The options Judy lays out is that everyone must either accept MMY's
claim that he is a "great rishi" and an authentic yogi and address him
such or they're being disrepectful of him.  To simply not view him as
a great rishi, which according the spiritual texts I've read is quite
an exclusive title, without any disrespect is not an option.  This is
a version of "if you're not with us, you're against us".  It's the
common attitude of authoritarian communities.  

To call MMY a bad name is disrespectful, to call him by his actual
name is not.

I'm not sure this is a big deal or not.  The white house makes sure
the media refer to bush's estate in texas as a "ranch" even though
there's absolutely nothing ranchy going on there.  This is to
reinforce his image as an average joe in the minds of the electorate.
 These reinforcements can be subconsciously powerful.  I know some
people who refuse to call MMY Maharishi because they feel it
reinforces years of conditioning to see him that way, a way which
doesn't fit their current understanding of him.  I respect people
wanting to use someone's name rather than a title for this reason. 
Otherwise I don't think it matters that much.

--- In, "authfriend" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> --- In, Vaj <vajranatha@> wrote:
> >
> > On Jul 26, 2006, at 12:55 AM, jim_flanegin wrote:
> <snip>
> > > Perhaps you should just refer to Maharishi as His Holiness as you
> > > do the Dalai Lama, since you are using equivalent terms anyway. Or
> > > continue to refer to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as Lord Shiva or Lord
> > > Indra. Your choice...
> > 
> > In the case of the Dalai Lama, this name is conferred based on  
> > accomplishment and conferred by living Buddhas. It has a specific  
> > meaning.
> FWIW, it's fairly common for Indian teachers to refer
> to their own masters as "His Holiness."
> > In the case of Mahesh, "Maharishi" is an assumed name, as 
> > is "yogi".  These were never conferred by the Shankaracharya 
> > tradition he originally came from, nor are they indicative of 
> > accomplishment.
> What tradition conferred the title "Maharshi" on
> Ramana Maharshi?
> Who conferred the title "His Holiness" on SSRS?
> > Since SBS and current Shankaracharyas refer to him as "Mahesh", it 
> > is probably respectful to the tradition to follow this tradition 
> > (rather than the spin).
> Certainly it would be respectful to the orthodox
> hierarchy that claims to represent Shankara's tradition
> to go along with its disrespect of Maharishi, just as it
> would be respectful of the Catholic tradition to consider
> Martin Luther an excommunicate and apostate.
> Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that calling
> MMY "Mahesh" is anything but overtly and deliberately
> disrespectful to MMY.
> As I've noted before, according to the editor of "The
> Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi," the title "Maharshi"
> (or "Maharishi") is conferred on a teacher who has
> inaugurated a new spiritual path.  That seems to
> indicate it is not a title that is conferred by the
> hierarchy of any particular tradition; it's given to
> someone who essentially starts a new tradition.
> In MMY's case--according to him, at least--he has
> *revived* a tradition, believing the current version
> of that tradition has been corrupted--very similar to
> Martin Luther's stance vis-a-vis the Catholic version
> of the Christian tradition.  Naturally the hierarchy
> of Catholicism isn't about to accept Luther's revival
> as the legitimate version of the Christian tradition;
> neither should we expect the representatives of the
> "official" Shankaracharya tradition to accept MMY's
> revival as legitimate.
> In other words, that the Shankaracharyas disrespect
> MMY doesn't tell us anything except that they resent
> his efforts at reform.
> The real issue with regard to his use of the "Maharishi"
> title is whether his attempt to reform the tradition is
> authentic with regard to the original version--what
> Shankara actually taught.

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