OK, my bad. I clicked on the wrong folder and the email below opened, far 
enough that I caught a glimpse of the pasted-in Rama blurb below. That was a 
real blast from the past, and caused me to laugh out loud for some time. So 
because I'm still chuckling I think I'll actually address this particular 
instance of 
let's-try-to-paint-Barry-as-a-cultist-so-people-will-ignore-him-calling-us-cultists
 stuff from Jim and Richard. :-)


I *was* a cultist, for the time I was a part of the Rama group. No question 
about it. It was a cult, Fred was its cult leader, and I was a cultist. I have 
No Problem saying any of this, because it's all true. 


That said, that was then and this is now. I bailed from Rama's study a couple 
of years before he died, and before some of the *really* crazy shit went down. 


I last saw this silly demand for a "monthly summary" shortly before I bailed 
from the group. Why I laughed so hard seeing it again is that laughter was my 
reaction when I *first* saw it. I laughed, and then I promptly ignored it. 


I had, in fact, been teaching basic meditation for the guy, and really enjoying 
doing the teaching for free, both in the US and in Amsterdam. But I really 
*didn't* like one aspect of the way he'd set up the teaching thang -- he'd made 
it competitive. The purpose of teaching became not just to teach people how to 
meditate (which was cool in my opinion), but to urge them to become full-time 
students with Rama (which was not). Furthermore, if you found such students, 
they became your "apprentices" (a la Castaneda), and you had to run their 
day-to-day study, and be kinda responsible for them. If you got ten 
apprentices, you got a spiritual name. 


Really. Hey, I told you it was a cult. :-)


Anyway, I was already partly out the door, so when I heard all this shit about 
apprentices my first thought was, "Yeah, like that's gonna happen. I'll just 
teach for the fun of teaching and if any of my students feel like continuing 
with it I'll turn them over to one of the other teachers." 


And that's what I did. I never sent in a single one of these silly reports 
because I never considered myself part of the "apprentice" thang. With one 
exception -- a girlfriend I introduced to Rama and who subsequently studied 
with him for some time -- I have never been more instrumental in "soliciting" 
anyone deciding to study with him than being the person who gave their "intro 
lecture." 


But to bring this whole diversion (for that is what it is) back into the 
present, I really wish that Richard, Jim, and a few others would leave off this 
try-to-get-to-me-by-bringing-up-Rama shit. It's old, and it's based on your 
*own* cult thinking and how *your* minds work, not how mine works. 


You guys IDENTIFY WITH your time with Maharishi, and with being part of his 
group, or of being a teacher for him. A great deal of your own personal 
"spiritual story" revolves around this identification. So when someone such as 
myself or Michael makes fun of Maharishi or says what we really think about his 
teachings, you get all defensive. By "attacking" him, you feel as if we are 
"attacking" you, and you get your buttons pushed. 


So you try to do the same thing to me, trying to push my buttons by making fun 
of Rama or criticizing him. 


But I really don't IDENTIFY with Rama or with that time any more. It's really 
just a part of the past, something that I walked away from over 18 years ago. 


I don't give a shit what Willytex makes up or that anyone else posts about 
Rama. He's dead, and I walked away from him two years before he died. What you 
think of him doesn't interest me in the slightest, and it doesn't push any of 
my buttons. I don't feel the need to "defend" him, and never have. 


I similarly don't feel the need to "apologize" for any of the time I spent with 
him. Much of that time was cutting-edge, hang-ten spiritual practice, with 
access to experiences you people never got a glimpse of within the TM movement. 
And yes, some of these experiences were a little odd and out of the ordinary, 
like witnessing levitation and invisibility and stuff like that. But it all 
really happened. Or at the very least I saw it happen. 


End of story. It was fun for a long time, and when it stopped being fun I beat 
feet. 


Exactly like my experience with TM and Maharishi. :-)

Now back to ignoring these folks...  



________________________________
From: "fleetwood_macnche...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" 
<FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Billy Graham:  America is Just as Wicked...
 


  
Very interesting link - Shows that Barry was actively involved, in soliciting 
new cult members for Freddie. No wonder he keeps his mouth shut about that 
stuff, and only ever mentions Maharishi as a target, for "cult mentality". 

This is part of a report Barry filled out, and submitted monthly, to "Doctor" 
Lenz. Other sections cover career, meditation, physical fitness, and product 
development progress, every aspect of life - no mind control here folks:

5. YOUR APPRENTICE ACTIVITY UPDATE  With the understanding that your are 
entirely responsible for your
interactions with any individuals you choose to teach, Dr. Lenz and
ASI would like a monthly summary or your general attempts to local
appropriate students as well as a monthly update on whether you will
be bringing one or more of them to dinner the next month (starting in
January, note: Dinner reservations must be made in advance by calling
the reservation phone number). Example: (These are not guidelines as to how you 
should locate or
deal with potential students of yours, it is merely an example.) I created a 
poster for a lecture series I will be giving in the next 3
weeks.  i will give 3 lectures, one per week for 3 weeks at Taft
College on the subject of meditation and psychic development in the
1990s and how it can benefit you in your career. I have found what I feel is an 
excellent first candidate and will be
bringing her to the next dinner.


---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <punditster@...> wrote :


On 10/17/2014 2:36 AM, TurquoiseBee turquoiseb@... [FairfieldLife] wrote:

 
>From: salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com>
>
>To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
>Sent: Friday, October 17,
2014 9:18 AM
>Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife]
Billy Graham: America is Just as Wicked...
>
>
>
> 
>---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <jr_esq@...> wrote :
>
>> 
>
>>
I was thinking that there's a
similarity to the Maharishi Effect in
what Pastor Graham is recommending.
>
>
>
>
>“The man who prays is the
one who thinks that god has arranged
matters all wrong, but who also
thinks that he can instruct god how
to put them right.” 
>
>
>Christopher Hitchens.
>

The Hindu God Rama Lenz:



http://www.ex-cult.org/Groups/Rama/
>
















---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <noozguru@...> wrote :


Yeah, maybe if they
pray enough they'll
start hopping.  :-D 


On 10/16/2014
06:32 PM, jr_esq@... [FairfieldLife] wrote:
>>
 
>As
Sodom and Gomorrah.  But
he has a solution.
>
>
>http://m.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-billy-graham-america-just-wicked-sodom-and-gomorrah-ever-were
>



 





 
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