22 March 2009

Meditation is an effective medium to reform jail inmates

Spiritual guru roped in to reform jail inmates


Kiran Deep
Tribune News Service

Yamunanagar, March 19

Meditation is an effective medium to reform jail inmates as after being involved in criminal activities they get filled with negative thoughts and feel frustrated and lonely when lodged in jails.

This was stated by Swami Shailendra Saraswati, who has been assigned the task to teach transcendental meditation (TM) to around 14,000 prisoners in 11 jails of the state.

Meditation helps in bringing about consciousness and generating positive thoughts, he said.

The spiritual guru has also been teaching mediation to police personnel and officials of the administration.

“The Director General of Police (prisons), Dr John V George, has requested me to teach meditation to the officers and inmates of all jails in Haryana, after he himself experienced the effects of meditation.

I first taught meditation to jail inmates, including women prisoners and those under solitary confinement, in Ambala Central Jail. The inmates felt liberated even while lodged in the jail that was the effect of meditation,” he said.

Shailendra Saraswati, who served as founding principal of Maharishi College of Management at Nairobi, Kenya, and dean of faculty at Majority International University, Oslo, Norway. He also taught managerial statistics and physics at Maharishi University of Management at Fairfield, Iowa, US.

He said though he was selected for admission to IIT, he decided to pursue pure science as a national scholar. After completing B.Sc (Honors) in Physics from Delhi University, he did M.Sc with specialisation in elementary particle physics.

“It was then I had started to realise that at the quantum level of reality, it will become necessary to understand consciousness as the source course and the goal of the physical universe which was not possible by purely objective physical means used in physics.

After completing PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad, and working in public sector for a few years, I again realised the futility of trying to change the world at a superficial level,” he added.

“My search ended with learning Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s transcendental meditation (TM) at a forest academy in Finland,” he added.
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