Guest post by Ann Purcell
Although world peace has been a dream of man for centuries, we have not yet achieved that reality. Our attempts to create peace have often been through war. Even if war produces a temporary victory, the loss of lives and bitterness and sorrow created sow the seeds for future problems down the road. As Martin Luther King famously said:
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”
Another unsuccessful approach to creating peace has been through negotiations and sanctions. After the League of Nations was not able to stop the Second World War, the United Nations was established in 1945 to put a final end to conflicts between nations. The United Nations as a peacekeeping force has not yet achieved its goal, as there have been over 186 wars since its inception.
We need a new approach to preventing war. The key word here is prevention!
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was fond of an ancient saying from the Yoga Sutras (2.16) “Heyam dukham anagatam ¯Avert the danger before it arises.”
How does war begin? Social tension and stress first fuel fear, misunderstanding, and hostility among religions and nations. If not neutralized, this stress builds up in society and eventually breaks out as crime, terrorism, or war. If we want to prevent war, we have to prevent this stress and incoherence from building up.
Over 347 peer-reviewed research studies on Transcendental Meditation (TM) show across-the-board benefits on all areas of health and social behavior. When students experience transcendental consciousness, the unified field of natural law, through their practice of TM, there is reduction in anxiety and stress as well as development of their total brain potential and many other benefits.
Any real social change begins with the people. Lasting peace in the world begins with peaceful individuals. An effective way to create peaceful individuals is through an educational system that utilizes TM to develop the full potential of the student and cultures their physiology to be stress-free.
You may be thinking that it is a bit idealistic to try to create a world of peaceful individuals. But there is a shortcut. Significant research over the last 30 years has shown that when 1% of a population has learned Transcendental Meditation, the influence of peace and coherence generated when they meditate spreads into the environment. This phenomenon is amplified when large groups practice the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Program, including yogic flying.
50 demonstration projects and 23 published studies have confirmed this powerful influence of peace and coherence radiating out into society, as measured by reduced crime, accidents, warfare, and terrorism. One visionary head of state, former President Chissano of Mozambique, was able to stop a civil war and turn his whole country around by utilizing this approach to peace. See Article
We just need groups of students or military cadets, in their respective schools and universities around the world, practicing the Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Program together, to create an influence of unity and coherence in the collective consciousness of any nation. There are already many schools in India and also in South America with hundreds of thousands of students meditating as part of their daily school routine. More and more military academies are also implementing Transcendental Meditation as a tool to develop resilience in their cadets.
Nothing else has ever worked. If we want a new crop, we need to plant a new seed. We need to create peace from the deepest level of silence that exists within every individual.
Peace from the level of Peace!
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Guest Post by Ann Purcell
Ann Purcell is an author and teacher of Transcendental Meditation, who has spent over 30 years engaged in full-time research in consciousness. Her latest book is Let Your Soul Sing: Enlightenment is for Everyone.
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