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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and this one-of-a-kind book remains the definitive introduction to its practice. Since it was first published in 1963, the book has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi unfolds his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effo Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and this one-of-a-kind book remains the definitive introduction to its practice. Since it was first published in 1963, the book has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi unfolds his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effortless technique that anyone can easily learn and enjoy. Currently, there are more than six million practitioners worldwide, with TM centers in more than 108 countries. More than 600 scientific studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation technique helps to: * Expand the mind to its unlimited cosmic potential * Improve health and reverse the aging process * Lower high blood pressure and risk of stroke * Increase intelligence and creativity * Boost memory and learning ability * Reduce stress, tension, and anxiety * Increase energy, vitality, and well-being * Nourish inner contentment, happiness, fulfillment-the state of enlightenment.


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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and this one-of-a-kind book remains the definitive introduction to its practice. Since it was first published in 1963, the book has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi unfolds his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effo Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of Transcendental Meditation, and this one-of-a-kind book remains the definitive introduction to its practice. Since it was first published in 1963, the book has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone. In Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi unfolds his vision for bringing life to fulfillment through a simple, effortless technique that anyone can easily learn and enjoy. Currently, there are more than six million practitioners worldwide, with TM centers in more than 108 countries. More than 600 scientific studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation technique helps to: * Expand the mind to its unlimited cosmic potential * Improve health and reverse the aging process * Lower high blood pressure and risk of stroke * Increase intelligence and creativity * Boost memory and learning ability * Reduce stress, tension, and anxiety * Increase energy, vitality, and well-being * Nourish inner contentment, happiness, fulfillment-the state of enlightenment.

30 review for Science of Being and Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sage1008

    Lays the groundwork for understanding the nature of life and living. You need to know your Self before you can know anything else fully or with any reliability. Shows why transcending thought and experiencing Being is the basis of living a useful and fulfilling life and appreciating the glory of God's creation. The world is as you are. Live your infinite potential. Lays the groundwork for understanding the nature of life and living. You need to know your Self before you can know anything else fully or with any reliability. Shows why transcending thought and experiencing Being is the basis of living a useful and fulfilling life and appreciating the glory of God's creation. The world is as you are. Live your infinite potential.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Very repetitive and boring. There are interesting passages but they are few and far between as the Maharishi keeps repeating himself about infusing your mind with Being and accomplishing this through Transcendental Meditation. I read the first 150 pages straight through and then skimmed through the rest because there was so much filler. I normally will read a book all the way through no matter what, but this was an exception due to everything I already mentioned.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jyoti

    The Science of Being and Art of Living describes the Ultimate Life that can be lived. The final chapters discuss the multiple paths available to Divine Living. No one path is better than another, but each person is most suited to a particular path. An excellent book. I know that it has been translated into many languages, so is available to many readers or different cultures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Risher

    It felt really good to read this book. It is a lot to think about, with concepts that are new to me, so I read it carefully. I believe I will read it again in the future. I've been trying the meditation (using my own mantra), and it does help me calm down. The messages in this book are beautiful. We need more goodness in the world. It felt really good to read this book. It is a lot to think about, with concepts that are new to me, so I read it carefully. I believe I will read it again in the future. I've been trying the meditation (using my own mantra), and it does help me calm down. The messages in this book are beautiful. We need more goodness in the world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nattalia

    This was a delight to re-read. Precious and uplifting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    I definitely think you can only really 100% benefit from this book if you are a TM practicer, but Maharishi's basic philosophy is beautiful. I definitely think you can only really 100% benefit from this book if you are a TM practicer, but Maharishi's basic philosophy is beautiful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    "The purpose of individual life is also the purpose of the life of the entire cosmos. The purpose of creation is expansion of happiness which is fulfilled through the process of cosmic evolution. The significance and purpose of individual life is the same as that of the cosmos. The difference lies in the scale. The individual life is the basic unit of life in the cosmos. Evolution of the cosmos is basically served by the evolution of the individual life. Thus, if the purpose of individual life is "The purpose of individual life is also the purpose of the life of the entire cosmos. The purpose of creation is expansion of happiness which is fulfilled through the process of cosmic evolution. The significance and purpose of individual life is the same as that of the cosmos. The difference lies in the scale. The individual life is the basic unit of life in the cosmos. Evolution of the cosmos is basically served by the evolution of the individual life. Thus, if the purpose of individual life is served, the purpose of cosmic life is also served spontaneously and simultaneously to that degree and on that scale. If one has fulfilled the purpose of his own life, he has done his best to serve the cosmic purpose. If one is not happy, one has lost the very purpose of life. If one is not constantly developing his intelligence, power, creativity, peace, and happiness, then he has lost the very purpose of life. Life is not meant to be lived in dullness, idleness, and suffering; these do not belong to the essential nature of life. Life is dynamic, not static. It is energetic, progressing, evolving, developing through activity and multiplying itself. The nature and purpose of life is progress, evolution, activity, and improvement" (64). "It is said that poets and artists have created their inspiring literature and art under tension. All such statements come from ignorance and from an inability to release tensions" (66). "Another aspect of the art of action is the skill in action. Skill in action means that the doer gains great pleasure out of the action but, at the same time, remains free from the binding influence of the action and from the binding influence of its fruits. The skill in action is that the mind of the doer is placed on the level of the bliss and the unlimited creative intelligence of the Being so that it remains contented all the time, does more work and accomplishes more in the day-to-day life. By 'more' we mean a more efficient and greater amount of work for better and more results. If this is performed while the doer remains in freedom, it is the skill in action or the art of action" (150). "If someone makes an ill-humored remark, a joyful mind that is fully developed and full of love and contentment responds to it with forgiveness. The joyful man does not mind the wrong, because his is a strong mind. A strong mind has the ability of tolerance; a weak mind takes upon itself all the insult and ill-humor of the utterance. Another point may be made in this connection: If someone has already had doubts regarding another man's behavior, even if that man expresses something of love and joy the doubter keeps on having doubts because his doubts were present before the conversation even started. So a doubting or unkind mind, even if there have been reasons for the doubts in the past, fails to enjoy the joyfulness and sincerity of the other. Thus, it is not the present behavior of the man that is causing the other to be doubtful; rather it is the state of his own mind" (182). "This is the art of behavior. If someone has done us an injustice, we do not harbor it or think about it. Perhaps it was a mistake. If we permit it to affect our future actions toward him, we are not giving him the opportunity to improve in his relations with us, and we also suffer. Even if he *does* harbor ill-feelings toward us, we will benefit him and ourselves if we still behave toward him with love and tolerance. In this way, we help the atmosphere to improve, and, with an improved atmosphere, we are better served" (183).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike terry

    Obviously there is a good deal of thought and personal reflection that goes into a book like this. It has turned me on to several different ways to have an opinion, which is what I really need. Inner harmony, and balance with ones self is the core of the idea. And, it is a good idea, taught through the use of transcendental meditation. TM as it is otherwise noted, was my original interest in this book, and it requires taking classes to learn the secret chant and meditation process. As the book c Obviously there is a good deal of thought and personal reflection that goes into a book like this. It has turned me on to several different ways to have an opinion, which is what I really need. Inner harmony, and balance with ones self is the core of the idea. And, it is a good idea, taught through the use of transcendental meditation. TM as it is otherwise noted, was my original interest in this book, and it requires taking classes to learn the secret chant and meditation process. As the book continues from page 1 until the end, almost every thought is ended with, " .... and through transcendental meditation you will be able to ...." About half way through I found myself laughing at this and started to wonder if this is an Amway product. This is when I decided to look into classes, AND how much??? Well, it starts at $2500. I read many mixed reviews, so I've decided to persue other meditation interests. The book and ideas are good, it just begins to feel like a sales manuel after awhile

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Scussel

    Like the old days when you had to pay gold to the church to save your soul, apparently the only way to get in touch with Being according to Mararishi Mahesh Yogi is to pay for a TM course and get a secret word to meditate on. You can try but according to the author you just can't get there unless you pay for a TM course. After more investigation it seems the followers of TM usually adhere to a cult-like mindset. No thanks not for me Like the old days when you had to pay gold to the church to save your soul, apparently the only way to get in touch with Being according to Mararishi Mahesh Yogi is to pay for a TM course and get a secret word to meditate on. You can try but according to the author you just can't get there unless you pay for a TM course. After more investigation it seems the followers of TM usually adhere to a cult-like mindset. No thanks not for me

  10. 4 out of 5

    Flibertigib

    hated, hated, hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this book. one of the few books in my life i've read that i grew so disgusted with it that... i think at the time i was at a filthy punk dive bar on bowery st in nyc, and i think i dumped it in the trash can in the toilet. hated, hated, hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this book. one of the few books in my life i've read that i grew so disgusted with it that... i think at the time i was at a filthy punk dive bar on bowery st in nyc, and i think i dumped it in the trash can in the toilet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Dvali

    Absolutely incredible book

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Yeh I know, Mia Farrow... But even if the Maharishi got a bad rap & deserved it or not this book is rather important because he sets out to show how you can use a simple technique and find inner happiness and serenity. It does work, you know. Just that in the years that came after 1968, TM grew into a megamillion corporation, and a lot of innocent people ended up believing hopping around in lotus position constitutes "flying"... Besides, as Keith Richards says, "you don't pick the guru, the guru Yeh I know, Mia Farrow... But even if the Maharishi got a bad rap & deserved it or not this book is rather important because he sets out to show how you can use a simple technique and find inner happiness and serenity. It does work, you know. Just that in the years that came after 1968, TM grew into a megamillion corporation, and a lot of innocent people ended up believing hopping around in lotus position constitutes "flying"... Besides, as Keith Richards says, "you don't pick the guru, the guru picks YOU"... that so many people set forth to foreign shore (India) in search of something they could easily have found inside themselves without the expense.. well, I suppose we have old Maharishi to thank for that, too...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    The subject of TM is something that seems to bubble up in my conversations from time to time, year after year. After finding a new friend of mine is not only a TM practitioner but was also raised with the teachings, I'm taking a closer look. The subject of TM is something that seems to bubble up in my conversations from time to time, year after year. After finding a new friend of mine is not only a TM practitioner but was also raised with the teachings, I'm taking a closer look.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A magnetic work of tremendous good will, this is essential reading for all members of the human race. Reading it is like a meditation in itself, as the sensation of absorbing it is soothing and nurturing. It is dense but never turgid.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nfreynolds

    If you are a meditator, especially if you do TM, this is a book to keep as a reference by your side. Jai Guru Dev.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hriday

    EXTREMELY boring and repetitive.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faerie

    This is just a sales pitch for TM so it came off spammy so I didn't finish reading it This is just a sales pitch for TM so it came off spammy so I didn't finish reading it

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    Interesting, but really repetitive. It seems like a self praise sometimes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sonny Dyon

    This guy likes to meditate

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jason Jeske

    Amazing Book Must read it you practice transcendental meditation. Great companion to your twice daily meditation that explains a lot about TM.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kitap

    While the practice of TM has been nothing but incredible in my experience, this book leaves a lot to desire. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi seems too intent on demonstrating that TM has nothing exotic about it and nothing whatever to do with a particular religion *cough*Hinduism*cough*—somewhat understandable given the original 1962 context of the book's publication, but also ironic in light of the clearly cult-like appendices that have accumulated in the intervening decades. While the practice of TM has been nothing but incredible in my experience, this book leaves a lot to desire. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi seems too intent on demonstrating that TM has nothing exotic about it and nothing whatever to do with a particular religion *cough*Hinduism*cough*—somewhat understandable given the original 1962 context of the book's publication, but also ironic in light of the clearly cult-like appendices that have accumulated in the intervening decades.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pyramids Ubiquitous

    Despite agreeing with the central philosophies present here, I found Science of Being to be a chore. There are some quotable and applicable analogies scattered throughout, but on the whole it just felt exhausting. There are a lot of created ideas to justify the ideal, and there isn't much depth on how to actually practice transcendental meditation. Despite agreeing with the central philosophies present here, I found Science of Being to be a chore. There are some quotable and applicable analogies scattered throughout, but on the whole it just felt exhausting. There are a lot of created ideas to justify the ideal, and there isn't much depth on how to actually practice transcendental meditation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jose Alejandro

    Meditation is the path the only one It highlights the importance of meditation, a must to live now a days. Read it and practice your meditation everyday, happiness will be at your hands

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marian Groome

    This book is my bible. Written by the most beautiful wise soul.

  25. 5 out of 5

    شريف لطفي

    Very repetitive, boring and trying to make simple things seem sophisticated

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darlyne

    This book answers all pertinent questions about life, even those that you didn’t think to ask. Fascinating and filled with pure knowledge that would be instrumental to living life to its fullest.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Bergh

    I believe in Transcendental Meditation but I can't finish this book.... I believe in Transcendental Meditation but I can't finish this book....

  28. 5 out of 5

    Garry Foster

    A great read which answers every question you might have about the purpose of life and our role within it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Magnusji

    Great wisdom, tiresome writing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Detailed view into the TM method and the layers of conciousness.

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