Transcendentalism, ..has the power to transform lives, 
The power to transform..  But at face value, ever since Maharishi left India in 
the 1950’s he seems to have been about revolution as these transcendentalism 
definitions say it too. Transformation.  He did everything inciting revolution 
in the world: Spiritual [SRM], education, public health, religion, politics 
[NLP], government.  It was all about revolution (transcendentalism).  

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 Radical Transcendentalism?  These are good observations and question.  
Evidently ‘respectability’ didn’t work very well for ™ after the 1970’s the way 
that they did it. Revolutionary is another narrative of our being 
transcendentalists who look to broad transformations that may now be more in 
keeping with these times now.  

 Your definitions on transcendentalism are fine and could be added in well with 
the recent threads on transcendentalism here that were explored before you 
joined FFL.
 (You can find those threads gathered on Oct 1 posts in the matrix that is at 
the bottom of the FFL homepage). 

 Transcendentalists both contemporary and going back in time as a people it 
seems have an ongoing kind of spirituality way more than the historical 
artifacts and cultural expression of the 1830’s American movement of 
Transcendentalists. As a people now we ™’ers fit in with the definitions quite 

 A more recent academic definition goes well to describe a spirituality of the 
meditating community, the Fairfield Transcendental Meditationists but I see it 
also is describing a wider movement in the current postmodern, evidently a 
growing ‘spiritual but not religious’ demographic. (in mindfulness and TM, 
tolle, chopra, centering, oprah, Yogananda ..)  
 Our initial working definition of transcendentalism, however, will stress a 
divine force in each individual, a force that is also linked to nature and has 
the power to transform lives, as well as social institutions. -Professor Ashton 
Nichols, Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

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 The triumphal trumpet, 

 radical transcendentalists in the postmodern age... 

 With these short words I think you may have undercut the movement's attempt at 

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 The triumphal trumpet, 

 radical transcendentalists in the postmodern age... 

 With these short words I think you may have undercut the movement's attempt at 

 "Radical means advocating advocating complete political or social reform or 
supporting an extreme section of a idealistic movement."

 "Transcendentalism is an idealistic philosophical and social movement that 
developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by 
romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity 
pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on 
feminism and communal living. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were 
central figures."

 "Postmodernism is an era and a broad movement that developed in the late-20th 
century across philosophy, the arts, architecture, and criticism which marked a 
departure from modernism typically defined by an attitude of skepticism or 
distrust toward grand narratives, ideologies, and various tenets of 
Enlightenment rationality, including the existence of objective reality and 
absolute truth, as well as notions of rationality, human nature, and 
progress.It asserts that knowledge and truth are the product of unique systems 
of social, historical, and political discourse and interpretation, and are 
therefore contextual and constructed."

 Postmodernism also exhibits a high degree of irrationality, at odds with 

 It seems to me this kind of language does not really suit the Transcendental 
Meditation movement which prides itself on a public face of religious 
neutrality, scientific rigor and as not being a lifestyle or philosophy.

 It creates a sense of extremism and religious advocacy which does not forward 
the movement's public image they have cultured for the last 45 years or so, to 
avoid the appearance of crass Hinduism.

 The movement has enough trouble with this as it is.

 What do you think is the best way for TM to be promoted to modern, rational 
people that have perhaps paid lip service in the direction of spiritual 
activities, people who are basically secular in outlook and desire?

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