by Bronte Baxter
March 22, 2008
About the writer:
Bronte Baxter is a former meditation teacher with an
M.A. in Eastern religion and philosophy. She writes
about the New World Order, the Law of Attraction, and
other timely topics on her blog site, "Splinter in the
Mind." Check out her website: LINK.
What I expected to see when I came back
to the Fairfield scene after 20 years away from Transcendental
Meditation was a group of mainstay meditators true-blue to
Maharishi and a group of robust dissenters, whose minds
questioned everything they learned from their guru days.
Instead, I found the true-blue
meditators, but not the kind of dissenters I anticipated. I
encountered people who had left
the TM movement but hadn’t
substantially changed their belief system. This latter group had
changed in the way that people change hats, or redecorate their
homes, leaving unaltered the structure underneath.
The dissenters had splintered into a myriad of Eastern or
...were popular, and Neo-Advaitin gurus
had rallied many behind their minimalist philosophy.
“Saints” like Ammachi visit Fairfield
regularly, dispensing dharshan and picking up new recruits.
Across town, small groups meet in “satsangs” to discuss their
growing enlightenment or to chant songs to the gods. Heated debate
is common between adherents of competing gurus, and people grow
vitriolic over whether Maharishi has slept with young women or not.
There is a smattering of hedonists and atheists, but ex-TMers in the
Fairfield circuit mostly show up with an intact Vedic worldview.
That worldview is a lens through which they perceive and measure all
gurus and reality itself.
I find this disturbing. It’s rather like people who’ve been swindled
by a con man, despising him for how they were treated while they
continue to invest money in the enterprise he sold them on. Why
doesn’t the skepticism extend beyond the procurer, to that which he
And what did Maharishi procure for? The Vedic gods.
He sold us a meaningless word that was
supposed to guide our minds to transcend superficial consciousness.
Later we learned those meaningless words, our mantras, were names of
He taught us advanced techniques
with the Sanskrit word “namah” at their core:
“I bow down.”
Mantra meditation is a form of paying
worship to those who call themselves gods.
When you scrape away all the fancy and
misleading explanations - like “meaningless sounds” and “impulses of
creative intelligence,” what you get very simply is people with
their eyes closed bowing down in their minds to an assigned Hindu
Of course we can explain this away using TM explanations, much like
the townsfolk explained away the emperor’s nakedness using the
reasoning they were fed by the tricksters who paraded him through
the town. But the emperor has no clothes. Mantras worship the gods.
“Namah” means “bow down.” It’s right there on the surface for anyone
to see if we toss out the excuses we were handed and look at the
situation with even a shred of unbiased observation.
Who are these gods, that we’re so willing to explain away as
“impulses of our own consciousness”?
The same gods have appeared in
other religions and cultures, even in societies that had no contact
with each other. They go by different names, but the entities
are the same.
In Hinduism, you have Indra, god
of thunder, ruler of the gods, married to Indrani, queen of
the gods, known for her jealousy.
In Greek mythology, you have Zeus, god of thunder, ruler of
the gods, married to Hera, queen of the gods, known for her
jealousy. One-to-one correspondence like this is common.
The gods are a global phenomenon, with
their imprints on every society.
Historically, the gods exacted worship and sacrifice -
blood sacrifice commonly, including the murder of humans.
While Hinduism has a history of human
sacrifice, it has been reduced today to worship of Kali, the goddess
with her bloody tongue hanging out, whose body is adorned with a
necklace of bleeding, decapitated human heads... Or Shiva, adorned
with serpents, who dances on graves... Or Vishnu, whom Arjuna
perceived in His cosmic form with pieces of devoured victims’ flesh
sticking between his teeth.
These 'Gods' appear to feed on the
energy of suffering, the fearful energy of the victim.
In one South American sacrificial ritual, a bull has his throat
slit, as slowly as possible. The reasoning given is that the gods
cherish “live blood” as the blood with the greatest energy, so the
animal must be kept alive while the blood drips from its body. In
other words, the greater the fear and suffering of the
sacrificial beast, the greater is the pleasure of the gods.
The Shrimad-Bhagavatum, among other scriptures, explains the
antipathy of the gods for human enlightenment. According to the
Vedas and the mythology of other cultures, the gods feel threatened
by the human race, afraid mankind might grow as powerful as they.
The gods want humans to remain ignorant and “inferior”
because if man realized his intrinsic nature as
consciousness, he would no longer
be subject to deva control.
The devas wish us to believe, and have told us throughout scripture,
that their divine hands manipulate and guide the laws of nature -
For this reason we should worship
them, chant to them, send them our soma (subtle energy
generated in meditation). Because our energy feeds the gods and is
needed by them to stay strong and in control of this material
And they wish us to believe that their
control is in our best interest.
Who would make the rains come or the sun shine if the gods are
rightful stewards of those things and we humans didn’t support them?
All creation would crumble without the
blessing of the gods. That, scriptures tell us, is why we should
worship, which is equivalent to paying an energy-tithe. It’s the
same reasoning human warlords use against the people they dominate:
pay your tax, because you need us; we will protect you. Don’t pay
the tax, and we will punish you.
The gods threaten to punish, even destroy mankind if
he doesn’t bend before their yoke and serve them. They fulfilled
that threat in the Great Flood (a story which appears in disparate
cultures) and in other visitations of divine vengeance recorded in
countless tales throughout cultural history.
But really, who are these characters? And do they really exist?
The modern mind relegates “gods” to the
overactive imaginations of pre-civilized peoples, and in so doing,
dismisses the concept. But actually, deities appear in highly
civilized early societies, including
Sumeria, Babylon, Greece and
Isn’t it ethnocentric of us to suggest that civilizations capable of
constructing the pyramids or accurately charting the course of the
stars for centuries into the future, should be dismissed as
childlike and ignorant when they write of their experiences with
Zecharia Sitchin, in his
voluminous tomes, details the countless references in ancient
writings and artifacts to beings who visited this world in fiery
flying ships, who taught mankind, interbred with humans, and set up
a government of divine-right kingship. Visiting beings who called
Kings were considered “sons of the gods,” connected to the deities
by bloodline, hence their right to rule. In the Mahabharata,
Arjuna’s mother was said to conceive her numerous sons by
intercourse with several different deities.
The first chapter of Genesis speaks of
the Nifilim, a giant race that interbred with early
In Egypt, the pharaohs were literally
“sons of the gods.” We find stories of gods interbreeding with
humans to create a kingly line in Zulu shamanism and in South
American Indian lore.
Time and again, in culture after
culture, the gods appear doing the same things, demanding the
Even Christianity springs from a pantheistic tradition:
Jehovah was one god among many for
the Hebrews. A self-righteous fellow fond of war and genocide, he
had to compete with the other local gods for the Hebrews’
Today, having beat out the competition,
revered as “God” by his followers, Jehovah garners the worship
not just of Jews but Protestants and Catholics as well.
How foolish and arrogant is it to laugh off the existence of a race
of beings who appear in the annals of every civilization? I was
amazed to see ex-TMers, who spent years feeding soma to devas
through chants and mantras, whose walls are still plastered with
pictures of Lakshmi, Kali and Shiva, dismiss with a toss of their
head the idea that gods might exist as real persons.
Who, in truth, are the gods, and
what do they want from us?
Do “deities” sit at the controls
of the universe, managing the laws of nature?
Beings with such awesome power
that our lives are in their hands?
Entities we must never challenge
at the risk of losing all we hold dear?
I suggest, if the gods are innately as
powerful as they purport to be, they would not need human worship to
They would be self-sufficient, drawing
on the Infinite within them for every need. Instead, they tell
mankind to bow down and pay tithe, and threaten in the scriptures to
destroy us if we don’t.
What kind of power is it, that can’t
exist without feeding?
It sounds more like psychic enslavement to me. Convince the
people whose world you contrive to control that they are powerless
without you, that the rains won’t come and the sun will go dark if
they don’t please you. Drink their soma, the positive energy of
worship, and drink their negative energy, too, when you can incite
it and siphon it off.
Feed yourself on human astral energy, whatever the quality, and you
and your race can control human life as long as the system remains
intact. Planetary farming. If anyone starts to wake up a little,
divert their efforts at spiritual independence by luring them into
Consider this quote by the currently popular guru, Ramana
"Repetition aloud of His name is
better than praise. Better still is its faint murmur. But the
best is repetition within the mind - and that is meditation.
Better than such broken thought is its steady and continuous
flow like the flow of oil or of a perennial stream."
Ramana Maharshi’s statement represents
mantra meditation’s goal: a state where the mind is timelessly
identified with surrender to the name of one’s god - identical with
the god himself.
The mind itself has become self-negation at the feet of the deity.
Empty of original thought and dynamic desire, the “liberated”
person’s ego is dissolved: the very thing that made him or her
human. All that is left is a mind-body shell, a meat-robot, that
moves through life as a surrendered instrument of some greater will.
I suggest the greater will is not that of the Infinite. It is the
will of the god who has taken the place of one’s mind.
Does this sound like possession? It surely appears to be. Think of
all the gurus you’ve met with their palpable shakti.
An energy so real no one who experiences
it can deny it.
What is that light in their eye,
a light beyond this world?
Whose is that power they touch
you with, embrace you with?
Is it the shakti of Brahman, the
light of pure consciousness?
Or is it the power of Kali or
one of her friends? Gurus often say they are the embodiment
of Shiva, Kali, or some other god.
Why do we not take them at their
I would like to suggest that mantra
meditation turns humans into zombies who serve the agenda of
That agenda is procurement of more
humans and more human energy. This explains the common phenomenon of
proselytizing by the religious, including fundamentalist Christians,
TMers, and disciples of other varieties.
Servants of “God” or the gods feel a driving need to bring in more
recruits. The god that moves through them fills them with this zeal,
as a hungry stomach fills the mind with an overwhelming need to
There are no gods, in the sense the gods would have us
think of them. No one has been designated by the Infinite to
control creation and administer the laws of nature. The sun shines
by itself as an entity with its own consciousness. The rain and wind
don’t need a god to direct them; they move where they will in
harmony with their fellow elements. All things are children of the
Infinite, spirits or egos in their own unique right, expressing in
physical form and also in astral dimensions.
The 'gods' are spirits/egos like everybody else. Most of the time
they dwell on
astral planes, which is why human
senses normally don’t perceive them. According to ancient records,
they have visited the earth in ages past in physical forms of their
own, as entities from the stars.
They are no more divine than a ghost, no more cosmic than you or
I, and no more entitled or intended to run the universe than any
other gang of warlords might be.
Somehow they’ve gained control
of this planet, and have held that control at least since the
beginning of recorded human history. But that is no reason to think
the Infinite wants it that way, or that life needs to continue that
True empowerment is not the Indian concept of enlightenment. It is
knowing what we are and living from there. We are spirit: individual
and eternal, moving within the consciousness of That which created,
sustains and pervades all life.
Knowing this is not difficult. It only requires putting attention on
that which is beneath the content of thought. Acting from this place
of empowerment is natural: we can ordain reality from that quantum
level. Everyone can do it. Everyone is equally powerful moving and
creating in the depths of their own consciousness.
Unfortunately, people rarely do that, though, as the mass hypnosis
that governs human life convinces us that
karma, fate or the will of God
runs the world, that we as individuals have little direct control
over what happens to us. The gods are the purveyors of this global
hypnosis. It serves their agenda of control.
True liberation does not mean rising above the illusion of ourselves
as egos. It means rising above the illusion that as egos we are cut
off from the powerhouse of creation. That as individuals we are
something less than pure, eternal, powerful spirits - in our own
right, very much gods. Gods with a global case of amnesia.
The “enlightened” have surrendered their personhood to the deities
who control their meditations. Their bliss is the euphoric stupor
which their appeased deities grant them as reward. The words, the
thoughts, the desires of the enlightened are not their own any
longer, but those of their controlling god. The word “zombie” is
appropriate because of its meaning as the walking dead.
But all is not lost for such people. No one can keep the human soul
enslaved against its will. An act of personal empowerment, of
willfully recalling one’s ego, must surely destroy enslavement by
any possessing entity. One can recall surrendered pieces of one’s
being as a magnet can recall iron filings.
Native American traditions speak of our
ability to do just this, calling back the parts of our lost
When people cease to surrender their energy and spirit to those who
call themselves gods, the deceivers will lose their power
over this dimension. They will shrink back to “normal size,”
entities responsible for themselves like everybody else.
Our world will know a freedom, creativity, harmony and joy it has
never demonstrated in its history, because
interdimensional manipulation will
cease. The suffering on this planet, god-inspired and god-feeding,
will dwindle and disappear. The need to kill to eat will no longer
exist. Sickness, aging and death will have no substructure.
Each wonderful created being - animal, human or astral - will thrive
on the power of the Infinite source within itself, and victim/tyrant
relationships, which ran the planet for eons, will fade into thin
air. Living will become what surely the Infinite intended in Its
original vision for the universe: a symphony of minds, not a
competition; a tapestry of spirits, not a hierarchy; a garden of
consciousness, not a painful struggle.
When I hear “the enlightened” excuse all the atrocities of this
world by saying that in their exalted perception, everything is
“perfect” just as it is, I hear “fraud.”
The God I perceive in the depths
of my being is not a God who is content with fathers raping
infants, animals being ripped apart alive, or human sorrow so great
only suicide can quell it.
This kind of world is not perfect, and anyone who sees it as such
has something seriously wrong with them. If the gods were really
beneficent and powerful, they would not operate a world that runs
like this. When their mouthpieces and procurers tell us this world
is just as it should be - that shows you the true nature of the
These beings are not our friends, though surely, if there are
scoundrels in astral dimensions, there must be virtuous entities
there as well. Perhaps the ones who don’t seek lordship over this
planet are watching to see if humans take back control of our world
or continue to surrender it, piece by piece, to the cosmic band of
thugs who want to own it.
Will we continue surrendering our governments, media, schools,
workplaces, taxes and spirituality to those who would lead us
farther away from personal freedom and self-actualization, closer to
a world without responsibility, originality or joy? Such a world is
the goal of the gods, because it’s more controllable.
Their lackeys in the political arena (many -
George Bush, for instance - are
genetically linked to European
royal families and the
god-engendered lines of divine-right kings) call this future society
New World Order.
Centralized control, humans functioning
on autopilot. The death of free will, passion, desire and
originality - sounds a lot like enlightenment, doesn’t it. The
surrender of the individual to the collective. Control of the
collective by divine-right rulers, and control of those rulers by
the cosmic band of thugs themselves. The rise of the great
Who were the mystical entities
Hitler conversed with and took guidance from?
Why was group meditation a part
of Nazi protocol?
Why were many TM/ New Age
slogans (“established in Being, perform action,” for
instance) also slogans of the Third Reich?
Total control and religious-spiritual
The destruction of everything that makes
life worth living. Creation imploding on itself, like a snake
swallowing its tail. That actually is a symbol found in mystery
schools, which were controlled by the gods.
It’s time to give up beads and
mantras, chanting and bowing down to dirty feet.
It’s time to fire the gurus,
stand up and be the powerful, sublime individuals we are.
It’s time to question the dogmas
we swallowed whole from Vedic tradition and take a closer
look at what is happening when we meditate.
It’s time to reclaim our
birthright, our divinity and this Earth.
Only we can do it, as the conscious
beings we are.
As the character Alice in Wonderland
said, turning and facing the Red Queen’s army that was hot on her
“Pooh! You’re nothing but a pack of
That army toppled, turning into a heap
of playing cards the moment the girl broke through her bad dream.
Our controllers too will topple, and dragons will turn into geckos.
It’s time to give up the cosmic
illusion and de-hypnotize.