Buck wrote: And, non-meditators.. Ha, ha, ha. "They whose awareness is not open to this level of reality, what can these eternal expressions of knowledge accomplish for them? But the whose awareness is open to it -the field of pure consciousness, the home of all knowledge- are profoundly established in it." ---------
I presume you realise Buck, that many in this world now, and in the past (Jesus, for example?) have experienced 'this level of reality'. Some of these never meditated a whit, and some used some other form of meditation. Most who meditate in the world now are not using TM, but holding that against them does not help further the goals you espouse. Seeing the world today, you need all the help you can get. Most meditators of any kind are typically at a rather rudimentary level of understanding and have simply substituted a veneer of belief about their practice on top of, or replacing whatever it was they believed in prior to learning a practice. A few lucky ones gain a deeper understanding rather quickly but for most of us it has been a long slog, so the best shot at finding meditators with some 'depth' of experience are the ones who have consistently practised the longest. TM makes certain aspects of spiritual growth easy because the technique is easy to practice, but that does not mean the spiritual path as a whole is going to be a cakewalk. And that quote above refers to the Vedas, but in the Bhagavad-Gita there is that comment about an enlightened being for whom the Vedas are like a well surrounded by water on all sides. A spiritual path is a special kind of delusion, but a delusion nonetheless; if it works, you see through it, if it does not, you remain trapped in that system of belief rather than partaking of the experience it was meant to engender. There is a crossover here too, you can be developing experience, and at the same time be delusional in understanding. A sense of exclusivity in what you know and experience is a good indicator that what you are understanding and feeling and experiencing is delusional.