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Maharishi University of Management Valedictorian: 'Put development of consciousness first' for inner enlightenment and outer success
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26 June 2010
Valedictorian Josh Paling of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA addressed students, faculty, and guests at the Commencement exercises held 26 June 2010. Consciousness-Based Education does not end when students leave MUM, he said, encouraging his fellow graduates to 'put development of consciousness first,' and thus gain inner enlightenment and outer success.
Mr Paling said he had been so frustrated with his previous university that he had promised himself he was done with education. 'I don't normally believe in breaking promises,' Mr Paling said, 'but in coming to MUM I had to make an exception.'
At MUM, he said, he became excited about learning, and he appreciated being at a school where the other students and faculty were as enthusiastic as he was. On Sunday afternoons, he admitted a bit sheepishly, he found himself eager for class on Monday morning.
Most of all, he said, he appreciated the people in this friendly, harmonious coherence-creating community. When he came to MUM he felt at home for the first time.
Each of the students and graduates of MUM has a unique background and a 'miracle story' about how they came there, he said. Graduates of the University will carry the gifts of inner self-sufficiency and development of higher states of consciousness into the rest of their lives and share that with the people around them, he concluded.
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to feature the Commencement ceremony of Maharishi University of Management.
* Josh Paling's address was featured on the 30 June 2010 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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