The story is that the Maharishi used to take a week of silence starting with his birthday on January 12. Following his silence -- about which we will write more this week -- the TM faithful used to have a huge celebration of the "End of Silence." Each year from the 70s until his death in 2008, the Maharishi would announce the theme for his Movement in the coming year: "The Year of the World Plan," "The Year of Invincibility for Every Nation," those sort of modest goals (listed here for your reading pleasure.)
We launched TMFB 3 years ago on January 12, 2007 with "Happy Birthday, MMY, You Old Sod!" Since our launch, we've been visited 182,000 times, by 72,000 "Absolute Unique Visitors"; published 787 articles, built a thriving community through an uncountable scads of comments, and generally had a grand old time as we sought to inform and warn our readers -- as well as entertain with the spice of satire.
We thought about kicking off an Anniversary Celebration last week, but, given our mission, somehow it just felt right to Celebrate the End of Silence. (Ooooh! Spooooky!)
So want to invite you to a week of raucous noise making, with articles like "10 Worst TM Predictions" and "Hate-Mail-Palooza."
We will even have a contest or two, like "Karma Anti-Yogi of the Year" and "The Most Bizarre TM-Sponsored Site" -- with prizes for believers and critics alike.
Most of all we want to have fun -- but stop this short of outright cheesy.
If you long to be hip after all those years rounding your brains out, check back here daily for our latest installment.
Be there or be square!