--- 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! 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