my position is to call a spade a spade. What makes you think the people who 
learned their craft from Marshy who was a con artist and liar, who taught them 
that they were and are above the laws of man and considerations of ethical 
behavior because they are the custodians of "supreme knowledge" and are privy 
to a magnificent view of the universe that the rest of us are too coarse and 
ignorant to see would ever change what has been working for them all these 

You are hanging onto a fantasy that will never be fulfilled. The TMO, its 
leaders, its mid level and low level managers all behave with that energy that 
Marshy taught them works - and none of it has ever done a thing for the people 
of the world, regardless of those who believe the very fact of getting a mantra 
is some big deal.

To illustrate, I offer you a piece of writing my friend Bill sent me after I 
sent him the Gina Catena audio. I think Bill makes some cogent points, albeit 
from a Christian point of view.

"I have a friend who over the past 10 years or so pulled himself out of a 
marriage to a mentally ill and abusive wife.  It took a lot of 
counseling for him to recognize his situation, but he finally 
extricated himself and his teenage daughter from this situation.  

One of the things he told me he learned from this experience is that 
families can become “cults”.  When you hear Gina Catina’s story, you 
realize that the TMO provides fertile ground for the most dysfunctional 
sides of families to express themselves and thrive.  The same kind of 
things can happen in Christendom, when a vision of “sanctification” 
becomes a thing of worship to the exclusion of common sense 

I was thinking today that most of the problems of the TMO came from 
the attempt to move beyond the original intention to simply provide a 
meditation technique.  

The TMO tried to provide a foundation on which to build community, completely 
ignoring and rejecting the traditional 
foundation -  organized religion and all it stands for.  The social 
context that Christianity provides is a model of spiritual growth 
through giving selflessly of oneself based on the example of Jesus, 
whereas in the TMO this basic social context is absent.  The TM context 
is based on a selfish pursuit of self development at all costs.  

At the 
top of the TMO is a man who achieved something by sitting in a cave and 
having people take care of him.  This has it place and its own value, 
but doesn’t translate into a foundation for a social system.  

In spite 
of all the talk of dynamic activity, it doesn’t translate.  The ultimate
 message is one of disassociation of yourself not only from the 
activities of the world, but also from relationship with each other.  
Compound that with a belief system where the man at the top is a perfect
 human being, and you have fertile ground for all kinds of dysfunction."

 From: " [FairfieldLife]" <>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:38 PM
Subject: [FairfieldLife] FFL, Hating, Turq, Ethics, and Belief in God is a form 
of mental illness

Dear MJ; under a theory that ethics is a leading economic indicator
of organizational life, could your vitriolic level as to TM, the Maharishi and 
the meditation he promulgated and some of TM's past leadership be malleable if 
the new TM
movement has changed its ethical code and behavior?  Or, are you
locked in to your feelings and opinion?  Just wondering.  I am seeing
quite a lot of change [movement] in the new TM movement.  Does that kind of 
healthy change dismay your position?

mjackson74 wrote :

The fact that they had that ['Explicative Deleted] Bob Schneider, a 
cardiologist, doing a lecture on Vedic psychiatry which was primarily more 
Movement bullshit of think sweet thoughts, don't think negative thoughts, read 
Hindoo scriptures and do TM - that says what the Movement really thinks and is 
doing about TM suicides than the community meetings they are participating in 
ONLY to save face and put on a good show until they can get the people 
suffering from depression alone to tell them its their fault, their karma, they 
just aren't pure enough yet, so more TM Siddhi practice and some yagyas as well 
as a good big fat donation to the Movement will cure them. 

 From: salyavin808 <>
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Re: FFL Hating Turq and Belief in God is a form of 
mental illness


---In, <mjackson74@...> wrote :

Oh no no no no Sal! Haven't you read Share's gushing posts about what a grand 
effort the TMO is officially putting forth to combat suicides in Fairfield??? 
They certainly don't need to admit TM isn't the cure for all things. They are 
doing all SORTS of fabulous things, all created and orchestrated by the 
magnificent TMO!!

I'm sure we'll see whether what they offer officially is of any worth. Seems to 
me that if they break down the mystique of TM as the single greatest thing for 
human development then it will only be a matter of time before someone 
questions the validity of their position on the unified field of consciousness 
and all that that entails. Maybe they'll even start to wonder about the ME or 
yagya's, from small acorns can mighty oaks grow. Or the other way round of 
course! There is no excuse for continuing to preach an all encompassing world 
view without any evidence to back it up and still call it a science.

Shorn of the religious hyperbole the TMO might become a more realistic school 
of thought and might do more good in the world when it isn't scaring off anyone 
who doesn't like the sight of crowns and ranks of chanting Hindoo boys and 
teaching astrology in schools.

 From: salyavin808 <>
Sent: Sunday,
October 26, 2014 9:05 AM
Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: FFL Hating Turq and Belief in God is a form of 
mental illness


---In, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

what happened at the meeting, who said what and what are they going
to do about it? 

Fairfield, Iowa.  The meeting?  It was one in a continuation of
working meetings held about mental health in the community that have
been ongoing for months now most every Tuesday going under the
working banner of the Fairfield Mental Health Alliance.  These are
working meetings of people who are interested in being activley
involved in helping with communal mental health.  On alternating
Tuesdays are working committee meetings while on the off Tuesdays is
the large group meeting where the committees bring their work.  The
larger meetings are very business like organized by agenda.   A lot has
been done [accomplished in very tangible ways] over several months to
facilitate mental health in to the community. 
The meetings are open
to interested people who would be actively involved.  They are not
gripe sessions where people just hate, bitch and complain, but working
meetings looking for action steps to work on and facilitate.
Different aspects have been focused on and worked on within the ongoing previous
meeting process. Last month before this last meeting the other night was the 
presentation and
distribution of the campus guideline for psychological health
treatment. That was a historic meeting and showed the work of a lot of people.  

This current meeting the other night was a facilitated meeting getting down to 
the cultural
things that may underlie meditator communal mental health.
Everything came on to the table.  It was really well facilitated.  Evidently it 
is now time in the process to really consider elements of our culture.  There 
were about 40 people around the room of various ages and rank
in the community.     The meeting had a cross-section representation of 
students, graduates of the
whole school system, long-term community meditators, campus people, and
movement leadership. 
 It was extremely well facilitated lasting
within and hour or so such that everyone was asked to speak and
participate in a series of rounds around the room where everyone was
asked by the facilitator who ran the meeting to respond to particular questions
in short and those comments were captured on whiteboard and poster
boards by scribes in front of everyone to be kept and read through
out the meeting.  
Starting with a question something like, in only a few limited words and
without statement what do you see the problem is here in the
community culture with mental health?  5 or so words.  It went around
the room.  Then once everything was on the boards in front of
everyone came the next question, in a word how do you feel now about all
that was said?  It went around the room to everyone including
movement leadership. 'Hopeful' was a common comment among a range of
large question of the group was something like,  in five words what
should be done to effect change in the communal culture?  Again time
was taken to go entirely around the room and the answers were
recorded by scribes on boards in front of the whole group to read.
That went around the whole room and everything was said without comment or 
discussion.  It just moved around the room to everyone.  These were
pertinent action points.  
the end of the meeting then everyone was asked to come forward and physically 
vote with a limited number of hash-marks to what they felt were the
most important points offered in the meeting.  That data then will
subsequently generate a report with priority for a future meeting
about what it might take to change the culture of the movement around
mental health.  It was all very open and very well done.  Communal process to 
# #
Now, as the science evidently does seem to indicate do take some quiet time for 
effective transcendent meditation for the welfare of  your mental health and go 
forth and have
a better day.  
Guru Dev,
-Buck in the Dome

Good for you guys for taking it seriously, it seems to me that for there to be 
an actual organisation to confront the issue means there must be quite a 
problem. Or is it that the usual therapies and professionals that the average 
person goes in search of aren't there due to the self-help nature of the town

There are many paths to wellness, everyone has to find their own way I think as 
we all respond in different ways and have different needs. But as long as they 
know have options and won't get ostracised, it's a good step. So a well stocked 
library is essential too I think,
reading about how problems develop and can be treated might be a good start for 
a lot of people, it might familiarise them as to
how the mind works as opposed to what they've been taught by the TMO which has 
a woefully incomplete picture of how the personality works not to mention a 
very unhealthy attitude to mental problems to start with. As is evidenced by 
the fact that you need to hold meetings about mental health in the first place.

I don't credit this "vedic" treatment plan as being worth the effort, it might 
help a few but it'll be because some people are helped just by having someone 
to talk to. It depends what the problems are, how they started and how deep 
rooted they are. An admission that TM is no panacea for all can only be a good 
thing and I'll be interested in any news about how the TMO responds.

Admitting there is a problem is always the first step in conquering it as they 

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