Discuss how the Hare Krishna movement is linked to the concept of Transcendental Meditation.

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Both concepts seek to use this life as a means to move closer to a supreme Being.  For the Hare Krishna movement, the fervent and active devotion to Lord Krishna helps to move individuals in this life towards the realm of Krishna.  This takes on the form of intense preaching and devotion to Krishna.  The idea is that this life can be used to move one closer to the realm of the divine.  Transcendental meditation occupies much of the same domain.  In this concept, the individual seeks to surrender themselves in both body and mind to something larger than themselves.  The concept of "transcendental" meditation indicates that meditation can be used to "transcend" what is here and what is in the present tense to submit into something larger, a configuration more wide ranging.  In this, the concept is driven by the idea of seeking to move beyond what is in front of the individual and direct into a realm that is more embracing of this larger configuration.  I think that this is where the two ideas might find convergence.  Meditation is part of the Hare Krishna movement, but in a larger sense, both seek to connect the individual to something beyond themselves.

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