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Germany: Maharishi Peace Palace in Erfurt transforms near and far environment - even in UK
by Global Good News staff writer
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7 May 2013
Since it opened last October, the new Maharishi Peace Palace in Erfurt, Germany, has had many positive effects. Through courses offered there, people are gaining the benefits of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes, and their daily practice spreads coherence and harmony in society. The beautiful and dignified, light-filled structure, designed according to Maharishi Vastu architecture, is transforming its neighbourhood, inspiring owners to upgrade nearby buildings.
Its influence is even being felt in the UK—where the team leading the initiative to build the first Maharishi Peace Palace in Britain was inspired by a recent visit to Erfurt, and that project's rapid realization, to begin their own construction as soon as possible.
The delegation from Maharishi Foundation UK, which visited the Erfurt Peace Palace in April, included five project directors for the Peace Palace to be built at Maharishi Garden Village in Rendlesham, Suffolk, England.
The Maharishi Peace Palace will be the crowning element of Maharishi Garden Village, a community of 57 Maharishi Vastu homes. It will be the home for all of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes to benefit the individual and society, including courses in Transcendental Meditation, Consciousness-Based Education, and a Maharishi Ayur-Veda health centre. It will be larger than the Erfurt Peace Palace, with three storeys and 31 ensuite bedrooms for in-residence programmes. One of its most important functions will be as the seat for a large, permanent coherence-creating group of several hundred advanced Transcendental Meditation practitioners, supporting the rise of invincible peace and progress in national life.
Plans for the Rendlesham Maharishi Peace Palace have been developing over the last several years. The whole community has been deeply and enthusiastically involved in the planning process, and the project has enjoyed substantial support of wellwishers of peace and national invincibility from across the British Isles. It recently gained momentum with the resolution to go ahead with the main Peace Palace building, rather than starting with two smaller adjacent buildings.
In the meantime, plans for the Erfurt Peace Palace in Germany, also developing over some years, accelerated in 2011 with groundbreaking and the start of construction. The building rose rapidly, culminating in its grand inauguration in October 2012 as the first Maharishi Peace Palace in Europe.
Inspired by the swift completion of the Peace Palace in Erfurt, the Rendlesham project leaders came to tour the facility and learn firsthand from its directors about all the aspects of planning, design, and construction they accomplished—with the aim of bringing the British project to fruition as soon as possible.
The delegation included Dr Richard Johnson, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the UK; John Renwick, UK national Vastu consultant; John McHale, project manager; development coordinator Diana Leighton; and project artist David Williams.
The visitors from the UK were warmly welcomed and hosted by Dr Eckart Stein and Lila Maria Stein, who led the Erfurt construction project and are now directors of the Maharishi Peace Palace facility and the many courses and other activities being held there.
Global Good News will continue to feature this overview of the recent visit of the UK delegation to the Maharishi Peace Palace in Erfurt, Germany.
See related article: Peace Palace in Germany offers courses, lectures for general public
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