The evidence for the Maharishi Effect continues to mount up. Another 
compelling, new study came out in February of this year, again based on 
publicly available statistics. This is a scientific breakthrough that outstrips 
all others in its power to do good for ourselves, our nation, and our world.
 Jai Guru Dev
 Raja John Hagelin
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 When a person waters the root of life, when they begin to experience the 
transcendental field of their own existence, which is the treasure house of 
inexhaustible energy, and intelligence, and harmony and bliss —then that as we 
know gets infused into their lives and their lives become so much better. They 
evolve, they grow, and they start to live in such a way that automatically 
their actions are in harmony with the laws of nature. 


"The public are invited to experience some degree of the power of a group 
meditation,"
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 " 
 Meditators notice that even in a group of two there is a greater settling of 
the mind, and this effect grows in accordance with how many people gather, says 
Colin. "Regular meditators have reported much stronger experiences of silence 
and bliss than they normally experience alone or in their usual groups of 20–50 
people.
 ..The public are invited to experience some degree of the power of a group 
meditation," -explains TM teacher, Colin Beckley

 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 Right from the beginning of his movement, Maharishi predicted that even a 
small number of the world's population practicing his Transcendental Meditation 
technique could neutralize the stress being built up in the world 
consciousness, thus averting conflicts and wars.
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 The Meissner-like Effect of Collective Meditation..

 As early as,

 “In 1960 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation 
program, predicted that a transition in society toward a more orderly and 
harmonious functioning would occur when a small fraction -on the order of one 
percent- of a population practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique (6), 
and in December 1974 we found that crime rate did decrease in four midwestern 
U.S. Cities in which one percent of the population was practicing the TM 
technique.”

 Candace Borland, Ph.D., and Garland Landrith III, M.A., 'Improved Quality of 
City Life Through the Transcendental Meditation Program: Decreased Crime Rate' 
in Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Program: Collected 
Papers, Vol. I, eds. David W. Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., and John T. Farrow, Ph.D., 
West Germany, MERU Press, 1976

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 Yep, group meditations were always used as part of the mix but you are right 
as to its relative promotion in the earlier ™ movement.  Group meditations 
clearly were an activating aspect for meditators in coming along in a deepening 
experience with meditating.  
 

 As I look around now for teachings that speak to the value of meditating in 
groups the quotes that I do readily find are from other sages about the 
spiritual practice of group meditation as an adjunct to individual or isolated 
practice. Maharishi evidently employed the value of collective meditation 
practice but I am not finding earlier comments from Maharishi related to simple 
group meditation of the pre-sidhis ™ movement before the TMO went 
Sidhis-centric.  He probably did speak to it, like at the time of calling 
meditators together during the Cuban missile crisis with the Soviet Union.  

 

 ..
 

The quote below concerned a special event in which "The saints and Mahatmas of 
Uttarakhand" gathered together. This does not address the claim that there is 
some special value to ordinary lay meditators practicing in groups in golden 
domes or elsewhere. 

I was very much involved in the TM movement for several years in the mid-1970s 
and I do not recall a single instance in which any special value was placed on 
group meditations. The emphasis was always on rounding in the privacy of your 
own room. I must have watched several hundred video tapes of MMY and I do not 
recall a single one in which he spoke about this.
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 He was employing group meditation as part of the mix from early on in his 
teaching.  The call for meditators to come together [ Catalina Island retreat] 
during the 1962 US Cuban Missile crisis with the Soviet Union.   Again in 1965 
in the triangulation of ramped up and extremely incendiary rhetoric and between 
the Soviet Union, The People’s Republic of [Maoist] China, and these United 
States over an invasion of South Vietnam by communist North Vietnam that was 
happening right then.  

These calls to group meditation were each particular calls for meditators to 
come together as a spiritual practice in group meditation.  Read the 
description below from 1965 for his interpretation of it. That practiced 
[effective] meditators have a societal responsibility to sit in groups 
meditating/ for the world.  The science is pretty convincing on this now.  
Certainly a failure of the ™ movement in the last few decades was to have let 
it go so badly for itself and have separated so many people from the meditating 
movement and its group meditations. 
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <authfri...@yahoo.com> wrote :

 I learned TM in 1975 at the Manhattan Center. As I recall, we were told there 
was a group meditation (20 minutes) every evening that we were welcome to 
attend. 

 It wasn't pushed on us, nor was there any dogma about how it would have 
greater benefits, but it was clearly presented as an opportunity to be taken 
advantage of if we could.
 

 

 

 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 
 Group meditations were very much part of what was offered in learning 
meditation in the old days of TM.  Group meditations were definitely a feature 
at the ™ Centers that were doing well initiating a lot of people. The group 
meditations were important to that for all the reasons [spiritual and then 
scientific] listed further below.   

 

 I find it telling that the encouragement to meditate in a group came only 
AFTER the emergence of the Siddhi flying program. 

Prior to that there was no such encouragement

 

 Those meditator group meditations became overlooked whence the TMO became 
Sidhis-centric and as the teaching of ™  fell apart once the more honed TM 
teaching movement based on initiating, group meditations, and residence courses 
got displaced by the ‘teams of four’ around 1977 that came everywhere to take 
over the local teaching of ™ and administrate the sidhis. 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Is it necessary to meditate with the group?
 Meditating as a group creates a more powerful spiritual vibration than 
meditating alone.  Amma has designed each session of the meditation retreat to 
increase the spiritual benefits to each participant.  She asks that we all 
attend every meditation together, and not meditate alone in our rooms.  If you 
would like to start meditating before the first session, you are welcome to 
come to the main meditation room and start early.  -Karunamayi
 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 The 'Collective Meditation'   
 

 -Spiritual Regeneration Movement NEWSLETTER 

 May 1965
 Maharishi Concludes Five World Tours
 

 "His Holiness returned to India on 20th March, 1965 after a successful 
nine-month world tour.
 

 ..A special feature of this tour was the keen interest generated in scientific 
circles in England, Germany and America, where scientists are now conducting 
experiments to assess the effects of Deep Meditation.."

 

 


 ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 

 "An event of unique importance took place on the 28th of March, at 
Shankaracharya Nagar, Rishikesh. The saints and Mahatmas of Uttarakhand 
assembled on the ground of the Academy of Meditation to invoke the benign grace 
and the almighty power of the gods to right the wrongs of today's world 
society."

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 ..in "Duty-bound" 
 

 The "collective meditation"  of  "Deep Meditation", 
 

 "In welcoming the saints and Mahatmas, Maharishi said that the world today 
needed the intercession of the saints who are established n themselves and are 
therefore, nearer to the almighty power. The situation of the world now 
demanded of the people a powerful invocation of the grace of gods to fill the 
atmosphere with peace and purity. This, he said, can be effectively done by 
those who by long practice of meditation and various spiritual disciplines, had 
gained the privilege of being nearer to the seat of divine power and mercy. The 
saints of Uttarakhand therefore were in duty-bound to intercede on behalf of 
the people and invoke the grace of gods to alleviate human suffering."

 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 "..After Maharishi had stressed the importance and purpose of the assembly of 
the Saints and Mahatmas.. 
 Then the party entered the 84 caves of Shakaracharya Nagar, where collective 
meditation was held for one hour. So soon as everyone had taken their seats in 
the caves, the meditation started with a recitation of Vedic hymns, and as 
everyone sank deep within, nature herself was absorbed in silence. There was 
utter stillness for one solid hour, at the end of which, the meditation was 
broken by a recitation of vedic slokas. The saints who are accustomed to long 
meditation felt the powerful intensity of today's collective meditation. It was 
decided to continue collective meditation regularly every Sunday until 
atmospheric tension abates.”
  
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

    Anybody have short quotes from the TM movement about the value of group 
meditation?  Doing TM in a group.  Something from the old days of Maharishi in 
the time before the siddhis?
 

  There are plenty enough of charts and pronouncement of a value for practicing 
the TM-Siddhis in a group.  How about for pre-siddhis meditators and group 
meditation?  It seems that some portion of the meditating community is not 
interested in practicing the TM-Siddhis, at least for that long as they do in 
the Domes now. 
 

 Is there a value to just meditating in a group.  Evidently Fred Travis has 
data that shows that there is a spiritual value related to proximity and 
numbers of meditators meditating.   
 

  
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well 
as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of 
Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory 
exchange of group magnetism.                                 —Paramahansa 
Yogananda in Seeking God Together

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 ..Group meditations strengthen the individuals. When you're in meditation with 
other devotees you don't know how much you help one another. It gives you 
strength. There is a vibration that is created that strengthens, and supports, 
and encourages each one. So when you sit to meditate just remember this.
 —Sri Daya Mata on the SRF tape Karma Yoga
 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Group meetings to practice the techniques of meditation are vitally important. 
Group meetings strengthen the individual Self-realization that one has acquired 
in private at home.  -Paramahansa Yogananda
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Group meditation helps to disperse the dark clouds of man's obliviousness to 
the Sun of All Life, that its warm, liberating rays may burst forth in his 
soul.  
 -Self-Realization Fellowship in Meeting For Group Meditation

 















   

 "In welcoming the saints and Mahatmas, Maharishi said that the world today 
needed the intercession of the saints who are established n themselves and are 
therefore, nearer to the almighty power. The situation of the world now 
demanded of the people a powerful invocation of the grace of gods to fill the 
atmosphere with peace and purity. This, he said, can be effectively done by 
those who by long practice of meditation and various spiritual disciplines, had 
gained the privilege of being nearer to the seat of divine power and mercy. The 
saints of Uttarakhand therefore were in duty-bound to intercede on behalf of 
the people and invoke the grace of gods to alleviate human suffering."

 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 "..After Maharishi had stressed the importance and purpose of the assembly of 
the Saints and Mahatmas.. 
 Then the party entered the 84 caves of Shakaracharya Nagar, where collective 
meditation was held for one hour. So soon as everyone had taken their seats in 
the caves, the meditation started with a recitation of Vedic hymns, and as 
everyone sank deep within, nature herself was absorbed in silence. There was 
utter stillness for one solid hour, at the end of which, the meditation was 
broken by a recitation of vedic slokas. The saints who are accustomed to long 
meditation felt the powerful intensity of today's collective meditation. It was 
decided to continue collective meditation regularly every Sunday until 
atmospheric tension abates.”
  
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

    Anybody have short quotes from the TM movement about the value of group 
meditation?  Doing TM in a group.  Something from the old days of Maharishi in 
the time before the siddhis?
 

  There are plenty enough of charts and pronouncement of a value for practicing 
the TM-Siddhis in a group.  How about for pre-siddhis meditators and group 
meditation?  It seems that some portion of the meditating community is not 
interested in practicing the TM-Siddhis, at least for that long as they do in 
the Domes now. 
 

 Is there a value to just meditating in a group.  Evidently Fred Travis has 
data that shows that there is a spiritual value related to proximity and 
numbers of meditators meditating.   
 

  
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well 
as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of 
Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory 
exchange of group magnetism.                                 —Paramahansa 
Yogananda in Seeking God Together

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 ..Group meditations strengthen the individuals. When you're in meditation with 
other devotees you don't know how much you help one another. It gives you 
strength. There is a vibration that is created that strengthens, and supports, 
and encourages each one. So when you sit to meditate just remember this.
 —Sri Daya Mata on the SRF tape Karma Yoga
 

 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Group meetings to practice the techniques of meditation are vitally important. 
Group meetings strengthen the individual Self-realization that one has acquired 
in private at home.  -Paramahansa Yogananda
 

---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

 Group meditation helps to disperse the dark clouds of man's obliviousness to 
the Sun of All Life, that its warm, liberating rays may burst forth in his 
soul.  
 -Self-Realization Fellowship in Meeting For Group Meditation

 
















  
























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