This book reviews the psycho-physiological and other studies on the effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and concludes that the largely positive effects justify the use of TM as a form of Psychotherapy. Adopting TM as a form of psychotherapy, however, calls for the adoption of its underlying spiritual psychology which, in turn, implies the adoption of an underlying paradigm very different and contrary to the paradigms of psychoanalytic, behaviouristic and humanistic psychotherapies. Two “underworlds” seem to clash. The spiritual psychology of TM is described and the differing assumptions are contrasted. Some signs of this paradigm shift already occurring in American Society, even at academic levels are pointed out.
About the Author
Fr. Peter Lourdes SDB who was for many who have passed through Salesian College in the late 60s and early 70’s, a fondly remembered Principal with a clear vision and distinct ideas on the formative nature of the educational enterprise. Peter Lourdes is known in India and abroad as a Psychotherapist who served the Therapeutic Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, India for over three decades. He presently continues his services in Don Bosco Nitika, 52A Radhanath Chowdhury Road, Kolkata.