Meditation: The Problem with Transcendence


Inner WorldEveryone who learns Vedic or Transcendental Meditation loves the experience of transcendence (where no more thoughts are entered into the head and you are just sitting in pure silence, contentment, and bliss without reacting to internal or external influencers). It’s new, it’s different, and actually quite unique.  It seems like the more we meditate, the more transcendence we should experience.

But there is a problem with transcendence.

In that state, although we become one with pure Being, our individuality, and therefore our senses of perception, are left behind.

When we transcend, there is nothing to taste, touch, smell, see or hear.  There’s nothing for the intellect to do, and all cognitive functioning ceases.

That experience, while fascinating at first, soon becomes intolerable to the mind, because the mind loves to multitask.  Rapidly, the brain and the mind figure out how to have the virtual unboundedness of transcendence without having to sacrifice sensory perception and cognitive functioning.

From that comes something new – the ability to hover just on the cusp of pure transcendence, which allows for the faintest thinking and access to the most subtle sensory textures.


Advanced Technique mantras have the capacity to become thousands of times more subtle than the first mantra that we received in our first initiation.  They enable to meditator to experience a super subtle state, so very close to transcendence that the new meditator would actually call it transcendence.

When the senses are engaged at that level, they get habituated to being able to experience in the most subtle field of the mind.  And from that, we develop the ability to stabilize that mind state when we come out of meditation.

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