaracharya the redeemer, hailed as Krishna ... I bow down. To the glory of the Lord I bow down again and again, at whose door the whole galaxy of gods pray for perfection day and night. Adorned with immeasurable glory, preceptor of the whole world, having bowed down to him, we gain fulfillment." It is obvious that this prayer is invoking false gods and that is a sin against the first commandment: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me." (Exodus 20,2) This initiation prayer shows clearly that TM is part of Hinduism and therefore unacceptable for Christians.

Here is a link to the website that brings a Pastoral Statement of Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila, on teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

In 1959. in California Maharishi Mahesh Yogi incorporated the "Spiritual Regeneration Movement Foundation" with seven member board of trustees. They pointed out that primary purpose of this Foundation is spiritual, and described this corporation as religious one. After that TM has started to widen in the West and many famous singers and movie stars started to practice this technique. Transcendental Meditation can only be learned from an authorized teacher. Transcendental Meditation, or TM, are registered trademarks owned by "Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation", founded as a non-profit organization. However, the course of TM for adults costs 2000 $ in the USA (according to their official website).

In 1990. Maharishi founded another organization "Global Country of World Peace" in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. From there he coordinated teaching of TM technique. He also had TM centers in the UK, Mexico and China.

Teachers of TM claim that this technique doesn't oppose Christian beliefs, meaning that you can be a practical Catholic and practice TM. This is not true. TM is inseparable from Hinduism which is a polytheistic religion, and doesn't believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is actually a Hinduism adjusted to the western civilization. The title of his book "Love and God" is also interesting. Considering that he comes from Hinduism, it is hard to say of which god does he speak, because they have so many "gods".  Maharishi is also recommending Bhagavad Gita as a fundament of his spirituality, and this is one of the most important books of Hinduism. It is obvious that TM in incompatible with Christianity because it is just one of many spiritualities derived from Hinduism. Practicing of TM is therefore unacceptable for Christians.