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.. Paraphrasing..: “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. ..as 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 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/world/asia/xi-jinping-speech-china.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/world/asia/xi-jinping-speech-china.html
---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : A Spiritual Regenerative Movement (SRM) in the TM.org? Is the TM movement currently transformational as regenerative, reform, or revolution? A Consideration, TM as Revolutionary Millenarian: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/communal-studies-forum/1di3VYUG13U https://groups.google.com/forum/#!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 revolution.. 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: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/communal-studies-forum/qAs9ROcD8Ro https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!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 http://www.npr.org/2016/11/26/6631562/former-cuban-leader-fidel-castro-dies-at-age-90 http://www.npr.org/2016/11/26/6631562/former-cuban-leader-fidel-castro-dies-at-age-90 . "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 fathomless powers of gravity and chemistry, and, over them, of life, pre-existing within us in their highest form.” Ralph Waldo Emerson ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : 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: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/communal-studies-forum/1di3VYUG13U https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZrj0BocV4U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZrj0BocV4U 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! (refrain) '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! (refrain) She landed all who have gone before, O glory, hallelujah! And she is able to land still more, O glory, hallelujah! (refrain) 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! (refrain) 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. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : 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 citizens.” -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, from the founding Catalog of Maharishi International University, 1974 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote : 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 it. . 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 well. 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 ..) Transcendentalism: 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 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <archonan...@yahoo.com> wrote : The triumphal trumpet, radical transcendentalists in the postmodern age... With these short words I think you may have undercut the movement's attempt at respectability. From: "dhamiltony...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com 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 respectability. "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 science. 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?