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Students fight terrorism
by Global Good News staff writer

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5 October 2005

On 5 October 2005 Global Good News reported: Author Jay Marcus is promoting a new book, Victory Before War, which details the peace-promoting effects of the meditation programmes at Maharishi University of Management. Research has shown that significant reductions in violence and terrorist acts occur when enough practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Programme and advanced practitioners of Yogic Flying practise their programme together, at the same time. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

Marcus tells the story of Sheer-el Cohen, the 13th generation in his family to be born and educated in Israel. But, Marcus says, Israeli schools are extremely stressful as a side effect of the Palestinian conflict. As a result, eight years ago the Cohen family moved to the US so Sheer-el could attend the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, a school dedicated to educational excellence without stress, and to fighting terrorism in a peaceful way.

Twice each day Sheer-el, now a freshman in college, joins hundreds of other students and faculty in one of the school's most popular pastimes—fighting stress and promoting peace through the advanced meditation programmes at Maharishi University of Management.

Marcus describes how the Maharishi School and the University are unique schools. All the students practise the Transcendental Meditation Programme twice each day as part of the curriculum. Many, like Sheer-el, also participate in the Yogic Flying programme, an advanced meditation programme, which studies show reduces violence in the 'vicinity' of the Yogic Flyers when a sufficient number of Yogic Flyers have assembled. Does it work, Marcus asks?

In recent years the high school has graduated 10 times the national average of National Merit Scholars. In the Odyssey of the Mind and Destination ImagiNation creativity competitions (reserved by most schools for their talented and gifted programmes), the small Maharishi School has won more state championships than any school in Iowa. The University's results are similar. The National Survey of Student Engagement, the most comprehensive survey of student life, rates the university among the top 3 per cent of colleges in active and collaborative learning, and the top 4 per cent in enriching educational experiences.

Most importantly, the meditation programmes at the school and college are producing students who are part of a worldwide experiment to prevent terrorism. Fifty research studies show that the inner happiness and peace the students experience during their meditation and Yogic Flying programmes are radiated to those in the 'vicinity' of the meditating group, neutralizing violent tendencies in the locale. With enough students and other meditators, the peaceful effect can extend to an entire city or even the nation. Peer reviewed research published in major scientific journals shows significant reductions in violence and terrorist acts when enough TM meditators and Yogic Flyers practise their programme together, at the same time.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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