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blackball.GIFEvidence Against Taiwan UFO Cult Mounts, Special to, by Terry Walker, 12/30/97

(TAIWAN) -- The news from Taiwan points to a tragedy-in-the-making. The two English-language newspapers, The China Post and the China News, are covering the Chen Tao UFO cult in Garland on a regular basis and gathering more and more evidence against the cult. A recent article in the China News, headlined "Evidence against Taiwan cult leader surfaces," notes that the Taipei District Prosecutors Office received a package the day before Christmas that contained evidence against Hon Ming Chen, the 42-year-old leader of the cult in Garland, Texas. Chief Prosecutor Fumei Chu said the evidence suggests Chen told his followers to establish a headquarters for his cult in Texas earlier this year. The Chinese-language newspaper United Evening News reported that the package contained evidence that Chen had urged followers to commit mass suicide.The package contained videotapes, cassettes, and printed material, according to the United Evening News. Police also found that cultists had to sign a contract for their "trip," the newspaper reported. The contract stipulates that followers cannot return to Taiwan before March 31, police said. Taiwan police have also received a letter from one cultist accusing Chen of fraudulently obtaining money from sect members. The letter also said that cult members were set to die in a horrible manner if they believed Chen's teachings. Another follower has also come forward after returning to his home in Taiwan, after leaving his wife and children to go the United States. He described the trip as a "nightmare." The China News has also reported that the Taiwan Criminal Investigation Bureau (Taiwan's FBI) has tried to interview a second leader of the cult, a medical doctor by the name of Shihkuan Lo. Police believe there are three leaders of the cult, Chen, Lo and an unidentified third man. When the CIB attempted to question Lo before Christmas in Taiwan, they were "met with hostility" and failed to interview him, according to the China News. Lo later left for the United States, the newspaper reported. A Taiwanese man who is not a member of the cult, but whose family members and relatives, 12 in all, have joined the cult in Garland, told the China News that he was worried about them. He said that when he tried to call them in mid-December, they told him that they were "embarrassed" to return to Taiwan because of public opinion. In Chinese culture, fear of "losing face" is a grave concern. One of the most startling developments in the entire UFO cult affair has been the attitude of The China Post, a 20-page newspaper directed at the foreign and diplomatic community in Taiwan. In an editorial published on Christmas Day, headlined "UFO cult says a lot about Taiwan," the paper outlined the background of the cult and its headline-grabbing activities in California and Texas. But then the editorial took a very different direction, noting: "It is too early to tell whether Chen's prediction that God will show up at the end of March is correct. We won't know, in fact, until that very moment. Maybe his prophecy will turn out to be true...Let's wait and see." This unsigned editorial says a lot about Taiwan!

-- Terry Walker

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Creation has two sides: intelligence, which is the cause of everything, and the manifestations of intelligence, which are the physical and psychological features of the everyday world. Because Transcendental Meditation directly approaches intelligence, rather than the manifestations of intelligence, it solves problems by introducing harmony and well-being at the most basic level, and not by dealing with problems themselves. That's why it is so effective.

Consider this example: The gardener supplies water to the root of a tree. That water, that nourishment, then reaches all parts of the tree - leaves, branches, flowers, fruit - through the sap. We can think of the sap as analogous to intelligence and the green leaves or yellow flowers as analogous to the manifestations of the intelligence. The leaves and flowers are the intelligence of the sap, after it has been transformed. So intelligence - like the leaves and flowers of a tree - appears as the many different forms of manifest life. Those manifestations include every aspect of existence, from the material and physiological, through the psychological, intellectual, and spiritual. All of those features of life come from transformations of intelligence. In meditation, we directly meet this essential intelligence. Therefore, we have the possibility of nourishing all of its other levels, and thus all levels of manifestation, in a way that is harmoniously related to the whole universe.

How is Transcendental Meditation different from the various other forms of meditation?

Maharishi: The basic difference is that Transcendental Meditation, in addition to its simplicity, concerns itself only with the mind. Other systems often involve some additional aspects with which the mind is associated, such as breathing or physical exercises. They can be a little complicated because they deal with so many things. But with Transcendental Meditation there is no possibility of any interference. So we say this is the all-simple program, enabling the conscious mind to fathom the whole range of its existence.

Transcendental Meditation ranges from active mind - or performing mind - to quiet mind - or resting mind. In this resting mind, one has purity and simplicity, uninvolved with anything other than the mind, uninvolved with any other practice. In Transcendental Meditation, because we deal only with the mind, we nourish all expressions of intelligence.

The mind meditates, gains Transcendental Consciousness and brings about transformation in different fields of manifestation. All fields of life, which are the expression of intelligence, are nourished or transformed and made better through experiencing Transcendental Consciousness.

The mind, of course, is always concerned with other aspects, such as the physiology of the body, the environment, and the whole universe for that matter. But since Transcendental Meditation deals only with the performance of the mind, from its active states to its settled state, it remains unconcerned with those other aspects, though it deals with them all, because intelligence deals with them all. -- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, unknown interview, copyright presumablyheld by Maharishi Vedic University, The Maharishi Foundation, or another group within the TM family.

Cults come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Categories of cults that are recruiting successfully today include:

Eastern meditation: characterized by belief in God-consciousness, becoming one with God. The leader usually distorts and Eastern-based philosophy or religion. Members sometimes learn to disregard worldly possessions and may take on an ascetic lifestyle. Techniques used: meditation, repeated mantras, altered states of consciousness, trance states.

Religious: marked by belief in salvation, afterlife, sometimes combined with an apocalyptic view. The leader reinterprets the Scriptures and often claims to be a prophet if not the messiah. Often the group is strict, sometimes using physical punishments such as paddling and birching, especially on children. Members are encouraged to spend a great deal of time proselytizing. (Note: included here are Bible-based neo-Christian and other religious cults, many considered syncretic since they combine beliefs and practices). Techniques used: speaking in tongues, chanting, praying, isolation, lengthy study sessions, many hours spent evangelizing, "struggle" (or criticism) and confession sessions.

Political, racist, terrorist: fueled by belief in changing society, revolution, overthrowing the "enemy" or getting rid of evil forces. The leader professes to be all-knowing and all-powerful. Often the group is armed and meets in secret with coded language, handshakes, and other ritualized practices. Members consider themselves an elite cadre ready to go to battle. Techniques used: paramilitary training, reporting on one another, guilt, fear, struggle sessions, instilled paranoia, long hours of indoctrination. -- Captive Hearts, Captive Minds, Lalich and Tobias, Hunter House, 1993.