Effect on World Peace
Research on other pages has shown that temporary peace-creating groups have reduced crime, warfare and terrorism, and that large groups (7,000-8,000) have measurably reduced conflict and terrorism worldwide. In all cases, unfortunately, when the peace-creating groups have had to disband, levels of violence have increased once again.
A natural question: What would happen if a group of 8,000 peace-creating experts were maintained permanently? Ideally, such a group would not just reduce fighting quickly but, in the longer run, end major conflict altogether.
This possibility has been tested, as well. For three years, from 1988 to 1990, at a location just outside New Delhi, in India, a single philanthropist supported a group of 8,000 experts in the Transcendental Meditation technique and the advanced TM-Sidhi program, including Yogic Flying). Over those three years, every major conflict in the world peacefully resolved. First, a war of seven years between Iraq and Iran that had claimed millions of lives finally came to an end. Then, after five years, the Soviet Union’s brutal invasion of Afghanistan was called to a halt. Most encouraging, in 1989 the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union dissolved, and forty years of Cold War simply melted away.
In the view of Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi, this was a glimpse of what life can be like with
the world pervaded by an influence of peace. Based on research and
experience, Maharishi’s goal is to gather large peace-creating
groups permanently, to create an indomitable influence of harmony
and coherence that will purify the collective consciousness of the
entire world, and create a permanent state of world peace (click
here for What's the plan?).
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