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Benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program: Society and peace    Translate This Article
5 January 2012

At a glance
Extensive research published in leading scientific journals demonstrates that the powerful, stress-reducing effect of the Transcendental Meditation technique has a calming, ''spill-over'' effect in the surrounding population. When individuals practice the Transcendental Meditation and advanced TM-Sidhi program together in groups, the research has shown a dramatic and immediate reduction in societal stress, crime, violence, and conflict—and an increase in coherence, positivity, and peace in society as a whole.

For a forest to be green . . .
When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique more than 50 years ago, he emphasized that individual peace is the basic unit of world peace. He used the analogy that just as there cannot be a green forest without green trees, there cannot be a peaceful world without peaceful individuals.

Transforming life at the deepest level
Even though there are many sincere individuals dedicated to the cause of peace, establishing peace requires more than simply adopting a psychological belief in peace. It can only be achieved through a transformation at the very deepest level of the human mind and through a corresponding change in the physiology. Maharishi explained that when the mind and body are deeply at peace, then thought, speech, and action will spontaneously radiate an influence of harmony into the environment.

Increasing coherence in collective consciousness
Extensive scientific research confirms that the Transcendental Meditation and advanced TM-Sidhi program is effective in eliminating stress, anxiety and frustration, and in promoting growth toward a state of ideal health, peace, and fulfillment in enlightenment. Moreover, group practice of these programs has been shown to increase coherence in collective consciousness, thereby reducing societal stress, crime, and violence nationally and internationally.

Source:, the official website for the Transcendental Meditation program in the US.

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