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Invincible America Assembly inspires Croatians to form coherence-creating group
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3 November 2012
The new director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in Croatia has a broad vision for his home country. Vedran Turkalj became inspired after participating in an advanced meditation programme in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and came back to Croatia thinking, 'I can do more for our nation.'
Mr Turkalj attended the Invincible America Assembly. The assembly is a large group of people who practise Transcendental Meditation and the advanced Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programme together daily. It was founded in 2006 to reduce social stress and crime, and create a sustained influence of coherence and harmony in the United States.
Inspired by his experience, Mr Turkalj could have chosen to remain in Fairfield and continue to participate in the large meditation group. Instead he decided to return to Croatia and create the same effect of coherence for his country.
He said, 'If I don't stay on the Invincible America Assembly, then I have to create that same feeling in my country, in Croatia.'
Mr Turkalj works closely with local Transcendental Meditation teachers in developing plans for the country. One of the main goals is to establish a group of 200 advanced Transcendental Meditation practitioners—the threshold number practising together to create the Maharishi Effect of coherence in collective consciousness for the whole population of Croatia. This is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's technology of consciousness to create invincible peace and progress for every nation.
'This is my primary goal,' Mr Turkalj said, 'to establish a permanent group.' One step in this direction is the creation of a peace colony, or Vedic residential development. Interest in this project has been increasing recently.
One role of a peace colony is as the home for a permanent coherence-creating group practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques. Peace colonies also often feature other programmes developed by Maharishi, including Consciousness-Based Education and Maharishi Ayurveda health care. All the homes and other structures are built according to the ancient principles of Maharishi Vastu architecture.
An idea for supporting a peace colony in Croatia is to offer ecological products from a local meditator-owned ecological farm.
But coherence throughout Croatia remains the main goal. It will be very good to have 'a big group', Mr Turkalj said. Then 'life is as it should be, just soft and nice.'
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