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South African students who learned Transcendental Meditation: 'How did I become so nice and kind and helpful?'
by Global Good News staff writer
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4 March 2012
In several schools near Durban, South Africa, where Consciousness-Based Education has been implemented, many children have noticed positive changes in themselves since learning the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management and a distinguished international expert on Consciousness-Based Education, recently commented on the 'great delight' of visiting with these children during his 14-country Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee tour.*
'One of the characteristics they all notice,' Dr Morris said, 'is that they're much friendlier and kinder to each other.'
The delegation of educators included Dr Taddy Blecher, director of Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg and of Consciousness-Based Education in the country. Dr Blecher asked the students to describe what had happened to them since they began practising Transcendental Meditation.
'One little boy stood up and asked, ''How did this happen to me, that I became so nice and kind and helpful?'' ' The boy was clearly surprised at this change in himself, Dr Morris said—'but he couldn't help it, he was just very nice now.'
Dr Blecher explained to the children the inner value of 'that sweetness that is the treasure inside every child in the world', and which begins to blossom in their feelings, speech, and behaviour when they practise Transcendental Meditation, Dr Morris said.
An expression that came up consistently among the students was, 'I like helping people more.'
'I used to create problems for everyone,' one student said. 'Now I'm staying behind after class to help other students.'
Another said, 'My family says I'm nicer. It's easier for me to study and learn, and I'm having more fun.'
The Transcendental Meditation teacher who had instructed the children was greeted with great affection when he arrived on the campus with Dr Morris and the others. The students handed papers to him on which they had written their experiences, such as: 'I love TM.' 'I've now become so much nicer and so much better.'
Some of the children asked, 'Why didn't you teach us this last year—why did you wait?'
It was very touching, Dr Morris commented, to see how much the students are gaining from the programme, and their sweet and spontaneous expressions indicating that 'they hardly believe the treasure they've been given. We can never forget the wonderful experience of being with these children.'
Global Good News will continue to report on the progress of Dr Morris's tour in South Africa, and its next phases in Mauritius and other African countries.
For more information about Dr Morris's continuing 14-country tour of Africa, and the Invincible Africa Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes on the continent, please contact: Africa@TM.org.
* See related articles:
∙ South Africa: Educators enjoy peaceful atmosphere of Consciousness-Based Education schools
∙ Invincible Africa tour comes to South Africa
∙ 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
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