File under: The Siddhi of PR
As crazy as the old coot is to think he's going to take over the world, you've got to give the Madharishi Mahesh Yogi credit for still having some brain matter that's not yet gone to goo. Case in point, the TM™ org would just love to Trojan horse their programs into schools in the U.S., and they've enlisted freak filmmaker David Lynch to shove it down the throats of the educators who make the decisions:
Lynch established a foundation in his name to spread Transcendental Meditation to schools as a method of stress management. The Terra Linda program would be the David Lynch Foundation's first in California, although others operate in Washington, D.C., and Detroit.No duh! The fact is that TM™ is derived from Hinduism, and there is no number of "scientific" studies (all funded by TM™) that will ever change that fact.
Principal Carole Ramsey became an enthusiastic supporter after hearing Lynch speak, but some say Transcendental Meditation is rooted in a religious movement that is inappropriate for public school.
The fundies are going to come down on this like Moses off the mountain. As much as we personally believe in the value of meditation as an important life skill, we stand right next to the Jesus brigade in their objections to this program. If Carole Ramsey wants to bring meditation into her school, there's literally thousands of alternatives to TM™ that would be just as effective at stress reduction without any of the baggage that comes with it being the cornerstone of a senile old man's world takeover scheme.