Old-time Transcendental Meditation Initiator Ned Wynn submitted the following article about the dangers he sees for TM Teachers still telling the same old story about the "meaningless" mantras to new initiates.
Many old timers will know of Ned. He was a Teacher Training Teacher for a number of years, teaching on Mallorca, Fiuggi Fonte, and throughout Europe. He has a lot of insider knowledge about the TM Movement—and the Maharishi—back in the day.
Ned left the Movement in 1972, for reasons he explains below.
Can you believe these mantra issues have been hanging over the TM Org's head for more than 40 years—and they haven't undertaken simple, basic reforms to put them behind them?
I warn people today about TM when they ask me my opinion.
Especially about the mantras.
My warning is that teaching these mantras without revealing—to monotheists specifically—that they translate into English, with some variations, "To Lord Shiva, I bow down," could lead to some real trouble for the teachers.
There is danger, personal danger, to teachers of TM should it be discovered by devout Catholics, Jews, Muslims, etc. that the "meaningless" mantra they have been given is in fact a prayer to Shiva.
In today's world of Islamic militancy, for instance, it could lead to the teacher literally being killed. Some of these guys would take their own lives along with the teacher's because of the shame of having sworn fealty to a foreign god.
And for Jews and Christians there is the distinct possibility that there would be some repercussions—though most likely they'd stop short of murder!
I know some committed Christians. I know that they would be horrified at uttering such blasphemous things whenever they said their mantra.
They wouldn't do anything about it in terms of some retaliatory activity, but they would stop meditating using the word(s) they were given. And eventually someone will publish this stuff, and the lack of candor in the teaching won't encourage people to join up.
They don't want to worship pagan gods. It's in direct contravention of the Commandment: Thou shalt have no other God before me. And believe me there are millions of people who take that very seriously.
They feel that their eternal souls are mortally endangered by breaking that Commandment.
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
3 Do not have any other gods before me.
Christ especially was concerned with two "Great" Commandments (from Matthew).
“[Jesus], which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, ’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
It would be hard to love the Lord your God "with all your heart and soul and mind" if you are also, in your meditation, bowing down to a Hindu god. I am not familiar with the Koran, but I do know that the Muslims abide by the Ten Commandments just like Jews and Christians do.
So, teachers and governors and kings or whatever your foolish titles may be, do not think yourselves protected in some magical way from the danger inherent in the meditation technique you are teaching. There is no magical protection enclosing or safeguarding you.
It's a myth promoted by Mahesh.
It's a con.
The machetes in the hands of those increasingly irritated Brothers of Islam, however, are not mythical, their sharp edges are very real.
And the Brothers are famously not squeamish when it comes to releasing gallons of blood from the bodies of tricksters and pagan shamans.
Plus which, when you get down to it, it's simply dishonest.
— Ned Wynn, Former TM Teacher Training Course Leader, Mallorca, Spain & Europe
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