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India: Expansion of Maharishi Vedic Pandit groups, Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer

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26 May 2011

The Maharishi Vedic Pandits programme in India has expanded rapidly in recent years, and Consciousness-Based Education initiatives are being launched in conjunction with the Vedic Pandit groups. Dr Girish Varma, National Director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for India, reported these developments at a 26 May 2011 conference at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

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The Maharishi Vedic Pandit project in the Brahmasthan (geographic centre) of India, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, has grown to now comprise over 1,000 acres, with space for over 2,000 Vedic Pandits. In total there are now 7,000 Vedic Pandits in 47 residential campuses throughout India. The Pandits conduct special Vedic performances to promote invincible peace and progress for every nation, as well as creating coherence and harmony in world consciousness through their group practice of Maharishi's technologies of consciousness.

In addition to the Pandit groups, there are now 152 Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools in 16 Indian states with 104,000 students, 40,000 of whom are practising Yogic Flying.

Many of the parents of these students practise Transcendental Meditation, and those who also practise the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme have formed coherence-creating Yogic Flying groups in many cities, with 40 to 100 practising together daily in each place. A plan is being structured to have 5,000 of the students at Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools finish their education at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa.

Also located in the Brahmasthan of India is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya, a state university that today has 70,000 students. All of these students practise Transcendental Meditation, and 3,000-4,000 are Yogic Flyers. Of the 70,000 students, 15,000 are studying Maharishi's Vedic Science, and now all 7,000 Vedic Pandits have been enrolled in this programme too. Other students study computer science and management.

Dr Varma is working to establish additional educational institutions near to India's Brahmasthan. This is being achieved through an association programme for institutions to become linked by adopting Maharishi's programmes. After announcing this association programme, Dr Varma immediately received enquiries from 4,000 schools wishing to participate. 'It was Maharishi's goal to have as many schools as possible near the Maharishi Vedic Pandits in India, and we're making great progress in this area,' said Dr Varma.

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