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Thursday 23 March 2017

We are all Hare Krishnas now, meditation goes mainstream

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

The Beatles were taught meditation by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s
The Beatles were taught meditation by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s

Gradually they are coming out the woodwork. And suddenly it seems that half the people I know are secretly meditating. They range from casual transcendental meditators to practically full-blown Buddhists or Hare Krishnas.

And the strange thing is that these are not hippies or crusties or drop-outs or people living alternative lifestyles on an ashram-inspired commune near Sligo. Just regular blokes, a few of them quite senior in what they do. There are thrusting business types and entrepreneurs and generally pretty serious people. These are not people who go for reiki or acupuncture or any of the other usual trappings of the "I'm not religious but I am a very spiritual person" lifestyle. They are fairly practical people. And meditation is just one of their tools, a technology for modern living.

I have a theory on one thing that does bind them together. They are fathers of young children. And I have a theory that fathers of young children will do anything for a few minutes of peace and quiet. For some of us, it's the warm embrace of the Sunday papers enveloping you, for others it's a run, for some it is sitting in a shed tinkering with something. But seemingly for more and more guys, it's meditation.

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