Sunday, March 20, 2011

Disaster in Japan? Send us money for exotic religious rituals!

Just when you think the global organization that teaches Transcendental Meditation can't sink any deeper, "Global Country" leaders are now organizing monetary support for Vedic rituals performed by "specially trained Maharishi Vedic Pandits of India" as their unique way of providing "urgent relief for Japan." They claim that these rituals "will be vastly more powerful and effective than what the general public can achieve by contributing to rescue efforts and similar, classical approaches."

Large Maharishi Yagyas being organized to provide urgent relief for Japan

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19 March 2011

In response to the critical situation in Japan, the Global Country of World Peace is organizing a special global emergency initiative to create a very large, sustained Maharishi Yagya performance—to bring immediate and lasting relief to the people, neutralize negative influences, and prevent further calamities in the nation. 

Yagyas are ancient precise performances by specially trained Maharishi Vedic Pandits of India, which create specific life-supporting influences for individuals, families, and nations from the field of pure consciousness, the Unified Field of total Natural Law. 

Leaders of the Global Country around the world, including Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister, and its Administrators in the United States, Japan, and India, are promoting this urgent initiative among participants in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes and well-wishers of humanity in every nation. 

Addressing Transcendental Meditation Teachers and practitioners in the United States, Dr John Hagelin, Administrator of the programme in that country, explained, 'While we are contributing a great deal through our daily meditations—especially those on the Invincible America Assembly**—there is one more very powerful thing we can and must do. 

'We must harness the Vedic technology of prevention throughYagya. Whereas group meditation and Yogic Flying produce a powerful, generalized, non-directed surge of positivity for the general well-being of society—Maharishi Yagyas create a very focused, concentrated influence of positivity designed to neutralize a specific threat.' 

A very large, sustained Yagya for Japan 'is exactly what is needed now to avert further calamity in Japan,' said Dr Hagelin and the other leaders. 
While it may be true that certain rituals may be performed as a result of this campaign, I can't help but notice that this is an appeal for people to send large sums of money to an organization that's directly connected with the particular Vedic/Hindu sect in India that originally spawned Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, known as the Brahmanand Saraswati Foundation, headed by the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math. The lineage of this Shankaracharya, which only dates to its revival in 1941, has long been in dispute, but this organization apparently serves to substantiate the TM movement's claim to be derived from a particular Indian spiritual tradition, and it is the beneficiary of various Western fundraising efforts like this one.

Meanwhile, the TM movement's "Governors" - teachers of Transcendental Meditation - have been instructed to send a special e-mail message announcing this campaign:

Dear Governors,
As we are all aware, the situation in Japan has become extremely critical.
To help alleviate the growing crisis and avert the potential for a nuclear catastrophe, Raja Hagelin with Raja Ram, Dr. Bevan Morris and the International leadership of Maharishi's Movement are urging the immediate creation of a large and powerful Yagya for Japan.

They have created a special announcement to be sent to ALL Governors and Sidhas in your area as well as the more experienced Meditators who would understand the power of the preventative technology of Maharishi Yagya. 

In that special announcement addressed to "Sidhas and Governors of the United States" is the core of the movement's appeal for boatloads of money. Unlike the movement's practices of the distant past, they make no secret of the fact that the donations won't even be used for the things the TM movement used to claim justified charging fees for meditation instruction; funds collected in this campaign will only pay for people doing rituals that allegedly have some magical influence on the planet. Unlike the movement's promotions of Transcendental Meditation, for which they claim to have achieved some level of scientific validation, this program is fully in the realm of unsubstantiated religious claims and practices.

To this end, we invite you to join us in the establishment of a special emergency fund to create a very large, sustained Yagya for Japan.

This is exactly what is needed now to avert further calamity in Japan.

We need everyone—hundreds of people—to contribute whatever they can. This will be vastly more powerful and effective than what the general public can achieve by contributing to rescue efforts and similar, classical approaches. Only we have the knowledge of how to engage the managing intelligence of Nature so directly and so powerfully. And with that knowledge comes the responsibility to act.

The Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation, with the Shankaracharya as its Patron and Maharaj Adhiraj Rajaraam as its President, was established by Maharishi to support the Vedic Pandits in India and to perpetuate the Vedic Tradition, including the Vedic technologies of Jyotish and Yagya. For the special purposes of this global effort to bring immediate and lasting relief to the people of Japan, this 501c3 charitable fund will be used.


With a contribution of $1,250 or more, your name will be acknowledged in the Maharishi Yagya Performance, and we will provide you with special guidelines to follow during the days of the performance.

Please send your donations today. Include your name and address, and you will receive a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible gift.

So what they're basically saying is, send us lots of money so we can arrange for fabulously expensive religious rituals in Fairfield or India that will be much more effective than actually working toward feeding, clothing or housing people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Trust us. After all, we wear crowns and we've appointed our very own King and after all that you still take us seriously, so we know you'll take this seriously too.

Update, 21 Mar 2011 16:02 EDT: Here's the latest e-mail from "Raja" John Hagelin.

A Heartfelt "THANK YOU" from the People of Japan
Dear Sidhas and Governors of the United States,
I want to thank you, profoundly, for your immediate and overwhelming response to this urgent appeal from the people of Japan.
In less than two days, we have raised over $125,000 from approximately 350 generous souls. This is truly heartening, extraordinary, and absolutely beautiful.
The Yagyas have begun! And they are being expanded continuously as your support flows in. Already, even from the mere sankalpa (commitment of intention) from so many, the dangerous compounding of nuclear mishaps and related danger to the population may be easing. It is too early to declare victory, and we must not become complacent. There is still much hardship, with the death toll now at a projected 18,000.
Our immediate goal is to raise $200,000 to engage the largest possible, sustained Maharishi Yagyas for Japan. Amazingly, we are already mostly there-a historic and highly commendable response.
For those who have not, please take a moment now to give generously. (The details are below.) Thanks to the uniquely powerful and profound Vedic wisdom and technologies Maharishi has blessed us with, we have the ability to accomplish what no-one else can.
I am extremely proud of you. Our dear brothers and sisters in Japan, and indeed the whole global Movement, are thrilled and grateful for what you have done, and are doing.
With heartfelt congratulations and deep thanks to all of you,
Jai Guru Dev
Raja John Hagelin


John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

This is amazing!

Crisis in Japan! So send tons of money to a bunch of Indian TM cultists.

Despicable. They charge THOUSANDS per ceremony BTW. What a colossal ripoff.

Glad you quoted this for truth just in case they come to their senses and withdraw it.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

With respect to withdrawing announcements like this, I'm not so sure that they even care anymore. It's as if the movement is two completely different things simultaneously that never connect for many outsiders. First there's TM and its alleged legitimacy as shown by the New York Times article over the weekend: Then there's the outfit with the King and the guys with gold crowns and lots of total weirdness like this. I think they've realized that most reporters, even those that work for the New York TImes, simply don't and won't bother to look behind the curtain. It's not just TM, it's endemic to much of the US press corps, which is generally not given the time and resources to actually talk about anything other than what they're being force-fed from organized groups like this. There also seems to be a growing lack of curiosity on the part of many people, as if they're unwilling to even ask basic questions for fear of what they might find.

As just one example, David Sieveking took 5 years to make his film, watching and waiting for the story to develop before his lens, not drawing conclusions after a few hours with the subject and stopping there. Few have the time and resources, or are otherwise in a position to do something like that.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

F–ed up on so many levels. Sickening.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Shortly after 9/11, Mahesh tried much the same thing, attempting to bilk $1 Billion out of the US Government, claiming he had the technology to protect the US! ! ! *

That failed and we got millionaires' courses which led to King Tony & Rajas ( ! ! ! ! ).

When this present felonious attempt to con the innocent fails, I wonder what we'll end up with - the possibilities of further TMO depravity stagger the imagination -- but David Ansell summarized it all, in the very best and only way possible.

* we have the PDF of that stupendous babble of pseudo-science and fuzzy thinking if anyone is interested.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Here's the PDF of the September 23, 2001, TM movement ad: Careful, you might want to wash out your eyeballs after viewing.

the key paragraph: "What is immediately needed is an endowment fund of $1 billion in order to permanently engage 40,000 young men from the traditional Vedic Families in India (at the rate of $100–200 per person per month), in the programs of enlivening the unifying, nourishing power of Nature’s Intelligence, in order to create and maintain coherence in world consciousness and eliminate the basis of all negativity." "Traditional Vedic Families" would be who, and why are they so special? How much clearer can it be that this is merely a welfare program benefiting those connected to Mahesh's sect back in India?

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

I am. I will be sending a letter to the NY Times editor with the governor re-certification .pdf , the link to Lynch's Ram-Emmanuel-Tuefelsberg fiasco in Berlin, and a link to biologists' views on Chopra:

Did anyone catch that Lynch launched PR campaign in Germany last month: I strongly encourage each of you to also send a letter to I feel that the more backlash the NY Times gets on that article the better.

Make no mistake, I strongly believe that the TMO is on the defensive with the roll out of David Wants to Fly. The only way to keep them in that mode is to keep the pressure on.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

This is what must be done, Deone! The nefarious and predatory nature of the TMO (Maheshism) to take advantage of the weaknesses of others simply must cease.

I can well imagine the defensive attitude of the TMO following their self-exposure as a result of David's film. Obviously, cleaning up their act is not in the cards or stars or yagyas or whatever money-grabbing notions they have.

It occurs to me that Mahesh must have greatly admired this so-called "colonel" g'daffy. As far as rhetoric goes, they seem to have a lot in common (possibly, they even appear to share the same whack-job costume designer.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Here's a bit of starter research for you - - with pictures, even!

Whilst I do not wish to disparage the Hindu culture, hijacking this as well as the vulnerability of the Japanese people and the emotional outpouring of the world in order to pocket the money is, apparently, exactly what Mahesh must have meant when he declared his World Plan a success!

Today's latest from John Hagelin, declaring the near $ 200,000 so far fleeced from the TM faithful so abundantly wonderful, simply points the finger of shame more and more (because Maheshism is all about more and more) at these unconscionable bastards.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

I just read the update about the "heartfelt thank you FROM the people of Japan". Unbelievable that Hagelin presumes to speak for the people of Japan. As if they would be thankful knowing that tens of thousands of goodwill dollars were being funneled towards this nonsense instead of where it is needed. Makes one want to grab the idiot by the shoulders and shake some sense into him.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Deone, thank you for sending that info off to the New York Times, and thank you for informing us here on TM-Free how to do it.

I suggest that these Japan/yagya/fundraiser announcements be shown to any school board that is considering taking up David Lynch's offer for learning TM in schools. These announcements, David Wants To Fly, and Gina's letter to school boards should be in the packet. Is there some way we can keep on top of which school boards are considering Lynch's offer?

Something has been on my mind for a while about the tone that some people posting or commenting on TM-Free use when writing about the Rajas, Lynch, Bevan, Bobby Roth, etc. Sometimes writers here have a nasty, hate-filled, condescending attitude towards all these folks. I would like to posit that these people are Victims. Victims of brainwashing, victims of Mr. Prasad Varma (Maharishi), victims caught in a life-trap. As such they deserve my compassion. I personally wish that people writing here would consider that. If you're still angry and feel betrayed and need to vent, I support you in calling them any names that seem apt. But if you're past that stage, I personally find it hurtful and less useful for my own recovery (possibly the recovery of all of us???) to label these people as "the enemy" and "different from me." I hope I have not said this in an offensive way.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Laurie, you're welcome and thank you for effective ways to utilize this communication tool. The TMO is organized. A logical offensive move is to also get organized.

A secure server for a simple data base with free forms and space for one-click press releases and information packets would be very helpful. This is not difficult to set up if you need assistance.

As to compassion, I ebb and flow with my ability to remember that Lynch is a victim. For me, the work is stabilizing my compassion toward TMO victims. I have a few personal emotions emerge when I see Lynch making such an arse of himself time and again. We Missoula-area Montanans are a proud, if laconic, lot in general.

Further, what pulled me into this discussion was a highly intelligent but low self-esteem friend who is being groomed as the Midwest-region Raja in Iowa City. As I followed his trail of strange behavior and extreme life choices, I landed here. It tears at my heart to see such blatant malevolence and predatory behavior in general. It breaks my heart to consider that Lynch and my friend are actively involved in perpetrating such nefarious actions toward humanity.

Having said this, I am currently working to apply the wisdom of ALA NON (Alcoholic's Anonymous) in this situation. There are some things that I can do to change the effect of the TMO. On the other hand, there are some things that I cannot change. It is my work to develop wisdom so that I know the difference. As a personal trainer might say, some things are one day at a time as I rep it out.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Suddenly, I had a horrible thought! Since TM Movement fortunes depend primarily on soliciting for donations for and holding courses for world peace, we are very unlikely to ever by able to achieve or maintain world peace.

Armed with the weapons of the Black Arts, Vedic mantra weapons and black yagyas, they could continually destabilize key individuals and countries. In order to perpetuate a need for their pretense of being in service to the world, they could create constant war, funding a parasitic relationship.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

1annwk1, how are they funding their activities currently? When we wanted to route out a fox attacking our hens in Montana, we set a trap along the vector of their sustenance: food, shelter, etc. At some point, the fox had to cross that vector.

Considering the current Japanese-yagya campaign, it appears that the vector points of sustenance for the TMO are their membership and positive high-profile media coverage. Is this correct? What is the high-leverage position along such a vector or storage of resources?

A single candle can light a room that has been darkened for one thousand years (Japanese-Buddhist proverb).

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

I think the earthquake in Japan was a terrible tragedy, and anyone who would exploit that tragedy for their own purposes is committing a moral crime, but one thing puzzles me. Most of the posters on this blog, who have far more experience with the TMO than I do, say that the siddhis and the 'Maharishi Effect' don't work, that they were cooked up by Maharishi in order to make money. I tend to agree, though my experiences with TM have been a little more positive. But if these things don't work, how could anyone using these techniques 'destabilize key individuals and countries'? That just doesn't make any sense.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

It seems to me, Morris, that you’ve asked one of the key questions. People certainly have had positive feelings stemming from TM. That is no surprise. I think, from my experience talking with others, that those who have remained distant from the heart or core of the TM organization are the ones most likely to have had beneficial results from TM (whether in some small or even large degree).

However, those behind this travesty to peddle false or imaginary hope at the expense of the suffering of others, in order to profit from the suffering of others, are those who seem to have been inside that heart or core of the TM organization for a very long time (perhaps having seldom if ever ventured outside that inner inner circle).

Here, I think one has to look at similar organizations with similar inner-core bizarre notions. He Westboro Baptist Church run by Fred Phelps ( is an example, as is the Libyan lunatic, Colonel G’daffy. They spout things they believe as if what they believed were actually solid matter, tangible, concrete, verifyable, moral, right and incontrovertible! That their closest followers subscribe to this fallacy of thought is, I think, a folie à deux, a shared madness (

I think this might be a sort of litmus test of validity: how crazy is the inner-circle of believers, what fantastical things do they subscribe to that is less and less evident as one moves further and further away from the inner-circle.

Can someone believe that these “powers” can destabilize key individuals or whole countries? Certainly we have seen enough TM practitioners destabilized by Mahesh’s mis-use of TM. Hitler and his inner-circle certainly believed in magic and were trying to get their hands on something that would get them magical powers ... and they did huge damage in the process. People really believe in black magic and spout off on their confidence in knowledge of the operation of the black arts.

They even make money doing so. How many neighbourhood fortunetellers have conned rich and unsuspecting (naive) people out of hoards of case on the pretense of casting spells or averting spells cast!

But proof, actuality? pshaw, that’s for silly folk, not believers.

Mahesh created delusion and people bought into it. No surprise except that he was really good at it and made a lot of money at it. But his kind is historically not unheard of. There have been many who created delusion and found that many were ready to believe and that their belief drove them to contribute more and more.

But I am interested in hearing from others on this account. How did Mahesh get away with it? How does the TMO continue to get away with it?

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

I agree with you, Sudarsha, but part of me wishes it were true; that it were possible to affect world events on the level of pure consciousness, rather than the terrible violence we are currently engaging in, particularly in the Middle East. If someone has their family killed, what does it matter if the bomb was dropped by the lunatic G'daffy or the supposedly sane Obama?

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Hi, Morris - yes, I wish it were true, too ... but, in the very long range of things, it probably is true. I remember Buckminster Fuller (at one of Mahesh's SCI symposia, no less) saying that the universe was so vast, so huge that we were unable to see how the gigantic forces of existence meshed and worked together.

I suspect that what makes us human, our various consciousnesses and broad ranges of ideologies is what, in the very long range of things actually brings about changes, possibly even the changes we were anticipating, desiring ... the difficulty is that we seldom live long enough as single individuals to see how things turn out.

That, I suspect for most people, is a concept that is far more depressing than what I think it actually is, encouraging. We affect change, we seldom live long enough, however, to see that change fully come to fruition.

So, I think it actually follows (much to my chagrin), that Mahesh might well have been on to something that by having a coherent thought shared by a large number of people, eventually what they are thinking will arise. Problem is, I think, Mahesh was generally so self-centred, narcissistic and delusional that his thoughts are simply incompatible with the nature of reality.

How's that for a bit over the top?

But, on the other hand, notice how ideas from ancient Greece and the development of Roman Christianity affected change. It's far more complex than the simplistic way I am babbling about it, yet we see how ideas and desires seem to develop into actual reality, but only over a long, long time.

Yep, evolution of thought into reality ... but only eventually.

So, in a few thousand years, or maybe just a few hundred, many of the thoughts of today will have developed into a reality we can barely dream of today. I think (hope) that the single controlling element is that the ideas have to be compatible with the deepest human values that we characterize as good.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Whereas sidhis in general are an outgrowth of the development of consciousness, the TM Sidhi Administrators, under the direction of Mahesh, engaged in much rote practice of the sidhis powers, in order to achieve those abilities. But, while people can achieve sidhis powers, the Maharishi Effect does not work. Creating peace is one of the marketing formulas for gurus. All of the
gurus and teachers of the 70s learned to use that tag line. That is just another of the marketing gimmicks: There is no possibility, in my mind, that world peace can be achieved by meditating, even if 100 million people meditated. World peace can only be produced by strict adhererence to ethics - refusal to destroy lives and property. If it isn't okay to steal from your neighbor, then it follows that it is not okay to bomb his house, destroying it. By the same token, if it is not all right to strike your neighbor on the physical level, it also is not righteous to strike him on the etheric (astral plane) with Vedic weapon mantras or black yagyas.

Mahesh knew the Maharishi Effect did not work, which is why he introduced the sidhis. To all appearances, his goal was not world peace, but world domination. What other guru has a world plan with TM Sidhi Administrators, Governors, and Rajahas set up to manage his empire? It is also true that no other guru wanted control the way Mahesh did, and the way the TM Movement still does. I remember back to the Golden Dome purges in Fairfield in the late 80s and early 90s. Mahesh believed the sidhis were necessary to monitor all of the people in his empire - governing consciousness. But therein lies another rub, Mahesh and the TM upper-echelon appreciate their own sidhis abilities, but they are not nearly so comfortable with you and me having those abilities. Maharishi had to give out yoga sutras to achieve his goal of world domination. He did not give out the yoga sutras because he was the all giving guru who wanted his disciples to enjoy; it was the means to an end. Many people are not experiencing the sidhis because they have been attacked. If a member of the movement criticizes or does not behave exactly the way Mahesh, TM Sidhis Administrator thought police, or the Mahesh spies want, destruction follows. Sidhis powers are one of the things they seek to decimate. (Mahesh already knew some of the mantra weapons, but when he called in all of the Vedic knowledge, he acquired more weapons from Ayurvedic physicians and pundits who are the principal carriers.

Hindus appear to develop some sort of lop-sided consciousness where they are ethically impaired. Down through the hundreds of thousands of years, they have never decided to give up practice of the Black Arts, even though extensive use of the Black Arts destroys and prevents peace. The Hindus need to be called on this. In India, the people who have sidhis powers are called godmen, but when they are indulging in the Black Arts, they are ungodly to the point of satanic. They do not have the consciousness or the moral and ethical under-pinnings to go with their powers. So far, they haven't the faintest clue about the basis of peace or how to achieve it - but, perpetrating a fraud suits their interests.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

1annwk1, how are they funding their activities currently?
Considering the current Japanese-yagya campaign, it appears that the sustenance points of the TMO are their membership and positive high-profile media coverage. Is this correct? What is the high-leverage position along their storage of resources? It certainly seems that David Wants to Fly hit a nerve. Why?

A single candle can light a room that has been darkened for one thousand years (Japanese-Buddhist proverb).

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Ann: I have reached the end of my patience with your commenting habits. The final paragraph you have written above, which I have struck out, is a piece of bigoted, racist, delusional trash.

Since it's obvious that this is the core of your ongoing and rather tiresome argument, which is that Hindus are uniformly unethical and engage in so-called "Black Arts" against others, and that the TM movement does the same, I have revoked your posting privileges here. By all means, take your comments over to Fox News or whatever cesspool you normally hang out in. But you won't be posting such things here.

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