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Article Launched:10/16/2006 10:32:41 AM PDT
School not right place for TM
The "information meeting" at Terra Linda High School
on Thursday night was a brazen recruitment presentation to parents
by Transcendental Meditation. I've never witnessed such an unusual
preparation for a so-called school "club."
Practitioners of the movement touted their expertise to portray
"His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's" TM as an "all-good"
solution for teen ills of every kind. Along with Principal Carole
Ramsey, they tried to deny the spiritual/religious roots of the
controversial program they are trying to insert into our public
Not one of the scientific studies presented included the negative
side effects such as relaxation-induced anxiety, feeling "spaced
out," anger and despair encountered by 62.9 percent of meditators
in 75 scientific articles in the field of meditation, including
The dubious "Maharishi" (a revered title in Hinduism
meaning "great seer of truth") is the leader of a multibillion
dollar organization with an ambitious global plan to build "peace
palaces" in "Maharishi Spiritual Centers."
Meditation and world peace initially may seem a welcome relief
to teenagers and parents alike. But teens in the process of gaining
their own identity and "fit" in the world are vulnerable
to becoming mired in an organized belief system that can have
harmful consequences for them and their families.
Pseudo-religious organization such as this should have no place
in our public schools.
licensed marriage and family therapist,