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Togo: Government leaders learn of Maharishi's programmes for reduced crime, effective rehabilitation
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17 February 2012
During his recent visit to Togo in West Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, presented to a government leader in the area of justice the successful, scientifically validated programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for reduction of crime and rehabilitation of prisoners.
One especially important initiative that Dr Morris described took place in Senegal between 1987 and 1989, when 12,000 prison inmates were instructed in the Transcendental Meditation Programme, with the leadership of Gen Mamadou Diop.
Dr Morris showed the government minister some of the documents from that time, including the resolution of the wardens of the 31 prisons that were involved in the project, which listed all the changes that occurred when Transcendental Meditation was introduced for the prisoners.
Scientific research especially highlighted the complete psychological transformations among the prisoners, including a decreasing tendency toward the isolated type of thinking that leads to crime, he said. Also shown was a great reduction in stress and anxiety; greater harmony between inmates and also the prison officers; and a practical end to fighting within the prisons.
'There was such a dramatic drop in recidivism' (the rate at which former prisoners return to prison for committing crimes), Dr Morris said, 'that prisons were starting to empty, because people were not coming back to prison.'
There was yet another important result of 12,000 prisoners learning Transcendental Meditation in Senegal, Dr Morris said, that was of interest to African leaders—the re-establishment of balance in nature as an expression of rising coherence in national consciousness resulting from their large group meditations.
In Senegal, the more prisoners who learned to meditate, 'it started to rain deeper and deeper into the interior of the country,' Dr Morris said, 'so that parts of the Sahara desert began to turn green.'
In fact, he said, 'President Chissano of Mozambique says exactly the same thing happened, when 15,000 soldiers in that country learned Transcendental Meditation, and 3,000 learned the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme—the drought ended: wherever they went to instruct the soldiers, it would start raining.'
For more information on 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:
∙ 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
∙ Ghana: Dr Bevan Morris presents Consciousness-Based Education to distinguished educators
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