Saturday, June 24, 2006

TM™ Tries To Push Into Schools Again

File under: The Siddhi of PR

TM™ mongerers are once again mongering to get TM™ taught in secular schools, this time in Connecticut. Too bad it flies in the face of one of the few things left that makes this country great: the doctrine of the separation of church and state.

They may claim that they're a science rather than a religion, ad nauseum, but when they get described like this, it leaves little doubt about the true nature of the practice:
The practice is a set of Hindu meditation techniques introduced to the Western world by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The movement began in 1956 in India and is now worldwide, with more than 5 million followers. It became famous in the late 1960s, when celebrities like the Beatles, Mia Farrow and Donovan hung out in the Maharishi's ashram.
Fortunately, a local yoga instructor puts all the breathless mongering about TM™'s miraculous powers to heal body and mind into perspective:
She believed that any kind of meditation would have these benefits, not just TM™, which she called "just one particular brand name of meditation."
The old Madharishi is smart enough to know he has to reach the kids to get his Global Country for World Peace scheme off the ground. Too bad the wacky coot lacks the insight to see that it's just his runaway grandiosity – exacerbated by an encroaching senility – rather than his history-making turn as the savior of the world and bringer of the next Golden Age. He's going to have to get in line and knock over the Kracki, the Babaster and Big Adi Daddy first before he can lay claim to that title exclusively.

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