We have seen that the mind and
body are intimately connected: the improved condition of one brings about
the improved condition of the other.
In the same way, a healthier, happier individual improves the quality
of his environment, and a better environment enriches the individual.
Behaviour arises as a means to fulfil one’s
needs; it is necessary that behaviour meets with success. Behaviour depends
upon the ability to evaluate, which depends upon the ability to appreciate,
which depends upon the quality of the mind and heart.
Transcendental Meditation spontaneously eliminates
the most basic cause of all stress and strain, allowing the natural flow
of more tender qualities of heart and mind.
Everyone lives his life through the cycles of routine work—whether
he is a student, a working adult, or retired—the whole population
is living life through routine work, and routine work in daily life does
not provide an opportunity for the full expression of Creative Intelligence.
This lack of opportunity to display creativity causes frustration and
becomes the basis of all antisocial behaviour.
Transcendental Meditation helps the awareness to transcend boundaries
and go beyond the field of limitations.
This is how Transcendental Meditation—providing the opportunity
to create unboundedness, infinity, eternity—satisfies the inner
creativity and inner genius of life by providing an opportunity for the
full expression of Creative Intelligence.
Ideal behaviour is based on the principle
of giving. When two people meet with the intention of receiving, both
wait to receive—nobody gives and no one receives.
In order to give, one must possess. One can give only from what one
has. One radiates what one is, just as a fully lit bulb radiates maximum
Transcendental Meditation develops Bliss Consciousness—unbounded
awareness—and provides the ground for maximum giving.
Transcendental Meditation fills the cup of life to overflowing. On
this basis behaviour thrives and brings waves of increasing joyfulness.
Behaviour unites. The quality of the union
or relationship depends upon the quality of those who are coming together.
Transcendental Meditation improves the quality of life of the individual
and develops ideal social behaviour.
Behaviour is the expression of the inner quality of life,
the inner quality of consciousness.
Acting from the level of unbounded awareness, developed through Transcendental
Meditation, harmony dominates in our behaviour.
Behaviour is the expression of love. Love is the impulse
Love arises more from a full heart and spreads softness and all good
in our surroundings.
Scientific research has shown that those qualities of life which naturally
enrich behaviour and make life more fruitful in every way develop through
the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Behaviour is reciprocal. The universe reacts to individual
action: ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’
Through every thought, word, and action, we are producing influences
that affect our surroundings.
Physics explains that everything in the universe is constantly influencing
every other thing. Nothing exists in isolation.
It is everyone’s responsibility to behave in such a way that
one’s behaviour produces a life-supporting influence for all.
Development of the tender qualities of life are the prerequisite to
That is why ideal behaviour requires the development of higher states
of consciousness through the development of Pure Consciousness, which
is easily achieved through the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Statistical meta-analysis of
all available research (42 independent outcomes) indicated that the
effect of the Transcendental Meditation Programme on
increasing self-actualization is much greater than that of other
forms of meditation or relaxation. Self-actualization refers to realizing
more of one’s inner potential, expressed in every area of life:
integration and stability of personality, self-regard, emotional
maturity, capacity for warm interpersonal relationships, and adaptive
response to challenges. Reference: Journal
of Social Behavior and Personality 6(5) (1991): 189–248.
Subjects practising the Transcendental
Meditation Programme, measured once prior to beginning the technique
and again two months later, showed significant positive improvements
in personality traits, including spontaneity, self-regard, and
self-acceptance, when compared to a matched control group. Reference: Journal
of Counseling Psychology 20 (1973): 565–566; and
19 (1972): 184–187; Perceptual and Motor
Skills 39 (1974):
Those practising the Transcendental
Meditation Programme, and those practising the TM-Sidhi Programme,
showed higher—more principled—levels of moral reasoning
on a standardized test in comparison to those who had not yet learnt
the Transcendental Meditation Programme. Reference: ‘Kohlberg
Stage 7, Natural Law, and Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi
Programme’. Paper presented at the International Symposium
on Moral Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 3 September
1982; Scientific Research on Transcendental Meditation
and the TM-Sidhi Programme—Collected Papers, Volume 3 (1990):
In two companies that introduced the
Transcendental Meditation Programme, managers
and employees who regularly practised Transcendental Meditation
for two months improved significantly on efficiency and productivity,
job satisfaction, and personal relationships, in comparison to
control subjects with similar jobs in these companies. Reference: Academy
of Management Journal 17 (1974): 362–368.
University students who were
practising the Transcendental Meditation Technique
reported higher levels of respect for traditional cultural and
religious values in comparison to non-meditating students at two
control universities. These students practising Transcendental
Meditation also showed higher levels of orientation towards scientific
thinking. Reference: Dissertation
Abstracts International 38(2)
Subjects who practise the
Transcendental Meditation Programme show significant reductions
in all categories of substance abuse as compared to controls. Reference: International
Journal of the Addictions 12(6) (1977): 729–754,
and 26(3) (1991): 293–325.
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