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Science of Being and Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation

by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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I read this book when I was in college. It really made a deep impression on me and I learned Transcendental Meditation as a result. For me, both the book and the meditation are great. The book discusses a new paradigm of life. The concept of an omnipresent field of silence called Being which is the foundation of all phenomenal creation. This them is repeated over and over again from many different angles and the author relates it to all fields of a person's life including behavior, diet, relationships etc. I found it to be of real value and I still refer to it and read it, even to this day. ( )
  MissCrabtree | Nov 7, 2010 |
This is book is a theoretical discussion of transcendental meditation. It does not offer a how to guide to practicing TM.

"...the purpose of man's life is to live in a state of unlimited energy, intelligence, power, creativity, and bliss of the absolute Being." p. 65.

The practice of deep transcendental meditation brings human consciousness to God consciousness, cosmic consciousness, Being. One must go beyond the level of thinking, uderstanding, and reasoning to the level of Being. the mind must transcend thinking and feeling in order to arrive at Being.

"When the mind transcends the subtlest state of thinking, it is left all by itself. This is...the state of pure being." p.18.

Once one obtains this state of Being through TM, he or she then brings it into his everyday life in a very fulfilling way.

Unfortunately, this book does not offer a practical guide for TM. The only way to practice TM is under the instruction of a guide trained in TM.

There is a website founded by a former teacher of Tm which explains the practice of TM. It's www.suggestibility.org. This site is very critical of TM's founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and even goes so far as to label him a money-grabbing fraud and TM as a dangerous brain-washing technique. Judge for yourself.
  Agreatness100 | Mar 13, 2010 |
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To The Lotus Feet of Shri Guru Dev, Swami Brahmanand Saraswati, Bhagwan Shankaracharya, Jyotir-Math, Himalays, and as blessings from Him this book is presented to all lovers of life desirous of enjoying all glories-Worldly and Devine.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452282667, Paperback)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and this one-of-a-kind book remains the definitive introduction to its practice. Since it was first published in 1963, the book has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi unfolds his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effortless technique that anyone can easily learn and enjoy. Currently, there are more than six million practitioners worldwide, with TM centers in more than 108 countries.

More than 600 scientific studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation technique helps to:

* Expand the mind to its unlimited cosmic potential
* Improve health and reverse the aging process
* Lower high blood pressure and risk of stroke
* Increase intelligence and creativity
* Boost memory and learning ability
* Reduce stress, tension, and anxiety
* Increase energy, vitality, and well-being
* Nourish inner contentment, happiness, fulfillment-the state of enlightenment.

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