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Success of M.U.M.'s National Conference on Creating Peace

US Peace Government News Service    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
1 October 2004

One of the most significant events in the recent history of Maharishi University of Management—an event which shows great promise for the future of our University—was the 'National Conference on Creating Peace' held last Sunday. Organized by 'Students for Peace' with the guidance and support of the US Peace Government, the event showcased Maharishi's programs to create permanent world peace. An estimated 650 people attended the all-day conference, including 400 non-meditating participants who traveled from as far away as Florida and California. News of the conference was carried nationwide by CNN, Associated Press and National Public Radio, as well as by many local newspapers and radio and television stations, including the Des Moines Register.

Highlights included an inspiring address by Dr. Robert Muller, the former assistant secretary general of the United Nations and Founder of the UN University of Peace in Costa Rica. Dr. Muller is known throughout the world as one of the truly great visionaries of our time and a powerful force for peace. Dr. Muller opened his address by acknowledging that the two most important influences in his life in the past 10 years have been his wife, Barbara, and the profound wisdom of Dr. John Hagelin, President of the US Peace Government. Dr. Muller urged people to work beyond just trying to stop war but to work to create what he called 'Paradise on Earth.'

Dr. Hagelin followed Dr. Muller's address with a commanding speech on Maharishi's program to create world peace. His lucid and compelling presentation included deep principles of quantum theory, Maharishi's Vedic Science of consciousness, and the mechanics of creating peace through group practice of Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying.

Next spoke David Lynch, award-winning film director, M.U.M. trustee, and a dedicated peace advocate who has traveled to dozens of countries to present Maharishi's programs to heads of state and other government leaders. Mr. Lynch was bold and direct, calling conventional approaches to peace 'mere fluff—a trash.' 'Only Maharishi is offering a true solution to war because only Maharishi's programs enliven the field of unity at the basis of diversity. If someone offers you a peace plan that does not eliminate negativity, then that is not a true peace plan—just as if someone offers you a light bulb that does not eliminate darkness, then that is not a true light bulb.'

Another wonderful highlight of the Conference was a special discussion session between students of Maharishi University of Management and members of the audience. The students spoke boldly, powerfully and with great wisdom about the effectiveness of Maharishi's programs to create permanent world peace and the crucial need for Consciousness-Based Education to be offered to students throughout the world. Hearing these inspiring students from M.U.M. speak gave everyone great hope for the future of America and the world.

The incredible success of this Peace Conference, and its potential to bring many new students to M.U.M., has inspired the University to launch a series of national conferences to highlight Maharishi's solutions to all areas of society. Indeed, next week, on Friday, October 8, the M.U.M. Institute for Vedic Architecture will hold the first national conference on 'Vedic Architecture in Harmony with Natural Law,' to introduce architects and builders to the principles and practices of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. Interest in the conference is spreading rapidly around the globe, with top architects, developers, and builders registered to attend from all throughout the United States and the world.

It is clear from the attendance at these conferences and the remarkable response from the press that the world is ready and eager to hear Maharishi's knowledge—and willing to travel large distances to do so! This bodes very well for the future of Maharishi University of Management and the future of Maharishi's movement.

Copyright 2004 US Peace Government News Service

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