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Dr Hagelin speaks to Danish Peace Conference attended by Minister of Defense
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 19, #18    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
14 June 2004

Last month John Hagelin, director of the University's Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, to speak at a number of events that attracted large crowds, including a conference on peace that was attended by the Danish Minister of Defense.

Dr. Hagelin was accompanied by Oscar-nominated film director David Lynch, who is a Trustee of Maharishi University of Management and a graduate of the Enlightenment Course.

The national peace conference drew hundreds of participants, including government and business leaders. The Danish Minister of Defense said that the goal of creating peace in Denmark and the world is something he has in common with the other speakers at the conference.

'We have the same goal: peace and security,' he said. He indicated his support for traditional methods but said that it is 'important to discuss other methods of achieving peace.'

Dr. Hagelin began his remarks by expressing his appreciation of the openness of the Minister of Defense and went on to talk about the scientific research showing that a group of 500 Yogic Flyers would strongly reduce and even eliminate negative influences in Denmark with its 5 million inhabitants. A larger group of 1,000 would be sufficient for all the Scandinavian countries.

Mr. Lynch spoke about his experience with the Transcendental Meditation® technique for over 30 years and his support for this approach to peace. 'This could really change everything,' he said. 'What I cannot understand is why this has not been done long ago.'

The event received extensive coverage by the media, including a national television broadcast on the Danish equivalent of the Today show and articles in the nation's leading newspapers, Politiken and Berlingske.

Dr. Hagelin and Mr. Lynch drew capacity crowds at other events as well. An education conference attracted 800 education leaders from schools, colleges and universities around the country. Follow-up efforts are now underway to implement Conciousness-Based(SM) Education in these institutions.

In the city of Aarhus, Dr. Hagelin and Mr. Lynch drew a crowd of 500, and at a meeting at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, approximately 600 people attended.

The events were part of a monthlong 'peace fair' organized by the Transcendental Meditation program Movement in Denmark.

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