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[Fredric Rice, The Skeptic Tank: The authorship of these files on cults has his or her own motivations for providing them and will contain his or her own bias. What I find typical is that individuals and organizations which report on cults are usually themselves a competition cult yet like to think of themselves as "a religion, not a cult." In actual fact, _ALL_ religions are cults by the primary, secondary, and terciary usage definition of the term. Some of the information you find here is inaccurate and contains urban legend -- take what you find with a grain of salt. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Law Enforcement Guide on Occult Crime, contact myself at frice@stbbs.com or at The Skeptic Tank (818) 335-9601 and I'll forward the address and information you need.] Transcedental Meditation [Fredric Rice: Since "TM" makes many _testable_ claims, The Skeptic Tank could be searched for papers and text files on this cult as part of the examination of claims of the paranormal.] In February of this year, the Ministry of Defence sold a 1,000-acre former American air base to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation. The site in Suffolk is to be turned into a Natural Law University. In Canada in 1993, a corporation called Maharishi Land Veda announced a long-term strategy which includes the building of an $879 million amusement park near Niagara Falls and a dozen 'universities', one in each province. (The move prompted an article in The Globe and Mail asking: 'What isTM, a religion or an off-shore multinational, selling breathing techniques andpsycho-twaddle?') In Mozambique the new President, Joaquim Chissano, is a follower of TM and apparently credits the Maharishi with ending the country's 16-year civil war. There are plans, reported in the New York Times, for a Utopian TM project involving 49 million acres, 25 per cent of the country's land space. The President's son (and children of other Cabinet ministers) are currently studying on scholarships at the Maharishi University at Fairfield, Iowa. There is also a major TM recruiting drive in eastern Europe. It's all along way from the founding of TM by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1958, after he had spent 13 years in the Himalayas as a guru's secretary. But, taken up briefly by the Beatles, Maharishi has never looked back. Followers of TM believe that collective meditation can solve the world's problems; it was claimed by TM leaders that a recent convention of theirs in Washington led to a drop in the local crime rate. One learns how to achieve this power through attending seven expensive courses. After that you can take the advanced 'Sidhi Programme' which teaches you the art of Yogic Flying. TM claims that its leaders have 50 per cent less caner, 80 per cent less heart disease and higher IQs than other people and that the practice of Maharishi Ayur Veda Medicine provides potential cures for Aids and cancer. To comment about this Website, our paper and all associated articles, you can mail us at the Observer: bill@dial.pipex.com

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