"Purusha" Threatening Lawsuits?
For several months, TranceNet has received reports that
"Purusha" has harassed TM teachers, sidhas, and
meditators who step off the party line.
We reprint two letters here in full that threaten legal action
against a TM teacher -- with implications for every meditator or sidha
who ever signed a course agreement.
And in exclusive TranceNet interviews, WPEC president Thomas M. Hedley
and attorney Catherine Dziuba discuss this case and the future of WPEC.
In a surprise revelation, Mr. Hedley asserts WPEC is "winding down
Purusha Strikes Back
Natural Law Party Candidate Writes to TranceNet
David Smithstein is the Natural
Law Party 8th District Congressional Candidate for San Francisco, CA. On
January 2, 1996, he wrote John M. Knapp, editor, alleging TranceNet creates
"obsticles[sic]... for others" and warning "you need to play
out your own Karma." In his second letter, January 3, 1996, he asserts
that there is no scientific research that shows
negative effects from TM, implies that "karma" is not a term used within
the TM movement or Natural Law Party, and demands that his writings be
Karma, Politics, and the Natural Law Party
Mantra Meanings Revealed
Selections from the Tantra of the Great Liberation, the Mantra
Sastra, and The Garland of Letters show that TM's supposedly
meaningless bija (seed) mantras invoke Hindu gods. For example,
"AING" is a name for Saraswati. We also discuss the meanings
of the "advanced techniques." With depositions
from the Kropinski trial that indicate TM may be derived from
japa as taught by Swami Sivananda.|
"When Is a Meaningless Sound Not Meaningless? When It's a Tantric Name of a Hindu God"
Negative TM Research
Abstracts of more than two dozen research studies that show negative or
inconclusive results from TM practice. A blockbuster.|
Abstracts: Negative or Inconclusive Research on the TM Program
TranceNet first published the controversial German Study on
the Web in November, 1995. Based on the findings of this study,
the German government declared TM a "psycho
group" or cult -- despite the TM organization's losing, 10-year court
battle to suppress the study and challenge its validity and publication.
This issue, we add several German texts that add to the controversy:
the full text of the high courts opinion,
and the opinions of two pro-TM experts who disagree with the
court's findings. [In German only, translation to come.]|
"The "German Study": Update"
TM Lecture &
Remember what they promised? Remember all those forms you filled out?|
Lecture Notes & Interview Forms
Age of Enlightenment Techniques
The "Age of
Enlightenment Techniques" were "developed" by the
Maharishi in the mid-70s. Presented for the first time on the Web, the
Age of Enlightenment Techniques are described in detail from testimony
from the Kropinski trial. With discussion of similar techniques taught by
Abandoned TM Techniques, Part 2: Age of Enlightenment Techniques
- Two dozen personal stories: Mitch Kapor, Founder of Lotus,
Inc., Peter McWilliams, Pat Ryan, and more.
- Court documents allege murders, suicides, violence, and
- Independent research that long-term TM practice may lead to
epileptic-like seizures, dissociation, and
- Secret TM teachings, techniques, and scriptures
and much, much more
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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
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
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
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.