GLOBAL PEACE INITIATIVE INTRODUCTORY LETTER PORTFOLIO
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G L O B A L P E A C E I N I T I A T I V E
‘The winds of the Cold War
have changed to winds of hope.’
Dear supporters of peace,
In our previous newsletter (letter 3) we explained that for millennia, traditional families in India have been the custodians of this precious knowledge. From father to son, Vedic families pass down the honoured profession of Vedic Pandit. These are the quiet, professional peacekeepers who devote their time to the mastery of Yoga (meditation) and Yagya (science of sound/recitation to create profoundly positive effects). Go here to read letter 3.
Only a few decades ago, a wave of peace created by Maharishi Vedic Pandits drew the attention of political leaders and commentators around the world.
The beginning of a new era
In 1987, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi trained and assembled a very large group of 7,000 Pandits – the square root of one percent of the world’s population at that time.
Over the three years in which the Pandits were engaged, the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended, and Apartheid ceased. Numerous other conflicts came to a halt as well, including the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia.
Strikingly, these events all occurred in a sudden and peaceful way within this period that the Pandits were gathered. At that time U.S. President Ronald Reagan noted this remarkable shift when he visited Moscow for a summit. ‘There is no way I really can explain how I came to be here… ,’ he said to Mikhail Gorbachev in June 1988. The Soviet leader responded: ‘The winds of the Cold War have changed to the winds of hope.’
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev shake hands at the Moscow Summit, June 1988
A wave of permanent peace
To ensure that this practical technology of peace would be established on a permanent basis, Maharishi developed a structured training programme for Vedic Pandits in more than two dozen locations around India.
Today, thousands of young Pandits follow the curriculum developed by Maharishi including their daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, TM-Sidhi programme including Yogic Flying, as well as systematic training in Yagya. This training continues through college level Bachelor’s degree, and can also continue on to a Masters and PhD.
While the original group of 7,000 Pandits could not be maintained for financial reasons in 2010, a Global Monthly Donor Programme was established to rebuild and expand the group. We now have a group of 2,000 trained Maharishi Vedic Pandits in central India, and in total about 5,000 Maharishi Vedic Pandits at our campuses around India. With a continued increase in regular contributions from many individuals, we will be able to reach and maintain 9,000 Maharishi Vedic Pandits at the central Indian campus and to bring permanent world peace.
The practical financial requirements to support this development are significant, but much less than if the project were anywhere else in the world. Supporting one Pandit with room, board, and other needs costs $250 per month, while a student Pandit in the regional training programme requires $120 a month.
We are certain with all our continued support we can create this permanent peace for the world.
To learn more about supporting the Pandits, we invite you to speak to your TM teacher, or visit our website www.vedicpandits.org.
With all best wishes,
JAI GURU DEV