The thing is... after the American Heart Association reviewed about 1,000 papers on meditation that were published in the last 5 years (only about 50 of them were on TM), they concluded that the non-TM meditation and relaxation techniques (relaxation response, mantra meditation, mindfulness, samatha, etc, etc) didn't have consistent enough effects to recommend their practice.
Remember: this is the last 5 years of research, not the last 40. Most TM research was published more than 35 years ago, while most research on mindfulness came out in the last 5 years, and still, TM was considered to have more consistent research. Wanting people to stay "on program" may have some validity, at least with respect to high blood pressure. L --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "drpsutphen" <drpsutphen@...> wrote: > > > Sri Sri Ravi Shankar used to do the same thing in India. He'd take groups of > people to see other yogis and gurus. When people would start pointing out the > "short-comings" of the other groups he'd always stop them and say something > to the effect that the Absolute has infinite expressions. > > -Peter > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Bhairitu <noozguru@> wrote: > > > > > > On 05/26/2013 10:27 PM, turquoiseb wrote: > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "sparaig" <LEnglish5@> wrote: > > > >> I never heard anything about him saying that simple > > > >> meditators were to avoid seeking other paths, only > > > >> that it was bad form for the TM teachers to be seen > > > >> that way. > > > > It may not have been "said," but it was policy. If > > > > you were known to be "seeing other teachers," you > > > > were not allowed to go to TTC, or on long courses > > > > that required approval. > > > > > > If going to TTC, teachers would tell you not to tell anyone you read a > > > certain book even though another TM teacher recommended it. Most of the > > > teachers who approved me for my course were into reading books by other > > > gurus or "forbidden" books like the Srimad Bhagavatam or editions with > > > the rest of the Gita. > > > > > > Contrast that with my tantra guru who made a point of insisting we go > > > visit other teachers in the area so we would know what they were > > > teaching. And amongst yogis there is quite a social community. TM was > > > like a recluse amongst that. > > > > > >