How We Present
South Africa: Creating a dignified and beautiful home for Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg
by Global Good News staff writer
Global Good News Translate This Article
17 February 2012
One of the first places Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, visited in South Africa was Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg.
Dr Morris recently arrived in South Africa to begin the second phase of the 'Invincible Africa' tour celebrating this year's Golden Jubilee of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes in Africa, and spent a day touring Maharishi Institute and meeting with students.
See previous article in this series: Invincible Africa tour comes to South Africa.
Maharishi Institute is applying Consciousness-Based Education to benefit South Africa's youth, especially those from historically disadvantaged communities. Its website describes the goals of the Institute's creation in 2007 to 'take accessible tertiary education to another level, to showcase South Africa as a leading innovator in education provision, and create a worldwide breakthrough using the approach of Consciousness-Based Education.'
Its programmes are filling a large gap in South African education, providing 'financing, educational access, skills and personal development, and a supportive campus environment so that students can progress step by step to a life of success and achievement'.
Commenting on his visit, Dr Morris described Maharishi Institute's large and impressive facilities, which are housed in a spacious building that was donated by one of the biggest corporations in South Africa and 'is being steadily renovated to be a very dignified and beautiful home' for the Institute.
Dr Morris also noted that the building is virtually perfectly oriented according to principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture, with an eastern entrance and a courtyard which functions as a central core of wholeness—creating a beneficial effect for all the students and staff and their educational programmes.
All of this is very impressive, he said. The Institute only came into existence in 2007, and due to the 'amazing resourcefulness' particularly of Dr Taddy Blecher, and now his wife, Annie Blecher; and also Dr Richard Peycke, director of Maharishi's programmes in South Africa, and many others working there—'this institute is promising to create national invincibility for South Africa.'
The building having been donated 'is characteristic of everything there', Dr Morris said, explaining that '70 corporations and foundations, both South African and international organizations, have donated to bring this institution into existence and to keep it expanding.' He noted recent contributions of 100 computers with broadband connectivity, furnishings and other materials, 'and on and on. Whatever it is, [the Institute's leadership] use their resourcefulness to keep building up the institution. That is so very impressive, really on the highest level that I've ever seen in the world.'
But even more impressive, and most moving, Dr Morris went on to say, was the students themselves. Global Good News will feature Dr Morris's description of several wonderful meetings he had with students during his visit to Maharishi Institute.
For more information about Dr Bevan Morris's 14-country tour of Africa, and the Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharishi's programmes on the continent, please contact: Africa@TM.org.
See related articles:
∙ Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee tour: Dr Bevan Morris reports from West Africa
∙ Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee Tour: Celebrating 50 years of Maharishi's programmes in Africa
© Copyright 2012 Global Good News®
Global Good News comment:
For the good news about Maharishi's seven-point programme to create a healthy, happy, prosperous society, and a peaceful world, please visit: Global Financial Capital of New York.
Translation software is not perfect; however if you would like to try it, you can translate this page using: