Excerpts from an announcement in the world press, 23 September 2001: Maharishi's Proposal for Permanent World Peace: A respectful open letter to President Bush, the leaders of Congress, and the philanthropic, wealthy, peace-loving citizens of the USA and the world. (This article can be viewed in its entirety here)
When the U.S. Government, with the most powerful defence force in the world, and a defence budget of over $300 billion, has hopelessly failed to defend its nation against the attacks of the enemy, what hope is there for any nation to protect itself against its enemies through the use of arms?
Today we must wake up in our wisdom and take recourse to a more effective approach, which will be better than the two approaches that have failed:
Since 1,000 B.C. there have been over 8,000 peace treaties, and each one lasted on average no more than nine years.
The League of Nations was formed with the intention to create a forum for dialogue between nations so that misunderstandings between nations would not develop. Communication was thought to be an effective means to replace combat and the amassing of military power.
The League of Nations was founded in 1920 to ensure that World War I was 'the war to end all wars'. Twenty years later, World War II erupted.
The failure of the League of Nations gave rise to the United Nations. The United Nations was established in 1945 to end wars and conflicts between nations once and for all. Since then there have been 150 major wars.
It is clear that political negotiations, treaties, and the use of arms have never succeeded in creating a lasting state of world peace.
What is the way out of this predicament?
Maharishi says: 'Only a new seed will yield a new crop. Only a new philosophy and new efforts based on new knowledge will fulfil the age-old dream of the wise for prevention of crime, terrorism, and wars, and maintenance of world peace on a permanent basis.'
It is obvious that world peace will be fragile if the element of relationship between nations is based on the man-made concepts of peace and harmony—negotiations to change the moods and whims of nations—as has been the case with the concept of the United Nations and all other so-called well-meaning organizations. The knowledge and experience of total Natural Law, which invincibly governs the infinite diversity of the ever-expanding universe, provides the answer.
Let Us Take a Lesson from History
When negotiations and the use of arms have failed to maintain peace in the family of nations, it is not wise to continue to pursue the path of failure.
It is completely possible for the USA to take revenge against terrorists and continue to crush terrorism, month after month, and year after year, but the net result will be a chain of destruction from both sides.
Remember, the US government rose against Hitler in order to stop destruction. Is it wise now for the USA to play the role of Hitler and initiate a world-wide destructive program?
We would never like to compare President Bush with Hitler, but if the World War starts from this, what else could be the interpretation? Every military chief who waged a war at any time put forward very valid reasons to wage war. But it is the act of war that is devastating to the world.
It doesn't matter who plays the role of so-called bravery.
In the beginning, when Hitler started his war, all of Germany was with him. Only the outside forces were there to counterbalance his wild fury.
There is No Wisdom in Initiating a Continuous Theme of Destruction in the Name of Protection
If the government and people of the USA think they can destroy terrorism by starting to destroy terrorists, they should understand that any step in the direction of destruction will have destructive repercussions and will only help to create waves of destruction in time. This is a universal Law of Nature—action and reaction—'As you sow, so shall you reap.'
Wisdom in this scientific age demands eliminating the cause of all wars.
We are making these logical inferences because we have a solution.
The wise retaliation against terrorism will be to take a step which will completely root out terrorism forever—and this will be by creating a very strong influence of positivity and harmony in world consciousness so that any kind of negative trends do not arise.
We have the knowledge and experience of that total Natural Law which invincibly governs the infinite diversity of the ever-expanding universe.
With this knowledge of the invincible power of total Natural Law we can create an indomitable influence of positivity and harmony in world consciousness using the latest theories and technologies of modern science supported by the ancient Vedic Literature—the Science of Consciousness as brought to light by Maharishi.
But if the government of the country will only spend to bomb, and to risk thereby worse counterattacks against the American people, then the most successful peace-loving citizens of America should create this Endowment Fund, and try a new scientifically proven angle of creating peace.
Invincible Defence Strategy
Ultra-modern and Ancient and Eternal
At the basis of this proposal of permanent world peace is a vast body of scientific research conducted over the last forty years. More than 600 scientific research studies, conducted at over 200 universities and research institutes in 30 countries, validate the profound benefits of Maharishi's Technology of World Peace—the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying—in the areas of physiology and psychology, and society as a whole.
We will organize a group of 40,000 experts in the knowledge of the Unified Field of Natural Law, who will put to practice the Technology of the Unified Field (from the angle of Physics); and the Technology of the Transition State and Junction Point (from the angle of Chemistry); and the Technology of the Null Set, the source of all sets (from the angle of Mathematics); and the Technology of Consciousness (from the angle of Physiology, whose structures and functions have been identified in terms of consciousness).
All these values from the angle of modern science have been found to satisfy, support, and authenticate the Technology of Consciousness as brought to light by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from the ancient Vedic Literature in terms of Vastu Shanti, Graha Shanti, and Yagya.
Creating Indomitable Influence of Positivity
The performance of these Vedic Procedures in conjunction with Maharishi's Vedic Technology of Consciousness—Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, the TM-Sidhi Programme including Yogic Flying—will create a strong influence of positivity, harmony, and integration in world consciousness, and this will not allow the eruption of negative trends in the world, and will spontaneously result in a lasting state of peace and happiness in the world for all future time.
Endowment Fund for Permanent World Peace
$1 Billion Endowment Fund
What is immediately needed is an endowment fund of $1 billion in order to permanently engage 40,000 young men from the traditional Vedic Families in India (at the rate of $100–200 per person per month) in the programmes of enlivening the unifying, nourishing power of Nature's Intelligence, in order to create and maintain coherence in world consciousness and eliminate the basis of all negativity.
There must be a few peace-loving billionaires in America who would understand our offer and who can immediately, in one day, create the required endowment fund to try this new peaceful angle of approach to establish permanent world peace. Due to the urgency of the situation it is being suggested that if someone is in a position to advance, rather than donate, one billion dollars, this advance will enable us to start the programme immediately, and we will return this advance from the donations that are expected to follow.
Invincibility through Integrated National Consciousness
In our scientific age we should be wiser than the administrators of past ages, and we should be able to establish a highly integrated national consciousness where no negative trends could rise. It is obvious that if defence is to be meaningful, the only successful measure will be to do something—do something to disallow the birth of an enemy.
Today, six years since the above article appeared in the world press, Maharishi has ensured achievement of the long-sought goal of mankind—permanent world peace—through the creation of the largest group of Vedic Pandits in India, growing daily in the direction of 40,000, who are dedicated to creating world peace through their Vedic Performances and Vedic way of life, permeating all time and all space values with harmony, with evenness of higher intelligence.
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