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Posted November 23, 2015

Eastern Meditation as the Universal Cure-All

“For You have abandoned Your people,
the house of Jacob,
Because they are filled with
influences from the east….”

(Isaiah 2:6)


The Beatles with the Maharishi in 1967[1]

By Gaylene Goodroad

When the Beatles helped to bring Transcendental Meditation (TM) into vogue in the 1960s, few could imagine then that the mystical Hindu practice would endure beyond the hippie generation and become commonplace today from the elementary school classroom to the Christian church.

What modern meditators might not know is that the “Fab Four” learned Eastern meditation from Hindu guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Upon his death in 2008, a CBS News article recapped the Maharishi’s dark contribution to the world:

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died Tuesday at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, a spokesman said. He was thought to be 91 years old… Once dismissed as hippie mysticism, the Hindu practice of mind control known as transcendental meditation gradually gained medical respectability. He began teaching TM in 1955 and brought the technique to the United States in 1959. But the movement really took off after the Beatles attended one of his lectures in 1967. Maharishi retreated last month into silence at his home on the grounds of a former Franciscan monastery, saying he wanted to dedicate his remaining days to studying the ancient Indian texts that underpin his movement…. With the help of celebrity endorsements, Maharishi - a Hindi-language title for Great Seer - parlayed his interpretations of ancient scripture into a multi-million-dollar global empire. His roster of famous meditators ran from Mike Love of the Beach Boys to Clint Eastwood and Deepak Chopra, a new age preacher. After 50 years of teaching, Maharishi turned to larger themes, with grand designs to harness the power of group meditation to create world peace and to mobilize his devotees to banish poverty from the earth.[2]

Note that the Maharishi’s “Hindu practice of mind control” was mined from “the ancient Indian texts” (i.e., the Vedas & Upanishads)[4] and not the Holy Bible.

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Posted November 9, 2015

The 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions


Opening photograph found in a vintage copy of The World's Parliament of Religions

(Chicago: The Parliament Publishing Co., 1893).

Photo also at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_the_World%27s_Religions

and http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/chicago-1893

On Tuesday, October 20 we published a report HERE by Lanette Irwin who attended the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions that was held Oct. 15-19 in Salt Lake City. Recently, while digging through some old writings, I discovered an article I had written just prior to the 1993 Parliament.[1]  In my report I quoted from Volume 1 of The World’s Parliament of Religions (published in 1893 by The Parliament Publishing Company) which I had discovered in an antique store in Sedalia, Missouri. Some illustrations in today’s post are from this 1893 first Parliament book.

This vintage report on the 1993 Parliament is a snapshot in time. It is a brief summary describing the beginnings of what is referred to as the eco-ecumenical movement, the environmental causes hitching a ride on religious beliefs and groups. Below are excerpts. ~ Sarah H. Leslie


It is called the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions and it is scheduled for August 28-September 5 in Chicago, exactly one hundred years after the first Parliament of World Religions was held. The first great global conference, which was held in Chicago 100 years ago, embraced Charles Darwin, liberal theologies, and every new-fangled religious idea that arose out of the “enlightenment.” 

The first Parliament was held in conjunction with the great World’s Columbian Exposition. Religious leaders at that time from all faiths across the earth were invited. According to the current conference brochure, that first Parliament “brought together some four hundred men and women representing forty one denominations and religious traditions. It lasted for seventeen days in September 1983…. It marks the beginning of interfaith dialogue in the modern world. Non-western religions also have recognized its importance. Several, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, trace their beginnings in the West to their participation” in this event. By all accounts, this conference was a monumental turning point for religion in the world. 

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