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Transcendental Meditation: Promoting an ideal quality of life in rural Kenya
by Global Good News staff writer
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17 July 2013
Since 2009, when the practice of Transcendental Meditation was introduced in a village in the beautiful Nandi Hills area of rural Kenya, about 600 people have learned the technique.
Educators have recognized the importance of Transcendental Meditation for their students, schools, and themselves as academic performance of the children who practise the technique just 15-20 minutes a day has improved. Parents and teachers note an increase in harmony, happiness, and good behaviour among the students.
Forty students from Nandi Hills are also attending Maharishi Secondary School for Girls in nearby Mbale, Uganda, where Transcendental Meditation is a central aspect of the educational programme.
Community members in Nandi Hills deeply appreciate the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, including those in education, and this has contributed to the demand for a local Maharishi School.
On a new video produced this year about the project, Mr James Kipketer Melli expressed his appreciation for the programme, saying that Transcendental Meditation has 'immense value' for everyone. After learning the technique and then taking the Science of Creative Intelligence course, he realized there was a common relationship between Maharishi's Vedic Science and his people. The knowledge in the course 'resonated' with him, he said, and he hopes many people in his community will be trained as teachers of Transcendental Meditation and continue to help the community develop.
To date three people have taken the Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course, and all have returned to teach the programme locally.
Chief Samuel Masai, Deputy Administrator of Nandi Hills Area and parent of one of the students at Maharishi Secondary School in Uganda, expressed his appreciation on behalf of all the parents. He urged all students and their parents to learn Transcendental Meditation, and confirmed that the practice is not a religion. 'We all have our religions but we meet at the table of TM,' he said.
Representing the Kenya Ladies Organization for Total Knowledge, a group of women who practise Transcendental Meditation, Monica Benedict Simotwa expressed her satisfaction with the programme, saying it has 'brought happiness and love into our homes'. She felt it has brought them together as a community, and that group practice of Transcendental Meditation has melted their hearts, and brought a new softness to community life.
Ms Simotwa commented that they want the programme to flourish so they can become 'a benchmark for Kenya, a lighthouse for the nation'.
Many community members mentioned their desire to become an ideal community, and have embraced the practice of Transcendental Meditation in order to create positive trends and reduce the violence and conflict that have plagued the country. They have especially wanted to build a Maharishi Invincibility Centre in Nandi Hills, a home for all the knowledge and programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, commented Dr Chris Crowell, an International Director of the Global Country of World Peace,* who produced the video and presented it at a conference in the Netherlands this year.
The Centre, which is under construction, will host group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes, which scientific research has shown to reduce social stress, crime, and violence and create coherence in society.
After months of work the Centre, which has been designed according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture, is on its way to being realized, Dr Crowell said. It will give Kenyans a platform to bring peace and harmony to the whole nation, at the same time giving a new generation the opportunity to create an ideal world.
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* The Global Country of World Peace was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a consortium of educational organizations in more than 100 countries working to create a new era of peace, progress, and prosperity in the world family. It is a 'nation without borders', a home for peace-loving people everywhere. The domain of the Global Country of World Peace is consciousness—the prime mover of life—the ground state of natural law, the field of all possibilities. It is a non-political, non-religious global organization.
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