Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Letter from David Kaplan

This will be old news to a number of readers of TM-Free Blog. But it may be of value to many others. The Kaplan brothers were members of an über-wealthy family. David, whose letter is below, was on Purusha for many years. Earl, whose letter proceeds this one, was the founder of a children's publishing company. Together they are said to have donated over $100 million to the Transcendental Meditation movement — only to be sued by the TM Org when they attempted to leave the movement and rescind the rights they gave the Movement to use a piece of land.

May 14, 2004

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to write this letter to clarify my position regarding the TM movement. I am not involved in the TM movement or any of Maharishi organizations in any way and have nothing to do with his teaching.

In 1999, after getting married, I was basically kicked out of the movement. But I did nothing wrong. To the contrary, after meditating and doing the TM sidhi program many hours a day for twenty-five years and donating tens of millions of dollars, and working with Maharishi for almost ten years, in January and February of 1999, I got sick and almost died.

Once I got well, in April, 1999, by my own choice I left Purusha and had never taken any kind of vow whatsoever. In June or July 1999, I decided to get married. For that I was kicked out of the movement. Thank God I was, for it prompted Earl and me to investigate Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the TM organization. We have spent a great deal of time, energy and money researching Maharishi and the TM organizations. Due to our findings I can no longer support or be associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, his ideas, his knowledge, or any of his organizations, in any way whatsoever.

I am not writing this letter to share with you what I have learned about Maharishi and the TM movement because to you it would probably be unbelievable. But I will say what I have found out is shocking and because of what I have learned I feel very sorry for you.

And I do want you to realize that I have learned that this Maharishi Vedic knowledge does not come from the long line of teachers of the holy tradition or any tradition. I know many of you are sold out and cannot believe anything or look at facts other than what fits into your belief system. I wish you the best and have great compassion for your plight because I was there too and it's not easy to get out of. I just wrote this letter to make sure you all know that I and my family have cut all ties with TM, his movement and his knowledge.

If you have any questions of me you can email me at

With all love and blessings,
David Kaplan

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