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Building Maharishi Colleges of Perfect Health around the world
by Global Good News staff writer
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28 January 2013
After the first stage of his Total Health World Tour in India, Nepal, and Greece concluded earlier this year, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, reflected on the purpose of the tour and practical steps to bring the knowledge and technologies to create perfect health in countries around the world.
He said a main goal is to build partner institutions—Maharishi Health Centres and Maharishi Colleges of Perfect Health—that will operate as an integrated academic health centre in a particular locale.
In lectures to health professionals in many countries, Dr Schneider presented knowledge and research on Maharishi Ayur-Veda* health care. He also discussed potential means to achieve this goal—making use of all the knowledge, expertise, programmes, and resources already available in this field, to bring the knowledge into the practical realm of 'bricks and mortar, into programmes and services to help the people in every country'.
One possible approach Dr Schneider mentioned is to develop new institutions through collaborations with Maharishi University of Management, where he is Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Dean of Maharishi College of Perfect Health.
In his travels in the past year he encountered receptivity to his presentations, particularly in view of universal concerns about modern medicine's high costs, and growing acknowledgement of its inability to truly create health and well-being.
He also noted that the primary importance in Maharishi Ayur-Veda of consciousness as the basis for health, and transcending** as a means to integrate mind and body, is a new concept for many in modern health care.
These principles are clearly described in the ancient texts of Ayur-Veda; and the deep traditional knowledge of meditation and consciousness, and the natural laws underlying human health and well-being, is present in every culture, Dr Schneider said. One of the aims of these tours is to relate this newest, integrated approach to creating mind-body balance to the oldest knowledge of every country.
Presenting these concepts in terms of modern science and empirical validation through scientific research also helped audiences to understand the connection.
Results of hundreds of published studies on Transcendental Meditation have verified that enlivening consciousness through Vedic technologies produces beneficial effects on the material level of the physiology—test results change, showing for example lower blood pressure and reduced heart disease risk factors.
Global Good News will feature the conclusion of Dr Schneider's recap of his tour, in which he brings out the relationship between consciousness and physiology in the collective health of society.
See related articles:
∙ India, Nepal, Greece: Total Health World Tour highlights integration of modern science, ancient Vedic medicine
∙ India: World Ayurveda Congress features holistic perspective of Maharishi Ayurveda
∙ India, Nepal: Universities learn about integration of modern science and health care with ancient Vedic Science
∙ Greece: Bringing the knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda to the source of Western medicine
* Ayur-Veda is the world's oldest and most comprehensive system of natural health care, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective health science. Maharishi Ayur-Veda represents the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayur-Veda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
** Transcending: The effortless settling down of the mind to experience quieter levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond thought to experience the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity. Transcendental Meditation allows the individual to experience the effortless process of transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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