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Scotland - Meditation nation
by Paul Dalgarno

Sunday Herald - Scotland    Translate This Article
29 February 2008

On 29 February 2008 Sunday Herald - Scotland reported: Scottish-born singer-songwriter Donovan will have Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Yogic Flying as part of the curriculum at his Invincible Donovan University, which he wants to start in Edinburgh. 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.

American filmmaker David Lynch, who has practised Transcendental Meditation for many years, is also onboard for the proposed £5million university. His David Lynch Foundation offers Consciousness-Based Education to students around the globe.

The Sunday Herald reported, 'In the US alone, more than $22 million of government money has been pumped into quantifying the effects of TM in the last two decades, with consistently positive results: serenity and creative output go up; blood pressure and stress levels go down. Millions more cash has poured, unsolicited, into Lynch's TM foundation since it was established in 2005.'

The 1,000 or so students attending the Invincible Donovan University will study traditional subjects along with their Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying practice.

The desired calming result will make Scotland safer.

While many in the world are familiar with the term 'violence begets violence', according to Bob Roth, Vice President of the David Lynch Foundation, the calming effect of having all the university students meditating together 'will begin to permeate the national consciousness', the article stated, which will, in turn, create increased peace and harmony.

The Sunday Herald quoted Mr Roth as saying, 'Scientists call it the spinover effect. It's like turning on a light in a darkened room—if you have a few hundred students meditating together and enlivening the deepest level of life it will make Scotland more coherent and less likely to come to any sort of violence.'

The Sunday Herald article explained that if only one per cent of Scotland's population practises Transcendental Meditation that is sufficient to create coherence in the nation. The article continued, 'But with the advanced technique of yogic flying, the square root of one per cent will be enough.'

According to Glasgow Transcendental Meditation teacher Angela Landers, people have misconceptions about the technique.

The Sunday Herald quoted Ms Landers as saying, 'It's not hypnosis or a trance and there's no manipulation of the mind. Basically, you just sit in a chair comfortably for 20 minutes a day. It doesn't involve concentration—it's just an effortless mental technique.'

The Sunday Herald reported, 'Landers came to TM after graduating as a nurse because she was looking ''for a system that could deal with all aspects of life''. In 2005, she gained a degree in Consciousness-Based Health Care at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, of which Donovan's Edinburgh university will initially be an outpost.'

She stated, 'The experience of studying there was a huge leap forward for me. At the end of the course I felt more confident, more creative, more employable; whereas at the end of my previous degree I just felt shattered.'

The article further explained that Transcendental Meditation is fundamental to 40 main areas of life—including agriculture, astrology, and architecture—that allow individuals to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature.

As an example, Ms Landers explained that the precise positioning of a building on the property is a key feature of a healthy architectural design*, with an east-facing entrance that allows the 'most nourishing rays of the sun' to enter at sunrise. She further explained that such a building 'mirrors the cosmic body so that you're not disconnected from your environment'.

Having a university in Scotland that incorporates Transcendental Meditation has been a long time coming. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first suggested the idea to Donovan back in 1968. But, the ideal for a 'meditation hub' in Scotland is 'not without historic precedent', the article stated.

The Sunday Herald explained that for many years in recent history, and as far back as the sixth century, groups from diverse traditions and religions have established centres of meditation in the Scotland.

The article stated, 'Maharishi's own recollections of his first trip, by train, to Scotland in 1960 are instructive. ''I began to feel so fresh. I said, What is here? And somebody said We are crossing the border''.'

Both Donovan and David Lynch had a similar experience when they looked for locations in Scotland for the Invincible Donovan University.

According to Bob Roth, 'The reception they got in Glasgow and Edinburgh was far better than any other city in the world. Scotland has a great tradition of enlightenment and knowledge and wisdom.'

Mr Roth was further quoted by the Sunday Herald as saying, 'There's a new generation of students coming up that's looking for more from education than just cramming their heads full of facts. This university is unique, and the first of its kind outside America, but it's not an exception—we hope that all universities will be like this in the future.'

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