Yes, I think your reading makes sense of the quote. Thanks.
Curiously, William Burroughs during his time with Scientology became
convinced that the infamous e-meter (essentially a crude lie-detector)
actually worked like a biofeedback machine controlling brain waves and
so capable of inducing altered states of consciousness. (So making any
comparison with meditation even more suggestive.) He couldn't get anyone
within the organisation to agree with him and eventually fell out with
their "fascist" controlling mind set. He did make the grade of "Clear"
though. Maybe that compares with TM's CC!

--- In, "authfriend"  wrote:
> --- In, "Seraphita" s3raphita@ wrote:
> >
> > Re the quote below I copied from another website, two things
> > puzzle me: "[Maharishi]didn't have much to say about the
> > Scientology techniques because the comparison was obvious to
> > us.": is the speaker implying that Scientotlogy techniques are
> > similar to TM? Complete nonsense surely?
> Don't think so. I'm no expert; what follows is just what
> I've picked up from reading here and there, and I could
> be way off.
> It seems to me there's an obvious similarity between
> Scientology's "auditing" and what is said to occur in
> TM. Auditing releases "engrams," which are the close
> equivalent of "stresses" in TM; and once one has
> released all one's "engrams," one is said to be "clear"--
> a state whose description sounds a lot like TM's of
> Cosmic Consciousness.
> There are a number of differences in how the techniques
> are performed, but one *crucial* difference is that in TM,
> one does not examine the stresses that are released;
> whereas with auditing (which is conducted by an auditor),
> the engrams must be thoroughly analyzed to be released.
> > Perhaps the speaker is saying we're already able to compare
> > for ourselves Scientology's methods and the TMO's technique
> > and Hubbard's are of no interest to us. Odd way of implying
> > that sense!
> FWIW, that's what I took this sentence to mean when I first
> read it. Any TMer would quickly recognize the similarity
> with auditing, I should think, but would also reject the
> notion that the engrams/stresses must be examined and
> analyzed.

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