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Netherlands: Thirty-three graduate from international Consciousness-Based Education training
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 August 2013
Thirty-three participants from 21 countries recently graduated from a two-week training programme in Consciousness-Based Education at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland. This was the second year the course, developed by the International Foundation of Consciousness-Based Education, was offered at MERU.
At the graduation, Dr Susan Dillbeck, President of the International Foundation of Consciousness-Based Education, described to graduates and guests Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's initiative to create schools in every nation, so that students might receive 'a complete education, founded on the full blossoming of the Self'.
Dr Dillbeck presented Maharishi's principle that nothing could be more practical than this, because when the Self is fully awake it is spontaneously aligned with total natural law. That means every thought is progressive for the individual, as well as for others, and the thought is transformed into successful action, she said.
On the basis of this holistic system of education students can accomplish what they wish at every age.
Dr Dillbeck summarized the course syllabus, saying that it provided participants with knowledge of Consciousness-Based Education—its principles, programmes, practices, and scientific research applications. As well, through workshops, participants developed skills to present the programme of Consciousness-Based Education to educators and school administrators.
Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, was the course leader. Dr Deans was Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Iowa, USA, for 17 years as it expanded to over 700 students. Speaking at the graduation, he gave an example of how easy it is to create peace and harmony in a country with as little as one Consciousness-Based Education school.
For a country with a population of 100 million people, he said, it would only take one high school with 1,000 students trained in Maharishi's advanced technology of consciousness—the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme—to radiate an indomitable influence of coherence throughout the nation.* Virtually every country has a high school with 1,000 students. If each of the countries represented on the course created one Consciousness-Based Education school it would mean 21,000 students would learn Transcendental Meditation—enough to create lasting peace in the world.
Dr Deans explained that creating permanent peace for a nation may seem like a big task, but the best way to approach it is to break it down into smaller tasks. Inspiring administrators, teachers, and students of one school to enjoy the scientifically verified benefits of Consciousness-Based Education is a small task, he said.
The principal guest speaker at the graduation was Dr Girish Varma, Chairman of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Group in India. Dr Varma, who is director of Maharishi's programmes in India, is recognized as an international expert in applying Consciousness-Based Education at the primary, secondary, and university level. See related article with highlights of Dr Varma's address: Consciousness-Based Education develops 'world's most important natural resource': students' creativity and intelligence.
* Dr Deans was referring to the formula identified by scientists—the square root of one per cent of the population practising Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, together in a group—as the number required to create invincible, permanent peace in a city, province, or nation. Scientists have named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who first predicted it in 1960.
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