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The low cost of creating world peace through Maharishi's technologies of consciousness: Dr Ramani Ayer
by Global Good News staff writer
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10 November 2012
Dr Ramani Ayer continued to describe Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's legacy in the world at an event in Chicago, during this year's New Paradigm Tour of North America. Dr Ayer is a respected business leader and retired Chairman and CEO of Hartford Financial Services Group, a Fortune 500 company.
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In his speech to an audience of nearly 1,000, including many Indo-Americans, at the Meadows Club outside the city, Dr Ayer placed special emphasis on the knowledge and technologies of consciousness Maharishi brought to light from the Vedic tradition, which form the basis of his programme to create permanent world peace. He spoke about 'the power of Vedanta'* and Maharishi's goal to establish a group of 9,000 peace-creating experts—Maharishi Vedic Pandits—practising these Vedic technologies daily at a campus in the centre, or Brahmasthan, of India.
Discussing practical steps of implementing Maharishi's plan, Dr Ayer said, 'First of all, our goal is to create 9,000 [Vedic Pandits] in India. We are at 2,000** and we want to get to 3,500, 5,000, and then 9,000.'
Many things still need to be accomplished to reach that goal and to ensure the project will be sustainable, he said, including completing the campus at the Brahmasthan, housing the 9,000, and sustaining the whole group over time; as well as 'building out the training pipeline' so that more Pandits will continue to be trained year after year.
'It is our goal to have 9,000 Pandits there forever, and to create a foundation to be able to sustain this requires an endowment.'
'Less than the cost of one F18'
Putting the entire project in perspective, Dr Ayer drew a contrast between the staggering costs of building and maintaining conventional military defence systems—which have proven ineffective both in preventing conflict and terrorism and in creating a peaceful world—and the great simplicity and scientifically documented effectiveness of Maharishi's programme, the cost of which is minuscule by comparison.
To achieve Maharishi's goal on a sustainable, perpetual basis—in effect, 'to reverse the trends in the world and to construct a positive environment for all of humanity'—the support needed 'would amount to less than the cost of one F18' fighter jet. That is the power of the total Vedic wisdom, applied through Maharishi's programme, he said.
Dr Ayer concluded by reminding the audience of the universality of the ultimate knowledge of life contained in the Veda.
'Maharishi said that just because Newton discovered the Law of Gravity doesn't make the Law of Gravity English or Christian. Just because Einstein discovered the Theory of Relativity doesn't make that German or Jewish.' In the same way, Maharishi explained that Veda is 'the constitution of the universe and belongs to all of mankind', Dr Ayer said.
By unleashing this power of Vedic wisdom, 'you and I, and all of the members of the world community, can transform the world to make a difference for all of mankind—for our children, for our grandchildren, and for all generations to come.'
For more information about Maharishi's programme to create world peace, visit: Global Peace Initiative
* In his translation and commentary on chapters 1-6 of the Bhagavad Gita, Maharishi explains, 'Vedanta means end of the Veda, final knowledge of the Veda. . . . The main purpose of Vedanta is to educate man in the truth that complete knowledge of life is no other than life itself as it is lived naturally on the level of Being' (the transcendental field of existence, the absolute reality of life).
** By midsummer the number of Pandits in residence at the Brahmasthan of India had grown to nearly 2,500.
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