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Catholic priest uses Transcendental Meditation to help orphans in Latin America
by Heather Hartnett
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10 February 2011
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The article profiles the work of Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest in Colombia whose Fundacion Hogares Claret has created 52 centers for abandoned children and young offenders spread across Colombia and throughout Latin America. In addition to education, nourishing food, and safety, the children learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
The centers serve more than 3,500 children at a time. Through the years Father Mejia's centers have helped tens of thousands of children who had been living on the streets in abject poverty—'the disposable ones'—to find a way to live productive, healthy and happy lives. The programme is one of many projects of the David Lynch Foundation around the world helping at-risk children and youth learn Transcendental Meditation.
'The basic therapy is love. Love is the imperial medicine for any illness or disorder,' Father Gabriel says. 'When a child closes his eyes and begins to meditate they open themselves to the field of all possibilities, as Maharishi says. The world opens for the child. And then the child discovers their essential nature, which is love.'
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