Source: Daily Record – Glasgow
Publication date: 2002-08-02
Forget the mysterious powers of the sacred Ganges or the Taj Mahal. The perfect place to find enlightenment is in the heart of a run-down council estate in Aberdeen.
After more than 10 years of searching across the world, Tillydrone has been chosen as home to a new haven for peace.
Followers of spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi are convinced it is the best place on Earth to create a new pounds 150,000 centre of positive thinking and meditation.
When the Maharishi was altering the consciousness of The Beatles back in the 1960s, few would have predicted his quest would eventually take him to a forgotten bit of wasteground opposite a shopping centre in one of the most deprived areas of Scotland.
But meditation expert Anna Edwards who plans to run the two- storey centre predicts it will have the power to breathe fresh life in to the whole country.
“If just one per cent of the population learn to meditate, that can help rid us of social problems.
“Research shows negative tendencies such as accidents and suicides drop dramatically when meditation is taught and practised.”
In fact, Anna firmly believes her yogic flying, an unusual style of meditation can cut crime, reduce wars and even make stock markets jump for joy.
The centre will be the Transcendental Meditation organisation’s first specially built base in the UK.
It was discovered after a plea by the organisation’s founder Maharishi to all disciples to look out for a special place.
But Maharishi devotees believe the location is simply magical, mainly because it is close to the River Don and the slope of the land is ideal for meditation.
“Tillydrone chose us,” adds Anna. “It’s at a very perfect spot which is at exactly the right distance away from the river, the sea and the hills.
She believes yogic flying allows a person to achieve so much peace that they can use the subtlest levels of their mind to actually float above the ground.
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