As you will see from the page on “Past Mistakes, Future Possibilities“, there have been efforts to create peace throughout human history, and quite obviously, none have worked. Treaties and peace organisations function on the surface, relative level of life, where it was thought that amicable dialog could resolve differences amongst peoples and nations.
History has proved this approach doesn’t work, and yet the world’s leaders still put their faith in a failed formula.
Maharishi, from his exalted level of consciousness, perceived the fallacy of this approach and its perpetuation of wars and strife. He identified that allowing the individual mind to go to a deeper level of functioning with the Transcendental Meditation technique had a beneficial influence not only on that person, but also on those around them, and he predicted in 1959 that just 1% of any population practicing his Transcendental Meditation technique could create an atmosphere of harmony throughout that whole population.
This 1% effect was verified in 1974 in USA by a UCLA research study, subsequently published in Scientific American, and since then 40 research studies around the world on both Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi Program have shown to influence the behaviour of whole communities and cities, resulting in less crime, fewer accidents, and other negative tendencies. They have also proved effective in volatile war zones, resulting in fewer conflict engagements and casualties, and internationally they have reduced tensions between nations and created a harmonious world consciousness when sufficient numbers of individuals have used the techniques in the same location at the same time (for more details on the research go to www.invincibledefence.org)
As the TM-Sidhi techniques are more powerful, fewer numbers of individuals practicing them together are required to create the same effect. The formula that has evolved is that in this case only the square root of 1% of a population is necessary to influence the whole population.
Purusha and World Peace
The main activity of Purusha is the practice of advanced techniques of consciousness, the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program, specifically designed to increase coherence in the individual brain physiology and thereby impact directly on the level of coherence and harmony in world consciousness.
An example from science is illustrative; incoherent light from a light bulb is only sufficient to light up a small area. Channelled coherently into a laser beam, that same light can travel all the way to the moon. Such is the power of coherence. Similarly, the power of the human mind increases exponentially as its coherence increases.
Significance at this time in world history
With these facts in mind, and these powerful techniques of consciousness at hand, it is essential for the well-meaning people of the world to support those individuals who are willing to focus on the practice of these Programs on a full-time basis.
The world has suffered for too long on the basis of ignorance and failed attempts at peace, and too many nations as a consequence have stockpiled huge numbers of dangerous weaponry in recognition of such failures.
A considerable portion of the world’s attention and resources are continually drained away by the volatility between nations, which could more productively be put to use to address the pressing matters of poverty, hunger, health care, and education. Furthermore, once these pressing matters are addressed, the world can move forward to a time where life is characterised by wisdom rather than war, cooperation rather than competition, creativity rather than ignorance, in other words, Heaven on Earth.