The few of the old who remain inside TM are working long hours and some of them don’t look too good for it. TM abandoned teaching meditators for its being TM-Sidhis-centric. The TM administration from the late 70’s and on in effect skipped a generation or two of inducting young people to the meditation. More of the work of running the place is being hired or contracted out. That, the hiring of the work to outsiders (non-meditators as in our case) is a common practice that happens as spiritual groups dwindle and get to their end.
---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : A large variable in a survival of spiritual groups is in the strike of balance of the work facilitating the spiritual practice which the group does. Historically, groups can flag where they drop away from their core spiritual practice for all the work of keeping a group going. The end becomes nearer and a liquidation more close at hand once the spiritual practice gets sacrificed in the communal work of just keeping a group’s institutions up in time. You can see this happening in the stalwarts who remain behind. What was promised as 30 hour work weeks with time well apportioned for meditating becomes 60 or 70 hour weekly marathons just to keep the place open for those who remain. It is a cycle that breaks people and groups. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : Decline in historic spiritual community usually is a quiet implosion as their circumstances of spiritual practice may drop. As particular personality of declines do happen to spiritual practice groups in history like ours it often ends with an auction of assets. Whence the spiritual shakti is gone and enough members have moved on to other places in time a liquidation of what was becomes the inevitable. TM evidently is down a road to this. It will take some extraordinary leadership to turn the desertion of what has been a long tide of people going away. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : An ideologic movement culture dismisses looking around, saying “The past (history) is a lesser state of evolution”. Yet in ‘historicity’ of spiritual groups like ours, the end may be nearer at hand as our case may be. The metrics are not good for TM right now. I wish them well and hope they can survive. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : In Fairfield we will see if the guys at the controls will fly it in to the towers or the ground with their hands firmly on the controls. There are still a lot of good people in TM and a lot is in play and motion right now within TM. The leadership apparently is pretty isolated and can be ideologic rigid. Their own metric is that they have turned a lot of meditators out who are not just going to come back. This all will take a coming out with some extraordinary human resources of leadership to calmly engage the problems and pull it out of decline. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : It is not just a given that the University in Fairfield will just continue. Its existence has to be worked at all the time both financially and for its accreditation. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : The University and the larger TM movement? Why care? Because a lot of people live there or are dependent on it all in different ways. People we know who are people we are in community with. In many different ways even in its diminished form of late the University itself is a fulcrum in both the local community and the larger TM movement that is here. This is real stuff to people here who live here in Fairfield and the larger meditating community. A lot of people who live here are affected by the way people behave up in the movement there. Everyone living here should be interested in how it is going up there. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : The meditating University and the meditating Movement community are significant fly-wheels in the local economy here. The University is a substantial employer and provider for people in the community. As is, the meditating community that has settled and embedded in the local economy here along with the University. All the economic development agencies should be sitting up (the Chamber of Commerce and local, regional, and State economic development types).and be proactively asking how it is going up there and if there is anything they can do to help mitigate how it is going for the University here. It should be a major local economic disturbance where it goes bankrupt, or closes for lack of accreditation. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <olliesed...@yahoo.com> wrote : Thanks for your responses Doug. What a hell of a problem. I can certainly see the POV of the obstructionists, the ones who want to keep doing what they are doing, "because that's the way granny sliced the ham...". If I had once been anointed as some sort of gate-keeper by "His Holiness" Maharishi, and had not yet awakened to my infinite nature, that would be something almost impossible to let go of. With such a consciousness, it is enormously scary to relinquish such power, something that according to the psyche of the controlling person, *practically came from God, Himself*, and must be kept in place for the person's ongoing salvation. Such an illusion is very tough to see, much less confront and see through. The issue with a spiritual community modeled around the personality of a single teacher, is when that teacher is no longer there, the model crumbles. There is no precedent to follow wrt integrating such knowledge into the real world, unless it comes from the teacher. In any other venue, politics, business, military, religion, there are track records based on measurable objectives, to guide the organization after the leader is gone. But in a spiritual community the only thing that continues is the relative power of the individuals, at the time of the leader's passing. Unless they are able to work cooperatively, or a single person rises to take the founder's place, the organization will wither. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote : Why concern ourselves? Because,it is a fully functioning university and facility right now and it would be a horrible terrible local disruption for a lot of good people who live here if it lost its accreditation, went bankrupt and closed. Everyone who lives here should be very interested in how it is going for the movement and MUM up there. There should be a lot more proactive mediating of what is going on there for its welfare for the whole community for a lot of good reasons here locally. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote : “.. What is the downside to it all going away, except the process to continue the marketing and teaching of TM and the TM Siddhis programs? Why bother with the University or the community Dome meditation up there? Why? People should be very interested in how they are behaving up there on campus and how it is going for them. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mdixon.6569@...> wrote : It's called *trying to solve the problem on the level of the problem*. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote : Om no, no. The process is bringing light to what evidently has been a dark elusive area. The light will enlighten things around all of this. For some who do not like change this may feel like it is schismatic but change could be very expansive as meditators will come to this school, graduate and leave having had very positive experiences with it all in total while they were here. The changes in the works are very exciting. It is time, this is timely. This has to be about more than survival and endurance but expansion. There is general agreement in consensus on that and only a few rigid holdouts against progressing. The next four or five months will be arduous getting there and may not be for the faint of heart. This is glorious work that is being done here by a lot of good people who are with it in the community. -JaiGuruYou From: "dhamiltony2k5@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:36 AM Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Re: TM Originalists v Progressive Practitioners, The TM Movement Community 'Originalism', this becomes a useful critique for distinguishing the religious faith-and-belief-in-Maharishi conservative TM ideologic zealotry of strict preservation on the one hand from progressive practitioner elements on the other hand who in experience would like to see things evolve and work out well for the TM movement. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mdixon.6569@...> wrote : If it's *extremely trying inside the movement" why be bothered? That's why i keep my distance from the TMO. That way,I don't stress them out and they don't stress me out. Why swim in their mess? ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote : Why? Well, on a purely practical level I live here and a lot of my friends live here. I have family that lives here now and we are all affected by how they behave up there. -JaiGuruYou From: "dhamiltony2k5@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, February 15, 2016 7:50 PM Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: TM Originalists v Progressive Practitioners, The TM Movement Community I am on my way to a working meeting on campus right now about the movement but this division over ‘originalism’ is a communal rub and scrap in harnessing actionable change in cultural things that have evolved within the TM movement community. It is extremely trying inside the movement right now. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote : On considering uncompromising and Strict Originalism, like with some strict TM preservationists: “..a static interpretation of the law that doesn't move with the times, doesn't move with the society.” “He (Scalia) was its most fierce proponent I guess I would say, but that didn't mean that he prevailed. Not everybody on the court agreed with him, including many of the conservatives on some issues. And so while he was its principal proponent and theoretician, he didn't win a great deal of the time because he was not a consensus-builder. Other people were more willing to compromise than he was. He would have called that "faux-conservatism."” "The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means today not what current society, much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, but what it meant when it was adopted." -Antonin Scalia Originalism: A Primer On Scalia's Constitutional Philosophy http://www.npr.org/2016/02/14/466744465/originalism-a-primer-on-scalias-constitutional-philosophy http://www.npr.org/2016/02/14/466744465/originalism-a-primer-on-scalias-constitutional-philosophy