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Kansas to be home to World Capital of Peace: Small town finds Yogi's disciples 'not so scary'
by Laura Bauer
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20 April 2006
On 20 April 2006 Kansas City Star reported:
A recent groundbreaking ceremony in Smith Center, Kansas, USA paves the way for the construction of the World Capital of Peace. Although there was some initial uncertainty among the 1,800 residents of the town, Smith Center Mayor Randy Archer estimates about 95 per cent of the population now supports the project.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
fulfilment to the field of world peace.
The World Capital of Peace will sit on 480 acres purchased by a non-profit organization, the Global Country of World Peace, which is led by supporters of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Movement. The facility will also have office space for the US Peace Government, another organization associated with the Transcendental Meditation Movement.
According to the article, the World Capital of Peace in Smith Center, Kansas will be located at the geographical centre of the US, and will serve as 'a US$14 million centerpiece of hundreds of 'peace palaces' across the nation'.
Mayor Archer and the Smith County commissioners administrative assistant, Charles Sellens, were favourably impressed when they attended the ground-breaking ceremony and met leaders of the World Capital of Peace project. The article reports: 'All were professionals, everything from doctors and lawyers to teachers and engineers.'
Ecologist Kent Boyum, who is the director of government relations for the Global Country of World Peace, said: 'Our intention is to have something very pleasant. There's absolutely no surprise people would have questions about it or be a little afraid. But at the same time, when they actually meet us as individuals, we're just normal people like everyone else.' Mr Sellens remarked that: 'Their commonality seems to be they like this meditation method for dealing with stresses in their life.'
Sellens welcomes the economic boost that the World Capital of Peace is likely to bring to the town. He sites the example of Fairfield, Iowa, where a Maharishi University was established during the 1970s: 'In the past two decades, the Fairfield area has added 300 businesses, doubled its tax base, and added about 2,000 people to its population,' the article reports.
'I have very positive feelings about them being in the community,' Mr Sellens said.
According to Mr Boyum, 'Organizers hope to have the first building in place within three months. In the end, the goal is to have about 300 full-time residents at the World Capital of Peace, with others coming for retreats. Full-time residents will practice Transcendental Meditation and organic farming, but the area will also be open to tourists.'
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