Reduced Symptoms of Depression in University Students


Students at Maharishi Institute who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) were free from depression within 15 days, compared with a non-TM group of students with PTSD at another school (University of Johannesburg) who showed no reduction in depression symptoms during the 135 days of study.

PTSD can be hidden
: Richard Peycke, Chairman of Maharishi Institute, explained that in South Africa up to 20 or 25 % of the students may have PTSD. He said, ‘Initially, we did not think that PTSD would be a problem, but after testing our students we realized that even though they may have learned to act like the general population, the inner stress is still there. And that stress blocks the learning process and impedes social development and success at work.

We even found that the two years we tested the students, 30% of the entering classes had PTSD. We also found that within a few months, with careful regularity of checking and regular knowledge and experience lectures, and regularity of meditation, the students started easing out of PTSD’.

Reduced Symptoms of PTSD in University Students

This study showed that wehreas the comparison group of students made no progress reducing PTSD during the 105-day study, 80% of students practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique came out of PTSD. These results are very similar to earlier studies on other groups, confirming that Transcendental Meditation is very effective at PTSD recovery and may indeeed be the new gold standard.

Higher Examination Scores

Each year from 1995 to 1997, 100 per cent of students at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Lancashire, U.K., passed the General Certificate of Secondary Education national examination in five or more subjects at the top three grading levels, in contrast to a national percentage ranging from 43 per cent to 46 per cent during these three years.

Comment from a 12 year old student in a school in Detroit, where the Transcendental Meditation program has been implemented:

“At first in science I got a ‘B’, but now (after learning Transcendental Meditation) my grade is up to an ‘A’.”

Comments from three students in the first government school in Portugal using the Transcendental Meditation program:

“I feel more focussed in class. My grades were a bit lower than they are now. I used to have a 2 in Protuguese. I started Transcendental Meditation and my grades have improved and I have been scoring 3 and 3+.”

It (the practice of Transcendental Meditation) has brought me a lot of benefits in several areas: Socially, at school, grades have improved.”

“Anxiety has reduced and now if you look at my grades I have ‘A’s, I have mostly ‘A’s and one or two ‘B’s. “

Increased Intelligence in Secondary School Students

Secondary school students who learned the Transcendental Meditation program showed increased intelligence after 14 weeks, in contrast to control students.

Reference: Dissertation Abstracts International 38(7): 3372B–3373B, 1978.

Comment from a science teacher in a Consciousness-Based school for girls:

“These girls are extremely intelligent; they want to go as deeply into the subject as I can go. There is deep quietness and freshness in them, a well-rested quality in all of them. They focus all day like that.”

Development of Intelligence – Increased IQ in University Students

Maharishi University of Management students who were practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs displayed a significant increase in intelligence in contrast to control students. This is a very interesting finding, since intelligence previously had been found to stop increasing by the end of secondary school.

Reference: Personality and Individual Differences 12:1105-1116, 1991.

Improved Post-Graduate Academic Performance

Master degree engineering students in Great Britain were half the class assigned to learn the Transcendental Meditation program. Before starting with TM the percentage of tests being higher was only 50% with the experimental group, that means, they were equal to the control group.

Six months after learning TM, however, they improved their performance on their standard examinations showing 80% higher ranking than the randomly assigned controls.

Reference: British Journal of Educational Psychology 55: 164–166, 1985.

Faster Reaction Time

University students who were practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs showed a significant improvement in the ablity to more quickly make correct decisions, in contrast to a control group of students. The same students also showed improvement in intelligence test scores.

Reference: Personality and Individual Differences 12: 1105–1116, 1991.

Increased Tolerance in Secondary School Students

Secondary school students who learned the Transcendental Meditation program showed increased tolerance after 14 weeks, in contrast to control students from a high school. The same students also showed increased creativity, intelligence, innovation, energy level, self-esteem, decreased conformity, and decreased anxiety.

Reference: Dissertation Abstracts International 38(7): 3372B–3373B, 1978.

In these days of great diversity in culture around the world increased tolerance is something which every secondary school teacher and principal would like to see developing in their students.

Decreased Anxiety

A statistical meta-analysis of 146 independent study results found that the Transcendental Meditation program is more than twice as effective in reducing trait anxiety than procedures of concentration or contemplation, or other techniques. The left bar shows decreased anxiety in other mental techniques of concentration or contemplation, the middle bar shows physical techniques trying to calm the body, and the third bar is the effect of Transcendental Meditation which shows about two to three times the effect of the other procedures in reducing anxiety.

Reference: Journal of Clinical Psychology 45: 957–974, 1989.


Comments from two students
at a government school in Portugal

implementing the Transcendental Meditation program

“Anxiety has reduced and now if you look at my grades I have ‘A’s, I have mostly ‘A’s and one or two ‘B’s”.

“I used to get very nervous before tests and I used to get head aches and doing TM I saw a difference, I’m calmer, I feel better”

Increased Strength of Self – Concept

After one month of practice of the Transcendental Meditation program, individuals developed a more strongly defined sense of self-concept, in comparison to matched controls. They also reported that their “actual” self was closer to their “ideal” self.

Reference: British Journal of Psychology 73: 57–68, 1982.

Increased Self – Development

This is a very comprehensive longitudinal study over 10 years, taking in account mental abilities, emotional development, social development, and moral ethnical reasoning. Maharishi University of Management students who were practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, increased significantly in self-development (ego development) when measured after graduation (when starting in their professional lives), in contrast to control students from three other universities who were not participating in this program.

Reference: Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 17: 93–121, 2005

Improved Behaviour in School

This chart shows the results of a study of secondary school students who began to practice Transcendental Meditation and after 4 months they showed in comparison to controls, who took a health education class, reduced absentee class periods, reduced rule infractions, and reduced suspension days, that means days where they were asked to stay home because of their behavior.

Reference: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 1: 10, 2003


Comment from a teacher
in a Detroit school using the
Transcendental Meditation technique:

Anybody who comes to visit the school, the administrators will tell you that behavoir of them is just amazing since we brought in the Transcendental meditation program.

Comment from a principal of a
girl’s school in Thailand

After the school applies Consciousness-Based education, everyone works together in peace. The students are happy, obedient, and harmonious.

Reduction of Teacher Burnout

This randomized controlled study found that residential school staff displayed a significant reduction in teacher burnout over a four-month period after learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, in contrast to wait-list control teachers. The Transcendental Meditation group also showed a significant decrease in perceived stress and depression.

Reference: The Permanente Journal 18: 19-23, 2014

Comment by the lead author of the study:

“The results of this randomized, controlled trial are very striking and demonstrate the utility of introducing a stress reduction program for teachers and other public and private employees.”

Comment by the head of a Maharishi School in England:

“The atmosphere of a Consciousness-Based school is unique in everyone’s experience. Teachers say that it doesn’t matter how you feel when you get up in the morning, you feel better when you get into the school. One of the government inspectors, when evaluating the school, said ‘this is the most harmonious group of teachers we’ve ever come across.’

Increased Self-Actualization

Statistical meta-analysis of all available research (42 independent study results) indicated that practice of the Transcendental Meditation program increased self- actualization by about three times as much as procedures of contemplation or concentration, or other techniques.

Reference: Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 6: 189–248, 1991.

Comment from a student at a Consciousness-Based School in USA:

“I have realized that any task I take on in life, whether great or small, can be accomplished successfully because I am becoming established at that level of myself which is immovable. This school offers such precious knowledge, such pure knowledge. Once you are established in yourself, there is nothing that can stop you.”

Increased Academic Achievement

Middle school students who learned the Transcendental Meditation programme and practised it twice daily as part of the school day were found to increase significantly after three months in achievement scores on mathematics and language (English) in comparison to control students matched on previous mathematics and English performance level scores.

Reference: Education 131: 556–564, 2011.