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Bulgaria: Popular newspaper publishes extensive article about Transcendental Meditation
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25 February 2011
One of the most popular daily newspapers in Bulgaria recently published a very comprehensive, full-page article about the Transcendental Meditation Programme, based on an in-depth interview with Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, during his visit to the country.
The Prime Minister's's visit stirred a new level of interest and enthusiasm for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes among news media, educational leaders, the general public, and Transcendental Meditation participants throughout the nation.
The interview with the journalist from the newspaper in Sofia, the capital city, was conducted just before Dr Morris was scheduled to leave the country at the end of his visit, said Dr Donka Hodjeva, National Director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in Bulgaria, in a report on 25 February. Initially allotted 15 minutes, the interview went on for one and a half hours, reflecting the journalist's keen interest in Dr Morris's discussion.
Two days later, the paper published the full-page article, entirely dedicated to Transcendental Meditation and the Prime Minister's visit—the most comprehensive article ever published in Bulgaria about the programme, Dr Hodjeva said.
The article describes Transcendental Meditation as producing a state of restful alertness; how Maharishi began teaching the technique around the world in 1957; and the hundreds of scientific research studies conducted and published on the benefits of the programme over the last 40 years.
Featured prominently is a photo of Dilma Rousseff, recently inaugurated as the new president of Brazil, whose father was born in Bulgaria; the text explains that President Rousseff practises and recommends Transcendental Meditation. Also mentioned in the article are many other celebrities, scientists, and political leaders who practise the technique.
In context of President Rousseff of Brazil, the article describes a programme being implemented by the city of Rio de Janeiro to teach Transcendental Meditation to 100,000 students—to promote the many scientifically verified benefits of the technique in education. These include inner peace, reduced stress and anxiety, and better test scores; and, through their group meditation practice, radiating a powerful influence of coherence and peace in the surrounding population, neutralizing the stress and negativity that fuel crime and violence.*
Please also see a previous Global Good News article about Dr Morris's visit to Bulgaria: Bulgaria: New interest in Transcendental Meditation inspired by Global Country of World Peace leader's visit.
Global Good News will feature more about the Bulgarian newspaper article about Transcendental Meditation, and the Prime Minister's visit to Bulgaria, in the coming days.
* The project is a partnership between Rio's Department of Education and the David Lynch Foundation, which funds Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation programmes for at-risk children around the world.
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