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Transcendental Meditation
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Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a spiritual, neo-Hindu movement (Hinduism).

1. Founder

The founder of TM was Mahesh Prasad Warma (b. 1911 or 1918). He was initiated into the traditions of meditation by Himalayan and South Indian masters. The last of these, and the most influential, was Shankara (700?–750?). When Mahesh had developed his own method, Transcendental Meditation (TM), he put “Maharisha” (great seer) before his name and “Yogi” (one who practices yoga) after it.

In Madras on January 1, 1958, Mahesh fo…

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Colpe, Carsten, “Transcendental Meditation”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_T.71>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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