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Research documents how Consciousness-Based Education helped improve quality of life in Cambodia
by Global Good News staff writer
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30 July 2014
Established in 1991, Maharishi Vedic University (MVU) opened in Cambodia in 1993 with 550 students. All the students learned Transcendental Meditation, and subsequently the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, as part of the curriculum. For 15 years, until 2008, students practised these technologies of consciousness as a group twice daily throughout their educational programme, creating coherence and harmony in the collective consciousness of Cambodia.
The establishment of MVU was an important part of an overall initiative to improve the quality of life in Cambodia, and the effects of this and other programmes can be seen in a variety of social and economic indicators measured in 1993, when the university opened its doors, and again in 2013. Looking at the changes in these indicators over a 20-year time span reveals dramatic positive results. When MVU in Cambodia started, Cambodia was the poorest country in the world, with one of the least educated and most oppressed populations.
The educational and social recovery in Cambodia began with the introduction of Consciousness-Based Education, and is documented in the recently published book, Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: Educational Reconstruction and Social Renewal, by Dr Lee Fergusson and Dr Anna Bonshek, founding rectors of the university.
The book was launched last December at a press conference in Phnom Penh. Attending the press conference were many former MVU students and graduates, as well as an MVU rector, an MVU graduate who is currently the rector of a Cambodian university, as well as teachers of Transcendental Meditation associated with the Maharishi Foundation in Cambodia.
At the conference Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management (MUM), USA and an international expert in the application of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes and technologies of consciousness, presented a copy of the book to the former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, who has been a strong supporter of MVU.
Six MVU graduates spoke at the conference on how their experience at the university had transformed their lives. They spoke of the beneficial effects of practising Transcendental Meditation as students, and of the blossoming of their lives and careers after graduation as a specific result of the quality of their education. They all said that without MVU they would not have had the opportunity for a higher education, and, each in their own way, told how Consciousness-Based Education had transformed their life.
Over 4,000 MVU graduates are living throughout the country. Some have risen to top positions in business, industry, commerce, government, education, and agriculture. Many have become leaders in society. Dr Stuart Vernon, an international administrator for the Transcendental Meditation programme, said MVU graduates are balanced people, and likened meeting them to being in a big garden with a variety of fully blossomed fruit.
The conference inspired increased interest and enthusiasm for Transcendental Meditation, both among the meditating community and the wider community as well.
The various conference presentations illustrated how MVU has created a new generation of leaders who have started new universities, new companies, and new organizations to continue increasing coherence for Cambodia, helping raise the standards of the country in happiness, health, prosperity, and achievement.
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