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India, Land of the Veda: Tour on Maharishi's Vedic Science by renowned brain research expert an 'overwhelming success'
by Global Good News staff writer
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4 October 2008
Speaking on Maharishi Global Family Chat on 1 October, Raja Harris Kaplan, Raja of Invincible India, the land of the Veda, for the Global Country of World Peace, introduced Dr Alarik Arenander and Dr Cynthia Arenander and spoke of the 'overwhelming success' of their tour of Northern India. The Arenanders are presenting Maharishi's Vedic Science to thousands of people there from the perspective of modern science and brain wave research.
Raja Harris began by saying that recently in India he 'had met a force of nature, a very peaceful ''hurricane'' by the name of Hurricane Alarik and Hurricane Cynthia Arenander, who have come through India with a hurricane of peace and enlightenment'. (Raja Harris was alluding humorously to a recent series of storms in the western hemisphere.)
Raja Harris said that 'this most fabulous couple' are still in India, and introduced the Arenanders, who 'by their own look and feeling, even before words start, convince people to practise Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's technologies of consciousness. And then when they speak, everyone says ''I want to start right now.'' '
Speaking from Allahabad, India, Dr Alarik Arenander explained that they are in the middle of a six-week tour of India. He expressed their thanks to Raja Harris and Dr Girish Varma*, the leader of the 'gigantic' Indian organization of the Global Country of World Peace, for all their guidance, bliss, and support during the tour. Dr Alarik also thanked and praised all the individual organizers of the tour for 'so kindly taking care of everything' and looking after them so well.
Dr Arenander explained they have given 55 presentations to literally thousands of people in groups of 200-500—including government officials, business people, students, teachers, Rotary members—many of whom are leaders in business and government institutions.
Dr Alarik said that when they speak the people are 'enraptured with Maharishi's knowledge. It comes back to them in this logical, simple, research-oriented format, but it is Maharishi they love automatically, and [the knowledge] coming back in this scientific garb, they like it. They just so much appreciate it that everybody wants to start' the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Dr Alarik showed slides of the faculty and Transcendental Meditation Teachers working at Allahabad University—where Maharishi himself was a student—which has 100,000 students. There was a great response to a lecture the Arenanders gave to the leaders of the university, and Maharishi University of Management has organized a team of Transcendental Meditation Teachers to be in Allahabad to help structure a programme for teaching the many individuals at the university.
Dr Cynthia Arenander added that 'the air there is so traditional, and to think that Maharishi was there is a very special feeling.'
Dr Alarik showed the EEG (electroencephalograph) reading for a local practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, which confirmed again 'that indeed, at the beginning of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique, within a very few moments, there is a phenomenon in the brain, a ''neuro-switch'', in which there is a very rapid and highly sustained onset of brain orderliness.'
The appearance of pure alpha frequencies, coherence, and power is a 'very great indicator, a characteristic of the experience of Atma [the Self], the experience of Turiya [the fourth state of consciousness], Transcendental Consciousness. There is a sustained, very high level of coherence between the two sides of the brain and especially in the pre-frontal cortex, the learning or control centre of our lives,' Dr Arenander explained.
'This phenomenon is unique to Transcendental Meditation, and is at the basis of all good things that come from the brain, and therefore all good things that come in the lives of those practising Transcendental Meditation.'
Dr Cynthia added that 'a lot of the success is due to the old saying, ''Seeing is believing.'' ' When people actually see rather than just hear about all the scientific research, 'a switch goes on, she said. 'We feel that the doctors, especially, are saying that now they are given the documentation, this logic, that's how the brain is trained'—when they grasp the logic, 'as one doctor from Jabalpur Hospital said, ''Now you have our stamp of approval. We've always wanted to believe about Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation since Maharishi comes from this area, but now that we can actual see it, you have our stamp of approval.' This doctor will be learning Transcendental Meditation himself.
Global Good News will continue to report on the Arenanders' tour of India in the coming days.
* Dr Girish Varma is National Director of the Global Country of World Peace for Veda Bhumi Bharat—India, land of the eternal Vedic Tradition of knowledge. He is also Minister of Higher Education of the Global Country of World Peace, Director-General of the Global Capital of World Peace at the Brahma-Sthan [geographical centre] of India, Chairman of the 160 Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Group, and President of the Maharishi Institutes of Management and Information Technology, in India.
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