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Croatians aim to establish large coherence-creating group of advanced meditators
by Global Good News staff writer
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3 November 2012
In Croatia, the new director of the Transcendental Meditation organization has many ideas and projects underway.
Vedran Turkalj, who has practised Transcendental Meditation for 17 years, described one important initiative, which gained momentum as a result of his recent visit to a community of meditators in the USA. He was greatly impressed by this experience and would like to recreate it in his home country.
Mr Turkalj spent some time participating in the Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield, Iowa. The assembly is a large group of people who practise Transcendental Meditation and the advanced Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programme together daily. It was founded in 2006 to reduce social stress and crime, and create a sustained influence of coherence and harmony in the United States.
After returning home, Mr Turkalj said he felt that 'I can do more for our nation.' Working closely with the Transcendental Meditation teachers in the country in developing plans and priorities, he is responsible for many areas. His main goal, he said, is to establish a similar large group of advanced meditation experts in Croatia, regularly practising these coherence-creating technologies of consciousness.
The primary objective is 'to establish a permanent group', and he sees several possibilities to accomplish this.
Mr Turkalj also wants to help more Croatians learn about and enjoy the many benefits of Transcendental Meditation; plans include updating the programme's website and making more use of online advertising.
Another area of focus is on creating a Peace Colony, a residential development where all the homes are built according to the ancient Vedic principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture. One purpose of a Peace Colony is to be the seat of a permanent coherence-creating group of meditators. There are already a few possible locations for land, and at least 16 people have expressed interest in establishing and living in such a peace colony.
An idea for supporting the colony is to offer ecological products from a meditator-owned ecological farm. As in many parts of the world, the popularity of organics and all-natural products is rising in Croatia.
There are many other ideas for new projects and undertakings. In addition to these, Mr Turkalj wants to focus on continuing to offer in-residence courses for people who have already learned Transcendental Meditation, which are held in 'many beautiful places' in the country and are always very popular.
Global Good News will continue to report on new developments in the Transcendental Meditation programme in Croatia.
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