Tuesday, June 12, 2007

TM™ Transcends Itself Right Out Of Business

File under: Guru Clockin' Dollars and The Siddhi of PR

A gal named Lady Anne was beguiled by David Lynch's big TM™ PR push, so she went to a peace palace in Houston, Texas, to see what it was all about:
After about 2 hours of her odd rambling and occasional nonsensical bursts of laughter, she told me that I'd need to set appointments for the 4 sessions (which would total no more than 4 hours) in which I would be given my mantra and taught to meditate appropriately. Then.....THEN she dropped the course fee. A tiny, insignificant donation of $2,500.
The secret of TM™ is all in the cha-CHING! It's nothing more than a kooky old cult with a kooky old coot at the head of a dying effort to remake the world to match his psychotic dreams, priced clear out of the reach of most normal folks. If you are going to sell sand at the beach, at least have the sense to price it accordingly. No matter how much gold paint you spray on it, nobody is going to believe its gold except the senile little man still trying to sell it as such.

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At 6/13/2007 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In honor of TM's smooth PR siddhi, for a limited time only, i will reveal the ONE TRUE WAY to develop (semi) PERMANENT BLISS and SPIRITUAL MASTERY:

Step One: Sit still.
Step Two: Stare at wall.
Step Three: Repeat five hours a day for the next ten years.

Act now, as this is a Limited Time Offer! Normally I hold out until you reach OT III before I drop the SECRET OF MASTERY, at which point you will have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Please note that while the practice outlined here will probably not lead to any nondual "enlightenment" in the technical sense, it will leave you with all sorts of experiences of bliss, visitations by godforms, and alien abductions which you are then free to conflate with illumination!

At 6/13/2007 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, I remember back in 1971, TM was selling a mantra, a lecture on the "bubble theory of realization" and meditation instruction for only $125.00. Wow! Talk about inflation!

At 6/13/2007 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got it for $35 and as a TM teacher taught many for nothing based on their need and sincerity. Maharishi has continually proven how little interest he has in human beings in general and his own devotees specifically. He deserves to be forgotten by the same as quickly as possible.

At 6/14/2007 4:14 AM, Blogger Sanjay said...

I guess the fees depends on teacher. I got my mantra in 1998 in Mumbai. The teacher asked for voluntary donations. I voluntarily donated Rs.100 ($2.50) and teacher graciously accepted it. In hindsight I feel $2.50 was on lower side. I should have donated $5.00 for the mantra.

At 6/14/2007 2:46 PM, Blogger commoner51 said...

As a zen practioner I could never understand TM. But that in itself isn't very remarkable. There's a lot of things I don't understand. I find it difficult to 'chop wood and carry water' with my eyes closed. Dangerous, even.

At 6/16/2007 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have hit the nail square on the head, Jody.

You and the other commentators here really do understand what a fool the old coot made of everyone just so he could satisfy his infinite greed (on which delusion, he is still labouring).

At 6/17/2007 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>"I find it difficult to 'chop wood and carry water' with my eyes closed. Dangerous, even."<<

Good one!!! thanks!
Varahi Devi

At 6/20/2007 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I practiced TM for years and felt very benefitted by it generally. Problems came with longer retreats leading to having your brains fried and receiving no guidance or advice how to deal with it other than "get lost". I tried Zen and got no noticable value but that doesn't mean I think Zen is worthless. I do think that Maharishi became more and more grandiose in his self perception, lost his way and is now a silly sham of a man. I don't do his meditation anymore but still feel it was basically good. To pay for it--forget about it. If you look you will find someone who will teach you for free.

At 4/03/2011 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMO,the downfall of TM started when the "Teachers" starting their analysis of all the major Western Religions. Every one of them was merely a small branch off the larger Vedic Tree. Even Jesus Christ was _only_ in God Consciousness and He attained this through TM.


Then the "TM is the ONLY Way" nonsense followed by the TM Sidhi program. Every TMer _longed_ to be able to have SUPER NORMAL powers so the ignorant masses would see THEM as the *real thing*.

Guess what.............


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