Relaxing with transcendental meditation hazardous to healthcomment (0)
January 29, 2004
Transcendental meditation (TM) is a dangerous form of meditation that should not be confused with meditating in the Christian context of the word.
According to Dennis E. Roark of The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., TM is “in its practice and theories religious in nature.” Roark also said TM is “based on a pantheistic Hinduism that has been reformulated to make it attractive to Western minds.”
Roark, chairman of the physics department at King’s, a Christian college, left being chairman of the physics department at Maharishi International University, where TM was widely supported.
“By TM claiming to be scientific in a most fundamental way, it tries to demand of us a respect we reserve for things thought scientific, rational, efficient and effective,” Roark said. “Under the guise of this false scientific claim then, Hinduism seeks its entrance into our lives. Many innocent individuals who sought only an effective (scientific) relaxation technique are then exposed to the real dangers of this T.M. technique, and to the misleading philosophy and metaphysics claimed by its proponents,” he said.