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Unfiltered The following was received from a former South American TM Governor who worked at an official TM Movement project on a Spanish-speaking Caribbean island in the late 1980's. It reveals the true nature of some of the high representatives of the organisation and sheds serious doubts about the good judgment of Maharishi (whose followers consider to be enlightened) in appointing people of that sort to represent him.

"Diego" is a renowned television producer in a Spanish-speaking Caribbean nation. He also happens to be the national leader of the TM organisation in that country, an organization which he has run in a dictatorial fashion during the last 20-odd years, quite contradictory to the blissful and evolutionary nature of Maharishi's teachings.

"Diego" is a surprisingly objectionable individual as may be concluded from some of the following allegations:

1. Prior to the arrival of TM to that country, "Diego" owned a brothel called "Molino Rojo" (Spanish for "Red Windmill"). It was notorious for the scandalous activities of the women of ill repute that frequented the place after the possibility of doing business with men that sought their sexual favours. During this phase of his life, "Diego" obtained the reputation of being a homosexual, and in fact, was exposed on national television as such by one of the guests to his television programme, the late navy officer Homero Lajara. This was well publicised at the time and a great majority of the country's population is aware of it.

2. After the arrival of TM to the country, "Diego" managed to get appointed national leader. This is how a series of incidents began, which have made the management of the organisation seem like the operations of gangsters and people involved with organised crime.

3. In 1984, a very devoted and hard-working Chilean Governor had been running the TM Center for some time, when he ran into trouble with "Diego". One day, the police suprisingly broke in and searched the center, and found a small pack of marijuana inside the TM-Sidhi room. The governor was arrested and deported within three days. The marijuana was allegedly planted by "Diego", who I believe also arranged for the police action.

4. Out of over 20 people who have attended TTC from that country over the past 20 years, only one is still active teaching. All the others have left the organisation because of confrontations with the national leader.

5. "Diego" blames his chronic illnesses as the result of spells cast by his enemies.

6. When the Movement announced the construction of a Maharishi School in Venezuela in 1983, "Diego" somehow managed to divert the plans so the project was shifted to his country. Sure enough, the project, which was to host a group of 7,000 TM practitioners, was built and opened in 1984, with an investment of close to 5 million dollars. It is said that "Diego" misappropriated several hundred thousand dollars of the construction funds, through over-invoicing and demands of commissions.

There were over 12 foreign Governors (from Chile, Spain, Mexico, Colombia) running the project when it began with a student population of about 1,500.

The project director, a very well-loved TM Governor from Spain and currently the National Administrator there, was expelled in 1985. He had also been in charge of supervising the construction of the project since he is an architect. All went well until this Governor started having problems with "Diego". One day, "Diego" called a meeting of all the remaining Governors and played a taped recording of the project director announcing that he had to leave the country, wished everyone well, and exhorted them to support and cooperate with "Diego". We all later heard reports that this recording had been made under death threats from "Diego", who had been holding up a pistol against the director's head as he recorded the message. After taping the message, "Diego" drove him to the airport and flew him away.

One by one, all of the foreign governors left the project, due to the unbearable incoherence of the national leader. Some of us left on good terms, others not.

"Diego" has been known to falsify messages to Maharishi and other high-level Movement officials. For instance he reportedly posed as the President of the Board of Trustees, and attempted to incriminate a Chilean TM Governor in financial wrongdoings and negotiations.

Year after year, the student population of the school dropped, due to the low academic standards employed by the school management. The standards dropped so low that the Ministry of Education revoked the school's right to administer its own examinations. This was highly publicised in the national press, Listin Diario, as it was the first time that the government took this sort of action against an academic institution.

Today, the project has been closed for the past three years.

What is most surprising in all this is that the International Movement is well aware of all of the above, and they still keep him on the job. Does that seem like good judgment from an enlightened person? I think not. And I wonder how many other situations are being covered up by the Movement around the world.

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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.