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Transcendental Meditation® Natural Stress Relief©
For Profit?Nonprofit with salaries (USA 501(c)(3) tax-exempt)Nonprofit and volunteer (USA 501(c)(3) tax-exempt)
Individual Price (USD) $960.00 for adults (USA, as of July, 2014) with somewhat lower rates for students, specials, and other categories $47.00 for the hardcopy learning materials and free support, $25.00 for computer files you print and burn yourself
Teaching methodIndividual and group instruction by one or more TM® instructors (four 1˝-hour sessions) Do-it-yourself using printed manual and audio CD (six half-hour sessions over three consecutive days)
Travel requiredTo local or regional "Center of Invicibility"None (self-learning by mail)
Difficulty of learningEasyEasy
Difficulty of practiceEffortlessEffortless
Benefits Immediate improvements depending on the individual; eventual fulfillment in all areas of life Immediate improvements depending on the individual; eventual fulfillment in all areas of life
Advanced programsAdvanced Techniques, TM-Sidhi® Program, others NSR Advanced Techniques no longer offered; they have been found unnecessary and problematic for some
Validation by scientific research Over 130 significant, well-conducted, and objective studies published in peer-reviewed journals, documenting a wide range of health and other benefits of the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation® (600 studies in total) Electroencephalographic (EEG) validation of the unique state of deep rest (transcending), galvanic skin response (GSR) validation of the unique state of deep rest (transcending), and two papers, published in two peer-reviewed journals, on the reduction in anxiety and the increase in self-actualization resulting from a week or two of NSR
MysticismPuja (ceremony of gratitude with incense, etc.) during instruction, Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), Sthapathya Ved (Orientation of buildings), Maharishi Effect (the magical elimination of problems in society when people gather together for group practice of the TM-Sidhi® Program), etc. None--NSR© is a non-religious, practical, and easy mental technique that dissolves stress, leaving us refreshed, alert, self-actualized, and increasingly free of stress-related diseases
Personal supportFree and unlimited checking of meditation at centers located in or near many large cities throughout the world; no help with problems or answers to questions available online Free or low-cost answers to questions about experiences and the fine points of NSR© practice by Web forum, email, telephone, and Skype audio conferencing
How to learn moreVisit the official TM® Website (or visit our site about Transcendental Meditation®) Explore this Website or visit the international Istituto Scientia NSR© Website