Here is yet another lens through which to view Maharishi Mahesh’s many promises. He told us that regular practice of TM would lead to both continued and permanent improvements in ones life, and that attending TM retreats would lead to exponentially quicker growth. But what were the actual results? What were the results for me? What were the results for you?
Cumulative results? When I first learned TM, I felt calmer, more productive, more energetic. Every day I felt better than the day before. That continued for about 2 months. After that, even though I kept meditating twice a day, I didn’t feel any continued improvement. I plateaued. Mahesh promised us that by practicing TM twice a day, we were on our way toward “the unfoldment of our true potential,” but after those first 2 months, I didn’t notice any additional changes.
Permanent results? When I learned the TM-Sidhis technique, sometimes I felt euphoric, at one with the universe, more confident, joyful, loving and energetic. But when I stopped doing the TM-Sidhis, I went back to feeling the same way I had felt before I had started. (In addition, when I stopped, I went through a period where I felt emptiness and panic . It felt like descriptions I have read of people withdrawing from opiates. I suspect that the TM-Sidhis was activating a brain chemical similar to the one that opiates and addictive behaviors activate).
What about “rounding?” “Rounding” is the procedure for meditating more than two times a day. It is done on TM retreats (“residence courses”). In my day, one “round” consisted of yoga postures, then yogic breathing, then TM, then lying down. Mahesh promised us that rounding exponentially speeded up one’s growth. That is, doing TM eight times in one weekend was supposed to lead to more personal growth than doing TM eight times over the course of four days. But actually, I never saw any fast growth from residence courses. I would often get relaxed on retreats, and the relaxedness would continue for a while after I returned. After a a weekend retreat, I’d be mellow for 3 days; after a six-month retreat, I’d be mellow for about a month. But after that, I’d be back to my usual self.
What about you? Did TM fulfill its promises of cumulative benefits, lasting benefits, and more rapid benefits from rounding?
“More TM Promises: cumulative, lasting, speedy?”