Guru Critical of TM Meditation [Shree
Shankaracharya Swaraoop-anand Saraswati, a disciple of Swami Braahmananda Saraswati]Robert Kropinski
Vol. 10, No. 3, 1993
From an interview in TM-EX (Fall
1992, 7-8) by Robert Kropinski with Shree Shankaracharya Swaraoopanand Saraswati, a
preeminent disciple of Swami Braahmananda Saraswati (Guru Dev), who is considered TM
leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's spiritual master.
The meditative process that Mahesh teaches is not good and effective because it is not
preceded by pre-meditation training enabling the mind to become indifferent to outside
objects and material desires. "Clearing the mind" by repeating a mantra is not
enough. Without this, TM can only help people temporarily forget the world.
"People here in Asia are concerned. He [Mahesh] cheated people of millions of rupees
from people like [Kropinski, a former follower]." The result is that "people
might lose faith in Indian spirituality. It makes me sad that some people from here
[India], like Rajneesh and Mahesh, went there [to America] and they destroyed those good
feelings. Mahesh has caused a severe blow to Indian culture.. . We want that people like
you should tell others that he does not know anything about yoga. He is serving neither
American nor Indian people.