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'You have put the ''higher'' in higher education': Senator Harkin praises Maharishi University of Management
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17 June 2013
''I have nothing but admiration for what this university has accomplished in such a short period of time. In a unique way you have put the 'higher' in higher education.''
Distinguished United States Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa continued his address to the 2013 graduates of Maharishi University of Management, during the recent Commencement ceremonies on the M.U.M. campus in Fairfield, Iowa.
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Maharishi University of Management Class of 2013
Having begun with several humorous remarks which delighted the audience, before going on to the main part of his speech—'Harkin's Top Ten Rules to Live By'—the Senator made one further comment:
''I do want you to know of my highest respect and admiration that I have for this university, for what you have done, what you have become here, in Iowa, the nation, and the world—and especially for what I consider to be the best holistic approach to education and wellness in life at any university anywhere on the globe.''
He was referring to Maharishi University of Management's unique system of Consciousness-Based education and leadership role in wellness research and sustainability. M.U.M. was designated as a Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention and has received over $25 million from the NCCAM and NHLBI* over the past 20 years to conduct collaborative medical research on the use of Transcendental Meditation as a complementary alternative approach to treat hypertension and cardiovascular disease in underserved minority populations. The results of this research have been published in top peer-reviewed scientific journals.
The most recent study was published and publicized by the American Heart Association. Last year the AHA Journal Circulation published a long-term study showing a 48% lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death in a group already afflicted by heart disease that learned the practice of Transcendental Meditation. And this year the AHA published a paper recommending Transcendental Meditation as the only meditation practice that has been shown to lower blood pressure.
Senator Harkin said he chose a method for the day's occasion that has imparted wisdom to millions of people throughout the years—''I speak of course, not of the Ten Commandments, but of David Letterman's top ten list.'' But his were more like suggestions for students to choose. He started with number 10, progressing down to number 1 at the end.
Harkin's Top Ten Rules To Live By
10. Don't panic. You will find a job. Don't worry. ''My confidence is based on one thing—because you came to the right school. I have nothing, as I said, but admiration for what this university has accomplished in such a short period of time. In a unique way you have put the 'higher' in higher education.''
''You folks would agree with William Butler Yeats who said that education is not about filling up a bucket but lighting a fire. And you carry that one step further. At this university education is also about training, focusing, freeing the mind. It's about raising consciousness. Here you have been beautifully prepared intellectually and spiritually for all the challenges you will face in the world out there, so you should go forth with confidence.''
Click here to see the full Commencement 2013 at Maharishi University.
Global Good News will continue to feature Senator Harkin's Commencement Address to the Class of 2013 at Maharishi University of Management.
See Part I of this article: US: Iowa Senator Tom Harkin inspired Maharishi University graduates
* NCCAM: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; NHLBI: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—both are part of the (US) National Institutes of Health.
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