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Rabbi discusses how Transcendental Meditation 'makes you a better you, whoever you are'
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30 July 2010
A Rabbi discusses how his nine-year practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme has made him 'a better practising Jew. It's a technique to make you a better you, whoever you are,' he says.*
He explained that he had heard about Transcendental Meditation (TM) from a good friend who is also a certified Teacher of the technique. 'I was intrigued and wanted to know more, so I watched some videotapes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's lectures,' he said.
He was surprised to find that 'everything Maharishi said was exactly on par with the Torah. I couldn't believe it, not a word was off. This wasn't ''new age'', this is the wisdom of the ages.'
The Rabbi decided to learn Transcendental Meditation about a year later. 'Since then I have practised the technique for 20 minutes in the morning, and 20 minutes in the afternoon. And now looking back over all these years, I can say TM has led me to better prayer, better service, and to be a better Jew. I am more on my path to God than ever. . . .
'I am a practising Orthodox Jew. . . . I only eat Kosher. I wear the right clothes. I am a Sabbath observer. I don't miss anything in my observance. If you ask the essence of me, it's always an Orthodox Jew before anything else.
'For nine years I have practised TM and it's only made me a better practising Jew. It's a technique to make you a better you, whoever you are. Now my religion is more meaningful to me than ever before, because I have this technique to get even more in touch with my soul each and every day.
'Again, let me be perfectly clear. TM is not a religion and doesn't profess to ever be one, or to take the place of one. It is a technique for you to go inwards and find your soul, find your silence, find your bliss as a human being, and become the person God truly wants you to be.'
* The complete interview with the Rabbi was read on the 30 July 2010 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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