What needs to be done in meditation research is to test with different mantras. You won't be able to do that with TM since it has a limited set of mantras. The researchers need to understand how mantras work to begin with. Simply put, most all mantras fall into either yin or yang to use the Chinese terminology. Goddess mantras mostly cool you down while Shiva mantras are used to heat you up. This is spelled out in ayurveda if you observe the mantras given to cool pitta and the ones to heat kapha. It's not all that complicated but the researchers are just looking at it very wrong.

We like to think our researchers are brilliant people and they are mostly but they are also very compartmentalized. I'm not even sure if they understand that some of pharmaceutical medications may be doing the same thing but just with tons of side effects.

On 11/11/2014 04:50 PM, s3raph...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:

In the article it says: "TM was more effective in reducing mild hypertension than . . . progressive muscular relaxation, a pseudo-meditation procedure (which attempted to imitate the TM technique) . . . ":

Progressive muscular relaxation has been used in therapy for a long, long time and therapists who utilised it were *not* attempting to imitate the TM technique or pretending to advocate a "pseudo-meditation procedure". It is exactly what it describes itself as - progressive muscular relaxation. Its continuing use suggests that some people do find it helpful.

Re TMO claims that TM has such benefits as reducing blood pressure (and "mild" hypertension at that) I wonder how scientific these claims are. Were they carrying out double-blind tests? Is the lowered blood pressure (in those cases where it happens) to be explained by the simple fact that the sort of people who take up meditation are more likely than a random sample of the population to not be heavy drinkers/smokers/couch potatoes/junk food dieters/ . . . ? (Correlation does not imply causation.)

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote :

Despite the fear of raising anyones blood pressure:

TM Research Summary - David W. Orme-Johnson, Ph.D. <http://www.truthabouttm.org/truth/TMResearch/TMResearchSummary/index.cfm>

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