Thursday, November 15, 2007

Heil Maharishi!

File under: The Siddhi of PR

The "raja" of Germany got a bit carried away when David Lynch came to lecture in the Fatherland recently:
"We want an invincible Germany! Invincible Germany" exclaims the "Raja of Germany", dressed in a white robe and golden little crown.

"What do you mean?" cries the audience. "Hitler wanted an invincible Germany as well!"

"Yes, but unfortunately he didn't succeed!"

"WHAAAAAAAAAT"?!?!?!?!

David Lynch's Berlin visit yesterday was turned into a chaotic fiasco by his friend, "The Raja of Germany" - dressed like a McDonalds Pope - and either a nazi, nutty as squirrel poop - or simply fully unconscious of the words coming out of his little mouth. Since he just kept repeating the same words when asked to clarify, the two latter seem closest to the truth. The crowd started screaming and booing, David Lynch and his American entourage looking dumbstruck...
We can't argue with that analysis. And when you consider the source of the "raja's" appointment, a pathologically grandiose guru who literally believes his organization is going to rule the world, none of it is at all surprising.

But until one of these "Towers of the Maharishi's phallic insecurity Invincibility" actually gets built, we have no reason to believe that the impending Global Country of World Peace is anything more than a sexually frustrated old man's obsessive/compulsive syndrome transmuted into an utterly redundant bureaucracy.

Nothing says repressed more than proposing to build large (and quite ugly) concrete monuments to your penis everywhere.

[Link via: TM-Free Blog]

Update: Time magazine has now caught on to what we hope becomes known as the "Eraserheil" affair. Kudos to TM-Free for bringing it to all of our attention.

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At 11/16/2007 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The video of the German Raja trying to get everyone to chant, "Invincible Germany!!" is a classic. I love TM, but the TMO and MMY have become a whack and a half! Will always love MMY, but he's like a mad uncle you have to keep locked in the attic.

 
At 11/16/2007 7:31 PM, Anonymous tatsat said...

According to reports on TM Free blog, MMY's lady callers were not very satisfied with his 'performance'.

Spend time at a big gathering of itinerant sadhus in India, say Haridwar, and you will notice that, with all due respect for their spiritual sincerity, many seem to have taken to sadhu life due at least partly to various forms of conjugal inadequacy.

If only MMY had been able to drive around in a big red sportscar as a boy, the world may have been spared.

 
At 11/16/2007 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you do not know anything it is a decent practice to remain quiet. It is in the vedic belief that whenever you react the same will reach back to you. Science also verifies it. I have been going through your sites, which is utter waste. If you feel like talking truth then display evidence and not the opinions.

 
At 11/16/2007 11:56 PM, Blogger jody said...

display evidence and not the opinions.

Guess what, you too-much-Kool-Aid-drinking dupe: all we have are our opinions. All TM™ has are opinions, and all the Maharishi has is his psychotic grandiosity. The evidence is right out there for all to see. It's called believing you're going to take over the world. It may work in bad science fiction and spy movies, but it's not going to fly in real life, despite the fact the little old nutter has spent millions on a dream that has no possible hope of coming true.

 
At 11/17/2007 3:41 AM, Blogger yunus said...

Jody mostly I follow and support your arguments. But to say that opinions is all we have is a bit going on the spiritual-philosophical tour where it is not needed, because this time the evidence couldn't be clearer. First you have a "raja of germany" (which means that he considers himself to be the "king of germany") second he is supposedly a very intelligent man (which David Lynch tries to make us believe by saying "to become a raja you go through a long training process") and then this "well trained german king" goes and says that is to bad that Hitler didn't make Germany invincible. This I would consider is more than enough evidence to at least make the claim that there is something rather wacky going on with the TM boys. What more do you need than this to know that the TM group is not to be fully trusted if this is the type of guy they endorse?

 
At 11/17/2007 4:06 AM, Blogger yunus said...

Talking about evidence, I got some new about Sri Sri (or at least his followers). You probably remember my article about whether Sri Sri's being genuine or not

As usual with Sri Sri followers it brings me a whole lot of comments telling me how much they dislike it. Nothing new, but the last one I would really like to share with you, as it obliged me to reply that it really shows what we have all along been saying about AOL

Here's what a person called 'Ajay' writes: "Instead of criticising him may he [the author] just try to build one single hut for a poor family, then he can come forward and be a town crier....else let
him just keep his mouth shut and enjoy silence! I can write a lot, but I better show compassion to such mentally sick....because time by its destroying capacity will spare not him and then may he realise what he has been doing all his lifetime!"

Let's just ignore the fact that I have a long lasting experience in development work and so I'll not go into the fact that I did help people build 'houses (and not huts) for the poor', but i would like to use this typical one-of-the-many-emails to make a certain point about AOL and Sri Sri because they always show exactly what I criticised.

Although AOL and Sri Sri claim to be all about "Peace, love and understanding", the only emails I get from followers of Sri Sri are very aggressive (so not peaceful), disrespectful (so not loving) and show no capacity to respect the opinion of somebody else (so no understanding).

Honestly, where is the peace, love and understanding that Sudarshan Kriya is supposed to bring them and us when they're telling me to "shut up" and when they call me "mentally sick"? Is this how Sri Sri teaches how to deal with others who have a reasonable knowledge of the topic (both academic and personal) and that use arguments instead of cursing to go into a debate? Maybe I should write an article for Times or CNN about that instead of about how he creates "peace" in Iraq. Let's see whether that would get him the Nobel prize.

 
At 11/17/2007 1:20 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Yunus, I don't see how we can blame She She for the words of these folks who claim to be his stugents... This is a case of one bastard who's never met another bastard makin the second bastard--who has hair like a girl and wears a dress-- look like pig shit on melba toast!
Take for instance my own Momma, she didn't raise yours truly to have a potty mouth! In fact, Momma washed this mouth out more than once with soap she made her own self outta hog lard and lye! She'd stand out in the yard for hours, stooped and stirrin that soap in her black kettle. But it did my Momma no good in the end cause I have remained a potty mouthed sombitch!

 
At 11/17/2007 3:02 PM, Anonymous tatsat said...

Anonymous said: "It is in the vedic belief that whenever you react the same will reach back to you."

No it isn't. You know nothing about the Vedas. I suggest you actually study them with someone who is not a blind fanatic, if you do not want to sound foolish.

 
At 11/18/2007 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anon,

"When you do not know anything it is a decent practice to remain quiet. Well gee I did not know you came to the west to silent people. So you say you are free, what kind of freedom have you got? Freedom of the STICK? BULLIES AND BULLIED CULTURE, LIKE THE DARK AGES?

 
At 11/18/2007 8:12 AM, Blogger yunus said...

@ Chuck. Agreed with your argument (and very sorry for your mommy) but i did not say that Sri Sri is to blame for what his followers say. I only wanted to make the point that the art of living group (which consists of the people connected to it) is not as peaceful as they claim and that they are not so open to all religions and believes as they (all the individuals together and not Sri Sri as such) claim. On top of it I could also make a point about the responsibility a guru or any leader bears when it comes to his followers - just like your mommy (at least in my country) was responsible for you until you reached a certain (legally determined) responsibility age.

 
At 11/18/2007 8:30 AM, Anonymous Fred said...

That tower looks like one of the buildings Stalin put up in Moscow

 
At 11/19/2007 9:27 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Greg, I take your meanin’ about responsibility fallin on a man’s own shoulders by a certain age! My own boy, Chuck JR, is just about ready to go it alone now that he is 36 years old, has married an X Las Vegas harlot, and fathered a child that looks more like Wayne Newton that it does him! In my own sorry case what I have came to can only be layed at my own gnarled and cowboy booted feet! When I think of the good trainin I have received, the words of the immortal poet, Merl Haggard come to mind...

“Noone could steer me right but Momma tried, Momma tried.
Momma tried to raise me better, but her pleading, I denied.
That leaves only me to blame 'cos Momma tried.”

I was give the best education that Dime Box, Texas could provide, raised in a clean trailer,
gave my own shotgun at age 10, and fed as much fried chicken and okra as I swallow! But the lonesome midnight train whistle was always blowin in my soul like a hound dog's howl blowin down a dusty street! Now I live in a shed in the shadow of my Momma’s double-wide and listen all night to a mule breakin wind! But Momma tried! Momma never was what most would call beautiful. She has always been a “big woman”, the kind that folks are always sayin “has a pretty face...” and if it wasn’t for the neck moles and her goiter, that might have been true! A month ago Momma went to sleep in church and when her face fell into her bosoms, she nearly smothered to death! Luckily enough, she let out such a snort that it woke up yours truly and I was able to right her!

It could be that if She She Ravi Shankar had had a momma like my Momma, he might have done better with the opportunity that the Good Lord laid on his platter and not done what he has done done!!

 
At 11/20/2007 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, here you are again saying how fat you are. Who cares...

 
At 1/13/2008 10:30 PM, Anonymous saint francis said...

Instead of harping about all the teachers out there whom you distrust or dislike, why not enlighten your readers with some positive info on spiritual leaders you do admire?

Let's be constructive and climb out of this cesspool this site seems to languish in.

 
At 1/13/2008 10:35 PM, Blogger jody said...

Let's be constructive and climb out of this cesspool this site seems to languish in.

Sometimes, construction requires demolition.

 
At 2/03/2008 6:26 PM, Anonymous Leto II God-Emperor said...

The best thing about David Lynch coming into TM years and years ago was that he wrote a book about Meditation - Catching the Big Fish - which I laughed my way through because the man obviously has some sort of insight, I mean, just look at the films he produces! Even if Maharishi is about to kick the stand, David Lynch is still the best thing that TM has ever produced for humanity. And he himself knows it too!

 
At 9/15/2008 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I know some of you need TM (or some other form of spiritual practice) for yourselves as this is the most superficial way of interpreting the meaning of that comment. Someone made comparison to Hitler and this meditator said "Too bad, Hitler didn't make Germany 'invincible'!" Non-Superficial Translation - 'Too bad (such and such) (happens to be Hitler) had the wrong motive, wrong intent, wrong path.'
I've been in Buddhist monasteries and am very familiar with the apparently top heavy, TM movement and can tell you that the comment was not meant so literally, so superficially. You must look deeper for the meaning of such things like koans for example or the writings in the 'tao te ching'. And although we should never be complacent or naive, we also never assume the worst or submit to utter cynicism.

 

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