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The Maharishi plans for a new world order

If Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is to be believed, Utopia is just around the corner. And it can be attained if people the world over adopt his teachings and begin practising transcendental meditation (TM). The Maharishi has not spared any efforts either to reach his simple message of global peace to all corners of the planet. To usher in this new order, he has assiduously built up his own organisation over the decades.

The Maharishi International University (MIU) [MUM] was established at Iowa in the US in 1971. The group of students and professors who were meditating at a converted apartment building in Santa Barbara, California, found that they needed more space. About that time Parsons' College went bankrupt; and the Maharishi bought it for about $2.5 million in 1973.

Soon after, in 1976, the `world government of the age of enlightenment' was established at Seelisberg, in Switzerland. Styled in the manner of a spiritual United Nations, its hierarchy is punctuated with ministers for information and inspiration, education and enlightenment, health and immortality... This vast organisation claims sovereignty in the domain of consciousness and 1,600 capitals of the age of enlightenment around the world'.

Periodically, the 'world government' inserts full-page advertisements in some of the most expensive newspapers and magazines all over the world, offering help to all countries in solving their problems. A massive sum is sunk in this propaganda exercise.

Among the yet to be substantiated tall claims of the Maharishi's followers is the high sounding claim that 'the Maharishi unified field-based education, health. government, economics, defence, rehabilitation and agriculture will perpetuate unified field-based ideal civilisation generation to generation'. All the same, it goes to the Maharishi's credit that there have been a lot of buyers for his philosophy. it is believed that some countries like Brazil, had responded to the Maharishi's world government's offer to help solve their problems free of cost. Even the Philippines, during Ferdnand Marcos's reign, had wooed the Maharishi to set up shop in his country.

About a decade back, the Maharishi unveiled a programme to make a nation invincible. This could be achieved if the armed forces started practising TM and TM-sidhi programme for 20 minutes every morning and evening. 'The influence of harmony, coherence and self-sufficiency generated in the national consciousness will be enough to disallow the birth of an enemy, thus making the nation invincible,' the Maharishi's followers claim.

To win over the cynics. the Maharishi himself argued that 'with today's advanced electronic warfare no nation is capable of defending itself.' To overcome this problem he has devised this 'practical formula which will structure invincibility for every nation'. Shifting into a high-pitch sales drive, the Maharishi argues that about one per cent of a nation's population functioning coherently can make it invincible. Since `in almost every country the military make up at least one per cent of the population', this formula has been specifically aimed at the military `because the military is the most disciplined section of any nation'.

If proof was wanting to substantiate the Maharishi's fantastic claims. even that is glibly offered by his enthusiastic followers. The fact that Alexander's battle-weary and homesick troops turned back when they were poised to conquer India, in 325 BC. has been given a new twist. The way they see it, 'Very possibly the negative force of destruction of Alexander's army was overshadowed by the force of positivity in the India of that time.' Extending this argument further, they explain, 'It would be a very good feeling for all the world today to have such a region, which can't be invaded, in the friction zone between the superpowers.'

With the setting up of his 'world government of the age of enlightenment', Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. who had earlier been dismissed as the giggling guru from North India, has firmly launched himself as the messiah of a new world order.

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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.