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Meditation, Delusion and Deception

Article Index
Meditation, Delusion and Deception
TM is a religion
TM is not a science
TM hurts people
Failure to communicate warning labels
Debunking the Maharishi effects
A tyrannical sell-out of the New Age
Conclusion

CULT ABUSE POLICY & RESEARCH

Policy Representation of Cult Victims' Unmet Needs at the Federal Level

Vol. 2, No. 3 Newsletter October 1994

 

MEDITATION, DELUSION AND DECEPTION

by David J. Bardin, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn Washington Counsel for American Family Foundation (AFF) and Cult Awareness Network (CAN)

He's really not so transcendental

A true master of mental manipulation has targeted Washington, D.C. He calls himself Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. His devotees adore him, simply, as "Maharishi." He sells Transcendental Meditation, with a Capital "M." It differs from many kinds of small "m" meditation. So better examine it carefully before you buy.

His trademarked product, TMTM, has reputedly made him a billionaire. He lives reclusively on a luxury estate in Holland, far from the tax collectors of his former headquarters, in India, Switzerland and the U.S.A. But Maharishi's agents are again in Washington, D.C., hunting for government funds to propagate TM and donations from unwary individuals.

Public funding by the District of Columbia, the federal government or a state would be unlawful because TM is a religion -- not the science it pretends to be. Donations would be unwise because TM can harm people in the large doses Maharishi promotes though it carries no warning labels.