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Great Britain: Students thirsty for knowledge of Transcendental Meditation
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8 October 2009
At the start of the academic year in Great Britain, universities hole 'Freshers' Fayres' to introduce new students to all that each university offers. At many universities this year, hundreds of enthusiastic students and faculty learned about Transcendental Meditation.
This year, the Teachers of Transcendental Meditation hosting booths at these fairs have found that not just one, two, or ten students want to talk to them—but 200, 300, or 400. 'Everyone is just bursting with enthusiasm to hear about Transcendental Meditation. It's quite a phenomenon,' said Raja Peter Warburton, Raja of Great Britain for the Global Country of World Peace, recently. The students in Great Britain are 'absolutely thirsty for the knowledge of Transcendental Meditation', he said.
Speaking on 2 October,* Raja Peter showed slides of Transcendental Meditation Teachers speaking with students at a booth at the Edge Hill University fair. The university has 19,000 students, of which 4,000 are new each year. Throughout the day, 300-400 students, faculty, and others visited the booth. One of the Teachers said she 'was very impressed—such lovely young people, bright, interested, attentive, and full of good manners'.
Another Teacher said, 'It was a fantastic opportunity to talk to 300-400 young people all in one place, on one day . . . . Many students stayed quite a while to talk to us.'
She also commented that with the counselling service of the university full to overflowing, 'our knowledge is very much needed.' Students told her they had difficulty sleeping and were under stress and tension. She thought, 'If we weren't here today, they wouldn't have known about us—that there is a simple, effective way to release stress and begin to enjoy life more.'
A society for Transcendental Meditation has been established on campus by a PhD student who practises the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme and is a director of the nearby Maharishi European Sidhaland.
The Transcendental Meditation booth at the 'Freshers' Fayre' at Kingston University in Surrey was also very busy all day. Students who already practise the technique created posters; signup sheets for new students to leave their contact information were full by the end of the day. The Transcendental Meditation Teacher received enthusiastic responses to an email sending students further information. Introductory lectures are scheduled at the university, and a student is establishing a campus society for Transcendental Meditation.
* Raja Peter was speaking on the 2 October Maharishi Global Family Chat, which is broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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