[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > >In a message dated 1/3/06 9:41:10 A.M. Central Standard Time, >[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: > >The price of TM is: $52 a month over 4 years, which is $12 a week, >or $1.70 a day. Even poor people in the US spend WAY more than this >on coffee, unhealthy fizzy drinks, and many more unhealthy >unnecessary things every day. >If one did it over 2 tears instead of 4, then it is still only $3.40 >a day. Anyone who has the will to, can afford TM in the US. > >When I first wanted to learn about yogic knowledge, I was ready to >give up everything and travel to India to find what I was looking >for, at great risk to myself and my future. You are now proclaiming >to the people of the world that they should not give up their cafe- >lattes for Vedic knowledge? This incredibly selfish, since you have >already had the benefit of the knowledge. Many people in the world >have nothing to absorb the stress which pushes down upon them >everyday. As a beneficiary of a practice that you can practice any >day, any where, even in a prison, and find relief, if you have any >conscience at all you should be telling as many people as you can, >that TM only costs $3.40 a day for 2 years ! > >OffWorld > > > >The average uninitiated person isn't going to give up their minor comforts, >pleasures, and bad habits to satisfy their curiosity about something so >abstract. Especially if finding a regular practicing TMer is so rare and >there are >so many that learned and quit. You have to consider there are many times >more people out there to say theylearned TM and got little or nothing out of >it >than can say it has opened the universe to them. Twenty -five hundred dollars >is a very big commitment to the average person. To some, its represents a >couple of mortgage payments, four, five or six car payments, Healthcare >insurance premiums etc, things the average middle class person will not give >up or >risk not having in the future should he be between jobs for a period of >time. >Vedic knowledge? What the hell is that to the average person of western >culture? It means nothing to them.< If TM is going to out survive it's >current >practitioners it has to shake the cult image, stop all the Vedic this and >Vedic >that BS, get rid of the religious overtones and charge prices the average >person can whip out a check book and right a check on the spot without a >second >thought to pay for the course. It needs to return to being an organization >fun to work for and one not need to fear being black balled by others on >power >trips. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting, and Pure consciousness >means Nothing to the average person until they have experienced it. > > > Exactly. As I stated here in another thread $75 to "try" TM wasn't that much. At that time I had already had an experience of kundalini rising, learned some yoga asanas and also learned some of the self-inquiry techniques of Ramana Maharishi and his followers. I wanted a mantra meditation to deepen what I already was experiencing. I knew about other organizations but many appeared cult-like whereas at the time TM didn't at all. I was drawn mainly by recommendations of friends and MMY's paperback "Transcendental Meditation" where he addressed current social concerns from the beginning. It seemed much more practical than chanting in the streets or going to weekend "intensives." More likely these days people will pass on TM due to price and seek out other organizations even if they go through several to find something that is right for them. It's good experience anyway.
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