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All students and faculty at MUM practice the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique. It is a simple, natural, effortless process practiced 15–20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. It is not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. More than six million people worldwide have learned the TM technique — people of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Hundreds of scientific research studies have shown that practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique reduces stress, enhances brain functioning, increases intelligence and creativity, improves memory and learning ability, improves academic performance, improves health and well-being, develops the personality, improves interpersonal relationships, enhances athletic performance, and promotes inner peace.

TM was brought to the West by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to develop the inner potential of all people. Extensive published research indicates that this technique boosts learning ability and creativity, improves brain functioning, and reduces stress. This is why students benefit from the daily technique both in academic and social life.

Find out the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions below, scroll to the bottom for videos, or learn more at the Transcendental Meditation website.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transcendental Meditation technique

How do you meditate?

TM is practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The technique must be learned from a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher. MUM students receive TM instruction shortly after their arrival on campus.

Academic credit is given for the Development of Consciousness course. This required course supports the regular and correct practice of the TM technique.

What happens when you meditate?

The TM technique allows the mind to effortlessly settle inward and arrive at the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness. “Transcendental”  means “going beyond,” in this case referring to going beyond thought. Transcendental consciousness is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness; it is your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.

What are the benefits of TM?

TM creates coherence in the functioning of the brain, which carries over into daily life, increasing calm, focus, comprehension, and creativity. TM provides deep rest and even helps with chronic conditions such as depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure. When large groups of people are meditating, quality of life is shown to improve in the entire population. To see the research behind these benefits, click here.


Is there scientific research on the TM technique?

Yes. Over 350 research studies have been conducted at more than 250 universities and research centers (including Harvard, UCLA, and Stanford). These studies have been published in more than 100 journals.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $25 million for research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on health, especially cardiovascular health, and its impact on helping college students cope with stress.

Where did the Transcendental Meditation technique come from?

The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years.

In 1959, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — the representative in our age of the Vedic tradition — introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique to the world, restoring the knowledge and experience of higher states of consciousness.

How is the Transcendental Meditation technique different from other forms of meditation?

Other forms of meditation typically involve one of these two approaches, both of which may produce some good effects in specific areas:

  • concentration (focusing on something)
  • contemplation (thinking about something)

The Transcendental Meditation technique involves neither concentration nor contemplation. It is a simple, natural procedure that effortlessly allows the mind to transcend — to experience transcendental consciousness — which has been described by neuroscientists as a state of “restful alertness.”

A meta-analysis of 597 studies covering most meditation and relaxation techniques was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion (12:297-299, 1998). The study found the TM technique to have markedly better results in a wide range of criteria related to cognitive function, self-actualization (growth toward one’s potential), and mental and physical health.

What if I practice another meditation technique?

Before coming to MUM, some of our current students practiced other meditation techniques for self-improvement.

To avoid the risk of mixing procedures — which can compromise the naturalness, effortlessness, and effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique — we ask that all students practice only the TM technique. Our admissions counselors will be happy to discuss this further with you.

How can I learn the Transcendental Meditation technique?

New MUM students are instructed in the TM technique within a few days of their arrival, and all U.S. students receive scholarships covering the full TM course tuition. If you are interested in learning Transcendental Meditation before coming to MUM, please visit the Transcendental Meditation website.

Are scholarships available for the TM course?

At MUM all students practice and enjoy the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program.  For those individuals who have applied to MUM and are pursuing their application in good faith, scholarships are available to cover the cost of learning the practice.

To start enjoying the benefits as soon as possible, we encourage as many of our applicants as possible to learn the practice in their hometown prior to enrolling—those who cannot learn before enrolling would learn the practice in their first week of studies.

The student rate for learning the TM technique is $360. MUM Admissions will provide a 50% scholarship for all applicants who intend to enroll within a year, whether accepted or not. Each applicant would then be expected to pay $180 toward the $360 fee upon learning. Once the applicant enrolls at MUM he or she will be reimbursed within two weeks for the $180 they paid to learn. For those who learn after matriculation the full fee will be covered as part of tuition expenses.

Are scholarships available for the TM course for international students?

All International applicants are strongly encouraged to learn the TM program prior to matriculation at MUM. If for some reason an international student cannot learn prior to enrolling at MUM, the fee will be covered as part of tuition expenses.

What is the TM-Sidhi program?

The Transcendental Meditation Sidhi program℠ is a simple, natural, effortless set of procedures that accelerate the personal growth gained from the TM technique by itself. As scientific research studies have shown, the TM-Sidhi program brings faster growth of creativity, learning ability, physical health, and psychological well-being.

One of the TM-Sidhi procedures is called Yogic Flying®, which leads to the body lifting in short hops from the ground. Students describe the experience of this technique as one of happiness, energy, bliss, and inner freedom, with these qualities carrying over into their daily life.

The Transcendental Meditation technique allows the mind to settle down to the source of thought and experience pure consciousness — a state of restful alertness. The TM-Sidhi program provides the opportunity to remain on that level, allowing the practitioner to think and act from this most silent and powerful level of the mind. The TM-Sidhi program was brought to light by Maharishi from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, from the ancient Vedic tradition.

When people practice the TM-Sidhi program in groups, they create a powerful effect of harmony, peace, and societal coherence that radiates into the community. Studies have found a statistically significant reduction in crime, accident, and sickness rates. When open warfare is present, such groups have reduced violence and war deaths. Scientists have termed this peace-creating phenomenon  the “Maharishi Effect.”

MUM, situated in the center of the U.S., is committed to creating and maintaining a group of Yogic Flyers large enough to impact societal coherence and improve the quality of life for the whole country. With this Vedic technology of consciousness, we have within our means a practical formula for creating national and international peace and well-being.

Videos about Transcendental Meditation

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Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Roth & George Stephanopoulos on Transcendental Meditation

Jerry, Bob, and George discuss TM’s effect on the average person and its part in helping veterans overcome PTSD.

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Transcendental Meditation: a Natural Technique

"Least excited state of mind, where the mind is completely settled and silent..."

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Maharishi: The origin of thought

Maharishi: "We are all thinking all the time - …where do these thoughts come from?" (Lake Louise, Canada, 1968)

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Maharishi: Knowledge of the Knower

Education centers on the objective aspect of reality but misses knowledge of the subjective "Knower."

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MUM Students: “What is Transcendental Meditation?”

What is TM? MUM students explain what it's like to meditate, and why they practice TM.

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Live EEG Demo of TM at MUM

The People Behind the Science: Demo and Interview

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What Is Cool?

Let's ask Russell Simmons, Founder and CEO of Def Jam Recordings.

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Zarosh Eggleston

World-class skateboarder Zarosh says meditation is "like the missing link to life."

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ADHD: Meditation, not Medication

Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D. is an ADHD researcher who discusses her interviews with TM kids.

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David Lynch: Dive Within

David Lynch, speaking at the Majestic Theatre, Emerson College

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Moby: A Calm, Centered Place

On TM: "It's a simple process that calms the mind." - Moby

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