The 40th Anniversary, of the 1979 Amherst course.
 Taking from current history, a paraphrasing of a NYTimes article:
 as something like our own TM movement’s annual January 12th meetings of the 
essential group.. 
  “Facing deepening tensions abroad and anxieties inside, 
 ..using a key anniversary to argue that the recipe of guided growth under 
strong movement control must not waver.
 he said,  The first lesson from these 40 years of spiritual regeneration was 
the need to maintain party (Movement) leadership “over all tasks.”
 “It was precisely because we’ve adhered to the centralized and united 
leadership of the movement that we were able to achieve this great historic 
transition, said” .. at a pivotal, potentially fraught moment in the movement 
when all the contradictions in its governance appeared in stark relief. great as that of any leadership in decades, yet the movement’s tightening 
of controls over the organization and ever more aspects of its society suggest 
a deep-seated insecurity at the highest levels.
 “Today many policy goals in the Movement are in tension with one another. 
Which ones take precedence? This is what officials will need to know to carry 
out their work on a practical level.”
 Some had been hoping for signals that the leadership would take further steps 
to liberalize the movement or ease tensions with its membership.”
 Jai Guru Dev

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 A Spiritual Regenerative Movement (SRM) in the  
 Is the TM movement currently transformational as regenerative, reform, or 

 A Consideration,
 TM as Revolutionary Millenarian:!topic/communal-studies-forum/1di3VYUG13U!topic/communal-studies-forum/1di3VYUG13U


 Revolution does not have to be violent to be revolutionary. Different than 
fomenting violent revolution Maharishi was about peace and he worked in a long 
career on improving people’s lives on earth..

 What Mao, (as paraphrased) could have said to meditators in transcendentalist 
 To meditators:
 "The force at the core leading our cause forward is the Transcendental 
Meditation Movement. The theoretical basis guiding our spiritual experience and 
thinking is the Meissner Effect, the ME, found in Natural Law and our 
manifestly Self-evident experience meditating.

 If there is to be revolution, there must be a revolutionary meditating 
movement. Without a revolutionary meditating movement, without a movement built 
on the scientific and revolutionary theory of the ME and group meditation and 
in the style of science and spiritual experience of the Unified Field, it is 
impossible to lead the practicing meditator and the broad groupings of the 
meditators everywhere against the entrenched forces of reductionist 
materialism, of deconstructionism and their running-dogs.:


 Revolutionaries, where it has happened and where revolution has brought change 
in broader status quo for humanity it is interesting in study to look at and 
hear how they said it, how they said it, led it, and acted it out such that 
they compelled and led broader societal change.  

 Like looking back at Mao’s quotations, the little red book, to seeing what/how 
he said that resonated a people then.   

 While Mao (or Castro either) is not in the tradition of transcendentalists, 
 A Study of what Mao could have said to meditators in his Maoist way.. 
 Link to a leadership mash-up of Mao’s quotations and transcendental 
meditationist revolution..
 A mash-up of, 
 Mao and Maharishi:

 Now folded in to one millenarian-ist revolutionary's quotation book,
 See -isms Paraphrased in to TM:!topic/communal-studies-forum/qAs9ROcD8Ro!topic/communal-studies-forum/qAs9ROcD8Ro

 Castro, Another of 20th Century’s large revolutionaries drops the body..  
Castro and Cuban revolution have been in the background of my whole life. It is 
interesting to read the obits today for Castro and recall the decades. 


 NPR has sound clip samplings of Castro speeches over the years to hear along 
with their NPR webpage obit.  Again, though not an overt transcendentalist like 
in is this thread, 
 one can kind of ‘hear’ his leadership charisma in the clips.  No doubt you had 
to be there, like being there with Maharishi. 

 Sound clips, scroll further down the NPR piece

 "I’m at peace with myself and the universe. One can’t but come closer to God or
Heaven than to merge oneself with the universal order of things—to become, as it
were, one with all of space and time. " Dr Robert Lanza

 “If we measure our individual forces against hers [nature’s], we may easily 
feel as
if we were the sport of an insuperable destiny. But if, instead of identifying
ourselves with the work, we feel that the soul of the workman streams through 
us, we
shall find the peace of the morning dwelling first in our hearts, and the 
powers of gravity and chemistry, and, over them, of life, pre-existing within 
us in
their highest form.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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 Waging radical peace, The SRM (The Spiritual Regeneration Movement) would be 
revolutionary.. A corollary discussion drawing on definition..
 Using Foster's Critique of revolutionary movements to consider 
 Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the 20th Century.  
 See thread:!topic/communal-studies-forum/1di3VYUG13U!topic/communal-studies-forum/1di3VYUG13U

 Anyone who will effectively meditate according to what the best of modern 
science is correlating, anyone practicing an effective transcending meditation 
is of their own weight a radical, a free radical revolutionary. -JaiGuruYou 

 Well, like an old battle cruiser that had been left with a skeleton crew 
decommissioned by bureaucrats the likes of Bevan and Neil the old ship is in 
re-fit right now.  Gone from speeds of just 200 a month being taught meditation 
before 2006 whence the old ship was discovered then in inventory at anchor 
unattended to, then bringing in and putting John Hagelin in charge in concert 
with David Lynch along with other capable old field teachers the old ship is 
being brought on line again.  It is up to speeds of about 2000 new meditators a 
month or better speeds now in tests in the US.   
 Like the old Shaker tune,
 Old Ship of Zion


 What ship is this that will take us all home, 
O glory, hallelujah!
And safely land us on Canaan's bright shore?
O glory, hallelujah!

'Tis the old ship of Zion, hallelu, hallelu;
'Tis the old ship of Zion, hallelujah!

The winds may blow, and the billows may foam,
O glory, hallelujah!
But she is able to land us all home, 
O glory, hallelujah!


She landed all who have gone before, 
O glory, hallelujah!
And she is able to land still more,
O glory, hallelujah!


If I arrive there, then, before you do,
O glory, hallelujah!
I'll tell them all that you are coming up, too.
O glory, hallelujah!


 Thx, sorry but I don't get "it" - the scenario you're describing.  After 1975, 
the TM Movement suffered a precipitous decline in initiation numbers and by 
your own accout, there's only a few hundred initiations per year.
 While it's true that a revolution is going on on growing numbers of 
self-styled "Spiritual" but non-religious people, I see no ground swell of 
meditating Transcendentalists.  If anything, Mindfulness is increasingly 
supplanting TM in numbers.
 But overall, there are countless millions more religious Fundamentalists than 
Transcendentalists, and this has been the case since the middle of the 19-th 
Century when Methodism became a dominant  religion.  In recent decades, the 
numbers of nominal Catholics has declined with growing numbers of "lapsed 
Catholics" and the Evangelicals supplanting the mainstream branches.
 ....But still no evidence of more TM Initiations.  Such numbers are shrinking 
to almost zero.
 The best strategy may be for the remnant leaders of the TMO to become 
Mindfulness teachers and ride that wave of popularity.

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 Revolutionary, the whole series of large format publications using the 
Heidelberg color presses is testament to revolution.   The earliest color 
productions to come off the Heidelbergs, the embossed tan covered color MIU 
Catalog with the embossed cover logo was about revolution.  That book which in 
production Maharishi poured over every word, sentence and aspect of layout was 
way more than idealism, it was revolution.  

 Here is the mission taken from that book of Maharishi’s

  “We will count ourselves successful only when the problems of Today's world 
are substantially reduced and eventually eliminated and the educational 
institutions of every country are capable of producing fully developed 

 -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, from the founding Catalog of Maharishi International 
University, 1974


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 Folks can soft sell him and call him an idealist but he was a revolutionary 
plain, expecting and not just waiting idle for the change of broad 
transformation.  His own life worked at it and led it in so many ways.  There 
was a deep consistency to his life and that was all about ‘revolution’. 
 Yes, as a Transcendentalist in fact he was a radical.  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 
plainly was one of the large revolutionaries of the last half of the 20th 
Century and early 21st.  From the time of his leaving India in the 1950’s he 
was systematically looking to affect radical change from the norm. Through the 
whole time of his travels he was looking the whole way along to bring in to 
effect complete transformation in society, a change from the norm and expecting 

 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).  
 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 

 From: " [FairfieldLife]" <>
 Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2016 1:20 PM
 Subject: [FairfieldLife] The UK Dome 20 Years On
 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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