1978,,
 
 Discovery of the “Extended Maharishi Effect” -square root of one percent of 
the population practicing the TM and TM-Sidhi program together in one place 
produces coherence in collective consciousness promoting positive and 
progressive trends in society. Maharishi tests this formula by sending 
Governors of the Age of Enlightenment to the most troubled spots on earth to 
calm the violence and turbulence. Again scientific research validates the 
success of this program. 
 

 12 January 1977
 

 
 Creating an Ideal Society:
 
 . .people currently practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique are 
constantly intensifying the Maharishi Effect and contributing to the Age of 
Enlightenment. The dawn is rising to the day.

 The influence of orderliness generated from the state of infinite correlation 
experienced during the Transcendental Meditation technique is so powerful that 
even one per cent of the people in society practicing the Transcendental 
Meditation technique is sufficient to neutralize negative tendencies and give 
an evolutionary direction to community life as a whole.
 

 

 
 The phenomenon of a powerful influence of harmony spreading through a whole 
community or nation when a small fraction of the population practices the 
Transcendental Meditation technique is known as the Maharishi Effect [ME].
 

 
 Considering the [Maharishi] Meissner-like Effect of Increasing Coherence in 
systems.
 

 “Sudden sharp changes from relatively disordered to much more ordered states 
may be considered 'phase transitions' as described in the physical sciences. 
For instance, water changes from a less orderly arrangement of molecules in the 
liquid state to a highly ordered crystalline structure when the temperature is 
lowered to 0 degree C. Physicists are now beginning to explore the possible 
applications of phase transition models to sudden sweeping changes in 
individual and social systems . . Transitions to more orderly configurations 
are frequently mediated by the influence of a few individuals from within a 
population. Such effects are observed in developing systems of many sorts. For 
instance, in the embryo prior to the formation of any organs, a small cluster 
of cells is known as 'The Primary Organizer'. These few cells determine the 
developmental fates of the multitude of undifferentiated and unordered cells 
comprising the rest of the embryo.”
 

 Candace Borland, Ph.D., and Garland Landrith III, M.A., 'Improved Quality of 
City Life Through the Trancendental 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
 

 

 
 As more and more cities rose to one percent of the population practicing 
Transcendental Meditation, scientific research found that not only did crime 
decrease, but accidents, sickness, and other negative trends also decreased, 
and positivity increased. Research scientists named this phenomenon the 
'Maharishi Effect' in honor of Maharishi.
 

 
 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 Trancendental 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
 

 

 12 January 1972 Maharishi inaugurated the World Plan to “eliminate the age-old 
problems of mankind in this generation.”  
 

 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 1974 these predictions were validated by scientific studies showing that in 
cities where one percent of the population learned the transcendental 
Meditation technique there was a sudden decrease in crime rates.
 

 By 1974 more than one million people throughout the world had learned the 
practice of Transcendental Meditation and were experiencing higher states of 
consciousness. With this, world consciousness was already becoming increasingly 
purified. Furthermore, people everywhere were experiencing the practical 
benefits of the development of higher states of consciousness in all aspects of 
their daily life, including greater happiness, peace, and harmony. A growing 
body of scientific research was validating the beneficial effects this practice 
had on all levels of mind, body, and behavior of the individual.
 

 It was at this time that research scientists discovered that in cities where 
one percent of the population was practicing Transcendental Meditation, the 
cities' crime rates decreased. As more and more cities rose to one percent of 
the population practicing Transcendental Meditation, scientific research found 
that not only did crime decrease, but accidents, sickness, and other negative 
trends also decreased, and positivity increased. Research scientists named this 
phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honor of Maharishi.
 

 
 With this formula, Maharishi realized that it was now easily practical to 
produce positive trends in all cities throughout the world. With this 
inspiration, Maharishi envisioned a new age dawning for mankind. On 12 January 
1975, he inaugurated the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment proclaiming, “Through 
the window of science I see the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment.”
 

 This is the time of the dawn of the Age of Enlightenment. I am only giving 
expression to the phenomenon that is taking place.
 

 One percent of the people in any country can herald the dawn of a new age for 
the whole nation by devoting only fifteen minutes of their time twice a day.
 

 It is in the hands of a few individuals in every country today to change the 
direction of time and guide the destiny of their nation for all harmony, 
happiness, and progress.
 
 It is my joy to invite everyone to come in the light of the knowledge and 
experience that the Science of Creative Intelligence provides and enjoy 
participating in this global awakening to herald the Age of Enlightenment.
 

 -Maharishi
 

 12 January 1975
 

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