How Transcendental Meditation returned as the new status symbol.

Meditation Nation
Power brokers no longer motivate or medicate—they meditate. How Transcendental Meditation returned as the new status symbol.
By Joseph Hooper,

http://www.details.com/culture-trends/critical-eye/201109/transcendental-meditation-pure-consciousness#/ixzz1z121UaPp

A funny thing happened on the way to enlightenment. The quest got stripped of yogic posturing, Buddhist trappings, and even the last vestige of spirituality and turned into a search for the kind of clarity that might help us all in our worldly pursuits. Which is why movers and shakers are again embracing that seventies mainstay Transcendental Meditation. You’re likely to hear it spoken of reverentially in interviews: Russell Brand, whose wildman behavior was cartoonish in its intensity, credits TM with helping him to conquer his heroin, sex, and alcohol addictions. “After meditation,” he has said, “I felt this beautiful serenity and selfless connection.” And where celebrities venture (the latest wave of TM-ers includes the likes of Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts), many of us are likely to follow. The rolls of practitioners have tripled in the past three years, according to the Transcendental Meditation Program, the practice’s national organization. A funny thing happened on the way to enlightenment. The quest got stripped of yogic posturing, Buddhist trappings, and even the last vestige of spirituality and turned into a search for the kind of clarity that might help us all in our worldly pursuits. Continue reading

An Irish Story: Death on the Path to Enlightenment: Inside the Rise of India Syndrome

Every year thousands of westerners flock to India to meditate, practice yoga, and seek spiritual transcendence. Some find what they’re looking for. Others give up and go home. A few become so consumed by their quest for godliness that it kills them.

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Amma: The Holy Hell Post had the most views in our history

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Up till February 18 the most views we had

in one day was just under 4000.

Our Best ever views was on February 19th, but already on February 19th we passed 4000 figure with 6,253 Views.

Our Best ever views was on February 19th with 8,281 views. However, on Thursday, February 20, 2014 we had 6,772 views, followed by February 21, 2014, where we had 5,121views. On February 22 the figure went below 4000 again.

Those who want to analyse our history when we hit a million views last May should read this post:

https://dialogueireland.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/dialogue-ireland-blog-crosses-1-million-views/

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Lamaism? Anghor Wat: What happened? Is this Tantric Hinduism?

Michael Arbuthnot, an an exuberant Californian archaeologist, is our guide to to Anghor, the vast 12th-century temple complex in Cambodia.

After explaining why and how Anghor Wat was built  (and what a Hindu holy place is doing in a Buddhist country,) he tries to establish how the civilisation that built it came to collapse 200 years later? Continue reading

Holy Hell: The Inside Story of Amma, The Hugging Saint Revealed in New Book by former Personal Assistant Gail “Gayatri” Tredwell.

Over the years we have grown to know Amma and her Irish devotees as they recruited people at the RDS. Here we want to provide information about a new book and some links to critical comment on this Hindu Saint? Continue reading

The Mind Body Spirit, Festival Dublin October 26 – 28 RDS

The The Mind Body Spirit, Festival is a veritable New or Next Age supermarket of spiritualities and services awaiting the post Catholic palate and post Celtic Tiger recession hunger.

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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body New York Times By WILLIAM J. BROAD January 5, 2012

 “The damage yoga can do.”

On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, India, at the institute founded by the legendary B. K. S. Iyengar, and spent years in solitude and meditation. He now lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and often teaches at the nearby Omega Institute, a New Age emporium spread over nearly 200 acres of woods and gardens. He is known for his rigor and his down-to-earth style. But this was not why I sought him out: Black, I’d been told, was the person to speak with if you wanted to know not about the virtues of yoga but rather about the damage it could do. Continue reading

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