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A tribute to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: New initiatives to ensure lasting invincibility for South Africa - Maharishi Invincibility Institute
by Global Good News staff writer
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22 November 2008
On 15 November on the Maharishi Global Family Chat, Dr Taddy Blecher, national Director of Education and Director of Finance and Planning of the Global Country of World Peace in South Africa, paid tribute to the tremendous achievements of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and discussed current initiatives which are continuing to structure the future destiny of peace and invincibility for the country.
Please also see Part I and Part II of this article, which featured the presentation by Dr Richard Peycke, National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in South Africa, on major events which have reshaped the history of the country through Maharishi's coherence-creating programmes; and Part III, the first section of Dr Blecher's talk.
Dr Blecher, who is Dr Peycke's colleague, continued his presentation, describing the programmes and objectives of Maharishi Invincibility Institute and Ezemvelo Nature Reserve.
Maharishi Invincibility Institute
The objective is to train 1,000 full-time students and 1,000 part-time students in an undergraduate bachelor's programme, beginning with a 2-year foundation programme in partnership with Maharishi University of Management in America. A building donated by Anglo American is the base for this Institute, with more facilities planned elsewhere in Johannesburg and in all major cities of South Africa. The Institute currently has 180 students, including 70 Yogic Flyers.
'There is so much happiness radiating from the Institute,' Dr Blecher said. 'Many students come from difficult home situations, but they come in and immediately learn Transcendental Meditation, and they are transformed. We see invincibility rising in our students.'
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
This is a 4500-hectare nature park near Pretoria which was donated by Nicky and Strilli Oppenheimer. The objective is for Ezemvelo to become a place of pilgrimage for everyone in South Africa and the whole world. The Maharishi Institute at the Ezemvelo Reserve will provide organic agricultural projects, as well as youth-focused eco-tourism management programmes with the aim of encouraging an interest in nature, conservation, and alternative energy among the students.
Dr Blecher also introduced an upcoming new initiative to support the ongoing sustainability of the Maharishi Institute. Called Invincible Outsourcing, this project involves setting up a call centre to allow students to work and develop skills while studying at the Institute.
Concluding his presentation, Dr Blecher announced that several school heads in the Durban area had recently learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme, and that several hundred more teachers are expected to learn in the coming year. This project will include teaching the technique to thousands of students who are largely from the Indian community. South Africa has the largest population of Indian people outside India.
Dr Blecher again expressed profound gratitude to Maharishi, saying that his programmes and initiatives had transformed South Africa and brought it out of a time of darkness and into the light.
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