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Armenia: President of MUM speaks at schools, university, national television
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 July 2013
During a tour this year in southeastern Europe and the region on the border of Europe and Asia, Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited Ukraine, Armenia, and Georgia.
In Armenia, Dr Morris lectured about Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education at two secondary schools and a large teacher training university, and gave an interview on national television. He also spoke with many practitioners of Transcendental Meditation across the country.
One of the deans at the university said he had learned Transcendental Meditation in primary school from visiting American professors.
'This happens a lot,' Dr Morris commented recently, explaining that a total of about 30,000 people have learned TM in the country. Many learned the technique in 1989-1990 when a team of faculty from Maharishi University of Management were invited to the country and instructed many thousands of Armenians in Transcendental Meditation.
One person who learned Transcendental Meditation in high school is now a successful businessman who owns a national television station. Dr Morris was interviewed on a popular TV show at the station for half an hour.
The woman conducting the interview became so interested in what he was saying that 'she was talking to me in English and forgot to have it translated into Armenian'. Wherever he went in the country, 'people were just very interested'.
Dr Morris also described what it was like 24 years ago in Armenia when the first teachers of Transcendental Meditation came from the United States to Yerevan, the capital city.
Some of the meditators he met in Armenia regaled him with stories from that time, about the great upsurge of popular interest and enthusiasm for Transcendental Meditation. This was still during the Soviet era, and all the bus and taxi services stopped at 11:00 p.m. But so many people had signed up for the meditation courses that the teachers were often still teaching at that hour. People wanted to learn Transcendental Meditation so much that they would offer to find rides for the teachers themselves, as long as they would continue to instruct.
Another person told the story of a famous surgeon who decided that his whole team of doctors should learn Transcendental Meditation. He felt that this was so important to his practice, he didn't want anyone working for him who did not meditate.
'There were a lot of things like that,' said Dr Morris, describing the 'wild enthusiasm of the nation' for Transcendental Meditation.
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