by Tor Hersoug
During Acem’s first 5-6 years, the organisation cooperated with Mahesh Yogi – also known as the Maharishi – and what would later be known as the TM movement. Deep-seated differences led to a final break in 1972. This article will start by outlining some of the values that we think were at the root of the conflict. Next follows an outline of Mahesh Yogi’s background and the development of the TM movement, both before and after the break with Acem. Much of this material has hitherto been largely unknown, but illustrates important differences in approaches to meditation and personal development. Our aim in describing these divergences is to shine a new light on Acem’s history and present position.