Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Transcendental Meditation Organizations' legal threat against The Examiner

Two links below address Maharishi University of Management (MUM) and David Lynch Foundation (DLF) recent legal threats to the Examiner.com in an effort to remove an article critical of the David Lynch Foundation's efforts to bring Transcendental Meditation (TM) into public schools.

You can read the Examiner's published article in response to this threat by clicking here. The author wrote "Upon reviewing Goldstein's criticisms, the author has decided that there are no grounds for labeling this article "defamatory"."

The original legal threat from MUM and DLF can be read on Wikileaks by clicking here.

On another note, intense "self-help" programs called Large Group Awareness Training (LGAT) induce brain chemistry similar to what we experienced during intense TM "rounding" programs. Many of us know others who experienced various degrees of psychosis, and some suicides, when involved with prolonged intense "rounding" courses - The Movement taught us that such problem symptoms were due to the victims' "heavy unstressing," placing the blame squarely back on the individual - typical blame-the-victim mentality. Naturally, TM research never addresses problem results from TM. And TM research never studies the effects of rounding courses, despite ongoing active recruitment for rounding programs.

You can read about an Australian coroner who attributed a woman's suicide to her participation in an LGAT by clicking here. Tragic that the woman committed suicide. But great to see professional validation by a coroner! May the trend continue - for public recognition of potential mental health dangers from participation in mind altering programs.

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