--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Xenophaneros Anartaxius" <anartaxius@...> wrote: > > Since you feel you have nailed Barry, what about Maharishi? > Was Maharishi enlightened or not? What is your take on that?
You didn't ask me, but because this is shaping up as another Get Barry Sunday :-), I might as well give them some more fodder. :-) I spent some time around Maharishi. I do not consider him enlightened, and never experienced anything around him that convinced me he was experiencing enlightened states of mind sufficiently to radiate them. With the Rama guy, I certainly experienced the latter sensation, so that leads me to believe that he was at least during some periods of time experiencing enlightened mindstates. But I don't consider him "enlightened" in the sense of it being any state he achieved and held onto. I've only met one other person whom I have suspected of being enlightened, and won't name him. I never got the opportunity to meditate with him (as I did with Maharishi and Rama), but just being around him at a public gathering was a state of consciousness changing experience. Dude radiated silence so profoundly it was almost impossible to have thoughts when close to him.