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Affidavit of Edgar Larry Squires


1. My name is Edgar Larry Squires. Iam [sic] a professor emeritus of English literature at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California.

2. My current residence address is 1666 Chester Ave., Arcata, CA. 95521.

3. I received my Master of Arts degree(M. A.) at U.C.L.A. in June, 1963 and my Doctor of Philosophy degree (PH.D) from the University of California (Davis) in 1966.

4. I learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in August, 1967. My teacher was Jerry Jarvis, then president of the Student's International Meditation Society. The latter organization was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I was given a mantra (word-sound) by Mr. Jarvis and taught how to employ the mantra as a vehicle for meditation.

5. Before Mr. Jarvis taught this technique of meditation to me he lectured to our group and informed me that the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation would cause the unfoldment of my full mental potential, would substantially improve my health, and greatly benefit social relationships. We were told by Mr. Jarvis and handed out literature to the effect that all of the foregoing benefits would take from five to seven years to fully accomplish.

6. In July, 1968 I attended a month long conference sponsored by the Student's International Meditation Society and conducted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Toward the end of the conference I was interviewed by Maharishi and invited by him to attend a teacher training course at Rshikexh [sic], India in January, 1969. I accepted the invitation and completed the course in two and one-half months. The course program included lectures each day by Maharishi, thirty minute meditations lasting all day with yoga asanas following each meditation plus breathing exercises. I followed these practices to the best of my abilities during the length of the course.

7. During those day long meditation practices I began to experience certain specific physical symptoms. My body began to twist and turn involuntarily. Sensations began to run up and down my spine. Pressures and sensations began occuring [sic] inside my skull cavity in the area of the brain. At times I had a difficult time controlling such pressures, movements, and sensations. Several other persons began feeling similar experiences, and so we formed a group to meet with Maharishi to determine whether or not we could receive help from him. We met several times as a group with him but he was not able to prescribe any technique or antidote to help us.

8. In March, 1969 I was made a teacher of Transcendental Meditation at Rishikesh, India. I taught Transcendental Meditation off and on from that time until August, 1975. During that time I followed all of The teaching practices precisely as I had been told to by Maharishi and the Students's International Meditation Society.

9. I stopped teaching Transcendental Meditation in August, 1975 because I could no longer practice the technique myself. The sensations , pressures and bodily movements which I first experienced during the teacher training course in India had become so intense and uncontrolable [sic] that I was experiencing them outside of meditation at various tines during The day as a daily experience. I have consulted various doctors for several years now and they have not been able to help me with these problems. I attribute all of these problems and physical disorders to the practice of Transcendental Meditation.


E L Squires

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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.