The mega spiritual bash of 25 lakh meditators converging on Jakkur grounds,Bangalore,India should really cause a temblor in Spiritual circles, not because of the weight of the converging physical masses but due to the reverberations of the meditative calmness.
Great is the authority of that one person who can bring to a grinding halt the brains and the minds of 25 lakh people – God’s best creation – the world’s finest supercomputer – to a standstill, at just the stroke of his words, “Ok, let’s meditate now”
In 1979 one Dr.Lyall Watson published an interesting personal observation of his, called “The hundredth monkey phenomenon”, in which he writes that when he was working with several Japanese primatologists on the study of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), a certain number of monkeys at a place called Koshima in Japan were washing sweet potatoes in the sea before consuming them. For the sake of brevity if one assumes that ninety-nine monkeys were doing it and that at eleven o’clock on a Tuesday morning, one further convert was added to the fold in the usual way. But the addition of the hundredth monkey apparently carried the number across some sort of threshold, pushing it through a kind of critical mass, because by that evening almost everyone was doing it. Not only that, but the habit seems to have jumped natural barriers and to have appeared spontaneously in colonies on other islands and on the mainland in a troop at Takasakiyama ! When the “hundredth” monkey learned to wash potatoes, suddenly and spontaneously and mysteriously monkeys on other islands, with no physical contact with the potato-washing cult, started washing potatoes! Was this monkey telepathy at work or just monkey business on Watson’s part?
Leaving our poor simian cousins alone lets get back to humans – Maharshi Mahesh Yogi of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program fame. On three different occasions during 1983-1995, groups of approximately 7,000 meditators were formed for periods lasting from 8 to 11 days, twice in the United States and once in Holland. The effects were studied using terrorism data collected completely independently by the Rand Corporation, the renowned California think tank. Five days after the assemblies started, terrorist activities in the world calmed down, the study reports. The study also found that warfare due to national and international conflicts decreased by approximately 30%. Assessment of the effects on warfare came from reports appearing in the New York Times and London Times.
“Our formula predicts that the square root of 1% of the world population meditating together would be needed to create a worldwide effect. That number was approximately 7,000 at the time of the study,” said study author Dr. David Orme-Johnson of Maharishi University of Management. “We found that the effect could not be explained by any trends or cycles in the data, or by the time of year or other factors. Nothing else was happening that could have explained the sudden drop in armed conflicts throughout the world at that time,” said the study’s coauthor Dr. Michael Dillbeck, also of Maharishi University of Management.
So how does it work? According to the researchers, the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs take the mind to its innermost state of silence, which is the unified field of natural law, the source of order in the universe. When enough people in society experience this level of awareness, then the coherence of the unified field is spread throughout the world, softening ancient ethnic, political, and economic stresses that are at the basis of war.
So Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the pioneer of this peace process, is organizing a permanent group of 40,000 in India and 3,000 Peace Palaces throughout the world. Peace Palaces are places where these techniques are taught and practiced to generate coherence in their local region. A Peace Palace was inaugurated on April 10 in the Catskills of New York.
Coming to the facts of the cases :
When Lyall Watson was cornered and questioned about his findings, Watson said that his data came from “off-the-record conversations with those familiar with the potato-washing work and that the scientists were reluctant to publish the whole story for fear of ridicule, so he had to to gather the rest of the story from personal anecdotes and bits of folklore among primate researchers, because most of them are still not quite sure what happened.” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As to Mahesh Yogi’s claims, James Randi a.k.a. The Amazing Randi, magician and author of numerous works skeptical of paranormal claims checked with the Fairfield Police Dept, the Iowa Dept of Agriculture, and the Dept of Motor Vehicles and found that the decrease of conflicts and other data was invented….
Continuing further the subject becomes more and more interesting and correspondingly the length of this mail too. Let me just mention it – The Morphic Fields of Rupert Sheldrake !!!
Well whatever, if the “Art Of Living” could gather 25 lakh people, not to mention the top dignitaries of different nations at one place,silence and subdue them for 20 minutes, is indeed a Miracle of modern times !
I would suggest to “SSRI” the following :
1.To form a “WORLD HUMAN ORGANIZATION” or “UNITED PEOPLE” devoid of all nations and boundaries and religions and reasons. This would become a new guiding force for the future of humanity.
2. To come on air (Telly,Radio, Wireless, Satellite whatever) everyday at some fixed time and ask all the people of the world to meditate for a couple of minutes.Just imagine the whole sea of humanity silenced for a few minutes, except for the sound of the lashing waves of the real sea on the shore lines.( Make sure no aliens are there, otherwise it would become an window of opportunity for them to strike ) If found useful it should be made compulsory by law.
3. Just wondering, “If one fine morning the whole of living humanity with no exception (including me and you) were to sit in silence meditation, would then god make his appearance to us in his true physical form and reveal himself as he did to arjuna . Becasue Then, The Whole Flux Of Humanity Is In Silence – Not The Silence Of The Lambs But The Silence Of The Divine.”