Monday, February 11, 2008

Maharishi Gone, Folks Still Duped

File under: Final Samadhi, Satscams and The Siddhi of PR

He's ashes on the winds aside the Ganges now, after being observed in state by 20,000 in Allahabad, India.

Naturally, his people have elevated him to a monumental and glorious sainthood, helped considerably by a global world press seeking sales over truth and substance. Typically, the dupes are still duped, now believing they are getting the goods from beyond his grave:
“We were in constant communion with the Guru Deva in transcendence. It kept us in high spirits,” said Paul Morehead, a teacher at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, the US.
"Constant communion" spells p-l-a-c-e-b-o e-f-f-e-c-t in our book. It's the sauce that keeps the entire spiritual community alive, irrespective of belief or ideology.

As our own send off to the most hellaciously grandiose guru of the last century, we offer the thoughts of perhaps the second most grandiose guru of modern times. It may be a case of the pot calling the kettle stinking black, but here's what Osho, the Bhagwan Rajneesh, had to say about the Maharishi once:
Cheechli was the birthplace of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He never mentions it. There are reasons why he does not mention where he was born, because he belongs to the sudra class in India. Just to mention that you come from a certain village, certain caste, or profession -- and Indians are very uncultured about that. They may just stop you on the road and ask you, "What is your caste?" Nobody thinks that this is an interference.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was born on the other side of the station, but because he is a sudra, he can neither mention the village -- because it is a village of only sudras, the lowest caste in the Indian hierarchy -- nor can he use his surname. That too will immediately reveal who he is.

His full name is Mahesh Kumar Shrivastava, but "Shrivastava" would put a stop to all his pretensions, at least in India, and that would affect others too. He is not an initiated sannyasin in any of the old orders, because again, there are only ten sannyasin orders in India. I have been trying to destroy them, that is why they are all angry with me.

These orders are again castes, but of sannyasins. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi cannot be a sannyasin because no sudra can become an initiate. That's why he does not write "Swami" before his name. He cannot, nobody has given him that name. He does not write behind his name, as Hindu sannyasins do, Bharti, Saraswati, Giri et cetera; they have their ten names.

He has created his own name -- "Yogi." It does not mean anything. Anybody trying to stand on his head, and of course falling again and again, can call himself a yogi, there is no restriction on it.

A sudra can be a yogi, and the name Maharishi is something to replace "Swami," because in India things are such that if the name "Swami" is missing, then people would suspect something is wrong. You have to put something else there just to cover up the gap.

He invented "Maharishi." He is not even a rishi; rishi means "seer," and maharishi means "great seer." He can't even see beyond his nose. All he can do when you ask him relevant questions is giggle. In fact, I will call him "Swami Gigglananda," that will fit him perfectly. That giggling is not something respectable, it is really a strategy to avoid questions. He cannot answer any question.

I have met him, just by chance, and in a strange place -- Pahalgam. He was leading a meditation camp there, and so was I. Naturally my people and his were meeting each other. They first tried to bring him to my camp, but he made so many excuses: that he had not time, he wanted to but it would not be possible.

But he said, "One thing can be done: you can bring Bhagwan here so that my time and my scheduled work is not disturbed. He can speak with me from my stage." And they agreed.

When they told me I said, "This is stupid of you; now I will be in unnecessary trouble. I will be in front of his crowd. I don't have to worry about the questions; the only problem is that it will not be right for the guest to hit his host, especially before his own crowd. And once I see him I cannot refrain from hitting him; any decision I make not to hit him will be gone."

But they said, "We have promised."

I said, "Okay. I'm not bothered, and I am ready to come." It was not very far, just a two-minutes' walk away. You just had to get in the car, and then get out again, that was the distance. So I said, "Okay, I will come."

I went there, and as I had expected he was not there. But I don't care about anything; I started the camp -- and it was his camp! He was not there, he was just trying to avoid me as much as he could. Somebody must have told him because he was staying in the hotel just nearby. He must have heard what I was saying from his room. I started hitting him hard, because when I saw that he was not there, I could hit him as much as I wanted to, and enjoy doing it. Perhaps I hit him too hard and he could not stay away. He came out giggling.

I said, "Stop giggling! That is okay on American television, it won't do here with me!" And his smile disappeared. I have never seen such anger. It was as if that giggling was a curtain, hiding behind it all that was not supposed to be there.

Naturally it was too much for him, and he said, "I have other things to do, please excuse me."

I said, "There is no need. As far as I am concerned you never came here. You came for the wrong reasons, and I don't come into it at all. But remember, I have got plenty of time."

Then I really hit him because I knew he had gone back into his hotel room. I could even see his face watching from the window. I even told his people:

"Look! This man says he has much work to do. Is this his work? Watching somebody else work from his window. He should at least hide himself, just as he hides behind his giggle."
Thanks once again, Sarloji!

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16 Comments:

At 2/11/2008 12:33 PM, Anonymous Betty said...

Jody, it's always fun to read one arrogant asshole banging away at another. Too bad we dont't know what Maharishi said Rajneesh...

 
At 2/11/2008 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really amazing what this ignorant and arrogant writer "thinks" he knows. I've done TM for 38 years and have had experiences of Unity, Devas, confirmed healing of others, etc that this writer will never know in his entire life. History will prove that Maharishi did remarkable things to restore and enliven Vedic knowledge throughout the entire world. All the scientific research around the world cannot be fooled, as this writer might think, but of course ignorant and jealous people always ignore the facts.

 
At 2/11/2008 3:04 PM, Blogger jody said...

ignorant and jealous people always ignore the facts

And the TM™ Kool-Aid drinkers just make them up to suit their fantasies.

 
At 2/11/2008 4:08 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

anonymush said...had experiences of Unity, Devas, confirmed healing of others, etc ...

Gee, anonymush, you should have give us your name to make this self angrandisement a complete and proper advertisement! I wouldn't rate Rajneesh any higher than Maha but they were both scoundrels!!

 
At 2/11/2008 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Osho certainly had a huge ego! I wouldn't want to deal with some vicious, hostile person either. No wonder Maharishi didn't care to stay. Can't say I blame him.

I really don't think that it's possible to judge Maharishi's work, or the effects of TM unless one has practiced at least for some time. Although I do not adhere to the "movement", it's rules and regs, etc., nor do I consider Maharishi my Guru, I did learn TM and did practice as prescribed, and found it extraordinary in effect. It is simple, granted, but somehow surpasses many other complex and convoluted paths. I am not enlightened as a result of the practice, but neither did it or the movement harm me. I found most aspects of my interactions with the people there quite entertaining, even if they were a bit quaint (old fashioned) for my taste.

I personally regard Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a great saint who has left the planet.

I really don't know why people here seem so angry with him. Did some of you learn TM and have a really bad experience? If so, please share it so we can all understand why you are so deeply disturbed by this little, dead man from India.

 
At 2/11/2008 5:14 PM, Anonymous Ron said...

claims of different birth place for Maharishi

http://www.indiagrid.com/cgi-bin/viewarticle.cgi?dmmy=ok&postid=9555&cat=art&subcatid=age

 
At 2/11/2008 11:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more crap-peddler dead! :)

 
At 2/12/2008 12:09 PM, Blogger yomamma said...

Ron said.....As fun as things can or cant be, you really can't verify these comments, both Guru's are no longer on the planet.

yes these and others like them are no longer on the planet, yet people choose freely or not to continue to give them incredible power and influence, so in a way this point seems moot. people will believe wahtever they want! if it was a written account from osho then it is at least his experience and maybe an interesting bit of time.
Chuck! where ya been ??? yomamma has been worried about yer ass!

 
At 2/13/2008 7:57 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

yomamma said...Chuck! where ya been ??? yomamma has been worried about yer ass!
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My ass is the big problem, yomamma! I already had piles but over the last few years my extra blue bulk has settled. Recently my old wood computer chair splintered under the weight of me and a shard as straight and true as Arjuna's arrows found its target in my bigger half. I've had to stand up to eat for the past 2 weeks!

 
At 2/13/2008 12:04 PM, Blogger yomamma said...

Chuck,Just think of it as a wonderful opportunity to grow widthways and spiritually. you can always put your computer on the kitchen counter and bog and eat, that's what i do. Slurp!

 
At 2/13/2008 5:28 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

sidha7001 said...
try putting ice on the piles and also the other swollen stuff.
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Thanks for the advice, good buddy. I have heard of such and may very well try it! Is this somethin yore Guru has reccommended? If so, kindly thank him for me! By the way, what is this feller's name?

As for the "other swollen stuff", I hesitate to encase all 40 acres of myself in ice!

 
At 2/14/2008 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, cut the crap, Ron/Tanmay or whatever the hell she has you calling yourself these days. You've been passive-aggressively shilling for Swami G every chance you get. You've just switched from one "True Believer" cult to another.

 
At 2/14/2008 11:25 AM, Blogger jody said...

Ron is shilling for Swami G??!!

He's out of here.

 
At 2/18/2008 8:02 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

I have never heard tell about this Swami G but havin now seen her photo, I must say that if this gal had a little less hair and one more innertube of fat around her neck, she'd be my twin! My mule, Da Free Jack, who has been in silence for the last few months, has nodded in agreement with this info.

 
At 2/18/2008 10:08 AM, Blogger sidha7001 said...

If you could pass this on to chuck- How's the hemeroids?

 
At 2/20/2008 9:13 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

sidha7001 said...
If you could pass this on to chuck- How's the hemeroids?
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Thanks for askin, good buddy... The ice chip supository has helped!! Havin seen this photo of Swami G, I can see why she would have such a wealth of info on this and related topics!!

 

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