Well said, especially: I've yet to see any evidence that so-called enlightenment via TM is anything other than a personality disorder or even mental illness. Or at least an imbalance of some sort in the way the brain usually balances ego and other hormonal functions. That's really it, the bottom line for me, too. From December of 1967 (when I started TM) to the present, *I have not met a single TMer* who I would consider enlightened, using traditional definitions of that term. Those TMers who have claimed to be enlightened have IMO *all* fallen into the categories you name above -- personality disordered, mentally ill, or imbalanced. I am *not* saying this to be "mean," or to "diss TM." I'm saying it because it's true. I really *haven't* met even a single person who practiced TM whom I would suspect of being enlightened. Not even one. Just to make the distinction clear, I *have* met people from other spiritual traditions who I have suspected were enlightened. I don't know for sure, of course, and never will, but at least there was a *possibility* with these individuals that I was talking with someone enlightened, rather than someone personality disordered, mentally ill, or imbalanced. With anyone who had spent any time in the TM movement, it was impossible for me to entertain that possibility. I have to believe, therefore -- based on my personal experience -- that TM not only does *not* produce enlightenment as it has been traditionally defined for centuries, it produces its opposite: personality disorder, mental illness, and systemic imbalance. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote :
Yes, this is what angers and frustrates those in the waking state. They are ego bound, and yet feel stupid and inadequate, in the presence of someone enlightened. You can watch the results as we speak. Quite a show, and a huuuuuge waste of time for these beginners, who, had they ANY sense at all, would be doing TM, instead of trying to see how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Not that I mind. :-) When I was a newbie meditator I had this hunger for enlightenment, I'd had the experiences of CC up to unity many times and thought it must be an enviable state to be in all the time. After quitting my job and moving in to an academy I started to notice that people who had been doing TM for decades were for the most part, erm, highly eccentric, occasionally aggressive and generally rather odd. At first I put it down to the fact that they'd either not done enough TM or maybe too much . I did meet the occasionally evolved person which seemed to make it all worthwhile. You know the type, they carry a bit of dignity and have no obvious hang-ups or emotional blocks or ego problems. Clear minded people that act lively and always seem well adjusted. I think it was Maslow who had studied people who he described as self-realised and the description fits well. But then his description included open-minded inquiry and TMer's tend to have a True Believer devotee attribute. So I came to the conclusion - perhaps unfairly - that they must have been that personally quite evolved or halfway there to start with. I've yet to see any evidence that so-called enlightenment via TM is anything other than a personality disorder or even mental illness. Or at least an imbalance of some sort in the way the brain usually balances ego and other hormonal functions. The big question is: Is it worth crossing the street for? I've yet to see or hear anything from the TMO that makes me want to do TM with enlightenment as the goal, let alone sit around in a dome for hours every day. So I guess not, we will all answer the question differently I suppose and be happy with the answer we give ourselves.