Presents Peace Proposal at International News
In his first press conference in seven years,
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi recently presented a
field-tested, peaceful approach based on the
wisdom of the Vedic tradition to eliminate
terrorism and create permanent world peace.
Maharishi spoke live via satellite from
Holland to a packed audience at the National
Press Club in Washington, D.C., with many
thousands more connected by teleconference, live
webcast, and satellite television.
Maharishi proposed establishing in India a
group of 40,000 experts trained in proven Vedic
technologies of defense, including the
Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi®
program, to neutralize the tensions in the world
today. These experts would generate an influence
of peace and positivity in world consciousness
and thereby eliminate hostility.
"We Have the Solution"
"We have the solution to the age-old problem
of crime and negativity," Maharishi said. "Crime
has been coming up in every generation, and
every government has implemented punishments;
but crime and punishment continue, generation
"Now we want to take recourse to that
intelligence of Natural Law which in our
scientific age is being realized as the most
fundamental level of everyone's awareness. This
is the time for us in this scientific age to
make use of this most fundamental level of life,
which is Transcendental Consciousness, and
thereby all our thoughts and actions will be
fully in accordance with the evolutionary
direction of Natural Law."
World Peace Endowment
Maharishi called for the creation of a World
Peace Endowment Fund of $1 billion to sustain
the 40,000 professional "peace-creators" on a
permanent basis. The interest from the fund
would pay for housing facilities and living
costs at about $200 per expert per month.
Maharishi urged government leaders and the most
prominent and successful individuals of America
to support the implementation of this proven,
preventive approach and avert the imminent
threat of war.
"The value of science and technology is to
prevent all the mistakes that past generations
have been committing," he said. "Prevention is
the answer. Vedic performances can create a very
strong level of harmony and integrity in all the
countries, and that is the only way the
tradition of culprits can be stopped. When these
40,000 people will generate coherence in world
consciousness, then that coherent world
consciousness will not allow negative tendencies
to sprout. It is possible to create very strong
coherence in the world, and this I am going to
Dr. Hagelin Cites
Faculty member John Hagelin, Ph.D.,
Harvard-trained quantum physicist, chaired the
news conference and outlined the theory and
rigorous scientific research supporting this
Major General Kulwant Singh, a highly
decorated, 35-year military veteran in India and
an expert in anti-terrorism, also spoke at the
news conference via telephone from India.
"Today the world is looking for a solution to
violence and terrorism," he said. "But bombs
will never bring peace. Violence begets
violence. I can speak this with the conviction
of 35 years experience of fighting terrorism. .
. . If you want to bring peace, you must reduce
the cause of violence, and that is stress in
Where Else Will Peace Come
Philanthropist Jeffrey Abramson urged
America's business leaders to act. "The search
for sustainable and lasting peace continues
because, until Maharishi and these scientists
offered this solution, we never addressed the
roots of war-terrorism, anger, and crime. If we
do not look within human consciousness and if we
do not expand human experience from within, then
where will peace in our world come from?"
Maharishi closed the news conference by
saying, "We have the solution, and now we are
determined to do all our best to really
eliminate the basis of all negativity in our
world, and we'll have the blossoming of a very
good fortune for the people and government of
42 Students Help Create
Peace via New Course on Maharishi's Absolute
Theory of Defense
BY ALESIA LLOYD
For the first time in the history of the
University, a course in Maharishi's Absolute
Theory of Defense is being offered. Some 42
students are currently enrolled in the course,
which is designed to give University students
the opportunity to create additional coherence
in the U.S. by participating in the extended
Super Radiance program. The students are also
studying Maharishi Vedic Defense.
"Maharishi teaches that an enemy is a lively
embodiment of our own weakness," said Tom
Egenes, one of the teachers of the course."As we
create more coherence in our own selves, we
radiate more peace and love to others. And we
then find that we no longer have an enemy."
Dr. Egenes adds, "Essentially, we are
attacking enmity within our own selves in order
to remove the birth of an enemy on the outside.
This ultimately shifts the responsibility of
creating world peace directly to ourselves."
According to Dr. Egenes, Maharishi has said
that during this time when our nation's leaders
are formulating their reaction to the tragic
attacks, coherence is most effectively created
through the extended group practice of Yogic
Flying. Reinforcing this, Dr. Egenes said that
more than 50 scientific studies exist
demonstrating the benefits of the group practice
of Yogic Flying.
In addition to practicing extended Super
Radiance every morning, in the afternoons the
students watch videotapes of either University
President Dr. Bevan Morris or Maharishi himself
speaking on Vedic Defense. Homework consists of
reading Maharishi's Absolute Theory of
A series of guest lectures are also an
integral part of the course. Speakers include
Dr. Douglas Birx, H.E. Dr. Robert Keith Wallace,
Bob Oates, and Dean of Men Richard Neate, a
former Air Force colonel who has trained jet
pilots and is now extensively involved in
promoting Vedic Defense.
"It is rewarding seeing the students getting
brighter and brighter," Dr. Egenes said. "They
are truly creating something great for
themselves and at the same time creating
something great for the whole world."
"Everybody is enjoying the class," said
student Bill Jaxtheimer. "It provides a great
opportunity to get deeper rest as well as to
help create more coherence through the Maharishi
Maharishi Vedic Science faculty member Tina
McQuiston is co-teaching the course with Dr.
305 New Students
As of early October the University had
enrolled 305 new students for fall semester,
including distance-education students in
According to Brad Mylett, director of
Admissions, 76 new first-year students enrolled
this fall, just two fewer than last year, which
was the highest enrollment in five years.
Among the new students this year are 14
students enrolled in computer science in a new
distance-education program in India.
The University accepted only 16 students in
the master's level Computer Professionals co-op
program compared to about 75 last year. The
weakened economy in the U.S. has made it more
difficult to place students in internships-a key
component of the program-so University officials
have temporarily slowed enrollment in this
program. A sizable number of currently enrolled
students are still waiting to be hired. (See ads
on pages 5 and 6.)
Mr. Mylett said he is pleased with the new
first-year students. "This is a very high
quality group of students," he said. "Many are
eager to learn the TM-Sidhi program and
contribute to World Peace. They take their
global role as peacemakers very seriously. This
reflects the high level of maturity in our
He also noted that the new students this year
again scored exceptionally high on a
standardized test administered after the
Again this year the student body is diverse,
coming from about 50 different countries.
Score High on Standardized Assessments
In early September the new first-year
students took a series of assessments as part of
a program to measure intellectual and
psychological growth over their four years, and
results showed, like last year, that they are
already at a high level.
On a test of critical reasoning prepared by
the College Entrance Examination Board, the
students had an average score of 25 out of a
possible 30, compared to a norm of 20 for
freshmen at other colleges and universities.
Four students received perfect scores, one
completing the test in 12 minutes (45 minutes
are allowed). The test measured the students'
ability to interpret data, use information
appropriately, and evaluate information.
The students also took the Constructive
Thinking Inventory, which includes four
components, and scored well above national norms
on all four. The components measured global
constructive thinking, emotional coping,
behavioral coping, and categorical thinking.
High scores on these measures suggest that
the individual is flexible in thinking, has the
ability to cope with distressing situations, has
attributes that promote success such as
optimism, enthusiasm, energy, and
conscientiousness, and is able to avoid viewing
the world in terms of black and white.
According to faculty member Joel Wysong, who
administered the measures and who is codirector
of evaluation, the students' achievement was
also notable because, like last year, they
performed well in two disparate areas.
They did well on the critical reasoning test,
which measures analytical thinking and
correlates highly with success in school-but not
necessarily with success in the world. And they
did well on the Constructive Thinking Inventory,
which is designed to measure practical thinking
or common sense and correlates highly with
success in the world-but not necessarily with
success in school.
Dr. Wysong said that the purpose of the
testing is to provide a baseline against which
to measure the University's unique ability to
foster students' holistic development.
The students will take the tests again in
their fourth year during the capstone Forest
Academy to measure their growth while at the
"It's always inspiring to administer these
measures to Maharishi University of Management
students," Dr. Wysong said. "These results
clearly show that they are exceptional, even as
freshmen. But best of all-as our senior testing
verifies-the education here enables students to
continue developing toward their full potential
as enlightened human beings."
Geological Wonders of South Dakota
BY ALESIA LLOYD
Two-billion-year-old pink quartzite cliffs,
mica flakes big enough to make windows out of,
and old pegmatite rock mines hosting flakes the
size of baseballs were just a few of the
geological marvels that greeted five University
students who recently trekked to South Dakota
with science faculty Sam James on a geological
The students ventured to, among other
locales, the Badlands and Black Hills national
parks of South Dakota. They went for a week in
mid-September in order to experience a diversity
of geological rock and rock formations that
range in age from 10 million to 2.5 billion
An integral part of Dr. James's Earth science
course, the field trip enabled the students to
see firsthand what they had been studying in
class, offering them a prime location to study a
broad range of geological formations.
The students explored terrain that included
spires, knobs, and bulbs of granite and other
rock sediment. Often these formations protruded
high into the air creating a series of steep
The students also got to see the famous
national monument Mt. Rushmore, although as Dr.
James explained, it was only by coincidence. "We
were out in a field conducting a study when we
looked up and realized that the mountain we saw
in the distance was indeed Mt. Rushmore."
Dr. James added, "Perhaps even more
interesting than seeing Mt. Rushmore was
witnessing a giant sculpture of Crazy Horse, one
of the last great war leaders of the Lakota
tribe, being carved into a fairly sizable
granite mountain akin to the Mt. Rushmore
New Office Building
Going Up on West Side of Campus
BY GLORIA FOSTER
A new office building constructed according
to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design
is currently being built near the hiking trail
that borders the west side of campus.
Doug Greenfield, president of Maharishi
Global Construction, Ed Malloy, and Jim Danaher,
all partners in the Danaher Oil Company, are
joining forces to provide this new resource for
the business community. "This building will be
an incubator for startup businesses," Mr.
Greenfield said. "It will feature many one-room
office suites, all viewing a carefully designed,
wooded area surrounding the building or a
beautifully landscaped open courtyard that
resembles a café setting at a
Its two stories will provide various
possibilities, from one-room offices to
four-room suites, including a reception room. To
keep coworkers together, a business can rent as
much as half of a floor or even an entire
Jon Lipman, chief architect for Maharishi
Global Construction and architect for the
current campus reconstruction, is also this
building's architect. "Because the walls will be
fabricated as panels off-site, the construction
is unusually precise, even by Vedic standards,"
Mr. Lipman said. "There is something else about
this structure that is unusual and auspicious in
comparison with most large office
buildings-every private office contains an
operable window. Every worker in each room will
be within a few feet of fresh air, with natural
light permeating every room."
Circle B Construction Company and Badger
Construction are building the 23,000-square-foot
structure with an imposing two-story entry lobby
that will include a grand stairway. It will be
architecturally enriched with Vedic ornament
that will integrate it with the other new
buildings on campus.
Another advantage of this office building is
its location. Immediately adjacent to the
campus, it will have its own Highway 1 street
address and will be just a few seconds from the
Golden Domes by car. Yet it looks out on a view
of forest, the Jefferson County trail, and a
prairie remnant and farmland beyond.
Mr. Greenfield says, "One of the main
attractions and benefits of the building is its
location directly across from our precious
Golden Domes. The theme of the building will be
'Consciousness-the prime mover of life.' Those
who establish a business in this home near the
Golden Domes will enjoy the profound coherence
radiating around them from the fountainhead of
Maharishi's knowledge on his campus."
For further information call Cheryl Rogers of
Danaher Oil Company: (641) 472-8421.
Rec Center Adds New
BY SRIPRIYAA CHANDRASEKHAR
The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences
has purchased new equipment, including fitness
machines for the Recreation Center, canoes, and
The two new top-of-the-line Nordic Tracks are
cross-country ski simulators, said Ken Daley,
head of the Department of Exercise and Sport
Sciences. "Cross-country skiing is the premier
aerobic fitness training regime," he said.
The new inversion machine gives users the
opportunity to rotate to an upside down position
and is useful for improving posture and for
improving spatial awareness for any activity
that requires inversion, such as diving and
gymnastics, Mr. Daley said.
The purchases also include four 17-foot
aluminum canoes, primarily for the annual Base
The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences
has also purchased an additional 15-seat Ford
van for transportating the University teams and
for activities such as Base Camp and weekend
Mr. Daley said that facilities are gradually
expanding and that he is interested in meeting
the needs of the students. Students who have
ideas and suggestions can contact Mr. Daley at
to Breathe New Life into University
BY ALESIA LLOYD
If you've gone by the Cosmic Café
recently, you've probably noticed that it has
been shut down. But don't panic yet, for this is
not the end but yet another new beginning for
the faithful student hangout.
Ahmed Al-hafedh, Student Body president, is
spearheading the effort along with the Student
Government and former café manager Sarah
Carter to revitalize the café.
With the addition of a new sound system,
including a karaoke machine, CD player, and
amplifier, which were installed this past
summer, the Student Government feels that the
café needs a new look.
"There is a wave of enthusiasm within the
Student Government to take the café to a
whole new level," Mr. Al-hafedh said. "We want
to give it a new look and make it the number one
hangout for the students."
That new look includes completely revamping
the outdated decor. "We want to get rid of the
old furniture and replace it with some that is
far more comfortable," Mr. Al-hafedh said. "We
also want to paint the walls and put up shelves
and buy some new lamps."
Aiding the Student Government in their
efforts is University student Peter DeRuiter, an
experienced interior designer. "Peter had
designed interiors for million-dollar homes in
Florida," Mr. Al-hafedh says. "He is going to
help us redesign a whole new environment for the
interior of the café."
According to Mr. Al-hafedh, shutting down the
café temporarily made more sense than
trying to keep it open. "We wanted to just shut
it down so that we could really focus on getting
it revamped. After we get it fixed up, we are
planning on having a big grand opening, possibly
with a new name."
Proposed features of the new café are
going to be the addition of four computers with
ethernet access for students to use for surfing
the net or e-mailing. Also, Student Government
wants to create a "real café
environment," including having waitpersons
serving beverages and food.
Team Anticipates Successful Season
BY ALESIA LLOYD
The University's soccer team is off to a good
start this year, winning two out of the first
three games of the season, according to
University Student Body President and soccer
team player Ahmed Al-hafedh.
"Our team is earning respect in Iowa," Mr.
Al-hafedh said. "Other teams are bringing in
their best players to go up against us and are
playing very aggressive games."
Mr. Al-hafedh gives credit to a few key
players this fall, including player/coach Carlo
Castillo, newcomer freshman Nicholas Paulsen,
and female player Carrie Fritsch.
The soccer team plays every Sunday on their
home field in Iowa City. Contact Mr. Al-hafedh
for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit in Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care
Physicians affiliated with the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, West
Virginia, recently received credit toward their
continuing medical education (CME) requirement
by taking a course about the Transcendental
This step follows last year's decision by the
U.S. Veterans Administration to reimburse
patients who learn the Transcendental Meditation
technique if prescribed by a doctor.
In addition, Sarina J. Grosswald, Ed.D., who
played an instrumental role in the VA course,
has successfully obtained national accreditation
and developed a CME course on cardiovascular
disease and the Transcendental Meditation
technique. That course has now been reviewed by
the Continuing Medical Education director at the
Martinsburg VA facility.
The Martinsburg course is being taught by Jim
Krag, who is both an M.D. and a teacher of the
Transcendental Meditation technique.
According to the organizers, this course is
important in part because it establishes a
precedent that can be replicated around the
country. A short manual or checklist is being
developed that teachers of the Transcendental
Meditation technique can follow to successfully
set up similar courses in their own regional and
urban VA centers and medical facilities.
For more information on this CME course, see
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