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Third International Conference on Invincible Defense: Raising Military Strength to Invincibility through Creation of the Maharishi Prevention Wing in the Military

Page 10: Scientific Validation of the Practical Programs of Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense


Michael Dillbeck, Ph.D.

Michael Dillbeck, Ph.D.

Senior researcher, Maharishi International University, USA; Curriculum Director, Maharishi Vedic Universities

More than 500 scientific research studies conducted at over 200 universities and research institutions in 30 countries have documented the profound individual and social benefits that will he realized by implementing Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense through a Prevention Wing in the military.

These benefits are uniquely holistic in that all aspects of life benefit—mind, body, behavior, and society as a whole. This is because the technology of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program, which includes Yogic Flying, operates from the level of the Unified Field of Natural Law, the field of pure consciousness, which nourishes and promotes the evolution of all of existence.

Individual Benefits for Participants in the Prevention Wing of the Military

Scientific research demonstrates that the individuals who participate in the prevention wing of the military will grow in alertness and clarity of mind, good health, effectiveness of behavior, and ability to recover from stress. The following are sample research findings (scientific journal references are given below this page):

Increased Alertness and Clarity of Mind:

  • Increased Intelligence [ref. 1]
  • Improved Reaction Time [1]
  • Broader Comprehension and Improved Ability to Focus Attention [2]
  • Improved Perception and Memory [3]

Improved Health:

  • More Rapid Recovery from Stress [4]
  • Less Need for Hospitalization or Outpatient Medical Treatment [5]
  • Decreased Incidence of Disease [5]
  • Reduced Health Care Costs [6]

Improved Social Behavior Among Veterans of Military Service:

  • Reduced Anxiety [7]
  • Reduced Family Problems [7]
  • Reduced Alcohol Problems [7]
  • Increased Employment [7]

Creating Invincibility for the Nation: Collective Benefits of the Prevention Wing of the Military for the Nation and World

Forty scientific studies have consistently demonstrated that a sufficient-sized group of participants in Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program create an influence of coherence and integration in the whole society, known as the Maharishi Effect.

These research studies, published in major research journals in the behavioral and social sciences, have used the most rigourous research methods and statistical procedures available in the social sciences.

The Maharishi Effect in society is parallel to the Meissner Effect in physics—an influence of internal coherence is created in society, on the basis of which the society becomes invulnerable to disordering influences and creates an influence of harmony that extends beyond its borders.

The following are sample findings of research on the Maharishi Effect that demonstrate this influence within the nation and outside its borders:

Increased Coherence—Internal Order—in the Nation:

Resistance to External Disorder—Preventing the Birth of an Enemy:

Improved Quality of Life in a State

Finding: During the three-month period of Maharishi's 'Ideal Society Campaign' in 1978, implemented in 108 countries, the number of visiting experts in Maharishi's TM-Sidhi Programme was sufficient to create the Maharishi Effect in the state of Rhode Island in the U.S.A. Time series analysis indicated improved quality of life on an index of the following variables: crime, auto accidents, motor vehicle fatalities, deaths (other than motor vehicle), alcoholic beverage and cigarette consumption, unemployment, and pollution. A smaller group continued afterward, generating a long-term effect. Reference [9].

Sample Studies Demonstrating Increased Coherence Within the Nation

Studies on the Maharishi Effect repeatedly demonstrate that the rate of civil crime and violence within society drops significantly immediately after a group of experts in Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program, exceeding the square root of one percent of the population, is brought together for twice daily practice.

Research also shows that during periods in which the number of experts in Maharishi's TM-Sidhi Program is sufficient to create the Maharishi Effect, economic indicators improve, as measured by such variables as reduced inflation and unemployment; and quality of life improves, as demonstrated by studies that combine many social variables into one overall quality of life index (see chart above).

Sample Studies Documenting Reduction of Regional and International Conflict

In 1978 Maharishi implemented a 'World Peace Project', in which 1400 experts went to five trouble-spot regions (Southeast Asia, Middle East, Iran, Zimbabwe [then Rhodesia], and Nicaragua) to reduce violence through collective practice of the TM-Sidhi Programme. An extensive analysis of international relations and conflict data from an independent research group (the Conflict and Peace Data Bank of the University of Maryland) showed that during the three months of the project there was a significant reduction of hostile acts and increase in co-operative events in these trouble-spots. A similar significant improvement was also found world-wide, since these were the main locations of regional and international conflict at the time.

Global Maharishi Effect

Finding: This study shows that during three experimental periods when the number of experts practising the TM-Sidhi Programme approached or exceeded 7000, the square root of one percent of the world's population, there were significant global reductions in international conflicts. Reference [16]

Research studies have also repeatedly confirmed the Global Maharishi Effect. During periods of ten days to three weeks in which the number of TM-Sidhi Programme Yogic Flyers gathered together approached or exceeded the square root of one percent of the world's population—about 7000 people—there was an immediate improvement in global social trends, including improved international relations and reduced incidence of terrorism (see chart above).

Research References Cited

1. Personality and Individual Differences 12 (1991): 1105-1106.
2. Perceptual and Motor Skills 39 (1974): 1031-1034.
3. Memory & Cognition 10 (1982): 207-215.
4. Psychosomatic Medicine 35 (1973): 341-349.
5. Psychosomatic Medicine 49 (1987): 493-507.
6. Dissertation Abstracts International 53(12) (1993): 4219A.
7. Journal of Counseling and Development 64 (1986): 212-215.
8. Journal of Crime and Justice 4 (1981): 25-45.
9. The Journal of Mind and Behavior 8 (1987): 67-104.
10. The Journal of Mind and Behavior 9 (1988): 457-486.
11. Journal of Conflict Resolution 32 (1988): 776-812.
12. Social Indicators Research 22 (1990): 399-418.
13. Dissertation Abstracts International 50 (1989): 2203B.
14. Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economics Statistics Section (1989): 565-570.
15. Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers, Vol. 4, pp. 2532-2548. Vlodrop, Netherlands: MVU Press, 1989.
16. Collected Papers, Vol. 5, pp. 3263-3264. Fairfield, Iowa: MIU Press, 1990.
17. Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Social Statistics Section (1990): 297-302.
18. Dissertation Abstracts International 49 (1988): 2381A.

Collected papers TM research

Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers contains the more than 500 research studies conducted at universities around the world (six volumes, more than 5000 pages)

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