Does Transcendental Meditation Really Work?
Initially you need to decide what you want to gain from it? If you are seeking peace and happiness from it, then read below how it works.
There are different types of meditation and all are beneficial for the body. Transcendental meditation has been known to allow the mind to go beyond superficial thinking and towards silence, concentration, focus and control from which a sense of freedom and creativity are spontaneously gained.
Many have commented upon the benefits of transcendental meditation which include:
• Stress relief, healthy blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, improved brain functions and memory.
• A release from your day to day physical, mental and emotional misery and suffering and a sense of relaxation.
However, these benefits only last for the duration of the time you are meditating. As soon as you stop meditating, your daily concerns and worries seep back. To regain the sense of serenity and declutter your mind, you will need to meditate again. And thus, to be able to keep experiencing the periodic benefits of transcendental meditation you need to keep practising it daily. When you stop, the experience does not last. Thus, it can be perceived as temporary mediation yielding a temporary sense of release.
How wonderful would it be, to be able to experience these benefits permanently and spontaneously? It is actually possible! The reason why transcendental meditation, including all forms of meditations, are temporary is because, you perform the act of meditation through your body for your body rather than for who you really are: the Soul. For you to feel in a permanent state of bliss you need to be able to realize your real Self, your Soul. This is separate from your relative self, which is your body.
Being aware of who you truly are helps to gradually overcome all the karmic emotions of anger, pride, deceit and greed – the root of all the ills in our lives. This experience is constantly felt within you and does not depend upon anything that is happening in the outer world – good or bad. Instead, it draws happiness from being in its own inherent nature of infinite knowledge, infinite vision, infinite energy and infinite bliss. Hence, meditation is a constant awareness of your real Self, which is not some activity to be done, rather it is a result.
For example:- A priest recites some mantras or prayers while performing wedding rituals, but does one remember them later on? The answer is “No”, but from that moment onwards the belief of being a husband and wife sets in the system of the man and the woman. They do not have to meditate to remember that he is my husband and she is my wife.
To know your real Self or who am I, you need to attain Self-Realization, which is the process of separation of your Soul from your body. Only a spiritual Master who is enlightened with the knowledge of the Self is gifted with the power to be able to bestow this and help others realize the Self.
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