Thursday, January 18, 2007

Reader Submission: Full Age of Enlightenment Techniques

We received the following in today's email from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. The Age of Enlightenment techniques were taught on the fabled 6-month course in the mid-1970s. The cost of the course would be approximately $25,000 in today's dollars. Enjoy the "fruits" below -- for free!


[F]rom my personal, handwritten notes. Enjoy!

Keep up the great work.

Full Age of Enlightenment Technique
After T[ranscendental]M[editation]S[idhi]P[rogram]:

Place attention on the following in sequence:

  • Nostrils
  • Lips
  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Between Brows
  • Top of head
  • Whole head
  • Throat
  • Chest
  • Stomach
  • Sides of the body
  • Back
  • Upper back
  • Shoulder blades
  • Upper arms
  • Lower arms
  • Palms
  • Fingers
  • Upper legs
  • Ankles
  • Feet
  • Whole body

Then have sequential and growing awareness of the following spaces, along with the mantras which follow:

  • City you are in
  • Country you are in
  • Continent (North/SouthAmerica)
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Austral-Asia
  • Whole world
  • Earth and the Sun together
  • The Solar System
  • The Galaxy
  • Clusters of Galaxies
  • Whole Universe
  • The Absolute
  • The Whole Body

Lokas (done simultaneously with the above):

  • Om Bhu (mentally utter at level of clouds)
  • Om Bhu Va (higher and higher)
  • Om Sva
  • Om Maha
  • Om Jana
  • Om Tapa
  • Om Sat Yam (pron: Om Sut Yum)

When you utter "Sat Yam" place attention on the top of your head.

Have an awareness of the Whole Body.

Sutra: Soma, soma, soma.

Rest 5-10 minutes.

A couple points interest me.

The above techniques are very similar to some beginning techniques taught by Yogananda. We hope to have a post discussing this shortly.

Also, the TM Governors were instructed to repeat the mantra "OM" 7 times. This despite the Maharishi's constant warnings, going back to 1956 and The Beacon Light of the Himalayas, that it was dangerous for "householders" to repeat "Om":

"Ladies should never repeat any Mantra beginning with Om. The pronunciation of Om is like fire to the ladies. This is the practical experience of many devoted ladies who repeated 'Om Namah Shivaya' or 'Om Namonarayanaya' or 'Om Namo Bhagawate Vasudevaya' or any such mantra beginning with Om. It cannot be God's wish that you should suffer in your devotion to him. Do not cling to the unhelpful Mantras. The moment you find you have got into the wrong train, it is wise to get down from it as soon as possible. It is foolish to stick on to the wrong train and go wherever it takes you."

Finally, we are aware that there were several variations on these techniques taught to succeeding 6-Month Courses. Here you will find a link to an alternate description of the techniques given as testimony in the infamous Kropinski fraud case against the TM Orgs and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

If you have knowledge of Transcendental Meditation Org secrets, please consider emailing Your confidentiality and anonymity are assured, if you wish.

1 comment:

Gina said...

$25,000 for the A of E techniques now?

M fine-honed his appeal to the wealthy spiritually hungry!

I learned A of E technique for free from Bevan Morris, the current president of Maharishi U. Yes, another method to dissocate oneself from real-world functioning. It felt good (so does heroin, I'm told), but not useful for practical skills.

But, oh! That's the point.. dissociate oneself from critical thinking, then accept teachings from the "Master" to open one's wallet and simulataneously recruit others aboard the "Octopus'Garden."
where we can "come and dance around... because we know, we can't be found! We would be so happy you and me, in our Octopus' Garden.." until we learn the truth.

sigh. forgive my rant.

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