Perpetual World Peace Project

Raymond McInerney—05/2002
In a series of press announcements in the major US newspapers, and in the European edition of International Herald Tribune, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has presented a proven plan to eliminate terrorism without the need for conflict and further bloodshed.

[Update below]

MAHARISHI IS APPEALING to the wise and the wealthy of the world to create a $1 billion Endowment Fund. This fund will support a group of 40,000 experts in the Vedic technologies of consciousness to create world peace. The experts are already training at Maharishi's Vedic Schools throughout India, and, as soon as sufficient funds are available, they will come together in groups of 8,000. These groups will collectively perform ancient Vedic technologies of peace which have been revived by Maharishi over the past 50 years. Extensive research has clearly established that these technologies, practised collectively by such groups, will create an indomitable influence of peace and harmony in world consciousness.

MAHARISHI PRESENTS PROPOSAL FOR PERMANENT WORLD PEACE, DURING INTERNATIONAL NEWS CONFERENCE

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) In his first press conference in seven years, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, on Friday 28 September 2001, presented a field-tested, peaceful approach based on Vedic technologies of defence to eliminate terrorism and create permanent world peace. Maharishi spoke live via satellite from Holland to a well-attended press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with many thousands more connected by teleconference, live webcast, and satellite television.

Maharishi's proposal

Maharishi proposed the establishment in India of a group of 40,000 experts trained in proven Vedic technologies of defence, including Transcendental Meditation and related techniques, to neutralise the acute tensions and fears gripping the world today. These experts would generate an indomitable influence of peace and positivity in world consciousness, which will eliminate the enmity and hostility of people everywhere, including terrorists.

"We have the solution to the age-old problem of crime and negativity," Maharishi said. "Crime has been coming up in every generation, and every government has implemented punishments; but crime and punishment continue, generation after generation. Now we want to take recourse to that intelligence of Natural Law which in our scientific age is being realised as the most fundamental level of everyone's awareness. This is the time for us in this scientific age to make use of this most fundamental level of life, which is Transcendental Consciousness, and thereby all our thoughts and actions will be fully in accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law."

Maharishi called for the creation of a World Peace Endowment Fund of $1 billion to sustain the 40,000 professional "peace-creators" on a permanent basis. The interest from the Fund would pay for housing facilities and living costs at about $200 per expert per month. Maharishi urged government leaders and the most prominent and successful individuals of America and other countries to support the implementation of this proven, preventive approach and avert the imminent threat of war. Pursuing a military course of action is "insane". Maharishi said it was "insane" to pursue a military course of action to try and root out terrorism. "I have all that is needed to stop, completely stop, all the wild gestures of America and its allies," he said. "I am convinced by now that this President is not an educated man; he doesn't know science. Who is this man who says, 'I can stop crime'? He is following the same procedures whereby crime has continued, generation after generation."

"The value of science and technology is to prevent all the mistakes that past generations have been committing," Maharishi said. "Prevention is the answer. Vedic performances can create a very strong level of harmony and integrity in all the countries, and that is the only way the tradition of culprits can be stopped. When these 40,000 people will generate coherence in world consciousness, then that coherent world consciousness will not allow negative tendencies to sprout. It is possible to create very strong coherence in the world, and this I am going to do."

In this context, Maharishi has subsequently expressed grave concern for the direction world events are now taking, where there is a very precarious balance between supportive power and destructive power. Maharishi has made his offer to create peace in the world, but points out that it will be possible to engage the 40,000 Vedic peace-creators and ensure world peace only when the Endowment Fund has reached its target of $1 billion.

Research physicist presents scientific validation

John Hagelin, PhD, Harvard-trained quantum physicist and the Natural Law Party's 2000 presidential candidate, chaired the news conference in Washington and outlined the theory and research supporting this peaceful approach. He said Maharishi's approach has been rigorously tested and scientifically shown, in extensive published research, to prevent violence and terrorism-and even to stop open warfare in war-torn areas, such as the Middle East. The dramatic results have appeared in leading scientific journals, such as Social Indicators Research and Yale's Journal of Conflict Resolution.

"These technologies of consciousness diffuse social stress and negativity and generate positive waves of harmony and unity in the collective consciousness of the world," he said. "They access and stimulate the most powerful level of mind and matter, identified by modern science as the Unified Field, the fundamental level of nature's intelligence that connects us all. We now have available a technology of peace, a truly defensive technology that attacks the problems of violence and negativity at their source. Research shows this works."

Responding to a question about the World Peace Endowment Fund, Dr Hagelin commented, "One billion dollars sounds like a lot, and philanthropically it is. But in the big picture, it's less than the price of one B-2 bomber-less than the Defence Department spends in one day." Dr Hagelin said that a few families in America and Europe have already contributed $40 million to begin the training of Vedic experts in India, and facilities to house 16,000 experts are under construction and will be completed in the next few months if sufficient funds become available.

Military expert in anti-terrorism offers support

Major General Kulwant Singh, a highly decorated 35-year military veteran in India and an expert in anti-terrorism, also spoke at the news conference via telephone from India. "Today, the world is looking for a solution to violence and terrorism," he said. "But bombs will never bring peace. Violence begets violence. I can speak this with the conviction of 35 years experience of fighting terrorism."

"America went to Vietnam, India went to Sri Lanka, all for peace. We bombed and bombed. Now we are watching NATO bomb for peace; how ironic! If you bomb a country looking for peace, you'll never get it. If you want to bring peace, you must reduce the cause of violence, and that is stress in society," General Singh said. Summarizing his years of anti-terrorism efforts, General Singh said, "A military response is no response at all, because it does not get at the root cause of terrorism. Terrorism is a human problem, and it requires a human solution. Any retaliation will only make the terrorists harder. We cannot kill terrorism by any means other than prevention."

Maharishi's closing message to the press

Maharishi closed the news conference with an appeal to the national and world press, charging them "to proclaim the coming on of a very good time where no country will face problems and negativity. We have the solution and now we are determined to do all our best to really eliminate the basis of all negativity in our world, and we'll have the blossoming of a very good fortune for the people and government of every nation. Give my best to all your leaders, and express to them that this is a real thing, and really effective, and we will succeed in creating a truly happy, peaceful, affluent world."

$100 Million Raised to Help Create World Peace

Maharishi closed the news conference with an appeal to the national and world press, charging them "to proclaim the coming on of a very good time where no country will face problems and negativity. We have the solution and now we are determined to do all our best to really eliminate the basis of all negativity in our world, and we'll have the blossoming of a very good fortune for the people and government of every nation. Give my best to all your leaders, and express to them that this is a real thing, and really effective, and we will succeed in creating a truly happy, peaceful, affluent world."

 

UPDATE / Feb 2003: Over $71 Billion US Dollars Raised in Firm Pledges

As from the 21st April 2002, $71,422,000 has been firmly pledged to initiate the first 10,000 Vedic Pandits on the banks of the Granges in India.

In October last year, Maharishi had invited the wealthy and philanthropic citizens of the USA and all other countries to contribute to a one billion dollar Endowment Fund for World Peace that would support permanently a group of 40,000 Vedic Pandits professionally engaged in the performance of the Vedic technologies of peace. Unfortunately, the wealthy of the world lacked the vision to contribute to the Fund, so Maharishi announced in January this year a new formula to get the project under way. This time, Maharishi called for at least 100 wealthy Meditators from around the world to contribute one million dollars each to the Fund. This time Maharishi was appealing to all those who already knew and understood, from their experience of Transcendental Meditation, the importance of the project.

These crucial resources will allow Maharishi to move ahead aggressively with the Vedic Pandits in India. This effort will begin immediately, by using already-existing sites and accommodations in the Brahmasthan (centre of) of India and elsewhere.

As the numbers grow in India, we will soon start to feel relief from global violence and war, as waves of peace and happiness begin to fill the world.

In the late 1980s, Maharishi had set up a group of over 7,000 Vedic Pandits at Maharishi Nagar in North India, and soon afterwards the dangerous rivalry of the Superpowers evaporated and the Cold War came to an end. The world gave a collective sigh of relief. But the contributions pledged to support the group did not continue, and it had to be disbanded. The soothing influence to remove the stress from world consciousness was lost. Soon after, the Gulf War started and the world was plunged into a new cycle of violence that continues unabated. Maharishi does not want history to repeat itself.

Maharishi said: "The pendulum of time has swung to its extreme, and now it has begun its return swing.. The enlightened of the world have intuition, and we are all in agreement that there is a golden horizon of the world today. There is just one word to describe it: Heaven on Earth."

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