Ah, flashbacks to when TM was actually fun. I used to teach a lot of residence 
courses, back in Toronto and all over the West Coast of the US, and before the 
TMO turned into the Reichstag and tried to turn residence courses into 
concentration camps. 

It really *was* nice arranging for good food, comfortable facilities, a *few* 
audio or video tapes, and then a number of prepared advanced lectures and 
discussions, plus plenty of time to enjoy the solitude, take walks and enjoy 
what a "retreat" is really supposed to be all about. 

Then the assholes in Seelisberg started trying to impose their Fascist ideas on 
everyone, and started creating "rules and regulations" that teachers of these 
courses were required to follow. A "buddy system" so that no one was ever 
allowed to be alone unless they were in their rooms meditating. Yeah, THAT's a 
sane idea for someone who has paid money for a retreat to allow them to get 
away and experience what it's like to be alone with themselves for a weekend. 

Next the participants weren't allowed to leave the facilities. They couldn't go 
into town, or drive a car, or go out for a dessert, even if the restaurant was 
across the street. 

Finally, the schedules for these courses began to be "padded out" so that the 
participants were not allowed even a moment of free time. Every moment was 
accounted for -- they had to either be eating, meditating and "doing program," 
or on an official Walk And Talk while in the company of their buddy, or sitting 
in a room watching a videotape of Maharishi trying to sell them something. 

No *wonder* these guys are still in business and still attracting students to 
attend their retreats. They understood why people liked them in the first 

 From: salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com>
To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 8:35 AM
Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: TM Scorpion Renegades

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mjackson74@...> wrote :

Hey Sal, you ever do any rounding in this joint?

Nope, I never met any of the teachers there either. They were leaving just as I 
started working for HQ. In fact I was on the conference call when they started 
complaining about Marshy's new pricing scheme, it was my first glimpse of 
collective coherence or "field independence" as the case may be ;-)

Nice building though, I know TMers who go on courses there (shock, horror. They 
only tell me about it under dire injunctions of silence) and who enjoy the 
non-movementness of it all. This is what TM is all about for me, weekends in 
stately homes with good food and company and no Bevan Morris and John Hagelin 
in sight, cosy and fun and not too religious - that's how it should have stayed.

The MT are cheap though and they are successful, maybe those things are 
coincident but they don't have anything (or anyone) to put you off, the last 
official introduction tape I saw was appalling. It had the usual mood-making 
bliss bunnies in suits going on and on about vedic "science" and sthapatya veda 
even! It put me off and I'd been doing it 15 years at the time, can't imagine 
what newbies thought about it. 

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