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May 1979

Ananda Marga Meditation

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2563 Oxford St Vancouver, British Columbia

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1979;36(5):605-606. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1979.01780050115019

To the Editor.—  I was glad to see the report by Corby et al in the Archives (35:571-577, 1978) of a physiological study of Ananda Marga meditation. However, it has a methodological problem that I believe should be brought to the attention of your readers.Corby et al found that "the meditators became physiologically activated during their meditations." This contrasts with the findings of the two previous physiological studies of Ananda Marga meditation, one by myself and my colleagues2 and the other by Ghista et al.2 These studies found that a state of wakeful relaxation and decreased metabolic activity was present during meditation. Our study used a group of meditators with an average of 1.8 years of experience.1 This would seem comparable to the second group studied by Corby et al, which had an average of 2.1 years of experience. This group was

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