28 February 2009

Transzendentale Meditation gegen Stress

Meditation gegen Stress

In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft

Was in Fernost eine jahrtausendealte Weisheit ist, haben Mediziner nun wissenschaftlich belegt: Entspannung kann die Gehirnleistung verbessern.

Von Werner Bartens

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In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft. Was entspannte Zeitgenossen schon länger wissen, beschäftigt in jüngster Zeit auch vermehrt Wissenschaftler.

In der aktuellen Ausgabe der Fachzeitschrift International Journal of Psychophysiology zeigen Hirnforscher und Psychologen aus den USA, dass Studenten Stress leichter aushalten und besser mit Prüfungssituationen umgehen können, wenn sie regelmäßig meditieren (Bd.71, S.170, 2009).

Die Wissenschaftler um Fred Travis untersuchten in einer kleinen Studie 50 Studenten, die kurz vor Semesterende in Examensvorbereitungen steckten. Ein Teil der Probanden wurde in Meditationsübungen [Transzendentale Meditation nach Maharishi Mahesh Yogi] eingewiesen.

Bei der Entspannungstechnik ging es darum, zweimal täglich 20 Minuten im Sitzen möglichst alle Gedanken auszuschalten, anstrengungslos sein Bewusstsein zu erfahren und sich befreit zu fühlen.

Studenten, die das Verfahren über zehn Wochen anwendeten, waren anschließend widerstandsfähiger in Stresssituationen. So maßen die Forscher, wie aufmerksam die Studenten waren, wie oft sie tagsüber müde wurden und wie ihr Gehirn auf plötzliche Reize reagierte.

Die im EEG aufgezeichneten Hirnströme wiesen darauf hin, dass sich die meditativ geschulten Studenten eher wieder auf ihre Aufgaben konzentrieren konnten und die physiologische Stressreaktion in ihrem Körper schneller wieder abklang als bei den anderen Studenten.

Im Jahr 2005 hatte die Harvard-Psychologin Sara Lazar Hinweise dafür gefunden, dass Meditation die Nervenverknüpfung der Großhirnrinde positiv beeinflusst. Probanden, die regelmäßig meditierten, könnten demnach ihre Konzentrationsfähigkeit verbessern.

Im Kernspin zeigte sich, dass die entsprechenden Hirnregionen bei älteren Probanden besonders vergrößert waren - ein ungewöhnlicher Befund, denn üblicherweise schrumpft dieser Bereich im Alter.

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26 February 2009

Maharishi University of Management: Pre-Med Program — B.A. in Physiology and Health


Creating the Complete MD

By Rolf Erickson

When’s the last time your doctor prescribed natural medicine rather than a conventional medical treatment for your headache, insomnia, high blood pressure or other ailment? Never? Why not?

Well, for one thing, it’s not a part of a doctor’s usual medical training. There’s no medical school in the world that offers comprehensive knowledge of both modern medicine and natural systems of health.

That’s all about to change.

Modern medicine and natural medicine

Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa is preparing to launch the College of Perfect Health, a new medical school that will train doctors to practice integrative medicine — conventional medical diagnosis and treatment along with the most effective practices of natural medicine.

“This will be the first medical school to train MDs in the most advanced knowledge, technologies and practices of both modern medicine and natural medicine, including Maharishi Ayurveda,” says Robert Schneider MD, director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and dean of the new medical college. “Patients will benefit by receiving the most effective and side effect free health care available today.”

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Schneider along with colleagues at MUM and collaborators around the country have received more than $24 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of their research on the use of Maharishi Ayurveda and the Transcendental Meditation technique for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.

Rising demand for natural medicine

It’s well known that modern medicine’s costly drugs and invasive procedures often produce serious and harmful side effects. These hazards are documented by thousands of articles published in medical journals by researchers.

In fact, modern medicine is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, after cardiovascular disease and cancer. Adverse effects from modern treatments result in over 200,000 deaths every year. And many Americans suffer from chronic disorders considered incurable by modern medicine.

So it’s not a surprise that close to half of all Americans use some form of complementary or alternative medicine. Yet even though we’re spending billions of dollars on natural health care, no medical college in the U.S. offers comprehensive training in natural medicine.

The first of its kind

Maharishi College of Perfect Health will be the first of its kind in the field of medical education. The curriculum is organized around the study of the eight major organ systems of the body. Each system is examined from the perspective of Ayurveda, which takes into account all the factors that influence health — including mind, body and environment — many of which are not usually considered by contemporary medicine.

During the first year, students will focus on the structure, function and development of the body — and its source in consciousness. Year two is dedicated to prevention, health and disease as understood by modern medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and other natural systems of health care. The third year covers diagnosis and treatment of common disorders with emphasis on primary care. In the final year, students will begin their clinical practice, and move into diagnosis and treatment of severe and chronic stages of disease.

Wide range of natural treatments

All students will learn about a wide range of natural medical systems, such as traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and energy medicine.

Post-graduate students can gain expertise in modern medical specialties in light of Ayurveda, such as internal medicine, cardiology, pediatrics and family medicine, psychiatry and neurology, geriatrics, and anti-aging medicine.

A call for more doctors

Does the U.S. really need one more medical school? Absolutely, says the Association of American Medical Colleges, which is calling for a 30 percent increase in medical school graduates. For every student accepted to a medical school today, two more are deferred and must either re-apply or give up their dream of becoming a doctor. Since there’s currently a shortage of doctors in the United States, MUM’s medical school will help meet this need for training new MDs.

Pre-med program

Beginning in January 2009, MUM began offering a pre-med program (with a B.A. in Physiology and Health) to prepare students for the MUM medical school or any other MD or naturopathic medicine program in the U.S. or Canada. The five-year MD program is expected to begin in the fall of 2010 or 2011.

Students in either of these MUM programs — pre-med or MD — will not only gain thorough knowledge in the field of health, they’ll simultaneously improve their own health. While earning their degree, they’ll have organic vegetarian meals, study in college buildings designed to maximize health and well-being, follow a balanced routine of rest and activity, and optimize their brain functioning through the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Future of medicine

Okay. Now imagine going to a doctor who is educated to prevent disease, minimize side effects, and restore your health with a synthesis of modern medicine and natural medicine. Sound good?

That’s the future of medicine, and it’s arriving at MUM soon.

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25 February 2009

TM - the new medication for stressed students

New brain study at American University shows promising results

Escalating demands of college life put tremendous stresses on students, who abuse drugs and alcohol to self-medicate and boost academic performance.

According to a recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, nearly half of America's 5.4 million full-time college students abuse drugs or drink alcohol on binges at least once a month.

A new study, published in the February 24 issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Psychophysiology, suggests meditation as a possible solution.

“Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on brain functioning and stress reactivity in college students” is the first random assignment study of the effects of meditation practice on brain and physiological functioning in college students.

The study is a collaboration between the American University Department of Psychology in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.

The study investigated the effects of 10-weeks of Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice on “Brain Integration Scale” scores (broadband frontal coherence, power ratios, and preparatory brain responses), electrodermal habituation to a stressful stimulus, and sleepiness in 50 students from American University and other Washington, D.C., area universities.

After 10 weeks of regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, students at American University habituated quicker to a stressful stimulus, reported less sleepiness, and measured higher on a Brain Integration scale than on-meditating controls.

The results of the study were announced during an online news conference on Tuesday, February 24. Speakers included the study authors David Haaga, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic at American University; Fred Travis, Ph.D., director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa; and Patricia Spurio, a meditating college student who participated in the brain study.

The news conference also featured a live EEG demonstration that allowed the reporters to observe realtime changes in brain functioning that occur during the Transcendental Meditation technique.



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24 February 2009

Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on brain functioning and stress reactivity in college students

A b s t r a c t

This randomized controlled trial investigated effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice on Brain Integration Scale scores (broadband frontal coherence, power ratios, and preparatory brain responses), electrodermal habituation to 85-dB tones, sleepiness, heart rate, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, and P300 latencies in 50 college students. After pretest, students were randomly assigned to learn TM immediately or learn after the 10-week posttest. There were no significant pretest group differences. A MANOVA of students with complete data (N=38) yielded significant group vs treatment interactions for Brain Integration Scale scores, sleepiness, and habituation rates (all pb.007). Post hoc analyses revealed significant increases in Brain Integration Scale scores for Immediate-start students but decreases in Delayed-start students; significant reductions in sleepiness in Immediate-start students with no change in Delayed-start students; and no changes in habituation rates in Immediate-start students, but significant increases in Delayed-start students. These data support the value of TM practice for college students.

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22 February 2009

TM for young people with prehypertension

Meditation May Cut Future Heart Disease Risks

ISLAMABAD: Meditation can help heart health, a study from the Medical College of Georgia shows.

The study was small, but its results were encouraging. Meditation may prove to be a beneficial addition to lifestyle and/or medical approaches to heart disease, say Frank Treiber, PhD, and colleagues.

Treiber directs the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Augusta. He and his colleagues reported their findings in Orlando, Fla., at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease, and Stroke.

Participants were 36 black females who were about 16 years old. All of them had high to normal systolic blood pressure (prehypertension). That increased their risk of future heart disease.

The girls were assigned to either get four months of training in transcendental meditation (TM) or health education without meditation. Before the groups got underway, researchers checked the pliability of a blood vessel wall in the girls‘ arms. Studies have shown that African-Americans have decrease pliability of blood vessels. TM has been shown to improve this function in young people with prehypertension.

Normal healthy blood vessels contract and expand; a very early sign of blood vessel disease is when this ability is impaired. A decrease in blood vessels‘ ability to contract and expand is seen in high blood pressure.

The blood vessel pliability test was repeated four months later. The researchers compared the change in blood vessel function to the earlier test.

By the four-month follow-up, the transcendental meditation group had "improved significantly" its blood vessel function compared to the group which received health education only, say the researchers.

That might bode well for the girls‘ future heart health. The blood vessel problems studied have been linked to high blood pressure, poor cholesterol, and coronary artery disease, say the researchers.

Transcendental meditation was popularized in recent decades by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It‘s easy to learn and doesn‘t require any particular religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, says Robert Schneider, MD.

Schneider directs the Center for Health and Aging Studies in Fairfield, Iowa. He is also a professor of physiology and Maharishi Ayurveda. He discussed meditation and aging in a previous WebMD Live Event.

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Meditation for stressed college students



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Meditation the New Medication

Is Meditation the New Medication for Stressed College Students?

 Maharishi University
New brain study at American University shows promising results
Web news conference
To observe real-time changes in brain functioning during Transcendental Meditation practice

NEW YORK (RushPRnews) 02/21/09-Escalating demands of college life put tremendous stresses on students, who abuse drugs and alcohol to self-medicate and boost academic performance. According to a recent study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, nearly half of America’s 5.4 million full-time college students abuse drugs or drink alcohol on binges at least once a month.
Web news conference
Tuesday, February 24 • 12 Noon (ET)
URL: www.BrainResearch.mum.edu
Live EEG Demonstration


A new study, to be published in the February 24 issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Psychophysiology, suggests meditation as a possible solution.
“Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on brain functioning and stress reactivity in college students” is the first random assignment study of the effects of meditation practice on brain and physiological functioning in college students.
The study is a collaboration between the American University Department of Psychology in Washington, D.C., and the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
The study investigated the effects of 10-weeks of Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice on “Brain Integration Scale” scores (broadband frontal coherence, power ratios, and preparatory brain responses), electrodermal habituation to a stressful stimulus, and sleepiness in 50 students from American University and other Washington, D.C., area universities.
After 10 weeks of regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, students at American University habituated quicker to a stressful stimulus, reported less sleepiness, and measured higher on a Brain Integration scale than non-meditating controls.
The results of the study will be announced during an online news conference on Tuesday, February 24, 12 noon (ET), at www.BrainResearch.mum.edu.
Speakers include the study authors David Haaga, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic at American University; Fred Travis, Ph.D., director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa; and Patricia Spurio, a meditating college student who participated in the brain study.
The news conference will also feature a live EEG demonstration to allow reporters to observe real-time changes in brain functioning that occur during the Transcendental Meditation technique.
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Transcendental Meditation buffers students against college stress: study
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19 February 2009

Invincible Defense Technology



A Scientifically Verified Strategy to
Create an Invincible and impregnable Defense Shield for Pakistan


Invincible Defense Technology experts gathered in
Washington, D.C. lowering the crime rate 24%


David R. Leffler

While addressing a gathering of dignitaries, including officers and other personnel from the armed forces of Pakistan, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed said that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is committed to providing an invincible defense shield to the aerial frontiers of Pakistan. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Tariq Majeed, recently called on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. He briefed him about the various initiatives taken to make Pakistan’s defense impregnable. Previously, in a December 2008 meeting, the prime minister had told General Tariq Majeed that Pakistan has no aggressive intensions against any country and that it wants friendly relations with all neighbors.

Both men are right: the armed forces of Pakistan needs to take steps to create an and invincible impregnable defense for the nation. However, trying to create an invincible and impregnable defense using only current defense technologies makes it difficult to maintain friendly relations with Pakistan's neighbors. Ultimately the only way to become truly impregnable and creating friendly relations is not to have any enemies. If there are no internal or external threats, there are no enemies. No enemies, no conflict. In this way, Pakistan would become invincible and impregnable. But how could such an ideal goal be achieved in Pakistan where tensions are so high? A proven, scientifically verified approach is needed to reduce the tensions which often result in violent extremism.

Despite its advanced technology and valiant efforts, the Pakistan Armed Forces struggle to eliminate violent extremism. Violent extremism is a human problem requiring human solutions. The underlying cause of extremist social violence is accumulated social stress. Therefore, to eliminate such social problems, the military needs to reduce the collective societal stress in Pakistan.

Extensive scientific research indicates that the best way to reduce collective societal stress, eliminate extremism and thereby snuff out war and terrorism is to adopt an ancient strategy. In modern times this strategy is called Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) and has been revived by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in a non-religious manner. It has been quietly and successfully used by members of many faiths to eliminate conflict in the past.

A Prevention Wing of the Military consisting of 3% of the Pakistan Armed Forces could achieve this goal. This special unit would be trained in Invincible Defense Technology and would collectively practice its ancient technologies of consciousness--the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs--in large groups, twice a day.

Extensive research shows that the size of the group needed to reduce social stress in a given population should exceed the square root of 1% of the population size. To calculate this number, multiply the population size by 0.01, and then take the square root of the result. For instance, the population of Pakistan is approximately 165 million: 165,800,000 x 0.01 = 1,658,000, and the square root of 1,658,000 is approximately 1,288, so a group of at least 1,288 IDT experts is needed. (Source: www.SquareRootofOnePercent.org)

Studies show that when these thresholds are exceeded, crime goes down, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. Scientists named this phenomenon "The Maharishi Effect" in honor of Maharishi, who first predicted it. For instance, a Maharishi Effect intervention was implemented and studied in the US capital of Washington, DC, in 1993. Predictions were lodged in advance with government leaders and newspapers. An independent Project Review Board approved the research protocol. Crime fell 24 percent below expected levels when the group size reached its maximum. Temperature, weekend effects, and previous trends in the data failed to account for changes. These findings were published in Social Indicators Research (1999, vol. 47, 153-201).

Over 50 studies have shown that IDT works. The causal mechanism has been postulated to be a field effect of consciousness—a spillover effect on the level of the unified field from the peace-creating group into the larger population. On this basis, a study in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (2005, vol. 17, #1, pp. 339-373) additionally offers a proposed explanation of causality of IDT in biological terms. Research conducted on the powerful neurotransmitter serotonin shows that it produces feelings of contentment, happiness and even euphoria. Low levels of serotonin, according to research, correlate with violence, aggression, and poor emotional moods. The IDT study showed that higher numbers of IDT experts correlated with a marked increase in serotonin production among other community members. These results were statistically significant and followed the attendance figures in the IDT group. This finding offers a plausible neurophysiologic mechanism to explain reduced hostility and aggression in society at large.

IDT has also been documented worldwide in a study published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2003, vol. 36., #1-4, 283-302) using data provided by the Rand Corporation. When large assemblies of IDT experts exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world during the years 1983-1985, deaths due to terrorism globally decreased 72%, international conflict decreased 33%, and violence was reduced in nations throughout the world without intrusion by other governments.

The military in Mozambique used IDT to end its civil war in the 1990s. Today, Holland, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Peru have enough practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program to create the Maharishi Effect. The United States of America is close to achieving the requisite number of IDT experts through the Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield, Iowa. And India is working on a global IDT project. But these are all civilian groups. The pilot project in Mozambique dissolved after the United Nations broke up the military as part of the civil war treaty. High school students, who will graduate and move on, make up the bulk of the practitioners in Colombia. Limited economic opportunities in Iowa have hindered the development of the group in the USA. Consequently, long-term civilian groups may not be reliable to establish these peace-creating effects permanently.

The armed forces of Pakistan are responsible for protecting the nation's citizens, and are obligated to thoroughly examine realistic, scientifically validated methods for ending war and terrorism.

Since the military of Pakistan is funded and its personnel are paid to perform their duties, it is not subject to the fluctuations of donors, jobs, graduations, and optional activities. Military members are paid to protect the nation. Ultimately, it is the duty of the Pakistan Armed Forces to build a Prevention Wing of the Military and make Pakistan truly impregnable and invincible.

* Written for AlArabiya.net. Dr. David Leffler, an eight-year United States Air Force veteran, is now the Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS), www.StrongMilitary.org, an organization in the United States that advocates prevention-oriented technologies in the military. He serves on Board of Editors for the Journal of Management & Social Sciences (JMSS) Institute of Business & Technology BIZTEK in Pakistan.

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The Beatles meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi



Meditation on the Man Who Saved the Beatles

The Beatles meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi after he gave a lecture
in London in August 1967. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

By ALLAN KOZINN
Published: February 7, 2008

“Maharishi — what have you done? You made a fool of everyone.”

That was the opening line of a sarcastic song about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who died on Tuesday, that John Lennon wrote in 1968, not long after the Beatles abruptly left the maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, and declared themselves no longer his spiritual disciples. It wasn’t released that way. In the end the other Beatles, particularly George Harrison, argued that whatever disagreements they had with the maharishi, his work demanded respect, and it was unfair (and perhaps libelous) to be so blunt.

Lennon retreated, changing the song’s title, and the references to the maharishi in its lyrics, to “Sexy Sadie,” the form in which it can be heard on “The Beatles,” commonly called the White Album.

“Sexy Sadie,” for all its implicit anger, was part of a huge trove of songs Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison wrote during and just after their visit to Rishikesh. Whatever shortcomings the Beatles’ interaction with the maharishi may have had, the experience — which lasted only eight months, from August 1967 to April 1968 — seems to have opened a floodgate of creativity and got them out of what threatened to be a creative rut.

That may seem an odd assertion, given that the group had only recently released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” But part of the point of that album was to overcome the inertia imposed by the stress of being the Beatles by posing as someone else: the Sgt. Pepper band. And although it includes some of the Beatles’ most extraordinary music (“A Day in the Life,” for starters), it had been a struggle to fill it. Lennon, after all, had based one song on the text of a circus poster (“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”) and another on a Corn Flakes commercial (“Good Morning, Good Morning”), simply, he later said, as a way of fulfilling his quota. After Rishikesh the group found itself with more new songs than it knew what to do with.

The Beatles’ first encounter with the maharishi was at a lecture in London, not long after the release of “Sgt. Pepper.” Harrison and his first wife, Pattie, who had become interested in Indian culture and Hinduism by way of Harrison’s involvement with the sitar and a visit to India in the fall of 1966, had heard him speak and alerted the others.

At the time the Beatles, especially Lennon and Harrison, were still trying to tap into the cosmic subconscious, or eternity, or whatever, by using LSD. The maharishi’s transcendental meditation techniques promised to get them there without the chemicals. They agreed to attend a retreat in Bangor, Wales, at the end of that August, and it was during the retreat that they learned that Brian Epstein, their manager, had died of a drug overdose.

The Maharishi helped them through the shock with Hindu philosophy about the continuing life of the soul, and a few months later, in February 1968, the Beatles flew to Rishikesh to devote themselves fully to his instruction. Also there at the time were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Donovan and the actress Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence (immortalized in a Beatles song from the same batch as “Sexy Sadie”).

Ringo Starr left after the first week, saying he was unable to eat spicy food. Mr. McCartney left about three weeks later, and Lennon and Harrison left about two weeks after that, after hearing rumors that the maharishi had made sexual advances to one of the women in the ashram. Lennon, as the group’s designated defiant loudmouth, went to the maharishi and said, “We’re leaving,” adding only — as he reported the story in interviews — “If you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.”

In the years since Lennon’s death, in 1980, Harrison and Mr. McCartney reconsidered the accusations against the Maharishi. Mr. McCartney has noted that the rumors of sexual impropriety were raised by Alexis Mardas, a supposed inventor and charlatan who had become a Beatles insider. “Magic Alex,” as he was known, had agendas of his own, and may have fabricated (or at least exaggerated) the story. (Mr. Mardas has never commented on the incident.) During the 1990s both Harrison and Mr. McCartney were suitably convinced of the maharishi’s innocence that they reconciled with him and offered apologies.

What is often overlooked, in recountings of this sorry tale, is the influence the maharishi — or at least the experience of going to Rishikesh to meditate for several weeks — had on the group. For one thing, he weaned them from LSD. Harrison had been heading in that direction anyway, and Mr. McCartney and Mr. Starr were only occasional users, but Lennon was a heavy user. Not that they gave up drugs entirely. They continued to smoke marijuana, and a year later Lennon was using heroin.

But whatever other powers transcendental meditation had, under its influence they wrote like demons. The main body of evidence is the White Album, a two-disc collection of 30 songs, more than twice the number on any previous Beatles album. And that doesn’t count two songs — George Harrison’s “Not Guilty” (which bears traces of bruised feelings over the maharishi incident) and “What’s the New Mary Jane” — that were recorded during the White Album sessions but left unreleased until “Anthology 3,” in 1996.

But that wasn’t all. While in India they recorded an acoustic version of a song called “Spiritual Regeneration,” a kind of theme song for the maharishi’s program. And in May 1968, a week before the White Album sessions began, the Beatles gathered at Harrison’s house in Esher, England, to run through their Rishikesh songs and decide which to record formally. A tape of 27 songs from that session has made the collectors’ rounds, and there may be more on the master tape, which the Harrison family owns.

Most of the songs on the Esher tape found their way to the White Album. But included as well are Lennon’s “Mean Mr. Mustard” and “Polythene Pam,” which appeared on the “Abbey Road” album, in 1969. “What’s the New Mary Jane” — long thought to be a bizarre studio improvisation — is included too, as is “Child of Nature,” a gentle tune Lennon later rewrote as “Jealous Guy,” on his “Imagine” album.

The only non-White Album song by Paul McCartney on the tape is “Junk,” which found its way to his first solo album, “McCartney,” in 1970. But Harrison’s contributions are plentiful. Along with the White Album songs “Piggies” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” the Esher tape also includes “Not Guilty” (which he remade for the 1979 album “George Harrison”), “Circles” (which didn’t turn up until “Gone Troppo,” in 1982) and “Sour Milk Sea” (which he gave to the singer Jackie Lomax for his first single on the Beatles’ Apple label).

Harrison said in an interview near the end of his life that the Esher tape would make a great “Beatles Unplugged” album. Apple should consider that. Meanwhile you have to wonder whether the Beatles’ future might have played out differently if Magic Alex hadn’t been in Rishikesh to spread rumors about the Maharishi. Instead of unraveling, as they did during the White Album sessions and throughout 1969, maybe meditation would have made them so prolific and contented that they’d have continued together, releasing a double album every six months or so.

Well, probably not. But the maharishi, in 1968, was good for what ailed them.

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World Peace

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's plan to create world peace from the centre of India featured on new DVD

by Global Good News staff writer


Global Good News

17 February 2009

A new DVD produced by the Global Country of World Peace outlines the plan of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to create one very large group in the world that would have sufficient influence to forever change the trends of time globally towards peace and prosperity.


To this end Maharishi created the Capital of World Peace in the heart of India, in what is called the Brahma-Sthan, the centre of the country where Natural Law is most lively.


Vedic Pandits have been gathered there to perform not only Yogic Flying in groups, but also advanced Vedic Technologies of Yagya, which enliven the nourishing quality of Natural Law throughout society and create an influence of coherence and peace—invincibility—for every country in the world.


The project is well underway, as the new DVD shows in beautiful videos, photos, and renderings of the Pandits' campus in India and their Vedic performances, but more needs to be done to quickly bring fulfilment to Maharishi's great gift of permanent peace to the world. The DVD includes addresses by Maharishi, eminent scientists, and others involved in this laudable project.


In the DVD packet is a brochure that presents Maharishi's formula for world peace. The brochure also provides verification of the effectiveness of this formula, referring to many scientific research studies showing development of the total potential of the individual and creation of coherence and peace for society.


The Minister of Communication for the Global Country of World Peace, Dr Peter Swan, commented that there are many people who would like to have world peace and are looking for a way they can do good and really make a difference in the world. 'Now is the time,' he said, 'to give them the opportunity to fulfil their destiny to change the trends of time towards positivity—by informing them of this wonderful project or by giving them this beautiful and inspiring DVD to watch.'


For more information about the Capital of World Peace project or how to contribute to its support, please visit: www.capitalofworldpeace.org.


To receive a free copy of the DVD, please email: invincibleindia@maharishi.net or contact the National Director of the Global Country of World Peace (offering Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme) in your country.


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16 February 2009

Consciousness-Based Education

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Maharishi envisions that education for all children in this generation and in the forthcoming generations will be full of the greatest wisdom—the knowledge of total Natural Law, the Constitution of the Universe.


The enormous knowledge and capability available in Vedic Education

In his introductory remarks to the Global Press Conference on 8 September 2004, Maharishi said that Raja John Hagelin's 'simple word of greatest wisdom in the introduction should be enough for anyone with the slightest intelligence to live life beyond problems and above the reach of suffering'.

Maharishi said that Raja Hagelin, the President of the Peace Government in the USA, has expressed the knowledge of the Unified Field with utter simplicity and infinite depth of wisdom.

The Unified Field is a recent discovery for the world of science, but it is eternal for those familiar with the Vedic knowledge of total Natural Law—it is only a matter of education.

'Today in very simple words, Raja Hagelin said that the human body is the home of the Veda—the home of total Natural Law, the home of the Constitution of the Universe.' Maharishi said. 'Raja Hagelin said everyone has the right—the birthright—to live that inner reality of infinity of knowledge and infinity of all possible action. The administrative efficiency of the Constitution of the Universe is there within the body of everyone.

'We have a technique to light the lamp, and therefore we have opened our shop in the open market. So many things are being sold in the market. Now we say, "Be yourself, and you will rule the world." Here is an invitation from the field of knowledge. Here is an invitation from. . . total Natural Law, the total intelligence of the ever-expanding universe, for everyone to live life on that level.'

Maharishi said that 'Quietly, from its own self-referral nature, Total Natural Law, the Unified Field, creates everything, sets everything in the evolutionary direction, and takes everything to the supreme level of evolution, which is the light of God, the field of all possibilities. This is how we envision life for all our children in this generation and in the forthcoming generations. . . . The task is very simple,' Maharishi said.

He then used the analogy of darkness and electricity. There was a time when the darkness of night was everywhere. Someone came out with the knowledge of electricity and powerhouses were built everywhere. Now the night is no longer lived in darkness.

'The situation with everyone's life is like that,' Maharishi continued. 'As the inner potential of Creative Intelligence is enlivened within man, he naturally comes to live in an evolutionary direction.

'It is a matter of who gets what in life. The life of children depends on what parents are able to give to their children, and on what school teachers are able to give to their students. Either they are satisfied with suffering, or they avert the suffering before they have to face it. We are opening schools and colleges everywhere. . . .

'We see that we have so many countries, and each country has so much land here and there. I ask each government to allocate a few hectares or a few acres of land. We will open our schools, and the children will awaken their full Creative Intelligence—total Natural Law. We want to give the children total knowledge of Natural Law.'

Maharishi said that it is possible to do so because the Unified Field has been discovered by the different disciplines of modern science, and the Atma [the Self] has been discovered within man.

'Through Vedic Education one has an enormous capability to gain knowledge and to perform any action one likes. In Vedic Education, we can give Total Knowledge in one word. And we can keep on elaborating that one word day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. The concentrated value of Total Knowledge and infinite creativity are in one word. Then we can elaborate on that word with any length of expansion. This is the central point of the Vedic Universities that we are going to establish everywhere—Total Knowledge in one word. . . .

'This is the speciality of Vedic wisdom—Total Knowledge in one word, and then the one word expanding all the time. This system is not like the system where you take chemistry, physics, or a little biology. There you take some little thing, and then go deeper and deeper into it until you are lost in the small values of knowledge.'

Maharishi went on to explain that Veda means knowledge. Vedic Education means education of Total Knowledge. He said that in comparison to this, the present system of knowledge is a system of gaining ignorance. As you know one thing, you become more aware of a greater knowledge of the unknown. The more you study in a subject, the more you know that whatever you have known is very little. 'There is always more to know. This means the present, modern system of education, with all its glory, increases ignorance more than knowledge,' Maharishi said.

In contrast to this, Vedic Education delivers Total Knowledge first and then elaborates the knowledge more and more. What is happening in this system? Knowledge is increasing. First, Total Knowledge is there in its point value, and then it increases to its surroundings.

Maharishi concluded, 'The Vedic system of education gives knowledge day by day, and takes away ignorance more and more, day by day.'

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Q&A with Tony Perri, director of the transcendental-meditation documentary School of Thought

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An image from the Tony Perri film "School of Thought."

School of Thought, a documentary by local filmmaker Tony Perri, makes its Colorado debut tomorrow, February 14, as part of the Boulder International Film Festival. Thought focuses on the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, a K-12 facility, and the affiliated Maharishi University of Management, located in the unlikely locale of Fairfield, Iowa. Both institutions couple their basic curricula with transcendental meditation -- and among those who boost the concept on camera is director David Lynch, whose cinematic oeuvre includes Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr. and other films that don't usually leave viewers in a state of peace and bliss.

Perri, who'll attend tomorrow's showing, provides background and talks about his motivation for enrolling in this particular School of Thought in the following Q&A.

Westword (Michael Roberts): How long as the university been in Fairfield?

Tony Perri: I don't remember the exact date, but there was an old college there, called Parsons College, that went bankrupt. The school bought up that land in the early '80s and they started the university shortly after that.

WW: At what point did David Lynch get involved?

TP: He got involved about three years ago. He had gone out there just to visit the school and meet the students, and he tells a great story about it. He went to a high school play at the Maharishi School and being blown away by the students. He felt that what these students have, every student should have. It was the visit there that really prompted him to start his foundation. And in fact, on April 4 at Radio City Music Hall, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, they're all doing a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation and the school. So he's really taken the reins with his foundation, and he travels the world promoting meditation in schools.

WW: Are the high school and university separate? Or are they considered to be all part of the same institution?

TP: There's two schools. The university is called the Maharishi University of Management -- MUM. And the K-12 school is the Maharishi School of the Age of Englightenment...

WW: How much does David Lynch contribute to the schools through the foundation? And does he wholly support them? Or is there other funding coming in from other sources?

TP: I know there's quite a bit of other funding coming in. And the David Lynch Foundation was established to promote meditation to schools all over the world.

WW: The reason I ask that question is because the class sizes in the high school, in particular, seem very small, and the facility looks very impressive. I would think it would be hugely expensive to keep the school going with this seemingly modest number of students...

TP: Well, I think the K-12 school has about 300 students, and I don't really know the details about their finances and how they make it all work. But I think the school probably looks better on film. It's quite modest. They actually need money. They're not overflowing with cash, I don't think.

WW: As a fan of David Lynch's films, I came to your movie with certain expectations. Think of Blue Velvet, for example, where the community looks hyper-normal on the surface, but if you look deeper, everything is really weird. In School of Thought, everything looks really normal on the surface, too, and I kept waiting for the weirdness -- and it doesn't come. And that was weird in itself. [Perri laughs.] Have you had other people who've seen your film have a reaction like that?

TP: A little bit, yes, I have. But David Lynch explains it the best. He says he doesn't get any of his ideas for films while he's meditating -- that the meditation part of it is all very separate, and that you're not really thinking of anything while you're meditating. People ask him at these giant Q&As that he has out there, "Where do your ideas come from? Are they all from meditation?" And he says no -- that you can be weird and bizarre and think about crazy stuff and still be kind of normal. That's his answer, and I kind of go along with that. When you meet David Lynch, he's very different than you'd expect. He's got a huge heart, he cares deeply about children and about the world, and so it's a very different persona than I think people might have of him.

WW: You note in the film that some of the townspeople in Fairfield aren't completely sold on this whole transcendental meditation thing -- they kind of wonder what's going on over at this school. Were you trying to break down those kinds of preconceptions by showing the students to be normal kids, as opposed to being hypnotized members of some strange cult?

TP: I didn't really have any kind of intent like that. I was absolutely blown away when I met the students, and how great they were. I was like, I really want to show this to the world. And as I was doing this, I found some townsfolk who thought this is a little strange. Now, the mayor is a meditator. But the commissioners you see, who pooh-pooh the idea, they're not, obviously. Nothing really broke open to me, though -- like this is some bizarre land and there's evil going on [laughs]. I was waiting for something, because I was just there to document, show these kids how they are, and do a little digging, talk to the townsfolks. But really, it's just a school of kids who meditate, and they get along well with the kids who don't go to the school.

WW: So you didn't have an agenda with the film? You don't see it as any kind of promotional vehicle?

TP: No, I specifically didn't want it to be promotional. I know it feels that way at times, and I was actually really close to putting a disclaimer on the begining saying, "The producer/director isn't a member of this organization." I only learned transcendental meditation as research a couple of years ago. So I didn't have any kind of agenda. I know it comes across a little bit as promotional, but that's the way it came out. It was all real.

WW: Do you currently practice TM?

TP: I practice meditation. I don't really do the TM brand of meditation. But it did turn me onto meditation. And it's all very similar. Meditation is meditation, whether you call it transcendental meditation or yogic meditation or whatever. It's all about quieting the mind and just kind of, as David says, going deep within.

WW: How did you initially get involved with the project?

TP: I had originally gone to interview David for another film that I'm still working on, called Serotonin Rising, which is about a study done at the National Institutes of Health, where they did brain scans and found that if you do good deeds and charitable work for others, your serotonin levels rise and your immune system gets strengthened. And David happened to be in Iowa when he agreed to be interviewed for this. He was visiting the school. So I actually flew out to Fairfield just to interview David for Serotonin Rising. And while I was there, I was given a tour of the school and met the students, and I was blown away by the students. They look you in the eye. They're smart. They're focused. And I said right then and there, "I'm going to do a documentary on this school. I'm going to call it School of Thought." And a year later, I had it done.

WW: When was your original meeting with David Lynch?

TP: 2007. And the film was made in 2008.

WW: A school in Washington, D.C., which you show in the film, is having success with TM even though it has a student body with a completely different socio-economic makeup, as well as a very different ethnic mix: The students there are mostly black, whereas the ones in Iowa are mostly white. Do you hope administrators at schools with all kinds of student populations will look at your film and think, it might work at my school, too, even though this isn't at all like Fairfield, Iowa?

TP: Yes. As soon as I met these students, even before I made the film, I was like, people have got to meet these students. People have got to see what's going on here. They have to see that just being quiet for twenty minutes in the morning and the afternoon can make a world of difference in a very positive way. So yes, thats the reason I made the movie, that's the reason I want people to see it. I want them to see how simple and easy it is to sort of de-stress a school. And the ramifications of less stress runs the gamut -- all the way from less violence and less drug use. So, yes -- a big "yes" to that question.

WW: I'm sure you've seen the film with audiences at this point. Do the people who see it come out of the film more calm than they went in?

TP: I've done several Q&As. The film premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival, and it's been shown in Beverly Hills -- in different areas. And the Q&As always leant themselves to more than a few comments of people saying, "I want to learn that. I want to do that. I want to show that to my kid's principal." And my friends who I show it to, and even my cynical brothers, they look at it and say, "Can you teach me meditation?" [Laughs.] I remember I was visiting my brother in Delray Beach in Florida. He's a real go-getter, a business owner, kind of a stressed guy. And he watched the film in his living room, and then we walked on the beach, and as we're walking, he looked over at me and said, "Can you teach me meditation?" I couldn't believe it!

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Transcendental Medication helps ADHD children

Study Suggests Meditation as a Viable ADHD Treatment

Research has shown that the practice of Transcendental Medication may help ADHD children manage stress, calm anxiety and improve focus.

ADHD and Depression

A pilot study conducted by cognitive learning specialists suggests that Transcendental Mediation is a promising alternative treatment to help ADHD children manage their symptoms. ADHD children who practiced meditation techniques showed improvements in attention, working memory, organization, and behavior regulation.

The practice of transcendental meditation involves calming the mind and body while sitting quietly for 10 – 15 minutes and silently repeating a mantra. The ADHD students practiced meditation for ten minutes twice a day. After three months of regular practice, students reported reduced ADHD symptoms including lower anxiety levels.

Read more about the effect of Transcendental Meditation on ADHD symptoms.

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Meditate Your Way to a Healthy Heart

TM twice a day improves cardio-vascular health
It's true--according to a recent study, murmuring your mantra regularly might cut your risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, study participants who practiced a special form of meditation improved cardiovascular health.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles department of psychology, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, and the Maharishi University of Management College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine in Fairfield, IA, randomly split 60 African-American people with high blood pressure into two groups. One learned transcendental meditation (TM) and practiced it for 20 minutes, twice a day. The other received standard heart disease prevention education.

Seven months later, researchers used ultrasound to measure fatty deposits and the thickness of the participants' artery walls. The TM group had a decrease in artery wall thickness, which could reduce heart attack risk by up to 11 percent and stroke risk by up to 15 percent. Artery wall thickness increased in the education group (Stroke, 2000).

There's "very strong evidence from this and other studies that meditation has health-promoting effects," says Prevention advisor John Astin, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. And benefits could extend to all ethnic groups.

To learn more about transcendental meditation, visit their Web site.

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15 February 2009

Sustainable Living Program

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Mr. Gamble teaches a renewable energy class at M.U.M.

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Driving a biodiesel powered bus on a field trip

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Solar oven demonstration in a permaculture class

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A student senior project: solar panels that track the sun at Abundance Ecovillage

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Students learn how to make cobb in a natural building workshop

Lonnie Gamble and the Application of Natural Law


Lonnie Gamble, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Living, is one of the most sought-after sustainability educators in the Midwest. As an electrical engineer, he has been interested in renewable energy since the 1980s. He has founded ten for-profit companies and two non-profits in the areas of telecommunications and renewable energy. His first energy business was in hydroelectric power, and he installed his first solar panels and wind generator in 1980. His other passion is permaculture, which led him to develop farms in Hawaii and in Iowa.

Naturally, Mr. Gamble’s many areas of expertise qualified him to be one of the founding faculty of the Sustainable Living Program at Maharishi University of Management. As a full-time professor, he teaches courses on energy, permaculture design, green building, and local economy. He also supervises many of the hands-on projects students build such as a biodiesel processor, a wind generator, and a solar electric car.

“I enjoyed the team-building aspect of the classes and getting something practical done,” says student Todd Ashelman, who participated in the wind generator project and several other ones. “Learning to work in a team is key to success in life.”

In addition to teaching at M.U.M., Mr. Gamble teaches at Grinnell College, Iowa, and speaks at conferences and seminars all over the country. He founded Abundance Ecovillage, a 15-acre, off-the-grid, sustainable development in Fairfield, and Big Green Summer, a summer educational internship program in sustainability. Mr. Gamble also lives what he teaches: his straw bale home is powered by wind and solar, he maintains an organic vegetable garden, and he runs his car on biodiesel.

“Mr. Gamble has years and years of experience in renewable energy,” says Mark Stimson, Sustainable Living faculty member. “He hasn’t paid an electric bill in 17 years. He always comes up with big and challenging projects for the students.”

As a board member of M.U.M.’s Green Trust, he contributes to the University's efforts to create a more sustainable campus. He also participates in student and faculty recruitment, and, due to his and his department’s efforts, the Sustainable Living Program prides itself as the largest and fastest growing undergraduate program at M.U.M. with 70 students currently enrolled.

Mr. Gamble attributes the success of the program to Maharishi’s work in shifting collective consciousness to be more in tune with Natural Law. “We at the Sustainable Living Program are the applied branch of that Natural Law,” he says.

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TM -- used a lot in Nebraska by all kinds of people to relieve stress!

February 13, 9:36 PM
by Patricia Ress, Omaha Paranormal Examiner

"Transcendental Meditation is a very simple technique that provides a deep state of rest which is twice as deep as the deepest point we reach in sleep," explained Irmhild Bettenworth who operates Omaha's Center for TM."Because of it, we eliminate stresses that have accummulated since birth, which sleep has been unable to dissolve. It provides deep rest which gives you the energy to do more things!"

A native of Germany, Bettenworth learned TM back in 1972 and has been teaching it in Omaha for over 20 years. She said that the founder of TM,Maharishi Mahish Yogi, also is working to restore the use of Ayurveda, the original holistic medical system and the world's oldest health science. "We create our own health or disease," she pointed out."We believe that the same mind that can create disease can also create health again. The mind controls the body."

"This can lead to higher states of consciousness, increases in longevity, better health and greater happiness," she said."Veda means science and ayu refers to life in sanskrit. Its emphasis is on prevention of illness rather than cure after the fact," she stressed."Illness is a violation of the laws of nature. Wherever you leave nature alone, it functions perfectly. We create disease when we get out of the flow with the cosmic vibrations of nature. Ayurveda restores the individual back into harmony with the cosmos. He can then claim his birthright of perfect health, bliss consciousness, and mastery over natural laws."

While all of us have made mistakes, Bettenworth believes that TM 'can establish one in the home of all the laws of nature, thus making it impossible for you to make further mistakes.' And she has seen it used successfully in business. Not only is their more creativity and effort, but more harmony among employees. She reminds everyone the Ayurveda comes from a much higher state of consciousness and was given to the Rishis or sages of ancient times. She suggests that everyone give it a try!

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13 February 2009

Schools specialising in transcendental meditation

Transcendental meditation on the curriculum under academy plan

Schools specialising in transcendental meditation could be opened under plans being considered by the Government.

Boys in classroom: Transcendental meditation on the curriculum under academy plan
It has been claimed that meditation leads to increased creativity and improved intelligence Photo: PA

Pupils would meditate for 10 minutes twice a day in a move backers claim leads to increased creativity and improved intelligence.

Two schools - funded by the taxpayer - could be opened as part of Labour's flagship academies programme.

A private school specialising in transcendental meditation has held talks with officials in an attempt to sponsor and run the schools.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families refused to rule out the proposals, saying the academies scheme "allows for a diverse range of schools, each with its own ethos". A spokesman said the plan would be judged on its educational merits.

But the move has been condemned amid claims ministers should be focused on conventional teaching methods.

Chris Woodhead, former head of Ofsted, who now runs a chain of private schools, said: "The Government must be desperate to even consider this. The Secretary of State could clearly do with some transcendental meditation himself."

According to the Times Educational Supplement, plans are being led by the fee-paying Maharishi School in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, the only specialist TM school in the country.

Under the academies programme, schools are run by private sponsors independent of local authority control. They can set the curriculum, teacher pay and the structure of the school day.

It is the latest in a series of controversies over academy sponsors. In the past, an academy in the North-East has been criticised for teaching creationism.

Pupils at the proposed TM academies would do two 10-minute sessions of meditation a day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. They would involve children sitting quietly at their desks with their eyes closed.

Schools would open an admissions policy for children of all faiths - and insist the meditation is not religious based.

Apart from the two sessions, the school would run along conventional lines.

Derek Cassells, head of the Maharishi School, told the TES: "At the moment we have just one small school, but I'm certain transcendental meditation can work on a bigger scale. The key factor is that the meditation brings balance to the nervous system. This leads to greater creativity, intelligence and harmony, and better behaviour."

He added: "The whole understanding of this is that effective education begins with neurological and physiological balance. The best way to achieve that is with inner quietness, called restful alertness. TM is an effective way for children to create neurological balance and do better in school."

Mr Cassells has trained several state school teachers in the TM technique, including at Limeside Primary in Oldham. Helen Arya, the headteacher, said half of her staff now regularly meditate.

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11 February 2009

Ringo & Paul to Perform Together?

According to the David Lynch Foundation, there is no official confirmation of Ringo's participation in the concert. At this point, it is rumor, good hopes and hearsay.
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09 February 2009

Change Begins Within

Kidstock with Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Donovan and...David Lynch?

It won't be a Woodstock redux, and there'll be no moshing at New York City's Radio City Music Hall at 8pm, Saturday, April 4th, when Sir Paul McCartney and a star-studded roster of hipsters such as Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, and Sheryl Crow, along with Paul Horn, The Beach Boys' Mike Love, a bunch of surprise guests, and hosts David Lynch, Russell Simmons, and Laura Dern appear on that historic stage. Under the David Lynch Foundation's banner of "Change Begins Within," this special benefit concert is intended to raise funds to teach one million children meditation--and that includes 10,000 at-risk students around the New York City area. "This concert will provide the support for kids to 'dive within'...to help overcome the stress and violence that is destroying their lives, and to unfold their full potential to become healthy, happy, creative individuals," the iconic filmmaker explained in a press release from just a few days back. His foundation already has awarded scholarships to more than 60,000 students across the United States as well as the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.

And what is this meditation technique that David Lynch's organization has been promoting? Here are some hints: It was learned and popularized most famously by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Donovan, Mary Tyler Moore, Mia Farrow, Clint Eastwood, Heather Graham, and Deepak Chopra; over the years, it was embraced by millions in the United States, including hugely famous celebrities in entertainment, sports, politics, art, broadcasting, science, the medical field, education, and even religion; its famous teacher brought the technique to the West in 1958 with the intention of lowering the stress of both the individual and the planet; and since its introduction, it's impossible to not at least know someone who knows someone who practices the technique for 20 minutes twice a day. Okay, that last point gave it away, it's Transcendental Meditation, introduced to our society by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who himself, had enjoyed incredible celebrity during the sixties and seventies when "TM" (as it's called) became embedded in US mainstream culture.

Mostly known for his highly-influential, artistic films such as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Dune, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway and the pop-culture phenomenon and television series, Twin Peaks, Lynch has dedicated most of his time to this cause. "In today's world of fear and uncertainty," he said, "every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence--"bliss"--the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us." The end result? "Teach one million kids to meditate, and we will change the world overnight," he declared. Dr. William Stixrud, Ph.D, a clinical neuropsychologist in Silver Spring, Maryland, who specializes in working with children, has researched the technique and its effect on the young mind. "I have been a big fan of using TM in schools for many years due in part to the program's unparalleled ability to create the experience of relaxed alertness in students, and to create learning environments in which students feel safe to tackle very difficult material and assignments," explained Sixtrud. On a more publicized level, for decades, many in the medical community have recommended this particular form of meditation to lower stress, blood pressure, and to help combat addictions such as smoking and self-medication. Educators have found that it improves focus, reduces violent tendencies, reduces incidents of drug abuse, and improves the social interaction and overall behavior of students. Additionally, studies have found that practicing the technique (in what has been dubbed "quiet time") has improved academic performance while lowering stress, anxiety, and depression in students.

In New York City, where this concert will be performed, "Over one hundred schools...expressed interest in incorporating the Transcendental Meditation technique into their systems," Dr. John Hagelin, Ph.D, a professor of physics, pointed out. He continued, "Extensive research on the benefits of the TM technique on student health and performance...contribute(s) to the wide acceptance of the program." In 2008, when Lynch held a one day seminar on the subject for educators, they literally had to turn away scores of people from the hotel due to the overwhelming response and attendance. And if all of this sounds a bit too good to be true or too granola-eque for your taste, take into consideration that The National Institutes of Health has pledged grants in the amount of twenty-four million dollars over the last 20 years to study the TM technique's effects on heart and brain functioning. The entity has found the technique especially provides benefits against high blood pressure. Last year, in Parade Magazine, Dr. Mark Liponis wrote an article titled "Alternative Therapies That Really Work," within which he stated TM was the "most popular meditation practice" with "scientific backing" behind it that "passed the litmus test of rigorous medical inquiry."

So, this is what the "Change Begins Within" event is promoting, and what is being offered to our children--with the cooperation of parents and schools, of course--by David Lynch, his organization and the participating musicians of the benefit concert. It's the opportunity for any student, member of The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, etc., to become smarter and less-stressed by meditating--plain and simple. "I've been 'diving within' through the Transcendental Mediation technique for over thirty years," Lynch revealed. "It has changed my life, my world. I am not alone." He's right, you'd be surprised who is practicing the technique, probably even as you're reading this article. Now, if you can remember back to the days when TM first became the "it" child across this country's campuses, when The Beatles, Donovan, The Beach Boys, and so many others flew to Rishikesh to spend time with Maharishi, and if you can remember the waves of interest when Deepak Chopra touted its benefits on the lecture circuit, in books, and on TV shows, then you can see that there is something about TM that keeps it electric in the culture. It's no longer just your father's TM, though, yeah, it's exactly the same simple practice that's been taught for hundreds of years.

For most, this April 4th, Radio City Music Hall concert will be about the music, but its statement of solidarity and support of this technique could be the beginning of yet another American Transcendental Meditation wave of consciousness raising. In our new Obama era of openness to all things that make us a more functional, successful society, this TM thing just might be a useful tool to get us there.



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Posted February 9, 2009
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08 February 2009

Universität für Meditation

Die Reise des Donovan

Er meditierte mit den Beatles in Indien und seine Songs wurden Sinnbild für eine ganze Generation, die von grenzenloser Liebe und Weltfrieden träumte. Donovan prägte maßgeblich die wilden 60er Jahre und hat auch im Jahre 2008 noch aufregende Pläne.

Folkrock-Saenger Donovan tritt am 3. Oktober 2005 in London auf.
Folkrock-Sänger Donovan am 3. Oktober bei einem Konzert in London (Foto: AP)

Von Henrik John Hohl

Und wieder einmal waren die Beatles „schuld“! „The Cock“ hieß der Pub, in dem sich Donovan vor seinem Durchbruch als Sänger gerne die Nächte um die Ohren schlug, bis in die frühen Morgenstunden wurde im Hinterzimmer der Kneipe getanzt und gelacht und, wie es nicht anders zu erwarten war, floss dabei auch reichlich Alkohol. Als er eines Abends die Treppe zu seinem Zimmer hinauf schwankte, hörte er aus einem Radio im Nachbarzimmer „Love me do“ von den Beatles. „Ich setzte mich auf die Stufen und war sprachlos. Genau das will ich machen, dachte ich bei mir. Es ist so einfach und auf den Punkt. Diese Klarheit! So will ich zu meiner Generation singen.“ Ein Wunsch war ebenso geboren wie eine Mission. „Wenn ich an diese Zeit zurück denke, muss ich feststellen, dass die Energie quasi explodiert ist“, erinnert sich Donovan im Gespräch mit BUNTE Online. „Wir lebten damals in einer sehr konventionell konditionierten Gesellschaft, und eine ganze Generation mit neuen Ideen wurde auf die Welt losgelassen. Ich denke nicht, dass etwas ähnliches heute noch einmal passieren könnte.“

Vielleicht war es dieser Moment auf der Treppe mit dem Beatles-Song im Ohr, in dem eine der erfolgreichsten und außergewöhnlichsten Musiker-Karrieren ihren Anfang gefunden hatte. Besonders zwischen 1965 und 1970 landete der Folk-Sänger mit Songs wie „Catch the Wind“, „Mellow Yellow“ oder „Hurdy Gurdy Man“ einen Hit nach dem anderen. Regisseur Hannes Rossacher hat nun das bisherige Leben von Donovan in einem Film mit dem Titel „Sunshine Superman – The Journey of Donovan“ dokumentiert, der in einer DVD-Box im Handel erhältlich ist. Neben vielen Originalaufnahmen aus den wilden 60er und 70er Jahren lässt Donovan seine bisherige Karriere, oft an Originalschauplätzen, Revue passieren.

Anfänge und Indien

Brian Jones von den Rolling Stones und Donavan
In bester Gesellschaft: Donovan mit Brian Jones von den Rolling Stones (Foto: AP)

Am 10. Mai 1946 kam im schottischen Glasgow ein Junge zur Welt, der den Lauf der Musikgeschichte maßgeblich beeinflussen sollte. Als Donovan Phillips Leitch wurde er geboren, als Donovan begann er seine einzigartige Karriere. Fast wäre daraus nichts geworden, denn als Kind litt Donovan wie so viele Kinder im Europa der Nachkriegszeit durch eine falsche Impfung an Kinderlähmung. Doch er ließ sich nicht beirren und verfolgte sein Ziel und seine Mission als Künstler.

Unbestritten waren die Jahre zwischen 1965 und 1970 nicht nur die erfolgreichste, sondern auch die turbulenteste Zeit in Donovans Karriere. Gefeiert auf den Bühnen für seine Musik, verfolgt von den Gesetzeshütern wegen Drogenkonsum, die internationale Presse und Öffentlichkeit konnte nicht genug bekommen von neuen Episoden aus dem Leben des Superstars. Eines der wohl aufregendsten Kapitel spielte sich 1968 in Indien ab, wo Donovan mit den vier Beatles sowie dem Beach Boy Sänger Mike Love und der Schauspielerin Mia Farrow mehrere Wochen im Aschram des Gurus Maharishi Mahesh Yogi verbrachte. „Sechs Wochen im indischen Dschungel mit unseren Gitarren im Gepäck, um zu meditieren! Das öffentliche Interesse war so groß, Journalisten aus aller Welt waren uns gefolgt, die erst nach einigen Tagen wieder abzogen, als die indische Armee auf Bitten des Gurus sie zur Heimreise bewegen konnte“, erinnert sich Donovan im Gespräch mit BUNTE Online. „An der Lehre der Transzendentalen Meditation waren George Harrison und ich wohl eher interessiert als etwa John Lennon oder Paul McCartney“, schmunzelt er.

Universität für Meditation

60's Singer Donovan arriving at BBC Radio Two with his entourage and guitar to perform on the show.
Auch mit 62 Jahren kein bisschen leise: Folksong-Legende Donovan (Foto: www.splashnews.com)

Dennoch war der Aufenthalt für alle eine solch außergewöhnliche Erfahrung mit folgenschweren Nachwirkungen, denn Beatles fanden künstlerisch zu ihren akustischen Folkwurzeln zurück und veröffentlichten noch im selben Jahr das berühmte „White Album“, das von Musikkritikern als eines ihrer besten Werke angesehen wird. Außerdem brachte Donovan John Lennon und Paul McCartney diverse finger-picking Techniken bei. Keine Frage, die Musikgeschichte hätte ohne diese intensiven indischen Wochen einen völlig anderen Verlauf genommen.

Als in den 70er Jahren mit dem Aufkommen der Punkbewegung der Geist der allliebenden Flower-Power Bewegung mehr und mehr ins Hintertreffen geriet, verlor auch Donovans Musik an Popularität. Doch sollte es gerade der Aufenthalt in Indien sein, der Donovan auch heute noch beschäftigen würde: „Als ich Indien damals verließ, sagte Maharishi zu mir, ich solle ihm in Schottland eine Universität für Meditation bauen.“ Zurzeit arbeitet der Flower-Power Superstar eben an dem Aufbau einer solchen Universität, an der Transzendentale Meditation im Mittelpunkt der Lehre stehen soll. Prominente Unterstützung hat er dabei schon gefunden: Nicht nur Popstar Moby, sondern auch Regisseur David Lynch stehen Donovan dabei tatkräftig zur Seite.

BUNTE 23.10.2008

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... bei DONOVAN: Lang nicht gesehen ...
Er war einer der größten Musikhelden der 60er: Folksänger Donovan ("Mellow Yellow", "Hurdy Gurdy Man"). Legendär ist sein Indien-Trip mit den Beatles 1968 - da entdeckte er seine Leidenschaft für die Transzendentale Meditation. Viele Jahre war es recht ruhig um den Musiker, mit 62 wird er nun noch mal richtig produktiv: Eben erschien der Karriererückblick "Sunshine Superman" auf DVD, demnächst soll ein multimediales Album im Internet erscheinen. 2010 will er noch einmal auf Welttournee gehen. Mit Ehefrau Linda lebt er in Irland.
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Sie sind seit 1970 verheiratet. Was ist Ihr Rezept für Eheglück?
Meditation! Denn Beziehungen gehen kaputt, weil man denkt, dass der andere dir nicht gibt, was du brauchst. Aber eine andere Person kann dir nicht geben, was du nicht schon hast. Meditation macht dir das klar.

Wie läuft Ihr Meditations-Schulprojekt mit dem Regisseur David Lynch?
Wir wollen das der US-Regierung vorstellen. Barack Obama hat sich die Modellschule in Fairfield schon im Wahlkampf angesehen und war beeindruckt, was Meditationsunterricht bewirken kann. Schüler, die vorher nervös, gestresst und ängstlich waren, sind nun selbstbewusst und ausgeglichen.

Werden Sie Obama demnächst treffen?
Zumindest seinen Bildungsminister Arne Duncan. Aber Obama weiß, worum es geht, und ich denke, er unterstützt uns.

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Interview: M. Lucas
BUNTE 7 2009
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06 February 2009

Change Begins Within

McCartney, Donovan Concert to Raise Funds for David Lynch Foundation


Legendary rock musician and former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, will headline the David Lynch Foundation’s benefit concert, “Change Begins Within,” at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4. The concert will launch a global initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation® technique.


Sir Paul, who is co-chairing the event, learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in 1967 and attended a course with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India in 1968.

Sir Paul will share top-billing with Donovan, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Moby, jazz flutist Paul Horn, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.

David Lynch, Russell Simmons, Laura Dern, and other surprise guests will fill out the star-studded slate as presenters.

The concert will raise funds to teach one million at-risk children the Transcendental Meditation technique, giving them the life-long tools to overcome stress and violence—and promote peace and success in their lives. Over 60,000 children in various countries have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique in the past two and a half years thanks to the David Lynch Foundation.

“Over one hundred schools in the New York City area expressed interest in incorporating the Transcendental Meditation technique into their systems,” said Dr. John Hagelin. “Extensive research on the benefits of the TM technique on student health and performance as well as the tremendous educational success of Maharishi University of Management contribute to the wide acceptance of the program.”

“Teach one million kids to meditate—and we will change the world overnight,” Mr. Lynch said. “This will be a celebration of Maharishi’s life-transforming knowledge.” Mr. Lynch, an award-winning filmmaker, inspired Sir Paul and his fellow artists to honor Maharishi and help the David Lynch foundation spread peace.
www.davidlynchfoundation.org/concert.html

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