--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb <no_reply@...> wrote: > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Buck" <dhamiltony2k5@> wrote: > > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "soundofstillness@" > > <soundofstillness@> wrote: > > > > > > Greetings, > > > > > > I've been enjoying all your Fairfield Life posts for a few > > > years now. > > > > > > The first time I had an inkling of Maharishi was when I was > > > 15 years old in the summer of 1961. I was sitting at the > > > kitchen window reading the paper, and there he was, in an > > > announcement of an up-an-coming lecture at the University > > > of British Columbia in Vancouver. > > > > > > I was initiated in 1969 and until my 6-month course in St. > > > Moritz came to an end in 1976 I was pretty involved in what > > > many of us thought of as THE Movement. > > > > ML, What went wrong at the end of Gov training then in '76 > > that you fell away? Just wondering. > > Can't speak for soundofstillness, but I was on that St. > Moritz course and it was pretty much the end for me, too.
Ooops. Rereading SOS' post, if his St. Moritz course actually *ended* in 1976, he might have been there a year earlier than me. Mine ended in 1977. > It wasn't so much anything that went down on the course > itself, except for Maharishi not bothering to show up > even once (a first for me, in all of my previous courses), > the sidhis being a stone bore, and the reading of those > interminable vedaverses even more boring. For me it was > more about what I came back to find in the US. > > The uber-fascist aspects of the TMO had pretty much taken > over. Jerry was still around but obviously was on his way > to being tossed out, the people running the centers were > becoming Meditation McCarthyists, spying on other teachers > and meditators and subjecting them to Inquisitions to find > out if they were "worthy" of being allowed to go to TTC or > on an ATR course. Often people were denied that "worthiness" > because of grevious sins such as one of the center fascists > having seen "the wrong kind of book" (for example, "Auto- > biography of a Yogi" or Castaneda's "Tales Of Power") on > their bookshelves, or [horrors!] living with their boyfriends > or girlfriends without being married. (And of course, the same > people banning these "sinners" had the same books on *their* > bookshelves and were fucking like bunnies, just not living > together.) > > The only "center functions," at least in L.A., were deadly > serious and boring. Fun was definitely considered Off The > Program. Almost no one was coming to learn TM; intro lectures > at the main location in multimillion population Los Angeles > often had 2-3 people in the audience, none of whom signed up. > People who had learned the sidhis pooled their money and > rented a grungy warehouse in West L.A., and for a short time > I actually tried to make the effort to go there. But the > grunting and shouting and trashing about in fits of what > doctors would have called epilepsy or Tourettes Syndrome > finally wore me down, as did the very idea of driving across > town twice a day like a lemming to do something *I didn't even > enjoy doing*. > > So I bailed, and just left. No drama, no goodbyes...I just > stopped showing up. > > Best decision of my life. >