"Enlightenment is the normal, natural state of health for the body and mind. It results from the full development of consciousness and depends upon the perfect and harmonious functioning of every part of the body and nervous system. When one is using the full potential of the mind and body in this way, every thought and action is spontaneously correct and life-supporting. This is life free from suffering, life lived in its full stature and significance." - Maharishi
Transcending is the basis of enlightenment
Normally throughout the day, we experience the busy active everyday level of thinking. When we practice the Transcendental Meditation technique we experience a state where the mind is completely silent, yet wide awake. "Transcend" means "go beyond," and this is the transcendental state: the mind has gone beyond all activity. This is an experience of the inner Self, which is perfect peace.
Transcending is natural and is a universal experience, known to all cultures; however, it occurs rarely and usually by chance. The Transcendental Meditation program provides a systematic method of transcending that anyone can practice.
Without this experience of transcending, we only have access to the constantly changing phases of life. Our thoughts, emotions, plans, memories - everything is constantly changing. No wonder that we may feel increasingly separated and isolated from the non-changing inner quality of life - the Self.
People often report that when they learn the TM technique, they feel more connected, more at one with themselves, more fulfilled, and happier.
The desire to know yourself
The desire to know yourself and understand your connection to the universe is natural. For centuries, it has inspired saints and sages to turn within, seeking enlightenment. When most people ask about Transcendental Meditation, they are looking for the simple, practical everyday benefits that the practice brings.
However there are also those who want to learn the Transcendental Meditation program for reasons which may be difficult to put into words: self-knowledge, self-awareness, inner peace, spiritual development, enlightenment. All these are equally valid reasons for learning, and are, in a sense, exactly what Transcendental Meditation provides.
Transcendental Meditation practice gives access to the profound silence of the inner self that is deep inside everyone. With regular practice, the peacefulness and bliss of that inner experience is naturally integrated into daily living, leading to an enlightened life with a fully developed heart, mind and soul.