I thought about making this another installment in "Yes, We Are No Religion." But given the wave of religious fundamentalism sweeping the world — leading to hatred, death, and war — I thought it important to pass on this disturbing message minus the snark.
Von: Global Country Switzerland
An: 14 Maharishi Jyotish and Yagya Programmes
Gesendet: Sonntag, den 8. November 2009, 22:57:36 Uhr
Betreff: FW: participate in Maharishi's Global Plan
The spiritual counterpart for your country lies in India. Each country is connected to one of the twelve jyotir lingas in India, the seat of Shiva, the eternal silence at the basis of creation. Reviving the age-old knowledge about the spiritual connection of every country with the Jyotirlingas in India and the creation of 48 Brahmananda Saraswati Nagars is Maharishi¹s greatest gift for humanity. The following website gives you more information about Maharishi's global plan to transform every country into a Vedic country:
http://www.mgcwp. org/jyotir_ ling/POWERPOINT/ JYOTIRLING. htm
You are cordially invited in Maharishi¹s global plan to create a Vedic society everywhere and enjoy Maharishi¹s blessings and the support of all the Laws of Nature. If you have any questions or you want to participate in this grand undertaking please contact us via GlobalCountrySwitze rland@maharishi. net.
Bowing before Maharishi and the Holy Tradition of Vedic Masters we send you our best wishes for life in fulfilment.
Jai Guru Dev
Since the late 60s, the Transcendental Meditation movement has claimed not be a religion or religious — despite conclusive evidence to the contrary. Based on that claim, they promoted TM as a secular practice to the public, which in turn has led to TM being adopted in public schools, the justice system, the military, research publications — even receiving government funds. For reasons best known to TM leaders, they base their claims to be nonreligious on a distinction between Vedism and Hinduism — a distinction without a difference, similar to distinguishing between Early Christianity and Modern Christianity. Both are religions, one based on the other.
My suspicion is TM simply hopes to confuse people who don't understand what the Vedas are.
Just as the ultimate goal of some Christian Fundamentalists is to make the U.S. — and ultimately all nations — horribly repressive "Christian" theocracies, the TM Movement's goal is to bring Hindu/Vedic rule to the entire world. Replete with Horse Sacrifices, Shiva worship, a return to monarchy, and a tyrannical morality that punishes the exercise of freedoms the developed world is based on: religion, sexuality, democracy, so many others.
I suspect this was the Maharishi's goal for a very long time, perhaps from the beginning.
When you hear of Transcendental Meditation being taught to public school children, invading the justice/prison system, publishing questionable research, and receiving taxpayer funds from your government, I hope you will think of this internal memo from one of TM's "Global Countries."
I hope this message will be shared with every person with an interest in the separation between Church and State, with school-age children — and, especially, anyone working to stem the tide of fundamentalist-fueled hatred, violence, and tyranny. It's my especial hope it will be shared with the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, religious leaders, and the press.
If you have any such contacts, would you pass on this post?
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It's just too important to publicize this message — and tear the mask off Transcendental Meditation's claims to be not religious.
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