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321 Vedic Pandits staying on campus, more Pandits coming
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11 November 2006
Three hundred twenty-one Vedic Pandits arrived on campus in six groups over a period of two weeks at the end of October and the beginning of this month, contributing substantially to the goal of creating peace and coherence in the world via the assembly of a large group of Yogic Flyers in the community.
As many as 500 Pandits will be housed temporarily on campus while the 1,000-person Vedic Pandit facility is being completed in Maharishi Vedic City. The full complement of 1,000 is expected within two months.
According to Maharishi University of Management Executive Vice-President Craig Pearson, 'Vedic Pandits are specially trained from boyhood to apply the Vedic technologies of consciousness for developing total brain potential and creating coherence and peace in society.'
These technologies include the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs, including Yogic Flying, and other Vedic procedures for enlivening Natural Law to create and maintain peace in the environment, Dr. Pearson said.
The Pandit training involves years under the tutelage of senior Pandits, Dr. Pearson said. Those who have come are some of the most experienced in India. Maharishi has revived this tradition in India, and tens of thousands have received training. Those who have come are from this group.
The Vedic Pandits are living, dining, and doing group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs in five of the residence halls called frats.
Hundreds of workers, including students, faculty, staff, contract workers, and community volunteers assembled on short notice to help prepare the residence halls, including carpeting and painting, and putting in mirrors, curtains, lights, alarms, full kitchens in the basement of each building, beds, bed linens, bath linens, shower curtains, and other fixtures.
Dr. Pearson said that the Pandits' arrival has inspired generous donors, who have contributed a substantial sum to renovate the buildings and repair the sidewalks. Once the Pandits relocate to the their new facility in Maharishi Vedic City, the 200 newly renovated bedrooms and public areas in the five buildings will be available for student and Invincible America Assembly housing and other University purposes.
In addition to the Vedic Pandits, the group includes their cooks and assistant cooks.
As the groups of Pandits arrived in Chicago, they were greeted with garlands, a large banner in Devanagari script, refreshments, and a bagpiper. They were then brought to Fairfield via chartered coaches.
Upon their arrival they were greeted with festive holiday lights and well wishers waving sparklers.
Tables in their residence halls were lavishly laid out with a number of different Vedic sweets in bright colors, along with cashews, almonds, and dates.
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