Well, I guess you can now claim that TM leads to LESS "enlightenment" 
since TMers showed significantly fewer spontaneous emmissions of 
photons from their skin than non-TMers in this newly published study:


Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Anatomic Characterization of Human Ultra-Weak Photon Emission in 
Practitioners of Transcendental Meditation? and Control Subjects
Jan 2006, Vol. 12, No. 1: 31-38 

Eduard P.A. Van Wijk, Ph.D.
International Institute of Biophysics, Neuss, Germany.
Heike Koch, M.A.
International Institute of Biophysics, Neuss, Germany.
Saskia Bosman, Ph.D.
International Institute of Biophysics, Neuss, Germany.
Roeland Van Wijk, Ph.D.
International Institute of Biophysics, Neuss, Germany.
Faculty of Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Background: Research on human ultra-weak photon emission (UPE, 
biophoton emission) has raised the question whether a typical human 
emission anatomic percentage distribution pattern exists in addition 
to individual subject overall anatomic summation intensity 
differences. The lowest UPE intensities were observed in two subjects 
who regularly meditate. Spectral analysis of human UPE has suggested 
that ultra-weak emission is probably, at least in part, a reflection 
of free radical reactions in a living system. It has been documented 
that various physiologic and biochemical shifts follow the long-term 
practice of meditation and it is inferred that meditation may impact 
free radical activity.

Objective: To systematically quantify, in subjects with long-term 
transcendental meditation (TM) experience and subjects without this 
experience, the UPE emission of the anterior torso, head and neck 
plus the hands in an attempt to document the differences by the two 

Subjects: Subjects were 20 men reported to be healthy and nonsmokers. 
Each of the subjects in the meditation group had practiced TM twice 
daily for at least the past 10 years.

Methods: UPE in 20 subjects was recorded in a dark room using a 
highly sensitive, cooled photomultiplier system designed for 
manipulation in three directions. The protocol for multisite 
registration of spontaneous emission includes recording of 12 
anatomic locations of anterior torso, head, and hands.

Results: Data demonstrate emission intensities that are lower in TM 
practitioners as compared to control subjects. The percent 
contribution of emission from most anatomic locations was not 
significantly different for TM practitioners and control subjects. 
Exceptions are the contributions of throat and palm.

Conclusion: In subjects with long-term TM experience, the UPE 
emission is different from control subjects. Data support the 
hypothesis that free radical reactions can be influenced by TM.

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