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  •  Years Ago, I Read About a Battle (3+ / 0-)
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    royale between the pentagon's fundamentalist christians and the Pentagon Meditation Club, which is a bunch of TM-style meditators. Although I haven't yet been able to find a reference to the story on-line, I remember reading that one of the tactics of the fundamentalists was to stage some kind of exorcism after the meditators met, in the same meeting room, to make it very clear that they equated TM with a large, red Southpark character.

    The Pentagon controls a $60 billion budget specifically for the machinery of war. Pentagon meditators are often asked, "If you really want peace, reduce the number of tanks, of submarines, of nuclear missiles." Benish's reply, "Those are inanimate objects. You could have thousands or one or two. It is what the person who controls that object, who sits in that object, does and thinks that is the important thing. That's what we are here about" That, in essence, is the philosophical agenda of the Meditation Club: to effect a harmonious, inwardly sensitive individual, soldier or civilian, whose mind is at peace, feels peace and a self-correcting empathy with all other humans...The presence of arms is not what creates the disturbance, and likewise the absence of arms will not necessarily create peace. Those things follow after we are at peace with ourselves."

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