--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "sparaig" <sparaig@> wrote:
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <no_reply@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm not really part of or terribly interested in this
> > > conversation, but a funny thought just struck me.
> > > How long do you think it will take after Maharishi
> > > dies for the True Believers to add his name to the 
> > > puja?  I'd bet less than five years.
> > 
> > As long as the TMO survives as MMY wants it tok, MMY's 
> > name will NEVER be part of the puja. He's had his official 
> > portrait added to the tradition of masters as a tiny figure 
> > in white standing respectfully to the side, well away from 
> > the river that flows through them.
> Your point is slightly irrelevant. After he dies, the 
> TM movement will survive as the people who run it want
> it to survive, not as Maharishi wants it. If they want
> to "reinterpret" his wishes "creatively," they will
> certainly do so. Just look at the history of *any* 
> spiritual movement after its teacher died.
> I'd still bet on seeing a pretty determined program
> of "Maharishi glorification." The movement will have
> lost not only its figurehead, but also the *only* 
> person who could get press any time he wanted it.
> The public will tend to ignore the TM movement as
> passe (even more than they do now). So my bet is 
> that people will start coming up with "miracle stories"
> and "healing stories" designed to portray Maharishi as
> something Really Special. 
> This is really NOT a rap denigrating either TM or the
> TMO or Maharishi. It's just my guess about what we
> might see happen after Maharishi's death, based on what
> has happened in hundreds of spiritual traditions after
> their teachers' deaths.

I've no doubt that there will be a move to deify or whatever MMY (some already 
deify him), 
but I was responding mostly to your "5 years" lmit. I don't think that there 
will be any 
move towards this from within the TMO for many, MANY years. In fact, if MMY is 
there never will be, as long as technological society endures. Every talk that 
MMY has ever 
given credits his teacher and the "tradition of masters." In fact, since the 
next generation 
of TM teachers won't have face time (even via closed circuit TV) with MMY, 
there will be 
even less tendency to put him on a pedestal, IMHO.

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