I'd say that this ruling indicates the universality and impartiality of the ME. 
Obviously not every person and not every segment of the TMO is 100% fully 
developed.

      From: "TurquoiseBee turquoi...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" 
<FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
 To: "FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> 
 Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:10 AM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Re: TM Takes a Hit in the Netherlands
   
    From: salyavin808 <no_re...@yahoogroups.com>

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

Wonder how come the Marshy Effect didn't prevent such a ruling??
English translation:

ANBI status Transcendental Meditation foundation can be withdrawn
  27-10-2014 13:13 • UN Today  The Administration has rightly withdrawn ANBI 
status of a foundation that promotes the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 
 That is the verdict court northernNetherlands came recently.  According to the 
court edify its activities mainly private consumption interests of the 
participants.  The foundation encourages the practice of Transcendental 
Meditation (TM) as taught by Maharishi Mahesh.  Is a residential area this 
purpose achieved by the foundation in Lelystad.  The Foundation for the 
maintenance of the district and subsidizes the school, the organic shop and 
vegetarian restaurant.  Participants rent a house or buy.  The participants and 
all persons belonging to their household, are also a monthly contribution 
payable to the foundation. In dispute is whether the status of public benefit 
institution (ANBI)of the foundation routed there by July 1, 2012 is revoked. 
Court Northern Netherlands ruled that the foundation with itsactivities, the 
private consumption interests of the participantsmainly.  To personal 
well-being and personal development of the participants have a beneficial 
effect on their environment.  However, this effect is indirect and subordinate 
to the individual interests of the participants. Thus, the Foundation does not 
establish that the general interest of90% or more (quantitative test) served by 
the activities of thefoundation.  The appeal of the foundation is unfounded.
Erm, maybe Barry can translate that a bit better (or knows someone who can). I 
feel like my babel fish just died....

My Dutch is barely passable and certainly not legal-document-worthy yet, but 
what I get from this is that the government decided that activities in the 
seemingly TM-oriented "Sidhadorp" community of Lelystad were deemed to be for 
profit or purely for the benefit of the people living there, and thus did not 
meet the Dutch requirements to qualify as a non-profit (tax-free) organization. 

The result will likely be "back taxes" owed on everything associated with this 
location, including the school, the organic shop, vegetarian restaurant, and 
everything currently or previously sold by the Maharishi Ayurveda clinic there. 
Whether it affects TM in the Netherlands on a larger basis (that is, Vlodrop or 
other similar for-profit locations in Huizen or Limburg) is unclear. It appears 
from the last sentence that this decision may have been appealed by the 
community, and lost.

In other words, their free ride as a non-profit organization is over. As 
Michael points out, how could this happen if the ME actually worked?

 
 

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