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Vol.3, No. 2 - July 1997

New to Transcendental Meditation? TM Defined


TranceNet Cover 9/97 blackball.GIFThe Maharishi's Children: in the most shocking submission ever made to TranceNet, an adult child of a renowned TM family describes in stunning detail her childhood in Fairfield, Iowa. Strong language and explicit sexual situations.

blackball.GIFMidnight in the Oasis Mike Dolan's first column for TranceNet, he relives his wild and loopy days on the Rishikesh course in the late 1960s. Part street-wise comic, part beat poet, Mike gives just a hint of what it was like to round with spiritual luminaries and the Beatles -- until they parted company.

blackball.GIF"Lisa" movingly tells of her heart-breaking relationship with "Michael," a TM governor, whom she felt based his entire adult life on a system of values and beliefs that were a form of self-imposed slavery.

blackball.GIFMaking Amends: "Abraham" a longtime and highly experienced TM teacher explains " why, after years of misleading people, I've written this letter to set things right."

blackball.GIF"P.R." reveals an extraordinary tale --including allegations of scandal, corruption, misappropriations of funds, and more -- from within the Latin American movement.

blackball.GIF"Sam" tells of his initial bafflement with the stories at TranceNet, his growing awareness that he was far from "enlightened," and his successful treatment for bipolar and dissociative disorders with Prozac and lithium.

blackball.GIFLon P. Stacks has been involved for many years with the TM movement in the U.S. -- working with Purusha, Deepak Chopra, and the highest levels. Transcript of an hour-long exclusive interview with TranceNet, with pictures and essays by Lon. (Under construction)

blackball.GIF"Mark's Story": A young man discovers his sexuality -- and that there is no place in the TM movement for "what Nature made him."


blackball.GIFSutra! Sutras! Sutras! Here for the first time on the Web is a full discussion of the TM-Sidhi program: the full 18 sutra "citizen's" program and how to do it, the even more secret Governor's sutras for invisibility and more, the original marketing and research materials that promised enlightenment and levitation, an in-depth analysis of the TM-Sidhis and hyperventilation, and finally a warning from the mainstream Indian tradition to avoid their practice as dangerous and a waste of time.

blackball.GIFMaharishi Selling Aphrodisiacs? Text & Photos! Maharishi Ayurveda Corporation Ltd., is now in the business of making male aphrodisiacs, masturbation aids, and stimulants. Known as ENERGOL-MA, they are being smuggled illegally into the U.S. without FDA approval.

blackball.GIFA Peek Inside Mother Divine A family's personal story about their brush with some of TM's most exotic members --Mother Divine. "We felt like we were invaded by aliens."

blackball.GIFBeacon Light of the Himalayas has been suppressed by the TM movement for over 40 years -- even though it contains the Maharishi's first-known writings. Apparently for very good reason.

They contradict nearly every contemporary teaching of the TM movement.


blackball.GIFCalifornia Supreme Court Upholds and Defines Brainwashing in a Cult.


blackball.GIFA Mother's Betrayal By The New CAN Since Scientology has taken over the old Cult Awareness Network, parents have contacted us with allegations and horror stories.

blackball.GIFFAQs on Cults This new section is our most popular, with answers to most frequent questions about cults, thought reform, where to get help, reading lists, and 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 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.