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Baskinta peace project gives hope to Ukraine

A peace project during the Lebanese civil war stopped the violence in a village, as soon as 1% of its population had learned the technique of Transcendental Meditation.

Ukraine peace hope

If you have not heard about the 1% effect before, I fully accept that it may be difficult for you to fathom. After all, at first hearing it does not seem in any way plausible. But as the old saying goes:

"The truth itself exists independently of our knowledge or ignorance of it".

So,  whatever your existing beliefs, the facts are very clear, and that is, we only need 1% of a given population to learn to meditate, so as to trigger a miraculous transformation.

As such, this simple study provides a scientific demonstration of the truth that individuals can control the destiny of their communities by the simple act of meditating quietly in their own homes.

Message of hope to Ukraine

This knowledge gives a very clear message for the people of Ukraine. Even when your country has been invaded by a seemingly overwhelmingly powerful enemy, there is still a very real hope. And this hope is not based on wishful thinking but on sound scientific evidence of the inner reality of human nature.

The awesome power of Transcendental Meditation to create peace

OK, so what are the facts then?

In basic terms, the research shows that all we require is a tiny, 1% of a given population to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique in order to influence any situation however dire and however desperate.

In effect, what this means for everyone in Ukraine is that all you need to stop the war, is 1% of the population deciding to take a little time out every day to sit peacefully in the silence of the transcendence. If you are one of the few who choose to take up this meditation you are in a sense, taking full responsibility to save your country. And that means:

Lets have a look at this particular study then.

Research background

Baskinta valley
View of Baskinta village valley

The prelude to this study occurred when two teachers of Transcendental Meditation (TM) arrived in the village of Baskinta in May 1981. On arrival, they announced their intentions and began teaching Transcendental Meditation to local villagers.

Their stated objective was to teach enough people so that the village could quickly achieve the magic "1% effect".

What is the 1% effect?

Previous research had already predicted that when 1% of a population learns Transcendental Meditation then there is an immediate reversal of negative social trends within that society and an onset of positive ones.

Typically in normal circumstances we see crime start to reduce, motor accidents reduce, divorces decline, business activity and employment rise and so on.

But, in this case, Baskinta was a major test case to see what impact meditators would have on a society convulsed by open warfare.

What happened in Baskinta

As it happens, Baskinta occupies something of a strategic point in central Lebanon. So the unfortunate result for the residents was that they had been caught up in the continuing battles between opposing leftist and rightist forces for several years. In consequence, the enemy were attacking and shelling the village on a regular basis.

However, all of this was about to change. By June 1982, the two TM teachers had taught 100 people in the village to meditate. Now, as the village has a population of 10,000, this meant that from that moment onward, it had reached the goal of 1% of the local population meditating.

The TM teachers had made a point of predicting the outbreak of peace from the outset. And just as they predicted, at the point when they reached the 1% figure, there was an abrupt cessation of attacks on the village.

Research comparisons

Significantly this peaceful occurrence was unique to the region. In other words no other village in the area experienced zero violent conflict in this way. Furthermore, the peace lasted for the rest of the war, (study period 1978 - 84) and was in complete contrast to Baskinta's previous recent history.

The statistics show that after the 1% threshold was reached Baskinta experienced an immediate and complete cessation of hostilities as measured by:

As a research control, the researchers compared improvements in Baskinta over a period of five and a half years, to those of neighbouring villages. By the way, these comparison villages were chosen for their similar size and agricultural economic base.

To help analyse the impact, the researchers adopted an index of conflict. They used the measurement of 25 incoming shells per season for each point on the index. When the results came in they found that there was a highly significant drop in the conflict index from 3.9 to zero.

The conflict index showed a drop for Baskinta from 3.9 to zero.

In stark contrast, the researchers observed worsening trends in the surrounding control villages. Unlike in Baskinta, there was an increase in the index mean for the control villages from 1.9 to 4.0 (p<.00001) as you can see in the chart above.

But this dramatic change did not just involve war casualties and shell fire. Another interesting observation was that after the village had achieved the 1% effect, Baskinta also experienced improvements in crop yields, increased social and sporting activities and accelerated municipal development.

Again it should be emphasised that these improvements occurred despite the civil war continuing to rage in the rest of the country. Furthermore the violence dissipated without any political activity or diplomatic interaction carried out by the villagers or any one else. The fighting just stopped spontaneously.

Grass roots invincible defence for Ukraine

You can do the same for Ukraine. 

All you have to do, to make your country invincible, is to learn to meditate. And then take some time out to sit quietly for twenty-minutes twice a day in deep and profound silence. In this sense you become part of a grass roots invincible defence force. It may be invisible to the naked eye, but nevertheless  this approach has the awesome power to silently create peace and repel the invader.

Research title

The Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field and reduction of armed conflict: A comparative, longitudinal study of Lebanese villages.

Research authors

Abou Nader TM; Alexander CN; and Davies JL; American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon; Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; and Macquarie University, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, 1984.
You can find the full research paper in the 'Collected Papers on Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi programme' volume 4 paper 331. MERU Press.

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