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Transcendence [Kindle Edition]

Norman E. Rosenthal
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Dr Norman Rosenthal's Transcendence is the best-ever book on Transcendental Meditation: accessible and substantive, engaging and scientific, practical and profound. A very enjoyable read that can change your life, for good. (David Lynch)

I have been meditating for over 10 years, and I found Transcendence to be a uniquely compelling introduction to the art and science of Transcendental Meditation. Dr Norman Rosenthal's book will propel TM into the mainstream where it belongs. (Russell Simmons)

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In this definitive book on the scientifically proven health and stress-relieving benefits of Transcendental Meditation, a renowned psychiatrist and researcher explores why TM works, what it can do for you, and how to use it for maximum effect

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Assesment 7 July 2011
The title tells you that this book is more than just a book about meditation. It is about the universal experience of inner silence and its effects on the individual and society. The book has the virtue of being free of TM movement jargon. It also deals with the scientific research on Transcendental Meditation in a very balanced manner. Many of the case studies deal with extreme examples of problems but this does make them interesting to read. It struck me that this would be a great book for people involved with social policy as it looks at research showing how Transcendental Meditation can help with prison reform, drug addiction and behavioural problems in schools. It is a good balance of the spiritual, the practical and the aspirational.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource 4 Sep 2011
The wonderful thing about this book is it is great motivator to meditate. When you read through the scientific data and personal testimonies contained in the book one simply wants to meditate.

The book tells us that this simple non religious but spiritual technique is a practical tool that any one can use for the betterment of their daily life.This is what comes over in the book time and time again from people from various walks of life.

The chapters discuss aspects of each persons life that can be improved by simply diving within themselves. Almost like taking a break or holiday where true relaxation and peace comes upon you.

Its a very positive resource for those who want to improve their lives through meditation.

Remember: "As you spontaneously meditate you began to understand the religion of your birth" Maharishi.

I would add when I learnt T.M. I was charged on a sliding scale measured against my income at the time. The teacher allowed me to pay in installments, which was helpful to me. What I did pay when I look back was worth twice the amount, I certainly did not pay thousdands of pounds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely brilliant read!! 8 April 2012
By Saulie
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The way in which Norman Rosenthal explains the effects that T.M. has on a wide range of subjects is a riveting read, even for the lay person.
I am sure that anyone who is thinking of practising T.M. will almost certainly fork out to learn this (in my case) life saving skill. There are always people who like to rubbish the claims that T.M. makes, but these are, as is evident in this book backed up with stringent medical studies.
Do yourself a favour, read this book and if you haven't already learn T.M.!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I was looking for a book on TM and bought this one for a couple of reasons: it was one of the bestsellers on Amazon (with some positive reviews) and it had an endorsement by David Lynch. But it's very disappointing, for a number of reasons. David Lynch is or was an amazing movie director, but his views on TM seem cliched and largely unhelpful (it helps you relax! it can make you more creative!). In fact Rosenthal quotes him, and his David Lynch Foundation, so extensively throughout the book you wonder if there's some collusion between the two, but I think it's probably more the desire of the author to hitch his book to brand-name celebrities (rather like Kaballah and Madonna). Here we have Lynch, the Beatles, Moby, Laura Dern and Scorsese peddled out to try and give glamour or authenticity to his book.

But the main problem is that it feels like another 'how to reduce stress' book, geared towards businessmen and CEOS (i.e. with an eye to the money). TM gets reduced to a set of beta-wave calming, anxiety-reducing, noradrenaline-adjusting tips for what one section obsequiously calls the "Titans of Industry" (arrrgh!). Now I'm sure "busy executives" like "Jerry", "Wall Street brokers", or "top-level Norwegian managers" need and deserve some peace and transcendence like the rest of us, but you can't help but wonder how much transcendence is actually getting through here, especially to those who remain on the top of necessarily hierarchical structures predicated on power, control and profit. Similarly, the examples which show how TM transforms the financial and material lives of its users seem to jar: "now, instead of facing certain poverty, he is financially secure". Perhaps Norman Rosenthal should Meditate on This for a bit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 18 Sep 2011
Excellent book, certainly worth reading and then passing on to your friends.
Tells you more about TM and how it makes a difference in people lives, over different reasons, why they started TM and what a huge difference it makes to their lives now, with all the research that has been done too
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, human, personal, well-informed 10 Oct 2011
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A long-awaited book on this massively popular meditation technique.

Replete with the personal experiences from every type of person, it brings refreshing new perspectives to a subject one might have assumed one already new about, or was not interested in.

Rosenthal treats each topic in his own relaxed and sensitive way, with an emphasis on direct subjective experience. Topics illuminated by in-depth personal reports include touching and beautiful descriptions of transcendental experience from young people and old alike, engaging case-studies of anxiety disorders, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and bipolar disorder - and these are made relevant to the average person experiencing the "ADHD of everyday life"!

These real-life accounts make the scientific findings which are presented too - some right up-to-the-minute and groundbreaking - all the more meaningful.

An excellent read that can hardly fail to inspire you to take up this technique whatever your situation, or to refresh it if your practice has lapsed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Alan Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like the way the chapters are organised as you can ...
I really like the way the chapters are organised as you can slip in and out of this book according to your needs and not read it in any particular order. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. J. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars ... from New York Times - It is still a good book but not
My expectations was sky high because of the review from New York Times - It is still a good book but not phenomenal
Published 2 months ago by jette jensen
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
Rubbish - just talk . An absolute waste of money and nothing practical to offer, except for some insight to meditation, which most people already know.
Published 3 months ago by Rameshchandra Khetia
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a guide to TM as a studious consideration of its benefits...
This is a scholarly consideration of the benefits of TM - interesting and impressive but clinical and certainly not a guide to TM for someone looking to take it up.
Published 6 months ago by Emmanuel
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware! This is NOT an instruction on Transcendental Meditation
I was looking for a book which would outline the tools and techniques in Transcendental Meditation.
A 'how to' book so to speak. Read more
Published 6 months ago by I. Jupp
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book is a must. I bought the kindle copy but it's so good I had to buy the paper copy too. It's easy to read, it's inspiring and it transcends
Published 8 months ago by mado
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Still unable to gain insight as to how to do the meditation, Will have to enrol on expensive course. But enjoyed the book.
Published 9 months ago by Debbie chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating
An inspiring book. I am grateful to TM, it has helped me through a difficult time in my life. Recommended reading.
Published 13 months ago by Helen
4.0 out of 5 stars gift
I purchased this as a gift for a friend.They wherd delighted and informed me its a very informative book for anyone interested in meditation.
Published 14 months ago by auds
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