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Maharishi Effect had 'powerful and salutary influence' on Cambodia
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17 August 2013
The switch to democracy often fails to deliver economic benefits, researchers have pointed out.
Dr Guy Hatchard and Dr Ken Cavanaugh looked at 70 nations that implemented a multiparty democracy between 1990 and 1998, and found that only 3 countries, Namibia, Mozambique, and Cambodia, experienced clear peaceful and economic benefits.
Dr Lee Fergusson, one of the founding rectors of Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia, explained recently that the researchers made a persuasive case for both Mozambique and Cambodia being strongly influenced by the Maharishi Effect of increased coherence in collective consciousness produced by large groups of people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes together.
'The per capita Gross National Product (GNP) in nations introducing multiparty democracy fell by 3.3 per cent during 1990 to 1996. But Cambodia and Mozambique bucked the trend, and both countries have risen steadily up the world scale of relative economic prosperity as measured by the GNP over the last decade,' said Dr Fergusson in a recent interview.
He pointed out that in Maharishi Vedic University alone, there were enough people practising Transcendental Meditation and the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, to generate the Maharishi Effect. That effect has been felt, Dr Fergusson said.
'Following the establishment of Maharishi Vedic University in 1993, Cambodia has undergone a remarkable transformation from a country with a civil war, martial law, and military dictatorship, no freedom of expression or civil rights, a weak economy reliant on external assistance, poor relations with neighbors, and a prevailing sense of fear, etc.—and now it's a member of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) group of nations and has a much greater sense of confidence, security, and optimism.'
Dr Fergusson added, 'Prior to 1993 there were few reliable measures of social economic factors available but the recorded trends show inflation was reduced between 1994 and 2001 and the Gross Domestic Product of the country grew at a rate over a 10 year period of 5.5 percent per annum.'
There are other good examples of changes in literacy rates, life expectancy rates, and rates of participation of women in higher education.
'All of which would indicate that the Maharishi Effect has had a very powerful and salutary effect on Cambodia over the last 20 years,' Dr Fergusson concluded.
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