Religion: Tempest over TM

Last Oct. 12,25 high school students waited in the Union, N.J., office of the Transcendental Meditation movement. One by one they entered a room and reverently knelt before a candlelit altar holding a picture of the late Guru Dev, Hindu holy man and predecessor of TM Leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Each student brought fruit and flowers to be placed on the altar by Teacher Janet Aaron, who then recited a Sanskrit puja (hymn of worship)* and whispered each student's mantra, the secret word that must be repeated to aid meditation.

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