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21 September 2015
Today, 21 September 2015, is the day designated by the United Nations and observed around the world as the 'International Day of Peace' or 'World Peace Day'. For this annual observance, the UN 'invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.' Organizations teaching Transcendental Meditation throughout the world are upholding the ultimate value of this theme—simply by continuing what they have offered every day for many years: the TM programme. This natural, effective technology of consciousness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, violence and conflict and create peace for the individual and society.
Following is more about the peace-creating effects of TM, from the official Transcendental Meditation website in the UK:
The Social Benefits of Transcendental Meditation
Creating world peace is not the reason that most people give for why they want to learn to meditate. Yet this was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's goal when he first introduced Transcendental Meditation in 1958.
Maharishi emphasised that individual peace is the basic unit of world peace, using the analogy that just as there cannot be a green forest without green trees, there cannot be a peaceful world without peaceful individuals. Even though there are many sincere individuals dedicated to the cause of peace, establishing peace requires more than simply adopting a psychological belief in peace. It can only be achieved through a transformation at the very deepest level of the human mind and through a corresponding change in the physiology. Maharishi explained that when the mind and body are deeply at peace, then thought, speech and action will spontaneously radiate an influence of harmony into the environment.
The power of collective consciousness
Extensive research published in leading scientific journals demonstrates that the powerful, stress-reducing effect of Transcendental Meditation has a calming, spill-over effect in the surrounding population.
When individuals practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques together in groups, research has shown a dramatic and immediate reduction in societal stress, crime, violence, and conflict—and an increase in coherence, positivity, and peace in society as a whole.
The unique effectiveness of this approach in preventing social violence, terrorism, and war has been confirmed by more than 50 demonstrations and 23 scientific studies. This research has been carefully scrutinised by independent scholars and accepted for publication in top academic journals.
''This work deserves the most serious consideration.''
''The claim can be plausibly made that the potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other on-going social or psychological research program. The research has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. I think this work, and the theory that informs it, deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike.''
David Edwards, PhD, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin
''I have been following the research on the Maharishi Effect as it has developed over the last twenty years. There is now a strong and coherent body of evidence showing that [this approach] provides a simple and cost-effective solution to many of the social problems we face today. This research and its conclusions are so strong, that it demands action from those responsible for government policy.''
Huw Dixon, PhD, Professor of Economics, Cardiff Business School
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