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TM, Sanskrit gaining popularity in US
by Nona Walia
Navbharat Times Translate This Article
New Delhi, India
4 July 2005
On 4 July 2005 Navbharat Times reported:
An article appearing on the front page of India's popular Hindi daily, the Navbharat Times, said that the Transcendental Meditation Programme and other Vedic routines, along with the study of Sanskrit are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. While the centre of interest in Vedic knowledge is Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa, Sanskrit has also become a major interest at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of culture.
The article noted that not only do 3,000 people in Maharishi Vedic City and the neighbouring town of Fairfield, Iowa practise the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM) daily, but school children there practise TM and recite Vedic hymns for 10 minutes each day as part of their curriculum.
The article went on to say that the popularity of Sanskrit could be gauged from the fact that this year MIT held its convocation ceremony amid the recitation of Vedic hymns in Sanskrit, during which 2,000 students got their bachelor degrees.
The article observed that people in the US are also listening to the popular Indian bhajans (religious songs). Many people who can not recite the bhajans themselves turn to the internet to listen to them.
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