From: "Michael Jackson [FairfieldLife]" 

To: "" <> 
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 1:31 PM
Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Growing Up TM

One of the more interesting things in this piece is his reference to a private 
blog group called Cult Bros which is a group of people who grew up in the 

"for many of my friends who have left, their relationship with home is a 
fraught one. Somewhere on the Internet there’s a listserv or private 
group blog called Cult Bros, where a group of Gen-Xers and Millennials 
who grew up in the Movement air their grievances. 

I’m not a Cult Bros 
member myself, but I can anticipate their conversations — they’d be 
familiar to anyone who grew up in a community defined by certain dogma, 
religious or otherwise. 

There’s the resentment of the years spent trying to be perfect little yogis, 
frustrations over growing up in what can be a very socially conservative 
environment, anger at the time and effort 
and money spent working toward the unattainable goal that is world peace with 
very little payoff. 

There’s questioning of the traditions we grew 
up with, the means to this impossible end — the pujas, the mantras, the jai 
Guru Devs, the Golden Domes, the yogic flying. Questioning all of the Hindu 
that’s wrapped up this thing we were told was not a religion. Like 
anyone from anywhere, the Cult Bros are trying to come to terms with 
their home."

I actually think that the Cult Bros thang is healthy, and the fact that the 
author of this fluff piece ISN'T a member and doesn't seem to be doing any real 
examination of the insanity he grew up with strikes me as far less healthy. The 
very fact that he could refer to the made-up, non-existent "Yogic Flying" as 
"the black belt of meditation" indicates to me that he's never understood 
meditation, much less anything to do with black belts. He's written a puff 
piece to make money, and pooh-pooh his own history growing up as if he's all 
adult now, and looks back on it as if it were just silly. My point is that it's 
a great deal MORE than silly -- it's insanity, on a mass scale. This guy has 
never really dealt with that. I have more respect for his bros in Cult Bros, 
who at least understand and acknowledge what they were part of. 

 From: "TurquoiseBee [FairfieldLife]" 
To: "" <> 
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:46 AM
Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Growing Up TM

From: "Michael Jackson [FairfieldLife]" 
Growing Up in Utopia
When your family and friends want to save the world by meditating, you can 
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I couldn't read this piece because I couldn't get past the first paragraph. 
Whatever the author's intention in writing it is or was, his cluelessness in 
that first paragraph stopped me in my tracks, and kept me from reading any 

"I learned how to fly when I was 17. I’m not talking about a plane, and this 
isn’t some euphemism. 'Yogic flying,' which is basically meditation at the 
black-belt level, offers the potential of human levitation -- although in 
actuality it looks more like energetic, if not rather effortless, cross-legged 

This person (although his
 intention may have been to suggest the opposite) is IMO *still* suffering from 
the ill effects of growing up in an insane asylum. Bouncing around on one's 
butt and calling it 'yogic flying' is NOT 'meditation at the black belt level,' 
it's INSANITY at the black belt level. 

Try picking any town in America, walking along its streets, stopping people at 
random, and explaining to them, "I'm doing a survey. Twice a day I bounce 
around on my butt on big slabs of foam, along with other people who do the same 
thing because we are convinced that doing this will reduce crime, affect the 
weather, and create world peace. What do you think of this?"

My bet is that you would get answers like, "Uh...sounds fine to me...good luck 
with that..." spoken over the interviewee's shoulder as they were edging away, 
watching you carefully
 and hoping that you weren't following them so that
 they didn't have to break into a run.

See, this is the thing that makes interacting with long-term TMers on this 
forum so challenging -- they really have NO IDEA how insane they are, and how 
insane the things they believe are. 

For many of them, it seems as if it's been so long since they've actually 
talked with anyone who WASN'T indoctrinated with all of this cult nonsense they 
way they were that they've forgotten how these normal people think and act. 
They're used to interfacing with people who don't bat an eyelash when you 
announce to them, " to's time for me to go fly now." 

Hint: That's insane. No one is "flying." No one has EVER "flown" in *any* of 
the TM "flying" halls. And no one ever will. 

Most people, told that this would even be *possible*, would react
 with either laughter or derision, and walk away. TMSPers reacted by paying 
several thousand dollars to learn how. 

Hint: That's insane. 

And it's as insane now as it was when you first paid those thousands of 
dollars. The only reason people on this forum and around you in Fairfield don't 
think so is that you live in an enormous insane asylum, in which the residents 
are reinforcing their shared delusions by pretending that they're "saving the 
world" instead of acting out less-than-sane fantasies. 

Some of these inmates who post to this forum get upset when I or Michael or 
Salyavin or Curtis point out HOW far away from mainstream definitions of sanity 
they are to believe that there actually IS such a thing as the 'Maharishi 
Effect.' I imagine that
 inmates in mental hospitals feel the same way when doctors and nurses point out
 that they're not *really* Napoleon or Jesus Christ. 

To these people I say, "GET OVER IT." Wake the fuck up, take a look around at 
international standards for sanity, shake yourself, and realize that if you 
actually believe that bouncing on your butt can be called 'flying' and that 
performing this bouncing is creating world're INSANE. You're 
NOT "special" or "more evolved" or "10,000 X more powerful than lesser people," 
you're INSANE. 

It's OK to *be* insane, if your insane beliefs give you some sense of comfort 
and don't hurt anybody. After all, millions of people believe in an invisible 
man in the sky who watches everything they do, and as long as they don't get in 
other people's faces about it, they can be that insane and still be considered 
productive members of society. 

But ferchrissakes don't pretend
 that the things you believe AREN'T insane, and don't pretend to be outraged 
because other people point out the insanity. You CHOSE to be considered insane 
the moment you signed that check and paid thousands of dollars to learn how to 
'fly.' Live with that choice now, and try not to pretend that you're still sane 
after having made it. Having made that choice makes you an outlier, an anomaly 
within human society. A nut case. 


It's not. And no amount of claiming will ever make it so. 


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