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TranceNet Personal History: Lon Stacks

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Lon Stacks with the Maharishi, Jerry Jarvis, and other luminaries from the early days of the TM Movement. "My seventh personal meeting with Maharishi."
Stacks and the Maharishi
Lon has been involved for many years with the TM movement in the U.S. -- working with Purusha, Deepak Chopra, and the highest levels. His willingness to make public disclosure and take public action at this time may very well have many TM movement higher ups very nervous. He is personally risking much, including his reputation and longtime relationships, by going public at this time. Transcript of an hour-long exclusive interview with Lon is under construction.

Lon has talked with us at length about his desires to take the information at trancenet.net and accomplish as much as possible with it. His proposal is that all TMers who are concerned with reforming the TM movement begin meeting and prioritizing the areas of our greatest concern -- and then directly approach the Maharishi and others to effect real change.

Lon has no formal connection with trancenet.net. Like many of you, however, he was very moved by the material that he found there -- especially the personal stories such as "Marcy", "Anonymous 1", "Annie", and others.

Lon Stacks with Deepak Chopra -- while Dr. Chopra was still head of Maharishi Ayur Veda -- and Dr. Hema Reddy, M.D., Psych.
Stacks and Chopra
He's hoping for feedback from people about his ideas. He feels he has the energy, intelligence, creativity, and resources to make a difference in our community -- and he'd like the input of our little community to help make something happen on a very large scale about the tragedy of the TM movement.

I personally hope that you will all lend him your ear and share your thoughts with him whether here on the list or in private. It's a rare thing that a dynamo like Lon wanders into our sphere.

I believe he will accomplish a tremendous amount -- if he hasn't already simply by going public.

John M. Knapp
Executive Director, trancenet.net

Lon Stacks worshipping with Dr. Sharma. Note the devotional altar to Guru Dev, the Maharishi's teacher -- including statues of Krishna, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Ganesh, and other "scientific Laws of Nature" in TM. " Dr. Sharma, yogacharya -- the only one in the TM movement who interviewed with almost all other Indian cults in the U.S. -- and ended up working with TM and several others."
Lon and Dr. Sharma

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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.