Volume 1, Issue No.1
© 2000 Maharishi Health Education Center - Lebanon, All Rights
Welcome to first
issue of the TM Bulletin
It is our great joy to start this
new internet publication, The TM Bulletin. This publication was
issued with the purpose to spread the knowledge of Maharishi in Lebanon,
the Middle East, and world wide. It is to bring to our members the
recent news of our movement, on Local, Regional and International levels.
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The First Arabic
is with great joy to complete successful the 32nd TM-Sidhi course
conducted in Lebanon in July 2000, It is also our joy to name this course
as "the First Arabic TM-Sidhi Course".
courses in Lebanon started to be organized since the year 1979, and now
this year we conducted the 32nd course, the total number of the Sidhas who
completed the courses over these year is now around 700. In this 32nd
course the total number of course participants is 37 people, constituted
of two groups in two locations where the course was given
it is the first time that it happened, that the course participants who
attended this course came from Eight
Arabic Countries; Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, United Arab
Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, that is why this course
deserve the name of the First Arabic TM-Sidhi Course.
the course, Professor Tony Nader MD, Ph.D., who has a
place in the heart of all of us, and in a conference call with the course
participants, explained about the importance of raising the collective
consciousness in the home countries of the course participants, he
explains about the natural laws, the Veda, and their existence in our own
physiology and at the same time in the whole cosmos. What is the
difference between an individual and another, Professor Tony Nader said;
they all are the embodiment of the Veda, they all are the expression of
the Veda. And in order to allow the Veda to be fully expressed through our
physiology we have to bring our awareness to the home of the Veda within
us, to the home of all the natural laws, and enliven these laws through
the practice of the TM-Sidhi program and become a real exponent of
TM-Sidhi Administrators, Mr. Ajeet Kumar and his wife
Mrs. Nisha Yadav, expressed about their happiness in conducting the
course, and passed to us the blessing of Maharishiji and his person care
for the course and for Lebanon as a whole. Mr. and Mrs. Kumar wishes the
course participants a blissful life full with the joy of the pure
knowledge, and Mrs. Nisha song a recitation to Guru Dev as an expression
of gratitude and devotion.
Mr. Salim Haddad, National Coordinator at Maharishi
Health Education Center, said: " The course participants when going
back to their homes, they will be like the seeds who will be sawed in the
lands of their countries to raise big trees full of the fruits of
knowledge, so that the whole population of their countries will enjoy
these fruits. Lebanon is proud to be the farmer who is spreading the seeds
of knowledge in the sister Arab countries" Mr. Haddad invited the
course participants, especially those who came from other countries, to
participate soon in Teacher Training Course, to become the first teachers
of Transcendental Meditation technique in their countries.
Nada Haider, Governor at the Maharishi Health Education
Center, and who played a big role in the preparation of this TM-Sidhi
course, expressed her joy and happiness for the success of the course. She
said, talking to the course participants: "Our happiness is because
you are happy with the knowledge that it is, again and again, proofing its
completeness, so be regular in your programs, and join the daily super
radiance program at the center".
In the year 1989, Maharishi said:
"Lebanon will soon be the lighthouse of the Middle East", and
from that time our movement started working in this direction. Our work
was to spread the knowledge of Maharishi, the knowledge of the Veda to the
Arab sister countries.
Since the year 1990, many
Lebanese governors are traveling regularly to Egypt to support the
Egyptian TM movement in its growth and expansion. Under the guidance of
Mrs. Aziza Hussein, the National Leader, a great devoted lady, the TM
movement in Egypt has developed rapidly, especially in the last few years
with the support of Miss Nada Haider a Governor from Lebanon, who played
an important role to create the integrity in the TM movement in Egypt.
In the year 1991 and 1992, a
Lebanese governor traveled to Damascus the capital of Syria, and teach the
TM technique to 24 people, and another governor traveled to Aleppo north
of Syria, and teach the TM technique to 12 people. Those meditators has
been encouraged to establish a TM movement in Syria.
Since the year 1995, a Lebanese
Governor, Mr. Wadie Haider, is also traveling frequently to Kuwait, and
many groups have been learn the TM technique.
Moreover, the TM centers in
Lebanon have in their records many meditators from different nationalities
from other Arab countries like Jordan, Iraq, Gulf area, Saudi Arabia, etc.
And with the availability of the Internet, our sister company CCExpert, a
company specialize in computer and internet services, which was
established to support the TM movement in Lebanon, has made several
publicity campaigns for the TM techniques and other movement's activities,
and as a result a large number of internet users (more than 25000) have
visited the Maharishi Health Education Center's Web Site, and thereby
these visitors have been introduced to our movement and our activities,
and to the knowledge of Maharishi, and as a general result many inquiries
have been received from many countries, and many people have learned
the TM Techniques, and many old Meditators and Sidhas who have been away
for a long period of time, find the way to return back to participate in
the centers' activities.
Now with the completion of the
First Arabic TM-Sidhi course, the saying of Maharishi in 1989 became true,
and Lebanon now is really the lighthouse of the Middle East who is
taking the role of spreading the light of pure knowledge to the Arab
Jai Guru Dev
about the Presidential Election in the USA
Hagelin, Nat Goldhaber Win Reform Party Presidential Ticket
a dramatic and historic week in Long Beach, California, John Hagelin and
Nat Goldhaber won the Reform Party presidential and vice presidential
nominations and vowed to take their coalition campaign to every home in
"I accept with humility and
with pride the mantle of Ross Perot," Hagelin said in his acceptance
speech to the Reform Party convention.
"We will reclaim our
democracy. We will win the White House," he continued, "not
through a message of exclusivity and intolerance, but through an inclusive
message, and a broad-based platform of commonsense reforms that the
overwhelming majority of Americans support."
Nat Goldhaber likewise expressed
his appreciation to the delegates and his deep commitment to Reform Party
ideals, adding, "It may be difficult for some to believe, but we have
a real chance to win the White House this November!"
Hagelin and Goldhaber are
virtually assured of also winning the Natural Law Party nomination at the
NLP's upcoming National Convention on August 31-September 2 in Alexandria,
Virginia. The dual nomination will fulfill Hagelin's quest for a coalition
candidacy that can "credibly challenge the two-party stranglehold on
our political process."
of Management News
Cosmic Power of the New
"Vastu is just a cosmic power to bring
the individual to cosmic potential. Now with this knowledge of Vastu
building, we have designed safety for the world. Congratulate Mrs. Dreier
for all this. And inspire all the scientists, the professors, and artists
in Maharishi University of Management there. And extend a very, very great
hope of more and more ideal life as the days will go by, thanks to
rebuilding according to Vastu Vidya. All glory to Guru Dev."
Maharishi relayed this message by telephone to
members of the gala celebration opening the new Dreier Building at
Maharishi University of Management in March. A delighted audience also
heard from University president, Dr. Bevan Morris, the architect Jonathan
Lipman, and many others who shared their inspirational stories about the
construction of the University’s first building designed according to
Maharishi Sthapatya Veda principles.
As well as honoring all those who had contributed
to making the building possible, special thanks went to the University’s
International Board of Trustees who traveled to Fairfield for the opening
ceremonies. Dr. Morris also explained the importance of the new building
for the future progress of the University and expanded on Maharishi’s
use of the term "cosmic power."
"The Dreier Building—the first perfect Vastu
building in the life of our University—is profoundly important to us
all, because, as Maharishi repeatedly emphasizes, Vastu is the
organizing power of the entire universe. Vastu means the power at
the basis of the architecture of the universe itself—the power which
unites all the infinite diversity of the galaxies and the ever-expanding
universe. Bringing the support of this power of Vastu to accelerate
the growth and success of our University is the great achievement that we
are celebrating today. Today the Dreier building comes to enhance the
greatness of this institution and its enlightened community, and to
promote the health, happiness and good fortune of all the faculty,
students and staff of Maharishi University of Management."
Mathematics professor, Dr. Anne Dow agreed.
"I have total support of Nature when teaching in this building, and
the students are focused and happy in their new environment." The $2
million, 20,000 sq. ft. building houses three levels of classrooms,
administrative offices, the Transcendental Meditation Program Center, and
Students appreciate the greater convenience of
the location of the new Enrollment Center and classrooms. "The
building is centrally located, close to the dorms," said Ananda
Walker. "The administrative offices are more accessible, and it looks
so refined." Adds fellow student, Helen Han, "The spacious
lounge in the lobby area creates a nice place for a break."
In honor and recognition of Dr. Ted Dreier, a
long-time Trustee and supporter of the University, Dr. Dreier’s wife and
daughter, Bobbie and Barbara Dreier, led the ceremonial procession around
the new building with Dr. Morris. "We are so grateful and
happy," commented Mrs. Dreier after the celebration. "Ted would
love everything about this building—that it so beautifully embodies and
enhances Maharishi’s teachings, that so many people participated in
creating it, and that it will surely inspire and empower us all to swiftly
complete the new Maharishi Sthapatya Veda campus for the University."
Meditation Receive Federal Funds
BETHESDA, MD.-One of the most
consistent federally funded programs on alternative medicine can be found
at the Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention (CNMP) in the College of
Maharishi Vedic Medicine within Maharishi University of Management in
CNMP first began receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health
(from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) in late 1988, four
years before NIH even had an Office of Alternative Medicine. CNMP
completed a successful study on transcendental meditation in March and
recently was awarded a five-year, $8 million grant from NIH's National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
CNMP has now received nearly $18 million from NIH and private research
foundations over the years. "Our group has been funded for the past
12 years by NIH," said Dr. Robert H. Schneider, CNMP's director.
"It signifies that our center is one of the
leaders in exploring traditional medicine approaches."
Dr. Schneider said the use of natural medicines is increasing
dramatically, and more physicians are recommending them. He said 100
million people have chronic disorders in the U.S. and 180,000 die from
adverse drug events each year, which led to greater demand for natural
therapies. "There has been no change in cancer mortality, and heart
disease still kills almost half of all Americans," he said.
"People want something that works."
Acceptance of natural healing methods by mainstream medicine also is
growing. Dr. Nancy K. Lonsdorf, medical director of the Maharishi Vedic
Medical Center in Bethesda, pointed out that medical students can now
receive category 1 continuing medical education credit for attending
lectures about transcendental meditation (TM) and learning about its
The March study results, co-authored by Dr. Schneider, were published in
the American Heart Association journal Stroke and showed that hypertensive
patients practicing TM experienced a significant reduction in fatty
deposits in the carotid artery
that leads to the brain. The results suggested a decrease in risk of heart
attack and stroke.
The study was conducted among 60 elderly African Americans with high blood
pressure who were assigned to either a TM or health education program. The
lining in the patients' necks was measured after about six months, and the
TM group showed a
reversal of thickness while the health education group showed an increase.
"This was really quite a remarkable finding," said Dr. Lonsdorf.
The new $8 million NIH grant will be used to further the study of TM and
other approaches of Maharishi Vedic medicine-an ancient Indian system
composed of 40 different traditional healing aspects and over 6,000 herbs.
The grant will be divided between CNMP and several collaborating
institutions, including the Maharishi Vedic Medical Center in Bethesda,
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Morehouse School of Medicine
in Atlanta, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los
Angeles and the University of Iowa
College of Medicine in Iowa City. Dr. Schneider said the grant work will
encompass three large trials training post-doctoral fellows and graduate
students in natural medicine research, another project on the
cost-effectiveness of Vedic medicine modalities and a pilot study that
uses multiple Vedic medicine approaches.
The latter study will be conducted at the Bethesda site and will begin
with six study subjects, which may increase to 50 later in the year. Dr.
Lonsdorf will co-lead the study of patients who are at least 50 years old,
have at least a 50 per cent coronary artery blockage and don't want
surgery. She said patients will be taught highly individualized behavioral
programs that use TM and other Vedic medicine approaches such as diet,
exercise, physiologic cleansing purifications and herbs that help reduce
stress and cholesterol.
"NIH has said they want to test multiple modalities," Dr.
Lonsdorf said. "The idea is, the person got sick due to multiple
factors and in order to try to reverse it, we'll address all the things at
the same time. I think we really need to do this kind of study. If people
are having angina and if they can reverse it without drugs and side
effects, it would be a great thing."
Dr. Lonsdorf said NIH is also directing researchers to study natural
medicine in the traditional way it's practiced. Instead of isolating one
extract of an herb, for example, they're studying the effect of the whole
herb. "That's how they're traditionally used," said Dr.
Schneider, adding that some herbal preparations contain antioxidants 1,000
times more powerful than vitamin C and appear to prevent heart disease and
cancer in aboratory animals.
"Preliminary data on transcendental meditation is about a 50 per cent
reduction in health care utilization on patients who practice it for heart
disease and other major diseases over five years," said Dr.
Schneider. "When you look at it from a traditional way, it's working
at a deep level to revive the body's self-repair mechanisms, its inner
intelligence. We've also done some studies on the cost of hypertension
treatment. It is significantly less expensive over a lifetime to practice
transcendental meditation for high blood pressure [than to use
Dr. Lonsdorf said TM takes just 20 minutes twice a day, and study outcomes
of 500 patients have shown to reduce stroke, heart attack and cancer by 46
per cent. "Studies have shown that serotonin goes up and cortisol
goes down," she said. "The level of cortisol seems to be related
to hypertension, cardiovascular disease and probably even cancer. I think
this is really relevant, because there are so many different kinds of
meditation being offered on the marketplace right now. This research gives
evidence that they are not all alike.
"TM is a simple, effortless mental technique which allows the mind to
settle down and experience a state of inner peacefulness and quiet to
[achieve] restful alertness. TM creates changes in physiology related to
the stress response. We strengthen that inner healing ability. Things
start to bother people less."
The Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention also is doing a pilot study
on cancer patients, which Dr. Schneider said has shown the use of TM to
reduce death rates in patients over eight years. "The fact that the
government is supporting research on
complementary and alternative medicine is good news for millions of
Americans who are looking for a scientifically-verified alternative to
drug-related therapies," said Dr. Lonsdorf.
"Drugs can bring undesirable side effects. In addition, they can be
demoralizing and disempowering for the patient who realizes that he or she
may have to take the drug for the rest of their life."
Dr. Lonsdorf said Maharishi Vedic Medicine empowers the patient with the
ability to take control of their own health. "Veda means total
knowledge, the complete knowledge of life," she said.