--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> on 4/17/06 1:27 AM, TurquoiseB at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > I stand by my original point -- ANYONE who can justify
> > *forcing* people to follow his or her spiritual beliefs,
> > for *ANY* reason, has crossed a boundary from inspired
> > believer into the realm of dangerous fanatic.  Maharishi
> > crossed that boundary many years ago.
> I missed the post about the Catholic Church forcing people to 
attend mass,
> and about the comparison with the TMO, if that was made, but 
Maharishi did
> used to "joke" about forcing people to meditate. I think it was 
during the
> Wilshire-Ebell lectures in LA back in 1968 or so in which he talked 
> meditation police who would apprehend people on the street who 
> unhappy. Also, his courting of dictators implies something of this 
> He obviously wanted the dictators to get all their people to 
meditate. He
> must have considered how they would go about doing this. There have 
> many attempts to get large numbers to meditate in factories, 
schools, etc.,
> in which the actually willingness of individuals to go along with 
the plan
> was the last thing on his mind.

Huh. According to Farohk, the implementation of TM in the prison 
system in Senegal was 100% voluntary, and he and the other TM 
teachers spent many hours answering everyone's questions about it 
before everyone agreed to start.

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