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Pakistan: Hundreds learn Transcendental Meditation
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24 January 2014
Pakistan, with a population of 180 million, is the sixth most populated country in the world. Dr Ashok Kumar and his wife, Mrs Bhori Bai Kumar, are directors of the centre for teaching the Transcendental Meditation programme in Karachi, the third most populated city in the world.
Since becoming certified as teachers of Transcendental Meditation, over the last few years the Kumars have taught the technique to almost 700 people. This includes, Dr Kumar said recently, people from every religion, race, and lifestyle, including retired and active duty senior military personnel and their families. Doctors and well-known consultants from an important medical university hospital in Karachi have learned. They have taught engineers, government officials, mind science experts, yoga teachers, and experts in communication and personal development—as well as students, schoolteachers, school principals, and deans of universities, businessmen, entertainers, farmers, and village people.
Both the dean of a management university in Karachi and the principal of an army school have gone on to learn the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme. The dean attended a one-day seminar on Consciousness-Based Education at the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Karachi.
The Kumars have traveled to all of Pakistan's provinces, to large metropolitan cities, as well as to small towns and even smaller villages where, in many cases, they have been invited to teach Transcendental Meditation to friends of families. During one visit to a remote village, 40 people learned the technique.
Dr Kumar has recorded more than 10 satellite TV programmes on Transcendental Meditation for TV One News, all of which are available for viewing on YouTube.
Click here to view a recent interview with Dr Kumar by respected television journalist Riaz Aajiz on a popular talk show.
The Karachi Centre for Transcendental Meditation is located in a dignified area of the city, in a five-star hotel. The hotel owner, who practises Transcendental Meditation, has donated rooms to be used for these teaching activities. At two recent lectures doctors, students, and teachers enjoyed presentations by Dr Robert Wynne, international administrator of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes for the country, who commented that the intelligentsia in Pakistan are very interested in Transcendental Meditation, and that 'the time is right for Pakistan to flourish.'
Through their daily practice, the hundreds of people who have learned Transcendental Meditation so far in Pakistan are generating an influence of peace and harmony for the country, Dr Wynne said. With the Kumars' many teaching activities and the interest stirred by the television presentations, this peaceful influence will continue to grow in Pakistan, he said, like a light coming on in this whole region of the world that has been plagued by problems for millennia.
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