Meditation group’s bid for world peace

Daily Post (England), Oct. 17, 2002

The Merseyside branch of an international community last night urged world leaders to halt the war on Iraq – because they can eradicate terrorism through the power of the mind alone.

Members of the Maharishi Foundation in Ashurst, Skelmersdale, issued the call in the wake of Saturday night’s bomb blast in Bali, Indonesia.

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They are one of a number of groups globally which believe a form of transcendental meditation can physically “gener-ate the influence of peace”.

The call to down arms followed a press conference by the Maharishi leader, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

In response to the Monday’s Daily Post headline: “Is Anyone in the World Safe Now?” the Maharishi gave the cryptic reply: “We are going to create now,within just a few short years, the world is going to have no problems. We are establishing these groups through peace palaces. It is no more necessary for anyone to suffer.”

John Collins, director of the Maharishi Foundation in Skelmersdale, explained the philosophy is that, by creating an invisible field of calmness, and descending it upon mankind, predisposition to hatred and the desire to destroy could be eradicated forever.

In simple terms, this involves setting up a peace palace, or colonies of experts in transcendental meditation who could generate enough good feeling to make men, women and children across the globe experience a wish to live in harmony.

Mr Collins said: “We are implementing a proven method to create world peace. It is a very positive message.”

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