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Cambodia: Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians from India treated thousands in aftermath of Khmer Rouge
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17 August 2013
Following a 1978 initiative to create a peaceful influence for Cambodia from neighbouring Thailand, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi followed up in 1983 with another programme—a large-scale cultural exchange programme with another nearby country, Vietnam.
See previous article in this series:
∙ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's early initiatives for peace bear fruit in Khmer Rouge era Cambodia
Explained Dr Lee Fergusson, co-author of the new book, Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: Educational Reconstruction and Social Renewal, the cultural exchange programme was designed to create peace in the region by sending large groups of experts from Australia and New Zealand to practise Transcendental Meditation and the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme together—Maharishi's scientifically verified technologies of consciousness to reduce social stress and create coherence in collective consciousness.
Later on, in 1991, concerned with the progress of Cambodia and noting the political and social uncertainties that existed, creating 'political clouds veering over the country', Maharishi employed another approach to help improve the quality of life of the people.
'Maharishi sent a number of delegations to the country, including a number of Vaidyas [Maharishi Ayur-Veda physicians from India] to Phnom Penh to treat people,' Dr Fergusson explained. Others came to work with government officials to establish a university.
The Vaidyas came to Cambodia to provide much needed health care to one of the poorest countries in the world. 'At that time there were very few doctors in Cambodia, just really 10 or 20 doctors for the whole country of 7 million people,' said Dr Fergusson.
'These Vaidyas set up a clinic in Phnom Penh in 1991 and 1992 and were treating 5,000 people per day,' Dr Fergusson continued; over the course of a few months they treated many thousands of people just in the capital city. 'That was a major contribution of Maharishi to Cambodia in the early 1990s.'
Another priority was the establishment of a Maharishi Vedic University. At the university, in addition to learning areas of knowledge that would help strengthen the society and economy of Cambodia, hundreds of students could also learn and practise Maharishi's peace-creating technologies of consciousness in one place.
So in fact, explained Dr Fergusson about the establishment of Maharishi Vedic University, 'the precedents for Maharishi's initiative to improve the quality of life in Cambodia began in 1978 with these various programmes, all the way through to the early 1990s when Maharishi Vedic University was established'.
More about Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia:
∙ Cambodia: Book about Maharishi Vedic University celebrates decades of Consciousness-Based Education
Other articles in this series describe scientific research on the positive effects of Maharishi Vedic University on national life in Cambodia:
∙ Cambodian students' psychological health improves with Transcendental Meditation
∙ Researchers link Cambodia's relative prosperity and peace since 1993 with the Maharishi Effect
∙ Maharishi Effect had 'powerful and salutary influence' on Cambodia
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