In this video, which was filmed in 2015, Mick discusses how Mark’s meditation teaching approach is different from Transcendental Meditation (TM), leading to much deeper and more profound experiences within meditation. Transcendental Meditation, which is a mantra based approach, has many well documented benefits but as Mick demonstrates from his own experience, many people find that it has limits in terms of how far it can take them and often describe reaching a plateau.
Ultimately this is something that people must discover for themselves however when you look at the substance of Transcendental Meditation, it is primarily based upon a mantra, which is a set of sounds that are repeated by the mind either out loud (chanting) or more commonly internally (mantra).
Since a mantra is made by the mind and has a definite sound and qualities, then it can be said to be dependent on the mind and having limits or edges. A “RAA” sound for example is not an “EEE” sound so one sound will always have something missing from it, which is why it is said to be limited.
So mantra meditation is of the mind and limited, whereas the pursuit of a spiritual journey is ultimately to go beyond the mind and beyond limits, to enlightenment.