February 2007 Press Conference Highlight
Benefits of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation
John Hagelin, renouned quantum physicist and Minister of Science and Technology
of the Global Country of World Peace, interviewed special guest Dr Robert
Schneider, the foremost preventive cardiologist in the world. Dr Schneider
is a professor of Physiology and Health and the Director of the Institute
for Natural Medicine and Prevention. He is the author of scientific research
papers, many of which have been funded by the National Institute of Health
(NIH), on the health-promoting benefits of Maharishi’s Transcendental
Meditation and other aspects of Maharishi’s Vedic Medicine.
February 28, the results of an extremely significant study, funded by
the NIH, were announced in a global press release by the University of
Pennsylvania and, simultaneously, by the journal 'Ethnicity and Disease',
a top publication in the field of heart health. The title of the article
was 'Transcendental Meditation Reduces Congestive Heart Failure, a New
The study shows the tremendous effect of the Vedic Approach, the holistic
approach of total Natural Law-based medicine, Transcendental Meditation,
in preventing the number one killer in the world—heart failure.
Every year, in America alone, nearly 300,000 Americans die of congestive
heart failure, over 2.5 million people are hospitalized from the disease,
and half a million new patients are diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
Despite advances in conventional treatment, the number of deaths from
congestive heart failure has increased in the past decade.
Congestive heart failure is the end result of all heart diseases, the
most common of which is coronary artery disease, hardening of the arteries.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, and poor life style cause
hardening of the arteries, which restricts flow of blood in the heart.
When the heart muscle does not get enough blood flow the muscle itself
fails. When the action of the heart fails, the heart cannot pump enough
blood. People get tired easily, cannot walk far, and cannot do normal
activities. The failing heart is prone to become the dying heart; the
five year mortality rate of people with this condition is about 50 per
Dr Schneider described the results of this carefully controlled study
showing marked reductions in heart failure simply as a result of Maharishi’s
Transcendental Meditation. The people in the study had been hospitalized
and were in advanced cases of the disease—they had already been
stricken by and were living with the results of heart failure. The group
practising Transcendental Meditation showed significant improvement on
the ‘six-minute walk test’, as well as reduced depression,
improved quality of life, and fewer re-hospitalizations.
Dr Schneider said that earlier research that he has conducted with other
collaborators around the world has shown that the Transcendental Meditation
practice can reduce risk factors of heart failure like high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, stress, and stroke, and thus can reduce measures of
heart disease, such as hardening of the arteries, as well as change the
brain basis of heart disease. This is the first time that anyone has looked
at the end result of all heart diseases—the failing heart—and
has shown that even in this very advanced condition, a person can be saved
and further progression can be prevented with mind-body intervention alone,
not using drugs or surgery.
About a year ago, Dr Schneider conducted another study on death due to
heart disease. This study showed an increase of survival rate over five
years in people suffering from heart disease. There was a 50% drop in
cardio-vascular mortality in subjects who added Transcendental Meditation
to their daily routine. This was compared to the result of using drugs.
For example, the drugs used for hypertension, reduce cardio-vascular mortality
by about 25% after five years, and the cholesterol reducing drugs that
are being widely prescribed now reduce mortality by about 30% after five
years. The study demonstrates that this holistic intervention using the
body's own internal pharmacy in an integrated, comprehensive way based
on the Unified Field of health, at the basis of the physiology, was more
effective than modern therapies. In addition, it had no harmful side-effects,
and in fact, holistically improved the health of the body, as well as
the quality of life and emotional well-being of the practitioners, which
is completely beyond the capability of modern approaches to health.
In this press conference, Dr Bevan Morris, the President and Chairman
of the Board of Trustees, Maharishi University of Management, USA, and
the Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, also spoke about
the role of Maharishi Central University in solving the world's problems.
He described the details of the establishment of this new university of
Total Knowledge in the USA.
has been repeating that it will not take a long time for the complete
transformation of the world now. The time has come, and the time is here
for the press to observe what has happened, what is happening, and how
quickly the history of all negativity is changing to all positivity. The
economy and every other phase of life is going to be better and better.
This is Maharishi’s admonition to the press today: watch out for
all of these changes that will be occurring day by day from now on and
report those to the world. This will be a great joy for the world press
and a great achievement for the world press.
Meditation is one aspect of Maharishi’s Vedic Medicine, which enlivens
Veda, Total Natural Law, which includes all the Laws of Nature that uphold
human health, the total intelligence that upholds the human physiology,
restores balance, maintains homeostasis, and prevents disease with only
holistic side-benefits. This is the distinguishing factor between Maharishi
Vedic Medicine and all other systems of medicine, including even Ayur-Veda.
It is Vedic, holistic, Unified Field-based Medicine, transcending even
the eight Prakritis, the three Gunas—the three Superfields in the
language of modern physics. Vedic Medicine transcends even these fundamental
ingredients of the physiology—indeed of the universe—on the
differentiated level to the super-unified source of the diversified universe,
enlivening Total Knowledge, Total Natural Law, for the holistic enlivenment
of the whole physiology.
‘Maharishi was talking today about an extraordinary property of
Maharishi Vedic Medicine. Transcendental Meditation is a very fundamental,
key aspect of Maharishi Vedic Medicine. Transcendental Meditation is a
consciousness-based technology, a consciousness based treatment. Consciousness,
according to the research of Maharaja Nader Ram, is the basis of the physiology,
the holistic value of the human physiology. This understanding is completely
consistent with modern physics, which has discovered the Unified Field,
the unified source of the diversified universe, including the diversified
physiology. So even modern physics corroborates Raja Nader Ram’s
discovery that the physiology arises from consciousness and is ultimately
nothing but consciousness in precipitated form.
‘Now what does that tell us? It tells us that if you are a doctor
you can treat the body, or the heart, on many levels. You can treat it
on a completely superficial level, for example with physical therapy that
works with the muscles, ligaments and bones—the macroscopic physiology.
If you’re a pharmacologist or an internist the primary tool is drugs,
pharmacology. This is molecular medicine, which manipulates the molecular
level of the physiology by adding some molecules in attempt to restore
balance in the physiology, which is a bundle of probably, give or take,
100,000 organic molecules. So if you are deficient in one hormone for
example, an internist or an endocrinologist may give you a drug to increase
that, but who knows what the effect is of that drug on 100,000 other organic
molecules in the physiology? That is the problem with molecular medicine.
It inevitably is fraught with side-effects, and as Maharishi emphasizes
there thousands of articles outlining the very negative side-effects of
‘Modern medicine mostly stops at the molecular level. On a deeper
level of the physiology, on the nuclear level, there are techniques of
nuclear medicine of diagnostics and even some treatments but it is sort
of a remote field of medicine. And beyond that there is no electro-weak
unified medicine, there is no grand unified medicine, there is no super
unified medicine in modern allopathy. It is in Vedic Medicine only and
particularly Maharishi’s Vedic Medicine that the Veda has been restored.
Vedic Medicine is really Unified Field-Based Medicine.
‘Even before Maharishi, Ayur-Vedic medicine did treat the body still
at a very deep level, the level of the so called Doshas and Prakritis—Vata,
Pitta, Kapha. This is a very deep level of physics, the level of the Superfield,
on the verge of Unity, but still in the field of diversity—three,
Vata Pitta, Kapha—three, not one. Maharishi said, ‘No, you
can’t stop at Vata Pitta and Kapha. Medicine should be Vedic.’
This means it fundamentally occurs at the unified level, the Samhita level
‘Transcendental Meditation works on the level of consciousness—it
enlivens consciousness. This is the speciality, the power of Maharishi
Vedic Medicine—it is enlivening Total Natural Law. And when you
enliven the totality of Natural Law by stimulating its unified basis,
then immediately all the Laws of Nature, Total Natural Law, is enlivened
and the relationships between the Laws of Nature is enlivened.
‘On the basis of that, Maharishi is announcing a new system of medicine
to prevent aging that will be specific to people of 50 years old, 60 years
old, 70 years old—specific to re-enliven certain Laws of Nature
that are starting to go weak. At a certain age a few Laws of Nature become
a little sluggish—kind of non-functional. This new system will reawaken
those laws. At a different age it will reawaken other laws that might
be starting to go to sleep. And how? By enlivening again and again the
totality of Natural Law. That is why Maharishi Vedic Medicine is holistic
and that is why it is free of negative side-effects.’
Schneider: ‘The explanation
that you have given from Maharishi is the only one that can explain the
profound effects of Transcendental Meditation on heart disease, and with
no harmful side-effects. It must be the source of the physiology that
is recreating the physiology. We are recreating the heart. Where did this
new functioning of the heart come from? It is recreating itself from within
itself through the enlivenment of all the Laws of Nature within the physiology.’
fact that the side-effects of modern medicine are the third or forth cause
of mortality in the United States, is a shocking finding that makes the
oath ‘Do no harm', which is taken by the medical professionals,
really a mockery. I hope the media will think deeply about not just this
one study but also the whole thinking about medicine and the future of
the world. That comes out of this study and your discussion of it.
‘I think this is an example of why Maharishi Central University
is so needed in the world. This is the university of Total Knowledge that
Dr Hagelin is founding at the centre point of the United States in Kansas.
‘On one side, it is being founded on the analysis of the present
situation in every field. In health care we just saw the analysis that
leads us to the conclusion that the administrators are devoid of the knowledge
they need in order to protect the population and secure their welfare.
‘The same conclusion can be reached in education. Education is fragmented
in its approach therefore developing the brain only partially. This leaves
functional holes in the brain, which leads to all the stress and strain
in the world. All the wrong behaviour in the world is due to this fragmented
kind of education. Now just as in health care there is a prevention-oriented
approach, likewise in education there is a Total Knowledge-based approach
that enlivens the whole brain. This leads to higher consciousness—life
lived in an evolutionary direction without mistakes and problems created
by wrong behaviours.
‘Any field of life that one can analyze one can find the present
situation inadequate—for example, in agriculture that is filled
with poisons and is poor in its nutritional values, causing ill health,
and architecture that has wrong orientation that is damaging to the fortune
and health of its inhabitants.
‘You can go down the whole list and in every case Maharishi’s
new university in Kansas will give the students the knowledge of how to
‘Now, as president of the new university in Kansas, Dr Hagelin will
train a whole new generation of leaders of the world who have the knowledge
to have prevention oriented administration, in every dimension and every
field of life.
‘So this is why Dr Hagelin is founding this university. I am very
happy to be there with some of the top leaders of the Global Country of
World Peace who are working on this project, under Dr Hagelin’s
direction. Yesterday we went to the very centre of the United States,
measured by the precise digital map and mathematical formulae that give
a point, down to the seconds of longitude and latitude. It is in a valley
and there is a very soft feeling there. From now on, it will be celebrated
in the structure of Central University, which will extend roughly 30 square
miles, and contain 50 sub-campuses. To the west of the central point will
be the residences of the Vedic Pandits, and Vedic Mandaps, or pavilions,
where they will perform specific programmes to enliven the Unified Field
of Natural Law in its holistic value in the life of the whole of America.
‘To the west of that will be the residence of Dr Hagelin, the President
of Maharishi Central University. Stretching to the east for many miles
will be 50 campuses, one for each state. In the first year, each campus
will have 200 students, with a dining hall, student union, classroom and
exhibition building, residence halls with yogic flying halls for the students,
a winter garden (conservatory), a big hall for indoor sports and an indoor
swimming pool, an administration centre, and a building for faculty. Ultimately
there will be four campuses of 200 students for each state, one for each
year. This will total 800 students from each state—40,000 top students
‘Each campus for 200 students is laid out on 200 meters by 350 meters,
about 17 1⁄2 acres. All the campuses will be built with fortune-creating
buildings—perfectly oriented to the east and built according to
cosmic structuring principles of the universe out of non-toxic materials.
The whole campus will be very convenient and comfortable for all top students
of the world.
‘Together with Kuber-ji, the Minister of Finance of the Global Country
of World Peace, Dr Hagelin has prepared a document that approaches all
the banks of America for the resources to construct the campuses.’
Total Knowledge University is a complete departure from universities of
the past. So far universities have been able to promise the principle
of all knowledge on a single campus—a campus comprised of a library
with the books of every discipline and multiple faculties—one for
Physics, one for the Arts, Chemistry, and so forth. But no university
can promise or deliver all knowledge—Total Knowledge for every student—in
every brain. That is the incredibly powerfully approach of Maharishi’s
Unified Field-Based Education, which is Consciousness-Based Education,
which is ultimately Vedic-Based because ‘Vedic’ means the
totality of knowledge, the holistic value of knowledge, the Unified Field.
. . .
‘So every student will be completely grounded in the totality of
knowledge from the standpoint of the Unified Field Theories of modern
Physics, which give us a unified foundation of all knowledge. From one
formula, the Lagrangian of the Unified Field, the whole field of physics
can be derived, and every discipline can be unfolded and rigorously derived
from the fundamental unity, the holistic value of all knowledge in the
Unified Field. So the students will be grounded in Total Knowledge as
they gain specific knowledge of other disciplines. More than being intellectually
grounded in Total Knowledge, the students will be experientially established
in Total Knowledge with the experiential technologies of Vedic Science,
Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi Programme, including Yogic
Flying, all of which stimulate Total Knowledge in brain physiology itself.
‘Maharishi’s Central University is taking the best of all
that Maharishi is offering in the field of education and expanding it
in a university for 40,000 students from all over the world. This is the
ultimate in education, for which it is being called a ‘super-knowledge
university’—the University of Total Knowledge, a new capital
of education for the whole world.’