When we buy something of value, of course cost is a consideration. But the TM technique is actually inexpensive if we consider what we’re getting – a programme we’ll benefit from every day of our lives, a programme known to help prevent heart attack, to help people sleep better, to avert the harmful effects of stress. And those are just side effects. The real benefit is in enjoying life more.
There’s also ongoing follow-up — checking correctness of the practice and providing understanding about experiences — and there’s continuing knowledge and guidance at TM centres to deepen experience and accelerate development.
Some might consider TM to be expensive. If so, it’s worth looking at how much we, as individuals and society, spend on medical bills and health insurance every year and then looking at the statistics on how the TM technique reduces health care costs. The Transcendental Meditation program is a powerful, preventive, health care programme. It pays for itself many times over. After all, how much is it worth to avert a stroke? How much for more energy and stamina and a better relationship with spouse or children?
Offering courses in the Transcendental Meditation technique does incur educational expenses, as do courses provided by any educational institution. The course fee is a practical necessity.
We need a qualified teacher and a systematic curriculum of instruction over time in order to gain sufficient experience and understanding of the TM technique. Instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique guarantees that each student learns from a certified teacher through a personalised course of instruction and learns to meditate correctly.
The course fee is not a reflection of the value of the practice, it’s the price necessary to maintain a local and worldwide teaching organisation. Although the TM organisation is non-profit, it pays the same overhead that businesses must pay — rent, salaries, accounting, utilities. Because there’s an established, well-run organisation, people can go to a TM teaching centre in almost any major city and have their meditation checked or receive further guidance from the teachers.
The organisation trains instructors in every country and maintains systematic teaching procedures so that the TM technique’s effectiveness is ensured, especially for future generations.
In wealthier countries, part of the course fee supports programs in developing nations. In fact, the global TM organisation is involved in major projects throughout the world, often in areas of great disadvantage, bringing its unique approaches in the areas of education, rehabilitation, etc. and, in so doing, radically transforming the quality of life in the schools, rehabilitation and rescue centres and communities involved.
In conclusion, it’s worth reflecting that the cost of learning TM and enjoying its benefits is most likely less expensive than the real cost of one day in an Irish hospital. However, the cost of that day in hospital is usually paid by Government or our health insurance. So, maybe the real question should not be, why is there a cost to TM but rather why a technique which is backed by a robust, scientific evidence base, isn’t reimbursed by health insurance companies while approaches that may be less effective and potentially more dangerous are reimbursed at great cost.