--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
wrote:
>
> The more words it takes someone to defend something,
> the more likely it is that what they're defending 
> is indefensible.




The oral equivalent to that is:

weak point, speak louder!




> 
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Michael Dean Goodman 
> <Tantra@> wrote:
> >
> > Dear Fairfield Lifers,
> > 
> > In response to the recent discussions on this list about the TM 
> course
> > fee [Why does T/M cost so much to join? A little help?], I'll re-
> post
> > my controversial essay from a few years ago.  I first posted it 
on 
> this
> > list, and then to my amazement it got forwarded/networked all 
over 
> the
> > world - to meditators' e-mail lists, to other TM-related 
discussion
> > groups - and even translated into many languages.  It generated 
> more 
> > encouraging and appreciative e-mail responses to me than any 
other 
> essay
> > I've written.
> > 
> > So here's another go-round (slightly edited to bring it up-to-
> date).
> > I hope that this essay is of some use to you.  It is offered in 
a 
> spi-
> > rit of love and compassion and humility to the tradition.  
> Respectful
> > comments or questions from readers are very welcome via e-mail, 
> either
> > privately or on this list.
> > 
> > Namaste,
> > 
> > Michael
> > 
> > -----------------------------------------------------------------
--
> ------
> > 
> > TM Course Fees and The Real Goals of the Movement
> > By Michael Dean Goodman
> > 
> > The issue of the higher ($2500) TM course fee has stirred up a 
lot
> > of controversy over the years.  Something that someone wrote 
about
> > that finally prodded me into action and I wrote the following re-
> > sponse.  I hope it gives you some food for thought:
> > 
> > When I started TM in 1970, as an adult I paid $75 to learn (and 
by
> > a few years later it was $125).  It is estimated that prices for
> > many things have almost doubled every decade.  In 1970, gasoline
> > cost .29/gallon; today it costs 2.39/gallon - 824% of the 
original
> > cost.  In 1970, a new mid-sized Ford with a big engine cost 
$2500;
> > today it costs almost $20,000, 800% of the original cost.
> > 
> > Applying that same percentage factor, my $75 TM would cost $618
> > today, simply based on adjustment for inflation.  Actually, today
> > TM costs $2500, about 4 times that $618 inflation-adjusted 
figure.
> > 
> > Like [deleted] wrote, I feel that I would have paid a huge amount
> > had I known how effectively the TM program would have brought me
> > back home to my goal.  Please be careful in your assumptions 
here:
> > I'm not talking based on some "true belief" or some faith in what
> > the future might bring; I'm talking based on my own simple direct
> > personal experience over these years.  The time/money/energy that
> > I invested in the TM program was far and away the best investment
> > I've ever made.  It's made this life worthwhile.  I appreciate 
that
> > some of you don't feel that way - some feel disappointed, 
tricked,
> > abused, misled - and I'm sincerely and deeply sorry that you've
> > found yourself on a different road.
> > 
> > Even knowing as little as I did before I started, I came up with 
> $75 -
> > which is equivalent to $618 today.  Today the TM movement is 
> charging
> > 4 times that, or $2500.  Back then, when I learned, would I have 
> come
> > up with 4 times the $75 that I paid (or $300)?
> > 
> > After really letting myself get back into the feelings that I had
> > back then, I say yes - I would have.  Certainly, because of the
> > greater amount of money involved, I would have slowed down, 
thought
> > more deeply about my decision, weighed it as more than the "cheap
> > lark" that I saw it as, but as drawn as I was to have that inner
> > stability and peace that I saw in the TM lecturer, I would have 
> paid
> > the $300.
> > 
> > That $300 was 3.75% of an average year's income in 1970 - a 
little
> > under 2-weeks' wages.  It was also 13% of the cost of a new car 
> back
> > then.  In my life since then, a lot of income and a lot of cars 
> have
> > come and gone - and a lot of money has been foolishly spent on 
> things
> > that have disappeared or were a mistake to begin with - but what 
> the
> > TM program delivered me to, the Self, goes on forever.  In fact, 
> think-
> > ing back over those days when I was initiated and my behaviors 
and
> > attitude toward TM back then, I feel that I would actually have 
> taken
> > the whole thing a lot more seriously - especially the 3-days of 
in-
> > struction after initiation, and the regular practice of TM 
> thereafter -
> > if I hadn't thought that it was such a cheap bargain at $75.
> > 
> > Today, based on what TM brought me, $2500 is a steal.  But I am 
> realis-
> > tic, and I understand through direct personal experiences with 
> friends
> > and counseling clients over these past years that many people 
> don't see
> > that value at first, and that $2500 is a very significant, often 
> daunt-
> > ing, obstacle in some peoples' minds.  It is daunting for me to 
> tell
> > people "$2500", especially when I assume that they're not 
serious 
> spir-
> > itual seekers - but merely looking for some relative benefit 
(like 
> re-
> > ducing their stress level or improving their relationship or 
making
> > school easier) - and therefore might not see the deeper value 
that 
> I
> > now see in hindsight.
> > 
> > So why does TM cost 4 times more today than it did back in 1970 
> (af-
> > ter adjusting for inflation)?  And, as a corollary: is 
Maharishi, 
> as
> > some people assert, either a bumbling idiot about practical 
> financial
> > matters, or just overly greedy - or is he a brilliant seer of 
the 
> fu-
> > ture?  Let's investigate.
> > 
> > I've thought back over many things I've heard from Maharishi 
over 
> my
> > years around him decades ago, and many things that I've 
recognized
> > based on my own personal experience and understanding, and I'd 
> like to
> > share with you my take on the Movement and the $2500 TM course 
> fees.
> > 
> > PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DISCLAIMER PARAGRAPH SLOWLY AND 
> CAREFULLY -
> > AND IF YOU FEEL THE NEED TO ARGUE WITH ME ABOUT WHAT I'M ABOUT 
TO 
> SAY,
> > TO "PROVE ME WRONG", OR TO TRASH ME FOR BEING SUCH AN "IDIOT" - 
> PLEASE
> > READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH AT LEAST A COUPLE MORE TIME:
> > 
> > This is my subjective opinion, seen through my history, colored 
by 
> my
> > consciousness and my issues; it is not presented as "fact" 
> or "truth".
> > And since it is merely personal opinion, there is no need to 
> engage in
> > debate over the accuracy of each of my 'facts', because personal 
> opin-
> > ion is not based on fact.  It's based on how our nervous system 
> sees
> > the world.  We can all gather plenty of facts and/or quotes to 
> bolster
> > our opinions.  This is simply offered as my world view - and 
> perhaps
> > you're a voyeur and would benefit from seeing the world through 
my
> > eyes for a few minutes.  If not - if you don't want to innocently
> > open your mind to some thought-provoking ideas - simply use 
> your "de-
> > lete" key and move on.
> > 
> > I want to discuss the $2500 course fee on three levels (they get 
> deeper
> > as they progress, and all tie together, so please persevere):
> > 
> > 
> > ANSWER #1 - THE SNOW PLOW EFFECT:
> > 
> > My personal experience is that when I started to meditate in 
1970,
> > the going was tough.  The "collective consciousness" of the 
world 
> was
> > thick...thick...thick.  Meditations were boring.  Rounding 
courses
> > were tedious - they felt like hard work.  I didn't have a clear 
> inner
> > experience of unbounded awareness till I'd gone through 2 1/2 
> years of
> > meditation, 2 months of rounding at Humboldt, 10 weeks of long-
> rounding
> > on TTC in La Antilla, and a week of silence where we meditated 
16 
> hours
> > a day straight through.
> > 
> > Today, many people have deep, clear, powerful experiences soon 
> after
> > starting TM.  They have no idea the boredom, roughness, and 
> darkness
> > we went through - the battles we fought.
> > 
> > Maharishi used an analogy that really seemed apt, based on my own
> > experience.  He asked us to imagine a mountain road after a huge
> > blizzard.  Snow is piled up four feet deep.  A big snow plow 
truck,
> > with a huge diesel engine, and chains on its massive truck tires,
> > labors along at 2 MPH to push aside all that obstruction - 
putting
> > great wear and tear on the truck's transmission, tires, and crew,
> > all through the night.
> > 
> > The cars that follow in the morning easily cruise the mountain 
> passes,
> > unaware of the effort that went into clearing the road by those 
who
> > first attacked the snow in the cold and dark of night.
> > 
> > So those of us who "cleared the road" paid way less in money and 
> way
> > more in personal effort in plowing through all that thickness.  
> That
> > was our karma.  Those who start today have an easy time of it, 
so 
> they
> > pay way less in personal effort and way more in money - they pay 
a
> > premium toll for getting to drive comfortably down that already-
> clear-
> > ed highway.
> > 
> > 
> > ANSWER #2 - MAHARISHI'S REAL MISSION:
> > 
> > I was in Seelisberg Switzerland when the first results from the 
> ori-
> > ginal experiments with the sidhis occurred (at the couples' six-
> month
> > course in Arosa in September 1976).  Maharishi came back that 
night
> > from Arosa so excited.  He walked down the hall clapping his 
hands
> > together, over and over, like a little child, and 
> repeating "something
> > so good has happened!"  He told everyone, no matter what their 
> normal
> > evening program, to come quickly to the big gold lecture hall 
for a
> > meeting.
> > 
> > The poor visiting guest speaker that night, a chemist I believe, 
> got
> > out only a few sentences before Maharishi found a way to politely
> > segue from his talk into the real topic.  Maharishi was so 
excited
> > about the results of the experiments he'd been conducting on the 
> ef-
> > fectiveness of the sidhis (from Maharishi Patanjali's Yoga 
Sutras).
> > 
> > It appeared that Maharishi had been investigating:
> > 
> > a. Did we have enough transcendental consciousness established to
> >     provide the basis for the sidhis to work?
> > 
> > b. Would they be effective in this time of such thickness of 
world
> >     consciousness?
> > 
> > c. Could the increased power of evolution that they promised be
> >     included in a systematic and relatively safe program for 
people
> >     to do at home - not "in the ashram" (on a course) under a 
> Master's
> >     personal supervision (as had been the case traditionally)?
> > 
> > d. Was the world ready - not just for vanilla, abstract 
> transcenden-
> >     tal consciousness that we'd been promoting for decades - but 
> for
> >     sidhis, for concrete results in the relative that would 
> challenge
> >     the paradigm (world view) that most everyone had about how 
life
> >     works, about how the laws of nature work?  Much more than 
> vanilla
> >     transcending did, this threatened to confront peoples' 
> comfortable
> >     lives in "The Matrix".
> > 
> > Maharishi was exploding with joy - the answer seemed to be "yes!"
> > He said that, with the first signs of success of the sidhis, "now
> > the whole thing is accomplished".  [Basically, as it would come 
out
> > later, because now we no longer needed 1% of the world's 
population
> > meditating - 36 million people in those days - a daunting goal; 
now
> > we only needed the square root of 1% doing the sidhis- 6000 
people
> > in those days - a much more realistic goal.]
> > 
> > An enthusiastic Movement leader in the audience asked: "Are you 
> say-
> > ing that this is enough to bring the Age of Enlightenment for the
> > whole world?"
> > 
> > Maharishi answered quietly but with that deep look that he gets
> > when you feel he's seeing into the future: "Enough for this 
world,
> > and many others" [which suddenly expanded everyone's vision in a
> > giant leap].
> > 
> > A second gung-ho "insider" commented: "Maharishi, now we can have
> > another huge wave of initiations, like the Merv Griffin days!"  
He
> > obviously thought Maharishi would run with this enthusiastic, 
posi-
> > tive idea.  This commentor was still operating under the old 
> assump-
> > tion that the goal was to initiate big numbers of people (1% of 
the
> > world).
> > 
> > But Maharishi surprised and shocked us all (most of us having 
spent
> > years focussed on creating TM Centers and increasing the numbers 
of
> > initiations).  He said (his exact words): "Now it is ALL 
> accomplished,
> > EVEN IF NOT ONE MORE PERSON STARTS TM!"
> > 
> > [An aside: That was in 1976.  So why these repetitive accusations
> > by a few people that Maharishi is some kind of fool for pricing
> > himself out of the market, or making statements that alienate po-
> > tential meditators, etc.?  Getting more people to meditate may be
> > your goal - but it has not been his for a long time.  He has a 
very
> > different mission/goal, as we'll get into below.  And we should 
be
> > judging his actions based on whether he accomplishes that goal.]
> > 
> > My take on it in hindsight was that he foresaw that the 2 million
> > meditators that had already been initiated would yield 100,000 
sid-
> > has, which would yield some committed groups of sidhas (like 
Fair-
> > field, etc.) and some big group-flying courses, which would 
soften
> > up the thick atmosphere of kali yuga enough to jump start the 
revi-
> > val of vedic knowledge, especially in India (the home of the 
> vedas),
> > which would get Indian government/culture/family structure to 
open
> > up to their own tradition, which would create schools and groups 
of
> > potential pundits, who would eventually be gathered into a 
> permanent
> > group of 8000 (or multiple groups of 8000 just for safety - to 
ac-
> > count for (a) lack of full establishment of Self-realization in 
the
> > pundits, (b) thickness of the age of kali yuga, (c) potentially 
im-
> > perfect performances, misunderstandings, etc., and (d) non-stable
> > group accommodations, groups having to disband/move/etc.
> > 
> > 1. PHASE ONE OF THE MOVEMENT:
> >     From its inception in the 1950s until 1976
> >     This phase focussed on initiating as many people as possible 
> into TM:
> >     at first that meant the whole world (3.6 billions people);
> >     then the realization of the 1% effect reduced our job to 36 
> mil-
> >     lion meditators (still a daunting task).
> > 
> > 2. PHASE TWO OF THE MOVEMENT:
> >     Announced that night in Seelisberg in 1976 and lasting into 
> the 90s
> >     This phase focussed on creating as many TM-sidhas as 
possible -
> >     eventually understood to be the square root of 1% of the 
> world, or
> >     6000 people (8000 with today's larger world population), 
> reducing our
> >     job even further.
> > 
> > 3. PHASE THREE OF THE MOVEMENT:
> >     Which we shifted into somewhere in mid-to-late 90s
> >     This phase focusses on establishing long-term, stable groups 
of
> >     8000 TM-sidha/pundits, who can permanently safeguard and 
> maintain
> >     the vedic tradition and keep the highway of evolution clear 
and
> >     open.
> > 
> > I don't believe that Maharishi ever trusted that dynamic 
> Westerners,
> > with our attachments to activity in the relative and to material
> > "success" and personal independence, and with our relative lack 
of
> > any deep spiritual tradition, would ever lead the way by 
gathering
> > in large groups with any longevity or stability.  And we've 
proved
> > him right.
> > 
> > As an aside, I remember when we had the big Taste of Utopia 
course
> > in Fairfield in the 80s.  With almost 8000 sidhas, the 
atmosphere 
> was
> > incredible - the transcendent was lively and continuously 
present 
> all
> > throughout programs, instead of an occasional occurrence.  
Correla-
> > tion/unity among everyone was rampant - huge blissful waves of 
uni-
> > fied collective hopping happened over and over in each program, 
in-
> > stead of maybe a couple of times a week when our numbers were 
much
> > smaller.  It was, for me and many others, a little taste of 
heaven.
> > 
> > And then I remember when the course ended, and I stood in the 
park-
> > ing lot of the MIU Fieldhouse and watched most of the 6500 from 
> out-
> > of-town board buses to go to airports to fly home.  I gently 
cried
> > as I watched them leave.  Part of me couldn't understand; they 
had
> > just had such a clear experience of what we could create by just 
> being
> > together, something that the world hadn't seen for thousands of 
> years,
> > something that could transform the Earth and bring so many of us 
> back
> > home - yet they were leaving.  It made me sad, and angry, and 
> depress-
> > ed.
> > 
> > Yet another part of me understood completely; they had families, 
> and
> > jobs, and lives to go tend to, and dreams to make manifest.  
That 
> is
> > the nature of our culture - those are the values that we've been 
> deep-
> > ly trained to prioritize.  We value independence, personal 
achieve-
> > ment, making our individual lives better.  We can't help 
ourselves.
> > 
> > But we are not the kind of people who will easily give that up - 
> not
> > for the sake of creating world peace, not for the sake of 
> reestablish-
> > ing vedic civilization, and not even for the sake of gaining our 
> own
> > Self-realization and God-realization.  It just isn't our 
culture, 
> it
> > isn't our way.  (Maybe it is for a few of us, but not for enough 
to
> > create the stable, permanent groups that are needed for the 
shift 
> Ma-
> > harishi has been assigned to produce in the world).  And 
Maharishi 
> saw
> > that right from the beginning.  America may be "the most creative
> > country on Earth", but it's not the most intelligent - it's a 
place
> > that values creativity, change, moving on to new and better 
> things -
> > but it's not a place that values tradition, stability, long-term 
> spi-
> > ritual commitment.
> > 
> > And if a shift in world consciousness is going to happen, if a 
> 10,000-
> > year "blip" of sat yuga (age of enlightenment) is going to 
emerge 
> in
> > the midst of the 432,000-year darkness of kali yuga, then 
> permanent,
> > stable, big groups must exist.  And if you want to be sure that 
> your
> > work in bringing about that change of age is going to last - 
then 
> you
> > must set up a situation where the long-long-long-term stability 
of 
> those
> > groups is guaranteed.  Because you can't mess with world 
> consciousness,
> > you can't have that kind of powerful group existing and then 
> disappear-
> > ing, without causing huge disruptions - potentially devastating 
to 
> the
> > world (nuclear, biological, financial melt-down, natural 
disasters,
> > etc.).  And if the world gets devastated - then there's no basis 
on
> > which to create a golden age - the very foundation, existence 
> itself,
> > is removed.
> > 
> > MAHARISHI'S PLAN REVEALED
> > 
> > You want a blast-from-the-past?  Go find and listen to that old, 
> week-
> > ly-meeting audiotape called "TM, Religion, and India" that lots 
of 
> TM
> > teachers still have.  Maharishi never hid his big plan; he laid 
it 
> all
> > out there in that tape from around 1970.  He explained how he'd 
use
> > the curiosity and creativity of the West (our desire to embrace 
new
> > things, our openness, our dynamism, our lack of obstructing 
> tradition)
> > as a kind of "middle-step" in his assignment to revive and 
> reestablish
> > the vedic tradition in its homeland.
> > 
> > That was a tradition that India had lost sight of, and he 
realized 
> that
> > he'd have to come all the way out into the West - the field of 
> lack-of- 
> > vedic-tradition, in order to get modern India's attention, to 
> intrigue
> > India (with Western "objective scientific research", with 
> improvements
> > to the relative accomplishments of life that India was growing 
so 
> ena-
> > mored of - increased mental potential, improved health, better 
> social behavior).
> > 
> > He needed to get India's attention in order to get India to wake 
> up to
> > its real spiritual dignity as custodians of consciousness and 
vedic
> > civilization and world peace.  That's why that one Shankaracharya
> > lauded Maharishi with the appellation: "He is the very reason 
for 
> the
> > survival of the tradition".  We were in great danger of the 
vedic 
> know-
> > ledge completely disappearing off the face of the Earth; it was 
> getting
> > very close to zero percent as kali yuga stormed in over the past 
> 5000
> > years.  When vedic knowledge disappears, then the highway of 
> evolution,
> > the path of realization, is completely closed.
> > 
> > Maharishi's mission, his assignment, his job - is NOT to bring 
en-
> > lightenment to any one person (you or me), nor even to bring en-
> > lightenment to everybody who's around now, but to create a 
revival
> > of vedic civilization, a repair of the highway of evolution, so 
> that
> > all of us - and many other souls in this and many other worlds 
for
> > 10,000 years - can get on that highway and automatically and 
easily
> > get Self-realized and beyond.  He is a kshatrya, a warrior, 
> enlisted
> > to do battle with and defeat the huge stresses of kali yuga, and 
> re-
> > establish the rule of natural law on Earth.  It is a MUCH bigger
> > picture than that which many people use as the basis of their 
dis-
> > cussions as they try to evaluate Maharishi's thinking and 
> decisions.
> > 
> > I know that I've had to deal personally with giving up my 
> irritation
> > about not getting enough attention from Maharishi or the 
Movement,
> > not being led individually enough through the process of 
evolution,
> > not having my personality quirks and dramas "taken seriously" 
> enough,
> > not having this cosmic force that Maharishi represents 
> act "properly"
> > and within the boundaries that my individual intellect feels 
> comfor-
> > table and safe with, not having my personal path through this 
huge
> > phase transition be nice and comfortable and "respectful" of me 
and
> > smooth and painless.
> > 
> > To the extent that there's any individuality in me, anything that
> > identifies as separate from this world consciousness that's being
> > wrestled to the ground and transformed, then I'm going to 
sometimes
> > feel ignored, abandoned, abused, hurt, angry, scared...  Because 
> some-
> > thing potentially so big is happening that at times it can feel 
> like
> > it's just rolling over and crushing pockets of constriction, of 
> appar-
> > ent individuality, on the way to its cosmic fruition, and my 
> indivi-
> > duality can feel lost, ignored, even attacked.  The trends of 
time 
> are
> > being changed; Kali herself is being challenged!  My 
individuality 
> has
> > learned to either ride that wave or get out of the way, because 
> it's
> > not about ME (in the individual sense of "me"); it's about 
> everything.
> > 
> > It's war, the biggest war that our modern history has ever 
> recorded -
> > with every layer of constriction that parasitically drains human
> > consciousness, and every demonic layer of power that confuses and
> > dulls human consciousness, being challenged and defeated; it's 
war
> > for the future of evolution on Earth, although it may be on a 
> subtle
> > level that isn't readily apparent on the sensory/chhandas level 
of
> > life where many people tend to live.  It's no holds barred; no 
> polite
> > rules apply!
> > 
> > So those who think Maharishi has lost sight of how to make 
TM "more
> > successful", of how to get more people meditating right now, are
> > still stuck back in PHASE ONE.  And those who think Maharishi has
> > lost sight of how to make TM-sidhis "more successful", of how to
> > get more people doing group sidhis program right now, are still
> > stuck back in PHASE TWO.  If you're still making those arguments,
> > then you really have set your sights on a much smaller level than
> > Maharishi is dealing with.  He's focussed on PHASE THREE - the 
fi-
> > nal stage - creating long-term, stable, "institutionalized" 
groups
> > of vedic pundits, practicing TM and the TM-sidhis in groups, 
living
> > committed lives of vedic focus most of the day, doing powerful 
ve-
> > dic yagyas, employing many other vedic technologies, etc.  This 
is
> > a quantum leap up from mere twice-daily group practice of the TM-
> > sidhis that we've been doing for decades [PHASE TWO], which 
itself
> > was a quantum leap up from the TM practice that people did for 
de-
> > cades before that [PHASE ONE].
> > 
> > THE STORY OF MONEY
> > 
> > It's sometimes humorous to me how concerned a few people are on 
> some
> > mailing lists about how the Movement deals with money, when it's 
> the
> > world of money that Maharishi's so vigorously doing battle with 
for
> > the whole world's benefit.
> > 
> > When the cold war ended, when the Soviet Union disappeared, 
> Maharishi
> > said that there's only one more layer of stress (the last and 
> deepest
> > layer) still enslaving and constricting world consciousness - 
the 
> peo-
> > ple who control the world's money, the international bankers and 
> crea-
> > tors of money.  And from many levels I completely agree - based 
on 
> my
> > own intuition, based on my research into money and banking for 
so 
> many
> > years that really opened my eyes into what's going on behind the 
> scenes,
> > and based on my personal experience in running a multi-million 
> dollar
> > business.
> > 
> > These money-controllers drain half of the creative intelligence 
off
> > the face of the Earth through their money schemes; they 
play "let's
> > you and him fight" with nations and foster wars for their own 
gain;
> > they promote terrorism if it's expedient for their plans; they 
> choose
> > or eliminate the leaders of great nations and dictate their 
> actions.
> > They have money beyond belief, money beyond human ability to 
spend;
> > they aren't even in it for the money anymore, but for pure power,
> > pure control.  They are demonic.
> > 
> > Maharishi is one of the rare people on Earth who see them 
clearly 
> for
> > what they are, who are not gripped by their money game, and who 
> have
> > actually taken them on, stood up to them, challenged them.  He 
is 
> the
> > hope of the world.
> > 
> > There was a time when the Movement's power had not yet been 
fully 
> sol-
> > idified, when we had to be careful of the damage that could be 
> done to
> > us by the extensions of that central money power through its 
> govern-
> > ments, churches, news media, intelligence agencies, courts, 
etc.  
> But
> > now what we've established, what we've evoked, is invincible.  
> That's
> > why Maharishi can openly create a world government, can openly 
> create
> > a currency, can openly set up independent economic development 
> plans
> > for segments of developing nations utilizing that currency, can 
> openly
> > criticize governments, religions, can openly negotiate with 
> leaders of
> > nations and of indigenous peoples, etc.  Even if these things 
have 
> not
> > much manifest themselves yet, the mere declaration of them is an 
> open
> > challenge to the powers-that-be, a "throwing down of the 
> gauntlet", a
> > declaration of war.  It's symbolic of the level of power that 
we've
> > established, a level sufficient to openly take on and defeat the 
> last
> > great stress on the face of the Earth - the international money 
> control-
> > lers.
> > 
> > Maharishi understands money in its deepest sense; he plays with 
> mon-
> > ey; he toys with the controllers of the world's money.  He 
messes 
> with
> > our heads about money and our relationship to our own money.  He 
is
> > restructuring the way that money is distributed into the world.  
A 
> few
> > people regularly seem so concerned about the way that Maharishi 
> and the
> > Movement shepherd the money that comes to them.  We should be 
WAY 
> more
> > concerned about the way that money is currently created and 
> distributed
> > and manipulated in the world, the way that controls us, the way 
> that
> > half of all our work gets drained off to feed the parasitic 
> controllers
> > of money.
> > 
> > In any big phase transition, there is always the possibility of 
> evo-
> > lution or revolution, of peaceful smooth transition between 
states,
> > or of violent destructive transition.  The cold war could have 
> ended
> > the way it did, with the Soviet Union disappearing quietly in the
> > night, or with someone pushing the button(s) and launching enough
> > nuclear weapons to make the Earth uninhabitable for hundreds of 
> years.
> > Obviously, Maharishi was putting all his attention and skill on 
> man-
> > aging the transition so that it happened in the evolutionary, 
> peaceful
> > way it did.
> > 
> > In the same way, he has to guide the world through this last, 
and 
> deep-
> > est, transition.  The nature of money and power in the world has 
to
> > change - and again it can be via evolution or disaster.  We can 
> have a
> > smooth, almost imperceptible change in the world financial 
system 
> and
> > who holds power over it, or we can have economic collapse, a 
melt-
> down
> > that will make the Great Depression of 1929 look like 
kindergarten.
> > 
> > Ask yourself what would happen to your life if money suddenly was
> > worthless, if banks and financial markets collapsed?  If money 
dis-
> > appeared, life would revert to local bartering.  Everyone's 
> financial
> > holdings (bank accounts, investments, retirement plans, 
insurance,
> > etc.) would disappear into worthlessness.  Debt collection would 
> be-
> > come impossible, ownership of property would become debatable, 
> courts
> > would be overloaded.  With no money system, how would companies 
> stay
> > open, pay their bills, meet their payroll?  You would have no 
job -
> > huge numbers of people would have no jobs!  How would utilities 
> con-
> > tinue to function?  What would your life be like if electricity, 
> na-
> > tural gas, etc. wasn't available?  Would you chop wood each day 
to 
> stay
> > warm?  What would life be like if the grocery stores shut down, 
and
> > everyone armed themselves and competed for the small amount of 
> locally
> > grown food?  How would you move about if gasoline production and 
> trans-
> > portation disappeared?
> > 
> > Most of us probably don't realize how close we've come, a number 
of
> > times, to this kind of financial collapse - what a delicate 
house 
> of
> > cards our worldwide financial system is (having been built for 
over
> > 400 years with such disregard for natural law - built on 
deception,
> > usury, slight-of-hand, divisiveness, and parasitic values).
> > 
> > EVOLUTION VS. REVOLUTION - ONE FINAL TIME
> > 
> > Maharishi once expressed a very useful analogy: consider trying 
to
> > boil some milk in a pot on a gas stove.  If you turn the flame 
down
> > too far, the milk will "never" boil; it will take forever.  If 
you
> > turn the flame up too far, the milk will suddenly boil over quite
> > dramatically and make a huge mess all over the stove!  If you're 
in
> > a hurry for hot chocolate, the trick is to keep the flame just as
> > high as you can without letting the milk boil over!  In the same 
> way,
> > if we're in a hurry for the age of enlightenment, the trick is to
> > keep the flame of consciousness, the process of stress release 
for
> > the world, just as high as we can without causing the world 
> to "boil
> > over" into disaster.
> > 
> > Alertly watching and constantly adjusting the "burners" is what 
Ma-
> > harishi has been doing for decades, and continues to do.  He 
> wants -
> > he has been assigned the job - to open the almost destroyed 
highway
> > of evolution for everyone, to bring on that transition of world 
> con-
> > sciousness.  But he has to restrain himself and do it in a way, 
at
> > a speed, that doesn't cause world catastrophe in the process. 
> [There
> > is an old expression among treasure divers who bring up barnacle-
> > encrusted relics, for example ancient pots: "Be careful, in 
> scraping
> > off the barnacles from the ancient pots, that you don't scrape so
> > vigorously that you break the pot in the process".]
> > 
> > Have you ever considered that, if Maharishi boldly says to do 
some-
> > thing, and then doesn't manifest the money to make it happen, 
that
> > he really doesn't want it to happen YET, that the world's not 
ready
> > for it to happen yet, that it would cause "the milk to boil 
over"?
> > That he's speaking the desires of the future, of a time soon to 
> come.
> > That the Earth is not quite ready.  That he's playing the 
overture
> > to the symphony that will follow.  That he's warming up the path,
> > getting our attention, waking us up from our dreaminess, showing 
us
> > where to focus our attention, giving us advance notice and front 
> row
> > seats?  That by publicly declaring his intention, and by 
focussing 
> his
> > attention there, he's preparing the ground, softening up the 
> situation,
> > and even testing how ready the world is.
> > 
> > And could it be that he's also giving all those people of 
> money/power,
> > who are deeply enmeshed in their money karma, yet another 
> compassion-
> > ate opportunity to cleanse themselves, to purify their money, to 
> climb
> > free of the deep pit they're in?
> > 
> > 
> > ANSWER #3 - THE FINAL ACT - PROFESSIONAL STATUS FOR TM TEACHERS
> > 
> > I think that we can all agree that one of two things is going to 
> happen,
> > and probably pretty soon.  Either:
> > 
> > (1) Maharishi is going to complete his mission, establish big, 
> stable
> >      groups of pundits, and bring about a remarkable shift in 
the 
> world,
> > 
> > (2) or not.
> > 
> > 
> > (1) If he does complete his mission, if he does produce the 
results
> > that he predicted, then all of this complaining and hurt 
feelings 
> and
> > anger and negativity will be forgotten, and will have been in 
vain.
> > We will all - "true disbelievers" and "true believers" (and the 
> vast
> > majority who never cared either way) - enjoy a golden age, an 
age 
> of
> > enlightenment, that will last for millennia, with easy evolution 
> and
> > smoother relative life for everyone who wants it.
> > 
> > (2) If he doesn't complete his mission, if he doesn't produce 
the 
> re-
> > sults that he predicted, then all of this will be forgotten 
within 
> a
> > hundred years, or more likely even a few decades.  It will have 
> been,
> > in the cosmic scheme of things, a waste of time, a flop.  Then 
all 
> of
> > this complaining and hurt feelings and anger and negativity will 
> have
> > been, also, a waste of time.  Because if the shift doesn't 
happen, 
> then
> > there will be little survival of whatever knowledge (or lack of 
> it) has
> > been propounded by Maharishi in this age of darkness, chaos, 
> deluded
> > intellects, animal instincts - when things sink quickly into the 
> mud.
> > Those who think that Maharishi or the TM Movement are evil or 
> deluded
> > or dangerous will have little to worry about - the remnants of 
the
> > unsuccessful Movement will disappear into the mud of history 
with 
> lit-
> > tle trace.
> > 
> > So time will tell, and fairly soon, whether it's going to work 
or 
> not.
> > It seems kind of foolish to waste much time debating in the 
> meantime,
> > since the evidence is not quite in yet.
> > 
> > 
> > PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER - THE MAIN POINT:
> > 
> > In terms of the main question - the high price of TM - there are 
> two
> > possibilites:
> > 
> > (1) IF MAHARISHI IS RIGHT
> > 
> > Maharishi obviously believes that he will accomplish his mission,
> > that a shift of world consciousness will happen soon (when he 
feels
> > that the world is ready to handle the shift without self-
> destructing
> > in the huge waves of the phase transition).
> > 
> > When that happens, incredible changes will happen in society, 
and 
> will
> > be taken for granted (just as today hardly anyone remembers how 
> remark-
> > able it was when the Soviet Union - that great "evil" 
superpower - 
> dis-
> > solved overnight, and the Iron Curtain fell and all those 
Eastern 
> Euro-
> > pean countries regained their sovereignty, and the Berlin Wall 
came
> > down, and Germany reunited).  When this last layer of world 
stress 
> is
> > removed, the attitude of major institutions toward spiritual 
> develop-
> > ment (and toward the TM program in particular) will soften and 
> trans-
> > form.  You'll see TM offered (and paid for) by the military, the 
> Vet-
> > eran's Administration, health insurance companies, schools, 
founda-
> > tions, religions...  TM will be everywhere and universally 
> available
> > to anyone who's serious about it.  And all those who've been 
> waiting
> > because of the "high" pricing will be well-served.
> > 
> > And when, after that transition, a health insurance company 
comes 
> to
> > the Movement and asks: "How much does TM cost?"  Or when some 
> govern-
> > ment agency says: "We'd like TM instruction for all our people; 
how
> > much do we need to budget for that?"  We can't say: "Oh, it cost 
> $500
> > yesterday and for the last 20 years, but now, because you see 
the 
> light
> > and want to pay for it and have it, we've upped the price to 
> $2500!"
> > No matter how much we've changed the age, they'll be offended 
and 
> feel
> > that we're taking advantage of them by suddenly raising our 
prices.
> > But if we can say to them: "The price has been $2500 for many 
> years;
> > that is our regular rate", then they'll simply accept that as 
the 
> going
> > rate, and pay it.
> > 
> > Health insurers are used to paying FAR more than $2500 for far 
> less suc-
> > cessful results (expensive operations, years of therapy, nursing 
> care,
> > decades of medicine, costly treatments with small chance of 
> results,
> > etc.).  [A recent example: I watch over my aging mother.  
Medicare 
> just
> > paid $38,000! for 4 days of out-patient hospital IV drips 
> recommended
> > by her neurologist, that they knew had only a 30% chance of 
> producing
> > ANY reduction in her peripheral neuropathy pain in her feet, and 
> defi-
> > nitely no real cure of the problem.  And for $38,000 she got no 
> results
> > and two months of dibilitating nausea!]
> > 
> > Businesses and institutions are used to paying big bucks for 
things
> > that produce debatable results - for consultants, staff 
> development pro-
> > grams, continuing education, etc.
> > 
> > Government agencies are used to paying huge amounts for 
> nonsensical pro-
> > grams, and inflated services.
> > 
> > So $2500 for the TM program will not fluster any of them, 
> especially
> > considering the results they'll see and the financial savings 
> they'll
> > reap from those results.
> > 
> > THE MAIN QUESTION
> > 
> > Why do we want to be able to charge $2500, instead of the 
> inflation-
> > adjusted $618, for TM when society comes asking for it, when the 
> shift
> > in world consciousness happens?
> > 
> > We want to set the price of TM at that level because I (and many 
of
> > you) remember what it was like to be a TM teacher when we 
survived
> > below the official "poverty level", when we couldn't buy a nice 
car
> > or a 2nd nice suit or dress, when we were embarrassed to be 
> teaching
> > the most profound knowledge in the world and to be merely 
> surviving,
> > when we went in to negotiate multi-million dollar real estate 
deals
> > for the Movement with bank presidents and had to park our $100 
> junker
> > car around the block so they wouldn't see what we drove up in.  
> That
> > was OK for those early days of tapas, for those days when we 
were 
> all
> > going through a late and foreshortened version of the student 
phase
> > of life (in terms of the vedic ashramas).  But that no longer 
> befits
> > the dignity of this knowledge and it's teachers.
> > 
> > For a revival of knowledge that is going to last 10,000 years, 
we 
> need
> > to create a stable situation where teachers of this knowledge 
are 
> re-
> > cognized as among the most highly valued professionals, the most 
> pre-
> > cious resources, in our society.  They can't have that dignity, 
nor
> > can society attract serious committed people, on subsistence 
wages.
> > They must be seen on a par with our valued professionals: 
doctors,
> > lawyers, scientists, professors, leaders of business, etc.  They 
> must
> > be compensated financially on that level, so that teaching vedic 
> know-
> > ledge becomes an occupation of respect, pride, dignity, and 
> longevity.
> > 
> > I deeply believe that Maharishi foresees that time, and has 
> vehemently
> > insisted on stabilizing the TM prices at $2500 (instead of the 
$450
> > inflation-adjusted dollars it would cost under the old 
philosophy) 
> so
> > that, when the shift in world consciousness comes, his teachers 
> will
> > live on a dignified, professional level of respect in society, 
> instead
> > of that old survival/subsistence level.  This is the legacy that 
> Maha-
> > rishi is leaving to us by his insistence on pricing TM properly -
 
> even
> > though people think he's crazy or greedy.
> > 
> > There is a "sacrifice" to be made in order to do this.  For 
these 
> past
> > past years of higher TM prices, some people have been unable or 
un-
> > willing to start TM - pushed away so to speak.  Some of them are 
> our
> > friends, and we get frustrated and angry that they can't enjoy 
> what we
> > do right now.  I know that I do.  It must pain Maharishi deeply, 
> given
> > his level of compassion for the suffering of the world.
> > 
> > In the big picture these people, who've been put off by the 
$2500 
> fee,
> > have already waited a long, long time for this.  According to 
> Shankara,
> > in the Crest Jewel of Discrimination, there are only three great 
> bless-
> > ings of life:
> > 
> > 1. To be born with a human nervous system [and thus the 
capability 
> to
> >     transcend the relative field of life];
> > 
> > 2. To have the desire for liberation;
> > 
> > 3. To be offered instruction by an illumined teacher who can 
give 
> ef-
> >     fective fulfillment to that desire.
> > 
> > Shankara continued:
> > 
> >     To have all three of these in one lifetime is a rare and 
> precious
> >     occurance, based upon tens of thousands of "well-lived 
lives".
> > 
> > Shankara concluded:
> > 
> >     Nevertheless, there are those who somehow manage to obtain 
> [these],
> >     and yet are so deluded that they do not struggle for 
> liberation.
> >     Such men are suicides.
> >     They clutch at the unreal and destroy themselves.
> > 
> > For those who are still waiting to learn TM, this is not just 
some
> > technique to lower their blood pressure, or give them better 
grades
> > in school, or calm them down socially; this is the path back to 
the
> > Self, back home, out of the raging storm of samsara, out of the 
> wheel
> > of birth and death.  And they have already persevered through so 
> many
> > lifetimes to get here.  In the big picture, this $2500 pricing 
is 
> just
> > a short, temporary obstruction on their path.  If they are really
> > seekers, if they are really ready to take TM seriously, 
persevere,
> > see it through - then they will still be serious even if they 
had 
> to
> > wait 10 years till the shift occurs and it's paid for by their 
> health
> > insurance or school or whatever.  Or if they're in a more serious
> > hurry, they'll figure out a way to come up the money in the 
> meantime,
> > or use the new bank loans that finance learning TM, or even find 
> TM on
> > the "black market".
> > 
> > As an aside, it's my feeling that the reason that so many people
> > started TM, and then fell away from it over the years was mostly 
> NOT
> > due to any lack of follow-up, or to massive organizational 
mistakes
> > on the Movement's part - but due to:
> > 
> > a. Many people being tempted to start by the easiness of 
> approaching
> >     this rare knowledge [lack of prerequisites or proof of 
> commitment];
> > 
> > b. The very low bargain price [kings used to approach great 
rishis
> >     and give up half their kingdoms for this knowledge, and then 
> still
> >     be doled out tiny little doses over many years until they'd 
> proven
> >     their sincerity],
> > 
> > c. The widespread availability;
> > 
> > d. Or because it was the "in" thing to do.
> > 
> > Many started for these reasons - even though they were not really
> > serious seekers, but were just looking for an adventure or an 
> exper-
> > ience, and they didn't value it even when they had it in their 
> hands.
> > This points out that being the "most creative country on Earth", 
as
> > Maharishi has called the U.S., has it's drawbacks: we try 
things, 
> and
> > then move on to newer things; we don't have the patience to 
> persevere,
> > to go deep (or often even the desire to).
> > 
> > 
> > (2) IF MAHARISHI IS WRONG
> > 
> > If Maharishi is wrong, and the shift in world consciousness is
> > NOT about to happen, then this insistence on higher TM course 
fees
> > will have merely deterred some people from starting for a while.
> > [Remember, even at the lower course fees of a decade ago, people
> > weren't exactly beating down our doors to start, so we're not 
turn-
> > ing away huge waves of seekers.]  Was any great harm done?  Were
> > these few seekers prevented from furthering their own evolution 
in
> > the long run?  Did they not still have access to many 
technologies
> > of growth?
> > 
> > And if you believe that TM is still the best technique for 
personal
> > Self-realization for your friends, regardless of whether the TM 
> Move-
> > ment creates an age of enlightenment or not, then be comforted in
> > knowing that if the world shift doesn't happen soon, more and 
more
> > teachers will get discouraged and defect, the Movement structure
> > itself will weaken over time, TM will be taught at cheaper, "un-
> > authorized prices" more frequently, and our waiting friends will
> > still get to learn without having to come up with the $2500.
> > 
> > Or they can take advantage of the new financing program, learn TM
> > now, and pay off the $2500 over five years of small monthly 
> payments.
> > So there's really no excuse anymore.
> > 
> > But from Maharishi's perspective, you can see why he'd want to 
take
> > this risk, keep the course fees high, and make a small number of
> > people wait a little while longer or struggle a little harder to
> > get the money together - so that TM teachers for a long time to 
> come
> > can live professional lives and therefore huge numbers of people 
> can
> > be well-served in learning TM.  It's a war, and the good of these
> > few was temporarily obstructed for the potential good of so many
> > more.
> > 
> > Think about it - if Maharishi was actually greedy, motivated by 
the
> > money as some people acuse, or if he was egotistical, motivated
> > by the adoration as some people acuse, he'd just go back to low 
TM
> > pricing and focus on big waves on initiations, with big PR 
> campaigns,
> > speaking tours, celebrity endorsements, etc. - like in the "good 
> old
> > days".  He'd go back to making TM the McDonalds of spiritual 
prac-
> > tices and make huge amounts of money that way (with 25,000 
initia-
> > tions a month at $600, and the Movement getting even 50%, easily 
a
> > hundred million a year from TM alone, without counting all 
the "add
> > ons" from further courses, Ayur veda, etc.).  And he'd be way 
more
> > popular, with hundreds of thousands of new adoring "disciples".  
If
> > Maharishi were in it for the money or fame, he'd just step way 
back
> > to PHASE ONE and be content there.
> > 
> > But that's not his mission.  His vision is much beyond that, his 
> vi-
> > sion is set on bringing about a change of age, for this world and
> > many others, for this year and 10,000 more to come.
> > 
> > 
> > CONCLUSION:
> > 
> > (2) Will Maharishi be remembered, if at all, as crazy or foolish 
or
> >      lying? [ = IF MAHARISHI IS WRONG, UNSUCCESSFUL...]
> > 
> > (1) Or will he be remembered as the divine and dutiful warrior 
who
> >      successfully changed the mind of Kali herself, changed the 
> trends
> >      of time? [ = IF MAHARISHI IS RIGHT, SUCCESSFUL...]
> > 
> > I believe that we'll know soon - in the next 5 years.  Stay 
tuned.
> > It's an exciting drama, isn't it!  It's an exciting time to be 
> alive.
> > 
> > Namaste,
> > 
> > Michael
> > 
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