Meditative techniques I think are awesome. Transcendental Meditation®, though, was the original expensive New Age cult that sold basic meditation through an authoritarian hierarchy. It faded from public notoriety after the 1970s but a core group carried on. Most notably, a physicist named John Hagelin ran for president in 2000 as the candidate of the "Natural Law Party", which is a TM creation. Hagelin believes that world problems like war and terrorism must be solved by broadcasting peace consciousness from our brains while gathered in large peace-causing assemblies that will send loving energies everywhere. The best part of this is that it's accomplished by "Yogic Flying" which is done by hopping into the air while sitting cross legged. His other plans for saving the nation and the world include legislating Vedic architecture for all buildings to bring us into harmony with Natural Law.
The Maharishi himself recently excommunicated the entire country of England from training and support because he... ...didn't like them. He is meanwhile planning a Peace Palace on a couple of islands off Nova Scotia that he recently bought.
I think David Lynch is a cool guy. I love his movies. I'm honored to have been the guy who took dictation for his comic strip 20 years ago. But I can't go to this lecture. It's like Tom Cruise shilling for Scientology almost. Sticks in my craw.