Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yogic Flailing

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These TMâ„¢ dupes believe they are flying. That's kinda like calling a ride on your bike to the corner store to pick up some beers the equivalent of a trip into orbit on the space shuttle.

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At 8/14/2007 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!!!!

 
At 8/14/2007 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch this...

video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4167141821539291562

 
At 8/14/2007 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maharishi must have gotten the idea for this from watching the horribly malformed beggars prevalent in every city in India. Unfortunately, I've seen many who actually propel themselves forward in this manner. What an abomination to call this a spiritual attainment.

 
At 8/16/2007 12:55 AM, Anonymous Martin Gifford said...

Superman... how do you do it?!

Bizarre! Tragic! Get a life, TMers!

Were they racing? I can run faster, and I don't have to pay a cent.

 
At 8/16/2007 10:13 AM, Blogger Eric said...

Ribbit!

 
At 8/16/2007 12:47 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Back when I was butt bouncing there was a lot of talk about "bubbling bliss" but in my case it was more often "bubbling crude" as in the old Beverly Hillbillys song. While others were "getting air" I was making wind and pasing gas. In fact, all the hypocritical complaining about my noisy bowels was one of the things that drove me out of the TM movement! About that I cannot complain!

 
At 8/17/2007 7:38 PM, Blogger taman said...

Soooooo...God lives up their in the skies and they will fly to God?
I don't see how people can realize God without cleaning up their inner selves.

 
At 8/18/2007 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, don't you ever get tired of "bubbling crude"?

 
At 8/18/2007 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, don't you ever get tired of "bubbling crude"?


If this bubbled him out of TM, why would Chuck be ungrateful to God for this gift? It saved him from the ever bubbling crude and swirling tidepools of TM.

 
At 8/18/2007 11:53 AM, Blogger John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Believe it or not, True Believer TMers are trying to convince us that both "we know it's muscular effort that make us hop" AND "there really is something going on here supernatural." Mutually exclusive in my mind. Readers here my be interested in the comments to this article on TM-Free Blog.

J.

 
At 8/19/2007 7:55 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Anonymous said...
Chuck, don't you ever get tired of "bubbling crude"?
.............

Thank you good sir or madam for your kind attention. Regarding weather or not this humble son of the soil ever gets tired of "bubbling crude", the answer must be a resounding "sometimes"!
A subtle desire rises and expands in me from the depths of my rednecked being---maybe I also can change and be as presentable as those around me, such as my buck toothed penecostal neighbor who believes I am bound for hell for bein a baptist but is too delicate to say the word "hell", so will only say, "Chuck, my friend, you are surely bound for "H", if you will not receive the Holy Ghost into your worthless hide...". My uncle Luther and Aunt Minnie were of the same stripe but I could more easily accept it from them because they had all those moles the size of pencil erasers on their necks and jowls.

So the short answer is yes, I do get sometimes tired of bein crude. This desire rises, it expands and it passes, smelling I have been told like the air over the oil refinery town of Pasadena, Texas!

 
At 8/20/2007 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some time back I (foolishly) took the TM siddhi's course (at great expense). The sutras were given, and each time they were given, I was actually shocked at the experiences they produced. Although those experiences are admittedly useless ( I realize that now) in terms of self realization, they were extraordinary.

Since the example of "yogic flying" is being given here, I'll relate my personal experience of learning:

The "sutra" was given, and we were sent to practice with the group. I felt a lot of energy in a different way when I repeated the sutra internally as instructed. Some people around me shouted, and some jumped around like you see in the video (they seemed to have been 'trying'). A very few (like two that I saw -- yeah I had my eyes opened a lot) were, with eyes closed, experiencing something that appeared to be different -- their bodies were apparently lifting up several feet (yes, feet) and then setting back down on foam. I asked them later, and they described feeling extremely light, and being aware of the phenomenom, while feeling extremely happy inside. That's it. Nothing happened to me at that time.

I went home after the course, feeling inferior that I didn't "fly" like the others, but suspected that it was all bunk. Still, I practiced as prescribed, sitting one the floor, just in case something happened (like flying?). One day, and you'll just have to take my word for this because it's true, while practicing the "flying sutra", I felt a tremendous burst of energy inside, and then felt myself land hard on the floor. I had, without knowing or trying, landed several feet in front of where I had been seated. The landing hurt my legs. I was shocked. I bought foam to sit on after that. In the time I practiced the "siddhis", this happened several times. My body was lifted up by some force and propelled forward. I was unaware of it when it was happening and only became aware of it when I fell.

I'm sure Jody and Stuart will poo-poo this and say I imagined it, or was psychologically predisposed to whatever, but the fact is that it happened.

I stopped the practices because I found them uninviting and saw that they did not produce any more of an enlightened state than eating my dinner.

The experience of "flying" is only one of many profound experiences I had with the many sutras given. I cannot deny their effect, even though they are useless to me.

I don't practice TM any more because I felt it wasn't for me after a few years. That's all. I'm still not enlightened.

Hey Jody, why not tell everyone here who your Guru is, since he's better than everyone you don't like here? I'd love to meet him/her. (I know, he doesn't like publicity, but that's tough -- a real devotee is calling.)

 

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