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Distinguished honourees reflect mature success of Maharishi University of Management
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24 July 2013
The honouring of two distinguished public figures this year by Maharishi University of Management reflected in different ways the mature level of success the university has achieved in just the 42 years since its founding.
United States Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the 2013 MUM Commencement ceremonies, praised the university in his Commencement address as exemplifying 'the best holistic approach to education and wellness in life of any university anywhere on the globe'.
In a recent report on university achievements, MUM President Dr Bevan Morris noted Senator Harkin's great appreciation for many aspects of Maharishi University of Management, including the Sustainable Living Center. Dr Morris described the Center as 'probably the greenest college campus building in America, meeting platinum LEED certification standards and not far from meeting the Sustainable Living Challenge'. Senator Harkin also enjoyed the organic food served in campus dining halls.
In his capacity as a US Senator Mr Harkin has promoted increased funding for research on heart disease through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also was largely responsible for the establishment of the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH. The Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at MUM was established and has received more than $20 million in funding from NIH, supporting a number of important published research studies showing beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation on cardiovascular disease.
During his Commencement address Senator Harkin also said he is confident about the future of Maharishi University of Management graduates because 'you came to the right school'. He expressed his 'highest respect and admiration . . . for this university, for what you've done, what you've become here in Iowa, the nation, and the world. . . . I have nothing but admiration for what the university has accomplished in such short period of time.
'In a unique way,' he continued, 'you have put the ''higher'' in higher education. You folks would agree with William Butler Yeats who said that education is not about filling up a bucket, it is about lighting a fire. And you carry that one step further. At this university education is also about training, focusing, freeing the mind. It's about raising consciousness. Here you have been beautifully prepared intellectually and spiritually for all the challenges you will face in the world out there. So you should go forth with confidence.'
Nat Goldhaber, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education degree at the 2013 Commencement. Dr Morris recounted how, many years ago, Mr Goldhaber had the idea for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, to found a university where everyone practised Transcendental Meditation, and where the Science of Creative Intelligence unified all knowledge. Maharishi felt this idea had merit and asked Mr Goldhaber to bring it to fruition.
Together with founding president Dr Robert Keith Wallace he established Maharishi International University* in 1971 and served as its first executive vice president, later going on to successful careers in government, high technology, and venture capital. 'No effort, no idea, no inspiration that I had, ever could possibly come close to the realization of this institution,' he said.
Dr Morris cited this achievement as a perfect example of a principle often cited by Maharishi, that one individual or a few individuals together, through their application of this knowledge could create great positive changes.
*The university was renamed Maharishi University of Management in 1995.
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