While he's often right on, I think Jody (Guruphiliac) missed the boat on this one. While the lawyer in question may be Christian, what he's saying in his lawsuit is *correct*: it's fuckin' inappropriate for *any* judge *anywhere* to be able to compel *anyone* to practice *any* form of meditation or spiritual practice for *any* reason. Period.
Maharishi never got this, IMO because he's a control freak who *already* believes that he should be able to run the lives of his teachers the way *he* feels they should be run. It's a short hop from believing that to believing that he has the right to mandate the lifestyle of everyone else in society. And he's on record as believing that he *does* have that right, and that TM *should* be mandated by governments. Talk about missing the point. Personally, I don't see that much difference between Maharishi's stance on this subject and that of the Ayatollahs in Iran or Afghanistan who wish to "enforce" Islam, or that of religious fanatics in every society and in every time who have felt they had the right to impose their beliefs on others. The real issue is freedom of choice with regard to one's spiritual or meditational practices. In my opinion, anyone who is willing to take that freedom away from someone, while claiming it's "for their own good," is on the same level as the despot or dictator who would take away their physical freedom. --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, t3rinity <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/4/112006e.asp > > Jody (Guruphiliac) comments quite rightly: > > That bulwark of spiritual ignorance impeding progress and cultural > evolution, the American Family Association, is going after the judge > who sentenced a crack-smoking vote defrauder to a course in TM™. > Actually, it's TMSM, or Transcendental Meditation Stress Management, > and not affiliated with the Madharishi anymore.Leading the charge for > the AFA is lawyer Brian Fahling:"You've got a governmental actor who's > ordering an individual to participate in something that perhaps may > run contrary to their own particular beliefs and belief system." > Still, the attorney says he is not really surprised by the judge's > order because it is consistent with a larger trend toward > secularization that is progressing in America.Wait a minute... The > government is ordering an individual to participate in something that > is being construed as a religious belief, yet the fact of this is > evidence of the progressing secularization of America?We guess the guy > is as uptight about his idea of religion as he looks in his photograph. > http://www.agapepress.org/PhotoArchives/PhotoFiles/LoRes/BFahling_LoR es.jpg > > Who'da thunk that?What he means to say is that TM™ is the wrong > religion. They all are... except his. There is no doubt the guy would > be flipping cartwheels if the judge had sentenced the girl to attend a > Southern Baptist church instead. It would have been much harsher > outcome for the poor thing if you asked us. > > http://guruphiliac.blogspot.com/ > To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/