Sunday, December 27, 2009

Transcendental Meditation-The Endless Quest for More Money!

Found this in my in-box this morning:

An Invitation to Become a Friend

Giving the life-long gift of health, happiness and inner peace
to those in our community with financial need.

Dear Joseppi,

Over the past 50 years, it has been the generous support of local donors that has ensured that the many life-long benefits of the TM Program are available to everyone—regardless of their resources.

We are happy to announce the beginning of the Friends of the TM program in our local area. This program provides TM scholarships to those who have a sincere desire to learn but are unable to, due to serious financial hardship. Contributors to the Friends of the TM program can designate their support within our community for TM scholarships, local TM center maintenance and expansion, or to a national TM scholarship fund.

We invite you to visit today and join us in making this wonderful gift of the development of consciousness available to everyone.
Become a Friend

Wishing all the best to you and your family,

Transcendental Meditation program

OK, click on "". There you will find the usual kinds of feel good motivators to get people to part with their money: "At Risk" Youth, Students, Native Americans, The Homeless.

As we all know, some months ago a concert was held in NYC headed up by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The proceeds were to entirely go towards teaching thousands of "At Risk Youth" how to meditate. Forget for a moment the simple fact that if the TMO was really serious about teaching all of these kids how to meditate, they could do it without charge.

By all accounts the concert was a huge success. A LOT of money was raised. Has anyone seen an accounting of where the proceeds of this concert went? Anyone? Have there been reports of thousands of "At Risk" youth being initiated?

No? I wonder whether this money ended up benefiting "At Risk Youth" or further enriching the Shrivastava/Varma clan in India.

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