The Beatles trip to India ended badly because the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25% of their next album’s profits in his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, “Over my dead body”.
After an 8-week course in mindfulness meditation, the amygdala, associated with fear and emotion, shrinks, while the pre-frontal cortex, associated with awareness, concentration and decision-making, becomes thicker.
In experiments conducted to test the limits of biofeedback and the validity of yoga, an Indian yogi was able to change his body temperature, temporarily stop his heart, and even briefly cease brain activity through meditation.
There is a Nepali boy who plans on meditating forever, and has already meditated for years.
A group of monks can increase their body temperature enough to dry soaking sheets in a freezing room.
The meditation mantra “Om” is recognized by many religions as the primordial sound present at the creation of the universe.