Is Vedic Meditation & Transcendental Meditation the Same?

Tomato, tomato, yes it’s the same 5000 year old technique. As succinctly explained here by Marisa from Daily_Mantra

Sanskrit verse from Bhagavad Gita

Most of us have heard of Transcendental Meditation. Maybe you vaguely remember some phase The Beatles went through, or have caught wind of the David Lynch Foundation’s funding of TM programs in schools. Perhaps you follow Deepak Chopra, who expounds regularly on the myriad health benefits, or have simply heard there’s a meditation practice that charges $2500 to learn one word. All true. But I’d like you to hear just a little more.

While I can’t vouch for the copy-righted Transcendental Meditation (TM) program since, well, I can’t afford it, I can vouch for the technique. It’s also known as Vedic meditation, and increasingly, it’s everywhere.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi mainstreamed Vedic meditation under the name Transcendental Meditation in 1955, roughly 5,000 years after the practice’s actual origin. Drawn from the Veda, an ancient Indian body of knowledge predating Hinduism and responsible for yoga and ayurvedic medicine, Vedic meditation was and remains a “house-holder’s” meditation. You don’t need to recluse yourself from society or forfeit the material world to practice. The training program takes all of a handful of hours over a couple days, after which you’re on your own, sitting comfortably with your assigned mantra, eyes closed, for 20 minutes, twice daily. Simple, right? Portable, and easily integrated into the busy American life.

So if your curiosity is piqued but the $2,500 TM price-tag proves too large a hurdle, consider a free introductory talk with any number of independent Vedic teachers. Same practice, but on a more manageable sliding scale, and once you’ve completed the course, you can repeat it as often as you like with any Vedic teacher, at no additional charge. After all, a meditation designed to be accessible for the masses, should be financially accessible as well.
By Marisa

http://www.blogher.com/meditation-you-say-transcendental-i-say-vedic

* I acknowledge that I am not the original creator of this online content. I have simply searched and collated it into one place for the purpose of bringing more people to meditation and yoga.

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