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Cyprus: TV, radio interviews bring Transcendental Meditation to a wide audience
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12 May 2012
In addition to visiting five universities on the island of Cyprus, Dr Bevan Morris gave several television and radio interviews during his time there.
Dr Morris, president of Maharishi University of Management, toured Cyprus with the same purpose as in every location on his recent tour of Africa and other Mediterranean countries. The tour was designed to bring the knowledge and technologies of consciousness of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—including the Transcendental Meditation Programme—to the attention of the leadership of the country, as a means of solving problems and promoting permanent peace and prosperity. To this end, he met with local and national media outlets to talk about these programmes.
In northern Cyprus, the part of the island affiliated with Turkey, Dr Morris gave one radio and two television interviews. About one interview he commented that the journalist 'was very interested, very curious' about the whole programme.
Dr Morris also went to a television station in the city of Nicosia. He noted that the experience of being interviewed is always an interesting one.
'As [the reporter] is listening you can feel their mind shift from being an interviewer to being a human being, and they begin to think, ''I should do this [Transcendental Meditation] because it just sounds so important.'' '
That television show 'goes out on cable television in Turkey and anywhere Turkic people are, which is all through central Asia. So [the interview] may have had fairly far-reaching influence.'
As well as giving media interviews, Dr Morris also had a meeting with the president of northern Cyprus, adding that the president's translator had travelled and studied in Iowa, USA, and felt an instant connection with the delegation representing Maharishi University of Management, which is located in Fairfield, Iowa.
The president listened closely to the presentation, Dr Morris said.
Theodore Pizanis, director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in southern Cyprus, commented upon Dr Morris's visit as a catalyst for promoting harmony and integration in the country.
'We look forward to materializing all these things . . . in both the north and the south, and working together to make the island a peaceful, harmonious, and well-integrated place again.'
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