I think this remark is SO important and that it should not be just tucked away amongst the comments on a side panel of a blog. It is a really important perspective that should not be overlooked when trying to understand Maharishi's behaviour. In spite of my unflagging support for the practice of this meditation I do harbour doubts as to the veracity of some of Maharishi's statements. --
But this is not transcending. Transcending is much more like the Tibetan Dzogchen Trekchö where the discursive thought is cut through and the underlying pure awareness itself is directly experienced. There is no mantra method for this. It takes something like 2 seconds to learn it from a teacher. BUT, of course, it required a sound and highly viable teaching to support a clear and useful, skillful understanding of that experience.
It is only my personal opinion, but TM/Mahesh/Maheshism provided neither a viable technique nor a viable teaching.
First and foremost, was Mahesh lying to himself? was he deluding himself? was he in some kind of denial?
And, what prompted us to buy into t/his folie à deux or what appears to be shared madness?