As you know TM would not be my choice to use in schools because it IS too expensive and somewhat limited. My first experience with any kind of meditation was in the 5th grade when some of the intermediate band members were added to the advanced or high school band. The teacher took us through what we today would call a "guided meditation" of imagining a handkerchief slowly falling to the ground. This was an attempt to get the kids to quiet down enough to concentrate on playing the music.

The problem is that Sanskrit mantras do tend to work very well even though they really are just sounds *attributed* to "Hindu gods" which in reality are analogs for forces of nature.

As for "missing the boat" I think a lot of people think that about the backward. We should encourage them to move forward. There are just some ideologies that don't fit well into this era. A lot of fundamentalism is interpreting too literally a teaching that was not supposed to be taken so.

On 11/27/2016 05:30 PM, Mike Dixon [FairfieldLife] wrote:
Equal protection under the law, I would assume. If public schools are going to protect non- Christians from being *harmed* by being in the presence of organized prayer.... what's good for the goose is good for the gander. BTW, it won't just be *fundamentalists* that oppose it. Nearly every other sect of main stream Christianity would also. I'm not exactly sure that you are qualified to say *who has or hasn't* missed the boat. Our karma determines our dharma. Is yoga a *blessing* to get ahead or is it a blessing to catch-up? Each person has it's mission in life. The camp you find yourself in, is probably the one you need the most.
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Why should we care what fundamentalists think? There are such kinds in every religion and they missed the boat a long time ago. They are a minority and should never be treated like they are a majority. It's not like we keep them from learning anything as it's up to them to ask to learn.

On 11/27/2016 04:39 PM, <> [FairfieldLife] wrote:
Thx again Doug for posting the Smithsonian article on the Quietist schools supported by Lynch, under the direction of an apparent independent academic party (the independence part is something new and unexpected....since it lends credibility to the science). ....Unfortunately, the venture may not go over well as soon as the Fundamentalist Christians learn of it. Put yourself in their shoes. First step Google TM Mantras, or "Are TM Mantras Names of the Gods". Naturally, they will select the very first entry on top, and use that to attempt to discredit the Quietist schools. ...Next, they will gather a group of like-minded Folk to picket the schools and put pressure on the local politicians to put a lid on the venture, claiming the separation of Church and State (since their conclusion will be that the TM mantras are the Names of the Hindu Gods, according to the very first google entry that comes up.). Any TM practitioner knows that when using the mantras, they aren't praying to the actual "Gods"; but the reality of what actually happens is experientially obscure and beyond the superficial understanding of the Fundamentalists. A media frenzy will ensue, since the media feeds on superficiality.

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