What is Transcending
When we practise Transcendental Meditation we experience a state where the mind is completely silent yet wide awake.
Transcend means go beyond. When the mind has gone beyond all activity, this is an experience of the inner Self, which is perfect peace, Transcendental Consciousness.
"It is possible for everyone to go deep within and saturate their mind with inner happiness, with that unlimited pure intelligence that dwells at the source of thought." – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The mind is like the ocean - constantly in motion on the surface, but silent and immensely powerful at its depths. Transcendental Meditation involves settling without any effort to the silent depths of the ocean – becoming recharged by that unbounded state of pure consciousness. As the mind quietens down, the breathing becomes very soft and the muscles deeply relaxed. The mind settles inward, beyond thought, to the most silent, peaceful level of consciousness – your innermost self.
The ability to transcend during TM is what makes it fundamentally different from all other techniques. These invariably involve either concentration (controlling the mind or attention) or contemplation (an active thought process of some kind). In this way, other types of meditation keep the mind active – which actually impedes the transcending process.