All he’s saying is . . .

All he’s saying is . . . Give huge centers staffed by professional meditators a chance. Then, says the Maharishi, we’ll have world peace
Source: Chicago Sun – Times
Publication date: 2002-07-11
Arrival time: 2002-07-18
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The Maharishi is tired of waiting for secular world leaders to bring about peace and has decided to take matters into his own hands, the 84-year-old father of Transcendental Meditation and guru to the Beatles announced Wednesday.

“I have decided to let the governments do manmade law, but I have knowledge of natural law, God-made law,” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said during his weekly news conference. “I’m going to create groups of people who will radiate that happening, that positivity, that infinite silence, which is the basis of all dynamism.”

In an international news conference broadcast by telephone and over the Internet from the Netherlands, the Maharishi said he intends to bring about world peace by establishing huge Transcendental Meditation centers with thousands of full-time practitioners all over the world.

Ideally, the centers would have 10,000 or more members. One center in India houses as many as 64,000 TM practitioners, said the Hindu yogi whose many celebrity disciples include ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.

Transcendental Meditation is a simplified form of the ancient Vedic tradition of meditation from India. The Maharishi brought his style of meditation, which he says can be learned in one week and practiced by anyone–including children–to the United States 50 years ago.

According to his plan, the Maharishi’s giant TM centers would be funded by a $1 billion endowment he hopes to build by tapping many of his estimated 4 million devotees worldwide who have achieved considerable professional success in the last 20 years, said Mario Orsatti, spokesman for the Maharishi’s Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy in Fairfield, Iowa.

The endowment money would allow thousands of TM practitioners at the centers around the world to practice full-time. “This would be a profession,” Orsatti said. (The Maharishi himself is a wealthy man, with hundreds of pieces of property, schools and universities around the globe. In Chicago, the yogi is the force behind the luxury rehabilitation of the Blackstone Hotel.)

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