Fleet, generally I eschew flamboyant speakers. But I think it's possible for a 
speaker to be lively without being flamboyant. It could have been the venue, a 
huge auditorium with tiers and tiers of seats. And it was packed for his event. 

      From: "fleetwood_macnche...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" 
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:26 AM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Most Absurd Rumor
    I was just curious - maybe he is not a very flamboyant speaker, or doesn't 
make an effort to connect with people in his audience?  ---In 
FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <sharelong60@...> wrote :

Fleetwood, I don't remember what I was expecting. Maybe for him to be as 
articulate in person as he is on paper? Doesn't matter. I still love his 

  From: "fleetwood_macncheese@... [FairfieldLife]" 
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:17 AM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Most Absurd Rumor
 What were you expecting? He's pretty normal, from what I can tell...
---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <sharelong60@...> wrote :

Funny about Adya, I love his writing. But when he came to FF and spoke in 
person, I was somewhat disappointed. Maybe he's an introvert by nature...

  From: "anartaxius@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>
 To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:17 PM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Most Absurd Rumor
 The Zen trained Adyashanti had this to say about 'enlightenment success':
'When I looked around at the Buddhist tradition, I realized that the success 
rate was terrible. People were in it for enlightenment, but very few were 
actually getting enlightened. If this were a business, I thought, we'd be 
'I think it's unfortunate that a person can spend hour after hour, day after 
day, year after year, dedicating his life to enlightenment, and yet the very 
notion that anybody attains enlightenment is a taboo. We're all going after 
this; but God forbid somebody says they've realized it. We don't believe them, 
we're cynical, we have doubt; we go immediately into a semi- (or overt) attack 
mode. To me, it highlights the fact that people are chasing an awakening they 
don't believe could happen to them. That's a barrier, and the biggest one... 
And when people have breakthroughs and talk about them in public, awakening 
loses its mystique. Everyone else can see that it's not just special people who 
have deep awakenings, it's their neighbor or their best friend.'
The TMO seemed to do pretty well for a while selling something nobody seems to 
have found. Perhaps one reason for this is the ideas we have in our heads about 
what enlightenment is supposed to be. The usual ideas about what enlightenment 
is, are something out of a comic book, something fantastical. Maybe it is 
something not quite so interesting to talk about, something so familiar that 
you discount it entirely.

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <sharelong60@...> wrote :

MJ, speak for yourself! I was never chasing enlightenment. I simply wanted to 
fulfill my desires.

  From: "Michael Jackson mjackson74@... [FairfieldLife]" 
 To: "FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> 
 Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:29 PM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Most Absurd Rumor
 And yet from the very beginning of the Movement till about the 1980's 
enlightenment was what we were all chasing and what Marshy emphasized over and 
over. Till it became obvious that no one was getting enlightened even with the 
10,000 times more powerful than TM TMSP program so he switched to world peace.

  From: "Share Long sharelong60@... [FairfieldLife]" 
 To: "FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> 
 Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:26 PM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Most Absurd Rumor
 First of all, I'm familiar with spiritual groups who proclaim people 
enlightened. I didn't always agree with their proclamations! And as mentioned, 
I know of a group who gives certificates of enlightenment.  Maybe they use 
different criteria than me! I also know people in the TMO who I think are 
pretty darn enlightened. But of course they don't proclaim themselves as such. 
The whole thing is such a hodge podge that I simply ignore all the posturing 
and go by my own sense of a person. And actually, it doesn't matter to me 
whether or not they're "enlightened." There are other qualities that I value 

  From: "TurquoiseBee turquoiseb@... [FairfieldLife]" 
 To: "FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> 
 Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:06 PM
 Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Most Absurd Rumor
 From: "Bhairitu noozguru@... [FairfieldLife]"

On 11/18/2014 09:17 AM, TurquoiseBeeturquoiseb@... [FairfieldLife] wrote:

  From: "Bhairitunoozguru@... [FairfieldLife]"<FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com>

On11/18/2014 04:26 AM, TurquoiseBee turquoiseb@...[FairfieldLife] wrote:
  It'snot so much a rumor, more ofa sales pitch or claim, butI've always gotten 
a chucklefrom "TM is the fastest pathto enlightenment on theplanet," coming 
from anorganization that in over 50years has been unable toproduce even a 
single personthey can point at and say,"This person is enlightened,and got that 
way as a resultof practicing TM."

What organizationdoes?
Just to make apoint about the kinds ofbullshit humans are willing toaccept, 
think about the TM salespitch for enlightenment,compared to almost anything 
elsebeing sold on this planet:
-- "So, that'syour introductory lecture. Justsign here, pay us your $75, andwe 
promise you that you will befully enlightened in fiveyears."  (Please notethat 
this actually *happened*with the TM movement.)
--"Sounds good, but looking intomy crystal ball that shows methe future, I can 
see that whatyou're trying to sell me isn'tgoing to cost me only $75, buttens 
of thousands ofdollars over 30 or 40 years, topay for all the extra coursesand 
'add-ons' you'll try to sellme. What can you show me toconvince me that 
this'enlightenment' you're trying tosell me will actually occur, andthat if it 
does, it's worth it?
-- "Well, you justhave to trust us. Give us yourmoney now, and in 5 to 8 
years(ooops, sorry about that) you'llbe enlightened. And you've heardthe 
lectures -- when you'reenlightened, you'll be able toknow everything and 
haveeverything you want just bywanting it. Isn't that worth thehundreds of 
thousands of dollars(ooops again) you'll wind uppaying us?"
--"It *might* be worth it, butwhat can you show me to prove tome that this 
'enlightenment'you're selling me actuallyexists? For example, there aremany 
people here in the roomtoday who have been practicingTM for more than 8 years, 
themaximum time you say it willtake to become enlightened.Point out the ones 
who areenlightened, and let me talk tothem to figure out if this isall going to 
be worth it."
-- "Sorry.<insert reverential tone ofbullshit here> 'We don't talkabout our 
individual state ofconsciousness.'"
--"WTF? So you're saying that Ijust have to TRUST you about allthis 
enlightenment stuff, andyou are NEVER going to show meanyone who you can 
guarantee hasachieved it?"
-- "That's right."
--"You DO know that this isinsane, right? Promising the'fastest path' to 
somethingyou'll later refuse to everproduce?"
-- "You thinkWE'RE insane? Talk to themillions of people who boughtthis exact 
sales pitch hook,line, and sinker."  


It's a "path to enlightenment" but my point was that no organizationI know of 
guarantees it.  You can't.  It even goes against TMteaching because one's 
progress is dependent on the state of theirnervous system.  And by no means 
would it be the fastest.  It reallyis just a meditation for the masses.  It's 
nothing special otherthan it was probably better organized than some of the 
other frontrunners. 

Bhairitu, it's not "guaranteeing enlightenment" that I'm riffing on for 
hopefully humorous purposes. It's the promising it for 50 years and never 
*producing* it I'm riffing on. 
That, and the fact that they got away with it because their clientele was too 
stupid to ever say, "Now wait a minute...where are all these enlightened people 
you promised me I'd be surrounded by and be one of? Point them out to me. Show 
me an enlightened person." 

Someone saying that -- *anyone* saying that -- would have been the counterpart 
of the line in the fairy tale that goes, "Uh, guys...you *have* noticed that 
the Emperor has no clothes on, right?" Asked to put up or shut up and actually 
*produce* a "certified TM enlightened person," the TMO wouldn't have been able 
to do so. 

It's all a house of cards perpetuated by the fact that no one ever says, "Show 
me an enlightened person." 



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