More and more governments and governmental institutions are discovering that this simple meditation technique not only works, but it is in many cases the only solution.
The list of success stories is long. We have divided it into different social applications under “Applications” in the menu. Here are some examples of how Government institutions support the Transcendental Meditation technique.
The purpose of education is to create the leaders of tomorrow. So, if there is a method that allows the youth to develop their full intellectual and creative potential and to create, at the same time, a very high standard of moral thinking, then it seems that the purpose of education is fulfilled.
The practice of Transcendental Meditation can have dramatic effects on young people. As young people begin to have regular experience of their true, unlimited nature, this has profound implications for their – brain development. This is clear from the success stories in the Applications/Education section.
The results in education were so dramatic, particularly in schools in difficult areas, that when the New York Times magazine published its annual list of “the best ideas of the year” at the end of 2005, the idea of bringing Transcendental Meditation to schools appeared at the top of the list. See New York Times article: “Accredited bliss”
These success stories have resulted in more than 700 public and private schools around the world including Transcendental Meditation as part of their curriculum. And this is only a small beginning. In England, the Government now supports the Maharishi schools. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 1,000 schools on the waiting list to incorporate TM into their daily schedules. In San Francisco pilot projects were so successful that administrators want to include the technique in public schools as soon as possible. In Brazil, the Government has even decided to include Transcendental Meditation in all 48,000 public schools.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in the U.S.A. constitute one of the largest and most prestigious research institutes in the world. The NIH has so far spent more than $24 million to support research on Transcendental Meditation, especially research on the effect of TM on cardiovascular disease. This research indicates that TM is as effective or even more effective than methods from conventional medicine in relation to certain conditions and this without the negative side effects – see Heart problems, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Atherosclerosis.
Reimbursement by health funds or health insurance
Rather than support patients after they have fallen sick sick, it is more logical and very much more cost effective, to help them to keep themselves healthy and thereby prevent disease in the first place. The large and increasing body of research on Transcendental Meditation indicates that is has the potential to be one of the most efficient and effective pillars of any platform for the prevention of disease and the successful resolution of many chronic health issues. A large-scale study in the U.S.A. with over 1,500 TM practitioners, showed that they spent 50% less time in hospital than a control group. For the older group (over 40 years of age), the difference was 70%. A similar study in Canada showed that before people learnt TM, their health expenses were at the same level as those of the control group but after they started the technique, the costs went down continuously – to a level that was 50% lower after 5 years.
Given the enormous challenge funding the sickness budget poses for every nation, there is an urgent necessity to look at new and evidence-based approaches. We are beginning to some openness from both Government institutions and private health insurance companies to (partially) reimburse the cost to learn TM. This is already happening in Switzerland, with some insurers in the U.S. and in South Africa.
There is a strong body of scientific research on the impact of the Transcendental Meditation programme on prisoners. This research shows very positive outcomes – see Research on Transcendental Meditation in prisons – with a clear reduction in stress among prisoners, as measured through various variables. A rapid and positive effect on behaviour within the prison as well as a significant decrease in recidivism once detainees leave prison, was observed. Decreases in recidivism documented in studies on Transcendental Meditation prison projects were particularly large. In Senegal, during a project in which 10,000 prisoners were taught the Transcendental Meditation technique, some prisons were shut down.
Building new prisons and keeping prisoners is extremely expensive. In 2013, the average daily custody rate in Irish prisons came to just over 4,100 persons. These were serviced by a staff of over 3,400 with an annual budget of €330 million. Irish prisons have high recidivism rates – the latest CSO study showing a rate of 51% for a 2008 cohort of prisoners. This revolving door system represents both a waste of life and a waste of increasingly scarce State resources.
It does’t have to be like this. Effective rehabilitation is possible. The evidence is there. Transcendental Meditation can be the foundation. Building a simple and efficient system of rehabilitation, centred on the Transcendental Meditation programme, is the way to go.
In the U.S., the Transcendental Meditation technique has been introduced in 28 prisons and there have also been prison programmes in Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Chile, Spain, Paraguay, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil and Korea.
Transcendental Meditation at the FBI
Transcendental Meditation is seen to be so effective in reducing stress in police officers, that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently published an article about TM in the magazine it sends to all its agents – see FBI Magazine (page 26 of the PDF).