One of the many reasons that TM became so popular, especially in recent times, is the exposure it gained through the vehicle of celebrity use. Stars such as Oprah Winfrey and David Lynch have always lauded praise on this form of meditation and followers have taken their promotions on board.
I love transcendental meditation! I’ve been practising it twice a day for almost 40 years – David Lynch
It was a powerfully energising yet calming experience. I didn’t want it to end. When it did, I walked away feeling fuller than when I’d come in. Full of hope, a sense of contentment, and deep joy. Knowing for sure that even in the daily craziness that bombards us from every direction, there is – still – the constancy of stillness. Only from that space can you create your best work and your best life – Oprah Winfrey during a TM meditation with over 1,000 people.
The book was the first of its kind to be written about TM, and it’s author, Jack Forem, not only has extensive experience in the art of TM, but was also in the fortunate position to study under Maharishi in India, and then later serve him as the head of the TM centre in New York.
The first version of this book was released in 1974 and the revised edition contains the new teachings that Maharishi rolled out post 1974, further details on scientific studies undertaken to prove the benefit that TM has on your psychology, physiology and health, interviews and testimonials from the many people who have practised TM since 1974, expanding the context to a global level and interspersing more personal content from the author himself.
The book is a whopping 361 pages long and would make a mighty find murder weapon. In one respect it did it’s job for me because I am now certain to enrol in a TM course by the end of the year. Then on the other hand, once I had made my decision to enter the world of TM I wanted to stop reading. The book was a little repetitive for my liking. That style is good for a book on addiction, for example, but not one on meditation. I think it could have been condensed into something a little more compact and bijou for my tastes, but I have to acknowledge when Forem wrote the book he was trying to reach out to the masses on a subject they knew very little about. If anyone is learning TM on an academic level then this a relative bible.
So do I recommend this book?
I think you would be better off saving your pennies on this one. The hardback retails at £12.99 and the Kindle version at £6.69, and I think you can gain everything that you need from the web. If you want to know if meditation is going to bring value to your life then the answer is yes. Your next question is to evaluate whether or not it is worth the price the TM teachers are charging for their time. These answers can be found online in reviews of material such as Forem’s groundbreaking book, and so you don’t need a 361-page book to seal the deal for you.
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