This is an interesting point in comparing atheism to MMY's teachings.  
However, the comparison is misleading since the objective of transcending is to 
attain unity with the Universal Intelligence or the Unified Field.  As I 
understand it, atheists do not believe in such intelligence or field.  On the 
other hand,  MMY and the TMO did not and do not prohibit atheists from 
practicing TM.

 Why?  Because MMY believed that samadhi or the state of transcending is a 
natural phenomenon inherent in the human mind and physiology.  In that case, 
belief is not required in attaining samadhi.  Nonetheless, IMO the depth of 
attaining pure consciousness is somewhat limited to the self and does not 
encompass the Universal Intelligence.  IOW, what you see is what you 




---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :

 New Statesman has a review of a new book that argues that atheism has a long 
history stretching back to the Ancient Greeks so isn't the product of modern 
science its current advocates maintain. The review was mostly favourable but 
did point out that atheists of old were far from being the full-on materialists 
we have today. 
 Anyway this passage amused me :

  Yet it is possible, even in the light of this book, to interpret ancient 
atheism in a rather different way. The more we know about those philosophers 
whom the ancients described asatheoi, the less like contemporary sceptics they 
seem. Epicurus, for instance, though he featured in Sextus’s list of famous 
atheists, not only believed in gods but was an initiate of the local mysteries, 
and went as far as to demand sacrifices from his followers “for the care of my 
holy body”. His materialist convictions were not, as his 17th-century admirers 
liked to imagine, bred of a scientific cast of mind, but of the precise 
opposite: a conviction that they would help him to attain inner peace. The only 
value of research into the natural world, so Epicurus believed, was to enable 
the philosopher, by properly appreciating the pointlessness of superstition, to 
attain the state of tranquillity that was, so he taught his disciples, the 
ultimate goal of life. The closest modern parallel is probably not Richard 
Dawkins but rather Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.




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