Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, developer and promoter of Transcendental Meditation (TM), died February 5, 2008. TM is a topic of interest to me for two reasons. Caught up in the Beatles generation when it was all the rage, I was fascinated by its claims. I have since come to believe that it is the best example (one of many) of Eastern religion cloaked in pseudoscientific and self-help jargon and repackaged for Western consumption (Yoga, anyone?).
To further sanitize it in order to introduce it into the public schools it was, for a time, renamed “The Science of Creative Intelligence.” However, its claims that it required no religious accommodation did not stand up to close scrutiny. It failed an establishment clause challenge in 1977 and the New Jersey public schools were enjoined from teaching it.