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Global Country of World Peace    Translate This Article
17 December 2005

Outstanding, in-depth media coverage—unprecedented, actually, in the 50-year history of Maharishi's global movement—continues to grow regarding the approach of Maharishi's Consciousness-Based Education and Maharishi's Programme to Create Permanent World Peace. Much of the media coverage has been focused on the launch of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, which is raising funds to establish seven Universities of World Peace throughout the world and to bring the benefits of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation to every student in America—and every other country.

New York Times Magazine The New York Times is considered America's most important newspaper—in fact, it is called the 'newspaper of record' in the United States—and the New York Times Magazine is the most prestigious location for any news article to appear. The magazine is read by millions of people—including the most educated, influential, wealthiest people in America.

This past Sunday, the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on the 78 most important ideas of 2005. The FIRST idea featured in the article was the use of Transcendental Meditation in the schools as promoted by the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. The article included a delightful graphic of a meditating high school student levitating in the air in her school desk. Here are excerpts from the article.

Accredited Bliss—If you think financing a motion picture is difficult, consider for a moment the fund-raising bench mark that the filmmaker David Lynch set this year for his new David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace: $7 billion. The director hopes to finance seven 'universities of peace,' with endowments of $1 billion each, where students would practise Transcendental Meditation.

Developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late 1950's, TM is a technique whereby individuals repeat a mantra to themselves during two 20-minute sessions per day. Lynch began practising it 32 years ago as a student. TM rid him of his deep anger, he says, and enlivened his creative process. 'When you dive within,' Lynch says, 'you experience an unbounded ocean of bliss consciousness.'

Lynch says he believes that undergraduates today—3 of 10 of whom say they suffer from depression or an anxiety disorder—need to find that unbounded ocean even more than he did in 1973. To that end, he has recently offered to help underwrite for-credit 'peace studies' classes, which would include TM instruction, at a number of universities. Pending approval, American University will offer one of these classes next year. Researchers there will also begin studying the technique's effects on student grades, IQ's, and mental health.

Drawing on the work of John Hagelin, a quantum physicist and TM practitioner, Lynch harbours broader hopes that the seven universities of peace could enable the square root of 1 per cent of the world's population—about 8,000 people —to simultaneously do an advanced version of the TM technique called 'Yogic Flying'. Lynch and Hagelin say that a mass meditation of this size could have a positive effect upon the 'unified field' of consciousness that connects all human beings and thereby bring about the conditions for world peace.

The Collegian (Penn State University's Student Newspaper): Another sign of the growing use—and mainstream acceptance—of Transcendental Meditation in education could be seen in this feature story which appeared this past week in the college newspaper of Penn State University—a top university located in Pennsylvania.

The article was entitled: Trend of meditation remedies grows on campuses—A growing trend in the country that may reduce stress, create clearer thinking, and help academic achievement is here. And it's not in pill form. It's Transcendental Meditation—and the technique is hitting the mainstream via universities and training sessions across the country.


The Washington Post

And finally, this large feature story on the David Lynch Foundation and it's drive to raise $7 billion to fund Maharishi's programme to establish seven universities of world peace—each university with 8,000 Yogic Flying students. This article appeared on the front page of the Style section of the Washington Post. This is the 16th story on Maharishi's programmes to be published in the Washington Post—America's other most important newspaper—in three years. The article was also reprinted in newspapers all over the country.

David Lynch envisions Transcendental Meditation factories ushering in peace—David Lynch figures that, if they'll bring world peace, $7 billion worth of institutes of peace teaching Transcendental Meditation is a good deal. 'You build a facility like a factory, you house the people, you feed the people, they do their Transcendental Meditation and advanced techniques, including Yogic Flying,' he says,' and they will create a beautiful world.'


The Global Country of World Peace congratulates Dr Lynch for his devotion to his practice of Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying and for his heartfelt dedication and enormous organizing power in helping Maharishi to bring the full sunshine of enlightenment—the Light of God—to Earth. We deeply appreciate Dr Lynch's efforts—and we urge everyone watching this global news conference—including the world press—to follow Dr Lynch's example.

Copyright©2005 Global Country of World Peace

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