Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Maharishi Moves On Steel City

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[Ed.note: We've created a new category to track the activities of the Maharishi's Peace Palace Command, an imagined nerve center for the TM™ leader's continuing attempt to take over the world economy with one he creates from within. One of these days we'll actually get to indexing the blog against these categories. If anyone knows how to do this at Blogspot, please get in contact with us.]

Like a general in command of a well-rehearsed military operation, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has decreed that not one or two, but four peace palaces will be coming to the greater Pittsburg, PA area. The 4 marble-clad palaces will cost $3 million each and be built "in harmony with natural law." That's code for according to our interpretation of Vedic literature as accepted by us as the inerrant truth, because that's what the Maharishi says it is.
The palaces, built in harmony with natural law, or Sthapatya Veda, range in size from 5,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, and will offer Maharishi-inspired spas, Vedic Vibration Technology, exhibition halls, classrooms, a wide range of products and, of course, TM, including Yogic Flying.
A whole carnaval of Vedic "technology" for the buying. Just don't forget your Raams.

The Maharishi's brilliant plan comes into sharper focus. Create micro-economies within the surrounding communities and attempt to expand them to the point where they become the dominant economic system. We got to hand it to the old dude, he definitely knows what he's doing.

The Maharishi's colonels in this operation are loyal cadres with the best training:
Pittsburgh's Peace Palaces will be co-directed by Ralph Emmerich and Lisa Ashelman, both of whom have doctorates in world peace from Maharishi European Research University in Vlodrop, Holland. Both are certified teachers of Transcendental Meditation.
Who could be more qualified than that? They're doctors of world peace by way of their belief in inerrant Maharishism. In other words, hardcore Veda thumpers.

The viral nature of the peace palace enterprise is as slick as we've ever seen. It takes religious hegemony to a whole new level by creating its own economy within a host economy, soon to expand to the point where it eats its host. All they have to do is sell it. They'll have the venues to do so–if any of the palaces ever actually get built. But the question remains, will people want to participate in a funny-looking little old Indian man's grab for political power? All by claiming they will create peace vibrations by jumping up and down on their asses all day?

With some of LA's best nonduality teachers falling like star-struck teenagers for the Kracki, it seems more possible than we ever imagined. Mass enlightenment fever is reaching epidemic proportions, and yet it has so much more humanity to tear into. The horrible tragedy here is that the emotrance offered by these bringers of "world peace" is not the enlightenment they say it is. It's really no closer to the truth than the love experienced by neocon Christians. [Yes, we do believe most of them have love in their hearts.] But to mistake this rampant emotionalism for enlightenment is like jumping into a pigsty to clean up for dinner. You may as well crap yourself at the table, too.

2 Comments:

At 12/12/2005 12:43 AM, Blogger arunachalesha said...

you've got your mail id wrong in the posting.


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At 12/14/2005 7:54 AM, Blogger facedog said...

In 1975, I was in Fairfield, Iowa getting ready to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. That year Maharishi announced that it was the first year of the Age of Enlightenment. That would make 2005, the 35th year of the Age of Enlightenment.

I had many "deep and profound" experiences practicing and teaching TM, similar in ways to the "experiences" people say they are getting from the Deeksha group. Once I was in a community meeting in one of the golden domes in Fairfield. Maharishi had not been to the US in years, probably because of all the law suits filed against him. We were told that the world was in dire need of help. Destruction was near if 1000 pundits weren't brought together in India, to balance out something or other. This was in the mid 1980's. In the space of half an hour, a million dollars was pledged. Several years before that a friend had invited me to one of those mall sized Christian churches for a revival. A very similar kind of atmosphere. They were raising millions to "defeat communism in Ireland", believe it or not! People came to the front of the church to have laying on of hands and they were being "slain in the spirit". They paid their money and they got their "experience". They were dropping to the floor and crying with amazement because a little self generated energy went though them.

Later thousands of them were singing and speaking in tongues. I started chanting the Hare Krishna mantra as loud as I could. Nobody knew the difference.

What's this world coming to?

 

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