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Maharishi's Proposal for Permanent World Peace - An 'open letter' to US and world leaders, September 2001
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10 September 2011
'With this knowledge of the invincible power of total Natural Law we can create an indomitable influence of positivity and harmony in world consciousness.' — Maharishi
Ten years ago this month—following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC—in announcements published in the world press and in his first press conference in seven years, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi presented his Proposal for Permanent World Peace through large-scale implementation of Invincible Defense Technology.
Now, as the US and the world commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, Maharishi's initiative continues today as the top priority of his organizations teaching the Transcendental Meditation Programme around the world.
A full-page advertisement presenting Maharishi's Proposal for Permanent World Peace—'a respectful open letter' to President Bush, the leaders of Congress, and the 'philanthropic, peace-loving citizens of the USA and the world'—was published September 23-25, 2001 in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune.
The advertisment pointed out that 'since 1,000 B.C. there have been over 8,000 peace treaties, and each one lasted on average no more than nine years'; and that since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 'to end wars and conflicts between nations once and for all. . . . there have been 150 major wars.'
The advertisment continued:
'It is clear that political negotiations, treaties, and the use of arms have never succeeded in creating a lasting state of world peace.
'What is the way out of this predicament?
'Maharishi says: ''Only a new seed will yield a new crop.
' ''Only a new philosophy and new efforts based on new knowledge will fulfill the age-old dream of the wise for prevention of crime, terrorism, and wars, and maintenance of world peace on a permanent basis.'' '
Noting that 'the US Congress has just voted $40 billion for the war against terrorism', and in view of the futility of approaches to peace based on military force, the advertisement explained,
'If the government and people of the USA think they can destroy terrorism by starting to destroy terrorists, they should understand that any step in the direction of destruction will have destructive repercussions and will only help to create waves of destruction in time. This is a universal Law of Nature—action and reaction—''As you sow, so shall you reap.''
'It is a matter of truthfully facing the facts. The President of the US and the people of all the NATO alliance countries should understand that any war, anywhere, by anyone, will make the reality of war perpetual, as it has been throughout the ages.'
The advertisment went on to present Maharishi's solution to this global problem:
'The wise retaliation against terrorism will be to take a step which will completely root out terrorism forever—and this will be by creating a very strong influence of positivity and harmony in world consciousness so that any kind of negative trends do not arise.
'We have the knowledge and experience of that total Natural Law which invincibly governs the infinite diversity of the ever-expanding universe.
'With this knowledge of the invincible power of total Natural Law we can create an indomitable influence of positivity and harmony in world consciousness using the latest theories and technologies of modern science supported by the ancient Vedic Literature—the Science of Consciousness as brought to light by Maharishi.'
The advertisement continued, presenting the immediate need to create an Endowment Fund of $1 billion, to permanently support a very large group of experts in Maharishi's peace-creating technologies of consciousness—'in the programs of enlivening the unifying, nourishing power of Nature's Intelligence, in order to create and maintain coherence in world consciousness and eliminate the basis of all negativity.'
Global Good News will continue to feature Maharishi's scientifically verified programme to create permanent world peace, presented in September 2001 and as it has been implemented in countries around the world in the decade since, in the coming days.
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