--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "shempmcgurk" 
> <shempmcgurk@> wrote:
> > > > TorquiseB writes: snipped
> > > > Whatever the specifics were, the bottom line was always
> > > > the same -- pretense. Pretending that the actuality of
> > > > the life of a TMer conformed to Maharishi's claims of
> > > > what the life of a TMer should be. And woe be unto him
> > > > who pulls back the curtain on that pretense and reveals
> > > > it for what it is.
> > 
> > You really should qualify your use of the term "TMer", TorquiseB.
> > 
> > I think it should read "TMOer" because that's really what you 
> > are referring to: someone in the TM organisation that takes 
> > instructions from the TMO and MMY.
> > 
> > That's NOT a TMer: a TMer is one who practises the TM program 
> > and doesn't follow a guru nor is involved in the TMO.
> That's actually a good point, and I agree with it.
> However, it should be obvious from a few people
> here that you don't actually have to have any
> position within the TM organization to be as 
> much of a True Believer as those who are. In
> fact, I think that sometimes it actually *helps*
> to perpetuate one's illusions about Maharishi
> to have never met him, or even seen him, except
> on videotape.

I would suspect though that the vast majority of people that 
practise the TM technique are NOT associated with the TMO or MMY in 
any way, shape or form.

Although I have no statistics to rely on, we all know that hundreds 
of thousands of Americans -- as well as others across the world -- 
did indeed start TM in the '70s and '80s and at least some are still 
practising it.  These people are NOT TBers.

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