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Group meditation reduces terrorism
by Subhamoy Das
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28 September 2008
On 28 September 2008 About.com reported:
A new book by US Army Colonel Brian Rees entitled Terrorism, Retaliation and Victory: Awaken the Soul of America to Defeat Terrorism Without Casualties discusses a study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation showing 72 per cent reduction in international terrorism using Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Invincible Defence Technology.
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 study shows that when at least 7,000 people join together to practise the Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, terrorism and international conflicts decrease worldwide due to the creation of coherence and harmony in collective consciousness.
On three separate occasions groups of 7,000 meditators gathered together to practise the technique. The effects of the group practice were studied using terrorism data collected independently by the Rand Corporation, a California, USA think tank.
The study reported that five days after the assemblies started, terrorist activities in the world calmed down, and warfare due to national and international conflicts decreased by approximately 30 per cent.
Dr David Orme-Johnson of Maharishi University of Management was quoted as saying, 'Our formula predicts that the square root of one per cent of the world population meditating together would be needed to create a worldwide effect. That number was approximately 7,000 at the time of the study (1983-1995).'
He added, 'Fifty studies have shown that the influence of Transcendental Meditation on the larger society is to replace crime, hostility and fighting with mutual respect and cooperation.'
Experts acknowledge the importance of the study.
Professor Ved Nanda, Director of International Legal Studies at the University of Denver College of Law, was quoted as saying, 'These studies provide a great hope for humanity, a breath of fresh air. We have repeatedly seen that international law, treaties, and even the United Nations cannot prevent war, or even contain it within certain rules such as the Geneva Convention. Can we afford to overlook this research?'
Another expert, Dr David Edwards, Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, stated, 'Although I myself have not been directly involved in this research, from my perspective of almost 40 years of study of foreign policy, arms control, and theories of social change, I can say that this is extremely significant research. I have participated in urging members of Congress and other government leaders to try it. The cost of implementing a permanent coherence creating group in the world is less than a single B2 bomber.'
In order to help create coherence in world consciousness, 'Peace Palaces' are being established around the world where groups of practitioners of the Transcendental Sidhi Programme can practise together.
The plan is to have 40,000 people in India practise the peace-creating technique, and to establish 3,000 Peace Palaces throughout the world where coherence can be created in each area.
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