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Baskinta peace project gives hope to Ukraine

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

Ukraine peace hopeUnbelievable thhough it is at first sight, this research study provides a scientific demonstration of the power of individuals to control the destiny of their communities by the simple act of meditating quietly in their own homes.

Message of hope to Ukraine

The message for the people of Ukraine is clear. Even when your country has been invaded, there is still a very real hope. And this hope is not based on wishful thinking but based on sound scientific evidence.

The awesome power of Transcendental Meditation to create peace

The research shows that all we require is a tiny 1% of the population to meditate in order to influence any situation however dire and however desperate. In effect, all that is needed is that this 1% take some time out every day to sit in the silence of the transcendence. In this sense, taking full responsibility to save your country means:

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 began teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique 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. 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 was that the people in this small village had been caught up in the continuing battles between opposing leftist and rightist forces for several years. As a result the enemy were attacking and shellling 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, with a population of 10,000, this meant that from that moment onward, the village had reached the goal of 1% of the local population meditating. As predicted by the previous research, at the point when they reached the 1% figure, there was an abrupt cessation of attacks on the village.

Research results

This outbreak of peace, predicted by the researchers from the outset was unique for the region. Fortunately this peace lasted for the rest of the war, (study period 1978 - 84) and was in complete contrast to both the village's previous recent history or the ongoing experience of nearby villages.

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. 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:

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

At the same time, worsening trends were observed in the surrounding control villages. Unlike in Baskinta, the researchers measured an increase in the index mean for the control villages from 1.9 to 4.0 (p<.00001) see chart above.

But this dramatic change did not just involve war casualties and sheel fire. After the 1% effect had been achieved, 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.

You can do the same for Ukraine. All you have to do, to help your country survive, is to learn to meditate and then take some time out to sit quietly twice a day in deep and profound silence.

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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