Is TM a Religion?




Ruling of the United States District Court
Religious Meaning of Mantras
Religious Meaning of Puja Initiation Ceremony
Why Disguise the Religious Nature of the Practice?


Ruling of the United States District Court

Transcendental Meditation was ruled a religion by the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Docket No. 76-341 (H.C.M.) Civil Action, in the case of Alan B. Malnak. et al., Plaintiffs, v. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, et al., Defendants, in a summary judgment issued October 19, 1977, followed by an order and judgment, filed December 12, 1977. While visiting new online casinos, eg. those listed on this site is allowed for certain jurisdictions, teaching TM in schools is not allowed in the US.

    Excerpt: "It is on this 12 day of December, 1977, hereby Ordered and Adjudged that judgment be entered, declaring:

  • "1. That the Science of Creative Intelligence/Transcendental Meditation and the teaching thereof, the concepts of the field of pure creative intelligence, creative intelligence and bliss consciousness, the textbook entitled Science of Creative Intelligence for Secondary Education--First Year Course--Dawn of the First Year of the Age of Enlightenment, and the puja ceremony, are all religious in nature within the context of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and the teaching thereof in the New Jersey public schools is therefore unconstitutional.

  • "2. That Defendants World Plan Executive Council--United States; Jerome W. Jarvis; Robert B. Kory; Janet Aaron; Board of Education of Maplewood-South Orange, New Jersey School District; Board of Education of West New York, New Jersey School District; Board of Education of Union City, New Jersey School District; Board of Education of Patterson, New Jersey School District; New Jersey State Department of Education; New Jersev State Board of Education; Fred G. Burke, as New Jersey Commissioner of Education; Charles Wilson; State of New Jersey and Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare; and the respective officers, agents, employees or any other person or entity acting for or at the behest of any of the foregoing, be and hereby are permanently enjoined:

    "(1) From the teaching, aiding in the teaching (including but not limited to the providing of teaching materials), and the solicitation of any municipality, school board or other political subdivision or governmental agency of the State of New Jersey or of the Federal government, for the purpose of promoting the teaching of any course of study which embodies and advocates any one or more of the Science of Creative Intelligence/Transcendental Meditation, the concepts of the field of pure creative intelligence, creative intelligence and bliss-consciousness;

    "(2) From the use of the textbook entitled Science of Creative Intelligence for Secondary Education--First Year Course--Dawn of the First Year of the Age of Enlightenment, (or its substantial equivalent) and;

    "(3) From the practice of Transcendental Meditation or of the puja ceremony as heretofore practiced or performed (or the substantial equivalent of either), in any public school in the State of New Jersey;"

    To view a copy of the full transcript, see

Religious Meaning of Mantras


"For our practice, we select only the suitable mantras of personal gods. Such mantras fetch to us the grace of personal gods and make us happier in every walk of life." Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in "Beacon Light of the Himalayas", 1955.

Would you be surprised to learn that the mantras given out by the TM Organization are not "meaningless sounds" but Tantric names of Hindu gods?

For a complete list of mantras and meanings, see
and Minet.org.


Religious Meaning of Puja Initiation Ceremony


Below is the English translation of part of the pujua ceremony -- the required initiation ceremony for instruction in Transcendental Meditation -- as taken from "Holy Tradition" by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The puja is sung/chanted in Sanskrit by the TM teacher during the TM initiation ceremony.

"Invocation
Whether pure or impure, where purity or impurity is permeating everywhere, whoever opens himself to the expanded vision of unbounded awareness gains inner and outer purity.

"Invocation
To the Lord Narayana, to lotus-born Brahma the Creator, to Vashishtha, to Shakti and his son Parashar, To Vyasa, to Shukadeva, to the great Gaudapada, to Govinda, ruler among the yogis, to his disciple, Shri Shankaracharya, to his disciples Padma Pada and Hasta Malaka And Trotakacharya and Vartika-Kara, to others, to the tradition of our Master, I bow down.

"To the abode of the wisdom of the Shrutis, Smritis and Puranas, to the abode of kindness, to the personified glory of the Lord, to Shankara, emancipator of the world, I bow down.

"To Shankaracharya the redeemer, hailed as Krishna and Badarayana, to the commentator of the Brahma Sutras, I bow down.

"To the glory of the Lord I bow down again and again, at whose door the whole galaxy of gods pray [sic] for perfection day and night.

"Adorned with immeasurable glory, preceptor of the whole world, having bowed down to Him we gain fulfillment.

"Skilled in dispelling the cloud of ignorance of the people, the gentle emancipator, Brahmananda Sarasvati, the supreme teacher, full of brilliance, Him I bring to my awareness.

"Offering the invocation to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering a seat to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering an ablution to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering a cloth to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering sandalpaste to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering full rice to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering a flower to the lotus feet of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down.

"Offering incense to the lotus feel of Shri Guru Dev, I bow down...", etc.

For a complete translation of the puja, see
Also see additional information about the from court testimony.


Why Disguise the Religious Nature of the Practice?


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the TM Organization claim that Transcendental Meditation and its related practices are not religious in nature. This position has enabled them to obtain public monies and to enlist the aid of governmental entities in the propagation of their beliefs, teachings, theories, and activities.

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