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In Europe and Africa, diverse activities and cultures promote integrated value of life
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25 December 2012
Recent reports about the Transcendental Meditation programme in countries in Europe and Africa—including Algeria, Tunisia, France, Latvia, Mauritius, and Reunion—highlighted both the diversity of activities and cultures, and the universality of Transcendental Meditation and related programmes in helping people all over the world rise to their full potential.
The Transcendental Meditation website for Algeria, launched in 2010, is in process of being upgraded to reflect North African culture, said Atmane Kouider, director of the programme in that country.
In other news, the successful use of Transcendental Meditation to help people suffering from traumatic stress in the United States, Africa, and other parts of the world, has stirred interest in the programme in Algeria as a therapeutic technique to help restore physical and emotional balance for victims of terrorism.
Interest has also arisen in Consciousness-Based Education and potential collaboration with Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
Tunisia was honoured recently by a visit from Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management. Dr Morris is an international authority in the application of Maharishi's programmes to improve the quality of life for the individual and society. He conducted a day-long seminar, enjoyed by about 30 people who practise Transcendental Meditation, including many who traveled from Algeria for the occasion.
Production of the VedAroma line of organic essential oils and blends has expanded from the original facility in Algeria to a new factory in Tunisia. The factory recently increased the number of therapeutic essential oils it is producing, as well as introducing the production of 24 perfumes.
In France one highlight among many successes has been the establishment of the Veda Club. Located in the centre of Paris, the Veda Club, with its proper orientation according to Maharishi Vastu architecture and a 100 square metre courtyard, has become a central hub and a delightful venue for Parisians to practise the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme, including Yogic Flying, in a group.
During his recent visit to France, Dr Morris visited the Veda Club where he held a meeting for people who practise Transcendental Meditation. The group enjoyed Dr Morris's description and slides of his 14-country tour of Africa earlier in the year.
The French translation of the short 16-hour course in Self-Pulse Reading is now available, and the translation of the Maharishi Yoga Asanas short course will be soon. Science of Being and Art of Living, the classic book by Maharishi, first published in 1963, which has reached millions of readers around the world, had been out of print in France for some years, and was expected to be available in all French-speaking countries by this autumn.
One important item of good news from Latvia is that the organization now has a small building with good Vastu orientation in Riga to use as a centre for Transcendental Meditation. The goal for the near future is to locate a facility closer to the city centre, also with good Vastu characteristics.
Several times each week in four of the larger cities in Latvia, meditators are practising the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme together in groups, synchronizing the time in order to maximize the beneficial influence for the country; and also coordinating with the schedule of the Invincible America Assembly in the United States. They are focusing on establishing a coherence-creating group of 200 advanced meditators—the threshold number to create invincible peace and progress for the whole nation.
In the centre of the country, called the Brahmasthan in Vastu architecture, a parcel of land has been acquired to build a Vedic Village residential community. Plans for the village, which will be located not far from the national capital, include an educational centre with facilities for group practice by a large enough group of Yogic Flyers to create invincibility not only for the nation, but for all the Baltic countries—Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
In Mauritius and Réunion, people who practise Transcendental Meditation are planning to host advanced courses in a wide range of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's technologies in their respective countries during the coming year.
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