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New Zealanders teach first Transcendental Meditation course on Cook Islands
by Global Good News staff writer

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19 June 2013

There are 100 teachers of Transcendental Meditation in New Zealand, with the majority actively teaching—a remarkable number for the population of 4.5 million. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes have been offered in the country for 50 years.

New Zealand is a country that supports peace and prosperity through the Maharishi Effect, as it has one per cent of the population practising Transcendental Meditation, creating a coherent influence in national consciousness.

In 2002 development of the New Zealand Peace Community began with the construction of the Maharishi Spiritual Capital of New Zealand, a 372 sq m (4,000 sq ft) building that serves as the national centre for Transcendental Meditation. Ideally located 25 miles north of downtown Auckland, on an 8-hectare (20-acre) parcel in Silverdale, it sits right on the Pacific Ocean. The building serves as a local centre for teaching Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, as well as a venue for courses and assemblies. Course participants enjoy the beautiful view of a lagoon, white sandy beach, and the ocean beyond.

Some school administrators in New Zealand have engaged the Transcendental Meditation Quiet Time programme in their schools, which allows students and school staff a short period at the beginning and end of each school day to practise Transcendental Meditation. 'Stress-free schools' take advantage of this simple, reliable, proven technology utilized in the Consciousness-Based Education curriculum to develop students' full mental potential. Rather than focusing solely on improving the quality of information given to students, these schools focus on development of the students themselves, improving the intelligence that is processing the information.

Cook Islands is a group of 15 small islands scattered over an area of about 2 million sq km (772,000 sq mi), located northeast of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean. The southern islands are the most populated, with the main centres located on the island of Rarotonga, which boasts a population of about 15,000, and an international airport.

Until recently, when two teachers of Transcendental Meditation from New Zealand arrived on this remote paradise, no one on the islands was practising the technique. The teachers taught a small course, so now there is another country where people practise Transcendental Meditation.

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