Yes, the Maharishi Effect is a hallmark of the teaching of TM. Maharishi wanted us to begin to hear, that his ultimate goal was world peace. No, science cannot possibly measure anything like that - not that it matters.
---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <no_re...@yahoogroups.com> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : I understand that it is not reliant on believe for the ME to work. I also think that for individuals to become more in tune with the world around them then it means that they first have to have access to what is available within themselves - the good stuff - then the rest will follow in terms of a macro effect. But I am not convinced that 1% of a population meditating has accomplished much of anything in terms of implementing/encouraging peace on a grand scale. On the other hand, I just haven't been paying attention to any of this since the mid 80's so I am, no doubt, out of the loop. No you aren't, the concept of brains affecting each other at a distance is no more likely or satisfactorily explained now than it was then. It isn't about "breaking down self imposed boundaries" It's supposed to be what happens when meditators are near other people, it doesn't matter if they don't know the meditators are there as it is transmitted through some unexplained medium that is apparently unmeasurable except in how it affects others. That is how I understood the ME - that it is some sort of mystical, magical effect that starts to happen when a certain percentage of the population meditates. It is an exponential phenomenon maybe? I don't quite recollect back from my MIU days but I kind of remember it as the individuals somehow equal more than the sum of the parts or some such. I guess a rational person would demand something more than the proclamation of this, would require some sort of proof. Has that proof been provided anywhere except in the skewed statistics of the Movement? I guess I can't get excited about whether it has or hasn't. Maybe that is my problem. I'd be excited if it gets proved as it would mean a revolution in science, they don't happen very often! But not they haven't got any convincing evidence yet, a sceptic might say they should have been able to prove it by now but there's no harm in keeping on trying, but it is important that if they draw a blank they stop the proselytising and change the belief system to reflect it. That's what serious scientists do but I suspect the movement gave up on that a long time ago as the ME and supporting theories are so much their raison d'etre. I'll be on hand to point it out though ;-)