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23 December 2013

Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers, Volume 7 is about to be released. It provides a substantial resource for those investigating the ever-growing evidence of benefits resulting from the daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Over the past 50 years, hundreds of scientific research studies on the wide-ranging effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique have been published in more than 160 scholarly research journals. In order to make this research easily accessible to everyone, a series of volumes collecting these studies started to be published beginning in the 1970s. The six previous volumes in this series cover the research from 1970 to 1996.

The seventh volume of Collected Papers is now being printed, with 81 research papers published from 1996 to 2005. This new volume also lists all the findings in the previous six volumes.

Historical development of research on the Transcendental Meditation program

Starting in the earliest days of teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi challenged scientists to conduct research on TM's effects on the mind and body. The first person to take up Maharishi's challenge was Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., who was then a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles. His pioneering research confirmed that during Transcendental Meditation practice individuals experience a fourth major state of consciousness, a unique state of restful alertness, physiologically distinct from the states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

This initial research, which was first published in the journal Science in 1970 and later in Scientific American in 1972, stimulated an avalanche of scientific studies in the subsequent years documenting the holistic and profound effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique for mind, body, behavior, and society. Due largely to this research, the study of consciousness became a topic of increasing interest to researchers around the world.

With each year the research has used progressively more sophisticated research designs and explored in more detail the mechanisms by which the Transcendental Meditation technique generates its unique effects. This development is clear in the research studies reprinted in Volume 7 of Collected Papers.

Global Good News will report more about three important categories of research contained in Collected Papers, Volume 7.


Volume 7 of Collected Papers is being printed, and is available for advance order.

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''This is the time when objective, science-based
progress in the world is being enriched by the possibility
of total development of human life on earth.''

—Maharishi, Life Supported by Natural Law, 1986, p. 35


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SOURCE: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation Blog

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