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Construction begins on Maharishi Samadhi Smarak, Memorial of Total Knowledge
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28 July 2009

Construction has now begun on the Maharishi Samadhi Smarak, a memorial of Total Knowledge celebrating the eternal Vedic wisdom of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, located in Allahabad, India at the Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the three holy rivers: Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati).

Please also see previous Global Good News article introducing the Maharishi Samadhi Smarak project and its main features.

Speaking on 21 July 2009, Raja Rafael David, Purusha Raja* of universal domain, reported that the foundation of the Maharishi Samadhi Smarak is near completion, and the beautiful structure of the memorial building will begin rising up in the next couple of weeks. He noted that the leadership and organizing power of Dr Girish Varma*, National Director of India for the Global Country of World Peace; Dr Eike Hartmann, Minister of Architecture; and Dr Roger Audet, Surveyor General, has been instrumental in the construction process.

Following his remarks, Raja Rafael presented a recorded introduction to the project, in which Dr Hartmann detailed the different aspects of construction necessary for the monument. The first level, he began, consists of the Samadi Smarak's inner structure—floor, pillars, and ceilings—to be composed of pure white Makrana marble. This marble must be obtained in bulk from mines, so as to secure the highest quality grain for carving.

The second level of construction refers to the outer structure of the building, which will be carved of yellow Jaisalmer stone. The work is partly done in this regard, since fully carved Jaisalmer blocks have been lying on the worksite for about 10 years, since the original Ved Mandir—tallest building in India—was planned for the same location. The stones, which have been stained from exposure to weather, are now being taken inside and cleaned. The renowned Sthapati (architect of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda) in charge of the project agreed to incorporate the use of electric power tools in the preliminary shaping of blocks, in order to speed the process—breaking from the traditional use of old-fashioned instruments. However, a master craftsman will still execute the final sculpting and carving of stone by hand. Many of the blocks are carved and numbered, and waiting to be lifted into place.

The third level of work is at the foundation. The mountain on which the Smarak will stand was originally created as the foundation for the Ved Mandir, and will need to be adjusted for the comparatively large, heavy Samadhi structure. In addition, the existing pillar foundations will need to be customized for the new building's design. 'To undo the intention of the previous building and foundation and to begin new construction, an auspicious ceremony was performed by the Sthapati and Dr Varma,' explained Dr Hartmann on the recording.

Concluding the report, Raja Rafael stated that the completion of the foundation of the Maharishi Samadhi Smarak symbolizes 'the potential to spread Maharishi's
knowledge and programmes throughout India and the world.' He noted that over 10 million pilgrims attend Kumbh Mela at the Triveni Sangam each year, and will soon be able to marvel at this architectural milestone commemorating Maharishi's supreme knowledge.

* Maharishi has explained that Purusha means the Self, the quality of infinite silence of the Unified Field of Natural Law. Maharishi designed the Maharishi Purusha Programme for men who wish to dedicate themselves fulltime to the most rapid pace of evolution and to creating world peace, through extended group practice of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying; and through their administration through silence, fulfilling the goals of the Global Country of World Peace in 192 countries of the world. Several members of Purusha are Rajas of the Global Country of World Peace with universal domain

** Dr Girish Varma is also Director-General of the Global Capital of World Peace at the Brahma-Sthan [geographical centre] of India, Chairman of the 160 Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools Group, and President of Maharishi Institutes of Management and Information Technology, in India.

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