|An-Yi:||Do you think Maharishi was an awakened sage or skilled charlatan?|
|Bhäraté:||Must this be an "either-or" scenario? Isn't it possible he was enlightened in some sense,
yet also engaged in a charade?
|An-Yi:||Yeah, even if one is sincere, a bit of showmanship often seems necessary to get anywhere in this world.|
|Bhäraté:||Precisely! However, true meditation should not be about "getting anywhere" in this world – but about transcending it.|
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Transmuting inconsistency into shibboleth
he trademarked "enlightenment"
selling mantras like hamburgers
in market-efficient ways.
Sitting on a deer-skin throne
surrounded by white silken sheets
He learned how godlike
it was to market "reality".
Twisting Shiva's dance
he saw spiritual aspirants
as business clients.
While videos rolled
and cameras clicked
devotees sat mesmerized
as this man transformed an ancient maya
to a global franchise.