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by Sean D. Hamill
The New York Times Translate This Article
25 February 2008
On 25 February 2008 The New York Times reported:
Parma, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio could play a role in creating world peace if officials give the go-ahead to a proposed Peace Palace.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of world peace.
The New York Times article explained that the goal of the Global Country of World Peace, a 'country without borders,' is to build at least one Peace Palace in, or close to, the 3,000 largest cities in the world.
They will have space for classrooms, health-promoting retail produces, and will be a place to learn Transcendental Meditation.
When just one per cent of the total world population practices TM, increased coherence is created with the end result a more peaceful world. This increased coherence is known as the Maharishi Effect.
The New York Times reported, 'The peace palaces are intended to be gleaming white, two-story buildings, 10,000- to 12,000-square-feet, and to replace the typical rented space where TM is now taught at more than 200 locations in the United States.'
The New York Times quoted Richard Quinn, director of project finance for the Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation, which oversees palace development in the United States, as saying, 'The upside to it is in the recognition. In every town where there's a peace palace, people will realize this is what it looks like.'
Peace Palaces have already been completed in Austin and Houston, Texas, and Lexington, Kentucky. Five more privately funded Peace Palaces are either finished or still under construction in other areas of the US.
The New York Times reported, 'Nine more are being built by Global Country itself: three in Cleveland's suburbs; two in Sullivan County, N.Y.; and one each in Charlottesville, Va.; Colorado Springs; Smith Center, Kan.; and St. Paul, Mn. Zoning and other issues have prevented the organization from building right away in at least 18 other cities where it has already bought land, organization officials said.'
A Peace Palace could be completed by the end of 2008 in Parma, a town of 83,000 people.
In spite of some scepticism by town officials that such a grand building does not fit into the small town feeling of Parma, Ohio, they do find the concept of world peace intriguing.
The New York Times quoted Robert Parry, director of planning for Westlake, Ohio, where a third palace is planned for the Cleveland area, as saying, 'They're interested in peace and harmony and good vibes, and we're interested in that.'
'Who isn't?' he added.
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Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.
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