Note that according to TM doctrine there is no possible excuse for abandoning TM. If you feel great it’s because you practice TM and you should therefore continue meditating. If you feel absolutely miserable it’s because “Something good is happening!” (a major TM catch phrase) in that those bad old stresses are being released, you should therefore continue meditating. TM is working its wonders no matter what happens to you in your life!
(1a) One explanation is that I am maliciously making this all up. This is because I am anti-spiritual, or anti-Hindu, or anti-something-else. Or I am just generally hateful and want to bring down anything that is good and pure, and TM is the most good and pure thing on the planet. Consider the saint who tried to save the scorpion from drowning and got stung. He tried to save the scorpion again, and got stung again. When asked why he persisted in the face of such treatment, the saint explained that it was his nature to try to save, and the scorpion’s nature to sting. I’m just a scorpion.
My response: Note that it is perfectly fine for the Movement to make millions because “that’s different.” There is also room for concern in that destructive cults have a real animosity for cult education organizations and “exit counsellors.”
(2a) There are several approaches to arguing that I am just not in touch with reality. One argument is that I am just experiencing “heavy unstressing” and the whole story above is itself a distortion that originates from this unstressing. It’s too bad I didn’t continue meditating and finish getting rid of this particular stress, which must be a really huge one.
(2b) Another variation on (2) that is more suitable for public consumption is this: I have already admitted to having had delusions about spiritual experiences, so I could also be having delusions about the things that I claim MMY said to me. You can not trust that anything I described ever actually occurred as I described it.
My response: You’ll have to make your best guess as to my reliability. There is also room for concern in that this is a classic dodge that destructive cults use in response to charges from persons damaged by cult experiences: “That person admits to having had severe problems so they are untrustworthy!.” This is a Catch 22 in that we can only trust tales of abuse from those who have not been abused.
My response: Why are we asked to believe that only people who are “gruntled” can be objective? Also note we have Catch 22 again in that we should only listen to the complaints of those who have no complaints.
My response: All I can say is that he accepted a Master-disciple relationship between us, was told everything that was going on with me, had ample opportunity to personally correct me, but never did. As I’ve said, he is at best an incompetent teacher.
TM apologists like to take the moral high ground. They will argue that those who promote TM are being “positive” because they are saying “good things,” whereas I am being “negative” because I am saying “bad things.” You don’t want to listen to someone who is so “negative,” do you?
My response: Hmmm…yelling “Don’t stand in front of that moving truck!” is “negative,” isn’t it?
Those who are inclined to be charitable towards me (which I do appreciate) tend to argue that I may be basically of good intention but I had undoubtedly failed to properly understand MMY’s responses to me. The whole episode is tragic but was based on my misunderstanding. It was completely reasonable, somehow, for MMY to say “what you have in your mind is right” to me without even listening to what I had in my mind, even though he had verbally accepted my discipleship several months before, and even after he had confirmed that morning that I was a rishi.
My response: As I’ve said, I think this whole thing demonstrates that MMY is at best an incompetent spiritual teacher.
Category 5: “Master knows best”
Of course there are also a good many meditators reading this who do not find my story inconceivable, just hard to accept. You have not internalized the Prime Directive but you probably still think TM is generally a good thing. Your opinion of TM is based on the fact that you’ve only personally seen and heard good things.
Perhaps you are a 20×2 meditator and are enjoying the benefits of deep relaxation without having really internalized the indoctrination. (Not everyone falls completely over for post-trance indoctrination!) MMY seems like a good sort, and at worst harmless. The TM teachers seem a bit spacey and pompous. The exaggerated pronouncements of the TM Movement are laughable. But so what? What’s the big fuss? It seems harmlessly eccentric at worst and actually does seem to do some good! This was the attitude of the largest percentage of meditators when I was involved. You’ve never seen or heard anything like what I am describing. You are perhaps thinking that what I am describing is theoretically possible, but it doesn’t correlate to your experiences.