Thursday, September 23, 2010

Transcendental Meditation Has "Friendly" Competition in "Levitation"

A friend sent a heads up on YouTubes of "Swami" Nithyananda's followers levitating! Same "swami" got caught earlier this year having sex with followers—on video! Naturally, he recommends strict celibacy to his followers.
The similarities to the Maharishi are.... well, similar.
Guess he just can't get enough controversy. "Any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right."
First the levitation videos, then a few words:

Levitation in the Presence of Nithyananda

Art of Levitation Unleashed by Nithyananda. Notice how closely they've copied Transcendental Meditation's style—right down to using slo-mo to suggest they really are "flying."
Transcendental Meditation Marketer$ tantalize you with seconds-long glimpses of levitation. Notice the cool use of slo-mo to suggest "flying."

A less slick, more to-the-point TM video. You gotta read the comments: "These people are definately oout [sic] of their minds! Flying?! Hahaha."
Shoko Asahara, Aum Shinrikyo group, who also released Sarin gas in Japanese subways. I betcha he saw some Transcendental Meditation marketing media, too!
Street magician David Blaine is more impressive than the lot of them!
Not much more to say, I guess. Images are worth a million words. Videos a zillion!
Innocent questions for Transcendental Meditation Marketer$:

  • If levitation is proof of spiritual attainment, how is it that other scandal-ridden or criminal "gurus" can teach their followers to fly and get identical results? 

  • How can we tell the difference between "good" levitation and "bad" levitation?

  • Think these other guys have "EEG Coherence," too? 

  • Lucy, you got some splainin' to do.... ?!
Keep the faith!

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John M. Knapp, LMSW said... did David Blaine do that???

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Looks impressive, doesn't it! I've seen a couple of YouTube explanations, which ruins all the fun, of course. Still, it really looks amazing. Now, if we could only account for those 19th century accounts of seeing the Indian Rope Trick.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Yea, there are some expose of the Indian rope trick. Its actually an elaborate seat with the pipe going through the clothes via the arm. Pretty slick. It's just like that bed of nails thing, nonsense, 9th grade science class explains it as no big deal.

Oh about, the questions Knapp asked. How silly. Of course no one is teaching anyone how to fly, so the questions are pointless. More accurate would have been, "your ugly and your mother dresses you silly.". :)

Good levitation? Let me guess, if it comes about by Samyama?

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

I was fascinated to see the Nithyananda tapes. For those of you who learned the TM flying, you may recall that Maharishi's explanation of how it worked was TOTALLY different from N.'s explanation of how it worked. Maharishi said that it was due to the impersonal laws of nature that people became lighter than gravity and lifted off. Nithyananda (or his disciples) said that people rose into the air because N. gave his special energy to them to permit it to happen. The N. disciples reported an experience of expandedness and bliss identical to the TM flyers.

I am so grateful that if I had to be in a Hindu cult, that I was in M's one, not N's one. M. never said we could meditate or fly or anything only because of his grace or blessing. The N. people must be so much more dependent on/brainwashed by N. than we were by M.

I wish I had seen the N. tapes when I was first exiting from TM. I think it would have helped me unbrainwash more rapidly, to see that M. wasn't the only one to produce these celestial experiences. Also that the reasoning was so different in the two groups.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Well, I guess one can be grateful, at least in comparison, that if one had to have a cult experience, at least TM wasn't the worst out there. Imagine being raised by one of those families devoted to the astounding "Reverend" Fred Phelps and his hate-mongering followers.

If, in this world, anyone could be classified as an infidel surely Fred Phelps deluded followers must win that prize. Their indecency at funerals of fallen soldiers leads me to wonder about Fred's "issues".

Now, it's before the US Supreme Court. Just how far can freedom of speech go before it becomes something so completely over the top that we need legal help in regulating human behaviour!!!!!

What does this have to do with TM and the goals of this Blog?

Well, I wholeheartedly understand all things to be interconnected. The butterfly that flaps its wings in Brazil might well be in direct cause-effect connection with the typhoon that ravishes Japan.

How will Fred Phelps and his infidel followers impact speech, how we think before we speak and act and how we consider what Mahesh had to say about how his imaginary Vedic society was going to make our lives better.

While I only see Mahesh/Maheshism making most things he touched different from being a little tarnished to requiring hospitalization, how will he and Fred Phelps eventually affect the balance of nature.

How do all these nut-jobs preaching their versions of how their control of everything would make everything more acceptable for them impact our individual lives.

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