The MUM Revolution

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A fellow student at Maharishi University of Management has subjectively proposed a notion of revolution in their critical examination of my effort. I welcome critical thought, a part of my “longer, better, faster, stronger” Daft Punk approach to stratification.

I’ll introduce everyone to the communication in totality, as rendered on Facebook.

GiGi Cat insanity would require one to continually do something over and over expecting a different result. While the TM Sidhi program may slightly resemble this, the history of MUM has peacefully demonstrated and is still peacefully demonstrating its desire for more change in the movement. The Students and Staff need support now more than ever if we want equality, transparency, and opportunity.

This student who made this blog was only in school for one semester. His classmates found him unable to communicate with them and very hostile and attacking of individuals and groups alike. If he spent half the energy he spends on his blog on organizing true debates and discussions that were actually relevant to making the community better we would have a revolution instead of a movement.

Following, a break down addressing each sentence of the pre-mentioned statement — their sentences in bold type, my commentary following.

GiGi Cat insanity would require one to continually do something over and over expecting a different result.

Wonderful quote of Albert Einstein, insanity being “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” And perhaps fitting in respect to my continually finding new ways to convey the gravity of my experiences in effort to yield productive responses in the form of action rather than passivity.

While the TM Sidhi program may slightly resemble this, the history of MUM has peacefully demonstrated and is still peacefully demonstrating its desire for more change in the movement.

It’s refreshing to witness a proponent of Maharishi University of Management express — or suggest — that perhaps the TM Sidhi program at MUM resembles the insanity referenced in Einstein’s definition of the term. You aren’t the first either, my inbox receives regular emails from an archipelago of students amid the sea of MUM methodology — past and present.

Furthermore, it seems we can meet halfway in your suggestion that MUM peacefully demonstrates a “desire” for more “change” in the movement. The adverb “peacefully” could be construed as “passivity.”

My selection of the word “passivity” is rooted in the wholeness of MUM’s response. The willingness and accessibility of MUM’s Department of Student Life to hear students‘ grievances does come across as peaceful — they peacefully listen to the students. MUM on many occasions has agreed with numerous subjects and opinions I’ve addressed, revealing what some could construe to be a “desire” to favor changes that I’ve suggested. But when it comes to the final phase, taking actions which result in change, too often there is little resolve… posturing “change” as a benefactor to “future plans” that simply don’t apply to the matters at hand. In other words, a desire for change is not indicative of change itself. The veda reinforces this notion in it’s references to the Samhita of Rishi, Devata, and Chhandas –Devata representing the “action” of knowing through which the knower realizes a change in the known result.

You also posture this desired change within the scope of “the movement”, rather than the university, which seems to suggest that students are a part of something beyond their “Consciousness-Based” education. I tend to preserve the separation between a cultural movement and consciousness-based education since the role of the university is essentially in the educating rather than the culturing of students — in my opinion.
Not to say that ancillary programs can’t offer the option for voluntary culturing concurrently with the primary academic pursuit.

The Students and Staff need support now more than ever if we want equality, transparency, and opportunity.

I agree yet again with your statement — if by “support” you aren’t suggesting that I preserve the ecclesiastic veil that cloaks the lack of equality, transparency, and opportunity which you’ve cited in your declaration. I’ve wrestled with this for some time now as many students are also staff, both arenas harboring daunting politics to varying degrees.

None the less, transparency makes it possible to put issues on the table for discussion — such as what is occurring on mumosa.com, the MUMBLE APP, and here on Facebook. It’s generally transparent, it exposes the too common plea for equality rather than politics, and creates opportunity for productive dialogs — such as this one. In some ways, we could construe my actions as “support” just as many construe my social disposition as an “attack.”

I’ll be honest, you really struck the nail on the head. I was partially lured by a false opportunity with the MUM Marketing Team — proposed by the MUM Marketing Team as reflected in my entry In-Humane Resources at MUM. When I inquired of student legal services I was denied consideration when a state of true equality would’ve typically granted access. And while the Science and Technology of Consciousness curriculum conveyed some information about Base Camp and TM Retreats — it simply wasn’t a full transparent disclosure.

This student who made this blog was only in school for one semester.

The length by which a student has attended a university is hardly grounds to challenge that students credibility or sincerity in the scope of these matters — perhaps this is part of the challenge with “equality” you mentioned in the prior sentence. All students are equal, new students, returning students, even prospective students. That’s what equality is right?

But embracing your argument, I might suggest a trend in victims of college peril often being the new students — usually for that very reason; victims are often the new students, a vulnerability partly rooted in youthful naivety, but largely rooted in contextual conditions beyond the scope and foresight of prospective students i.e. cultural and socio-political constraints.

His classmates found him unable to communicate with them and very hostile and attacking of individuals and groups alike.

I think this assessment harbors some accuracy. For example, I’m not typically a gregarious person. Even further, where some students may find pleasure in group exercises where the class teaches itself, I find a liability in students teaching students that I don’t want to assume. In some cases, I’m two decades the elder of my classmates, and wouldn’t want to lay sway to the curriculum’s comprehension in error.

Perhaps I’m from the old-school, I pay professors to teach the lesson, and I’m there to learn — not make friends. MUM seems to insist that everyone become “buddies”, but I find this un-natural for me. I just want to go to class, excel, and return to my wife and family. I feel this is what I owe the university in my commitment to attend; I shouldn’t be required to accept all the additional social and psychological payload beyond learning and meditation. I think sometimes students can’t accept / understand that, so they turn to judgement. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that I have a different approach and preference to communication, a different personality which communicates through different mediums — different is not deficient.

In the order of “attacks”, I can only assume these students are using a figure of speech describing how I challenge what’s presented to me — particularly if it’s suspect. Two examples — of many — are my entries MaxiMUM Vastu Fail underscoring the the professor’s resistance to common sense queries concerning a point the professor was trying to convey with an extract of a study. The second is Maha Sanskrit Fail addressing the lack of fluency in the Devanagari script that is central to the university. So sure, even I could construe my criticism as an “attack” considering the fundamental nature of the topics which the professors failed to convey.

I think the best news about reports of my “attacks” is that those same classmates who accuse me of being unable to communicate might still simultaneously agree that many of my challenges were valid and unfolded much along the lines as I’ve described them on my blog. They may go further to say that, while perhaps not up to their social standard, that I took my studies seriously, that I’m a diligent student from an academic standpoint.

If he spent half the energy he spends on his blog on organizing true debates and discussions that were actually relevant to making the community better we would have a revolution instead of a movement.

I can only assume this is your conclusion or “wholeness” that you’ve derived from the reports of my classmates. And yet again I respect and agree with it in many ways — but disagree in more ways. At the moment, the characterization of the TM culture as a “Movement” is more akin to the medical application of the word. Revolution I feel — as do you — better serves everyones interest being indicative of the “change” that so many desire. The blog is a venue for an organized debate. There are countless websites praising every action rendered by MUM and the TM Movement at large, glorifying and stratifying the corpus of its constitution. But there are so few websites that take the critical approach to MUM explicitly. MUMOSA.com is unique because it integrates with facebook to create the much needed transparency and unified discussion through facebook commenting, shares, and likes.

I’m disappointed, though, in how easily people discount the relevance of students‘ grievances simply because they don’t personally identify with them. Some students get frustrated with situations of such likeness as described on MUMOSA.com, and turn to firearms, explosive ordnance, physical violence, suicide, and discourses of this nature. I choose “life” in my selection of this approach, I hope I haven’t further inconvenienced MUM or yourself with my “inability to communicate.”

But that’s the nature of Revolution innit? The bourgeoisie’s insurrection on the proletariat, the oppressed over the oppressor, the slave over the master, and the point over the infinity. Revolution! So fitting as Taps emanates from Arlington National Cemetery on this Memorial Day.

I didn’t enroll at MUM for this sort of revolution, I enrolled to earn a degree — an academic revolution. In MUM’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and membership with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, matters of equality, opportunity, and transparency should have evolved far beyond where they are. Perhaps someone such as yourself can “grab the lotus by the petal” and inspire change through action, unified in differences in opinion. I mean, lets not forget after all, that harmony is only found in diversity.