The logical conclusion is that, by Maharishi's theory, Maharishi wasn't 
perfectly enlightened. 

 Was there still question in your mind about this?
 

 I heard him talk about how the consciousness of the world wouldn't support the 
most refined states of consciousness and automatically assumed that he was 
giving everyone a subtle message about his own state of consciousness, but 
apparently many, many people refused to take the implications of MMY's 
statements seriously and made a mental exception for MMY and Gurudev.
 

 In fact, I pointed this implication out to a TM teacher and he explicitly said 
just that.
 

 

 You get the same thing with Christians asserting the divinity of Jesus in 
spite of him saying "There is none perfect; no, not one."
 

 

 L
 

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

 I was struck by the posted interview between the Aussie and the Maharishi 
through closed circuit TV where Maharishi was unable to field a question about 
whether or not he could actually fly by going into "you kids get off of my 
lawn" mode. What struck me because I have spent quite a bit of time around old 
people in the last few years and it seemed obvious that Maharishi was clearly 
suffering from the diminished capacity of age and very likely dementia. He was 
not well.

This observation only matters because at the heart of a lot of the premises in 
TM is that the state of consciousness in enlightenment transcends the 
functioning of the brain. This is the premise on which we have claims about 
witnessing deep sleep for example, and all the conjectural nonsense surrounding 
what happens after a "conscious" enlightened death. It is stated in different 
ways as a premise underneath many claims about how a person functions in 
enlightenment.

We saw Maharishi, who in his salad days would have gigglingly swatted away such 
a direct question calling him on an outrageous claim, completely flummoxed and 
left with a broom in his hand chasing the local scamps out of his rutabaga 
patch.

How can it be that "consciousness development" can have an effect on the person 
after their brain stops functioning and rots, when it couldn't even weather the 
storm of old age for the supposedly most developed person, Maharishi himself? 
Apparently consciousness development has the same impact as imagination 
development when it comes  to being able to resist the ravages of age. Brain 
functioning trumps all imagination of it being otherwise. And the difference 
between Maharishi in old age and my own father can only be seen clearly in the 
zeros in their bank accounts. 
 



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