Meditation is a state of mind, where nothing else matters except your own being. Transcendental Meditation is a type of meditation which teaches you to be one in body, mind and spirit. The concept has originated in the East and the West has followed suit.
Meditation is a process of acquiring knowledge of the conscious and subconscious state of mind. It is state of being aware of your surroundings yet remaining totally detached from them. Yoga and Meditation go hand in hand.
Both are widespread and dominant in the Asian subcontinent. They are evident in religious practices and Martial Arts. More recently a superior style of contemplation, known as Transcendental Meditation is gaining global awareness.
Transcendental Meditation is a type of meditation involving ones whole self. The word ‘Transcend,’ would literally mean transcend or go higher through meditation into the realms of divinity. It is a complex form of meditation practiced for decades and its sole purpose remains to achieve enlightenment and be one with God.
Vastly gaining popularity in the West, Oprah Winfrey, the renowned actress and TV host recently devoted her OWN show to the contemplating yoga practice and expressed her devotion to it. It is also referred to as TM in USA.
Another eminent Hollywood film director, David Lynch spoke about practicing this form of meditation and how he has gained more happiness and positivity through it. The practice inspired him to open his very own ‘David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.’ Within this foundation he constantly endeavors to spread the message of TM and has actively suggested it to employees for better productivity and war veterans for peace of mind.
However the complex methodology of transcendental meditation can best be described in the East by saints and monks who spend endless hours each day trying to achieve this state of bliss. The concept originates from Hinduism and is based on Indian Philosophy and lifestyle.
Worshipers of the Buddhist and Hindu religion both practice a state of deep meditation and focus on salvation or ‘Moksh.’ Moksh would mean to liberate oneself from the worldly necessities and the cycle of re-birth to be one with God.
Religious gurus, siddhis, saints and buddhas fast for days on end and perform various penance and charity acts. They also strictly believe in sacrificing activities based on materialistic desire.
To succeed in this type of meditation, the holy book of the Hindus 'Bhagvat Geeta' advices followers to disassociate themselves from materialistic values, avoid egoism exhibit enthusiasm and determination while practicing the form of contemplation. Only then, it suggests, would mere mortals be able to achieve oneness with God.
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