Scott on February 6, 2008 at 1:15 pm
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation, died on Tuesday in the Netherlands. He was in his 90′s.
Mahesh was one of the most spiritually dangerous people to come along in the last 100 years. His form of meditation, TM, opened the doors in the West to extreme forms of Eastern mysticism. Without Mahesh, there most likely would not have been an explosion of interest in Eastern religious and spiritual practices from the 1960′s thru today, nor would there have been an explosion of books authored by those who claim to have spiritual insight and who claim to be in contact with those living at a higher level of consciousness.
If it was not for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, we most likely would not have had to deal with:
- The Hare Krishna cult along with the really cool street dancing and tamboreen playing
- A Course in Miracles, Helen Schucman’s REALLY frightening exploration into just how far things can go when you allow a “voice” to channel through you and share ancient “wisdom” from the universe.
- Deepak Chopra, master of double-speak and spiritual ear-itching
- Wayne Dyer, key money generator for PBS and face man for self-help charlatans everywhere
- Shirley McClain and her ridiculous “Out on a Limb”
- Carlos Castaneda and his Don Juan mythology/malarkie
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the guy who espoused a renunciation of all worldly possessions, but who owned no less than 90 Rolls Royce automobiles
And this list could go on and on and on.
I grew up spending weekends with my father who was very much into the whole TM thing, and I can understand how the message that Mahesh shared appealed to his millions of followers. He was sharing a message that he, too, wanted to hear. But at the same time, I am grieved that the message was such a twisted, distorted view of how humanity longs for connecting with the Lord of the universe.
His followers are mourning the loss of a man they feel shared truth and wisdom with the world. His followers mourn the loss of a voice they feel channeled the wisdom of the universe.
I also mourn, but for completely different reasons. I am mourning because this man’s “truths” and “wisdom” did nothing but delude and deceive those who were honestly seeking for something that their souls desperately needed. And I am grieved that now, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has come face to face with the Lord of the universe and has now come to the realization that all of his “wisdom” was nothing but lies and half-truths crafted to deceive both himself and others.
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