[sixties-l] World Peace Is Just $1 Billion Away? (fwd)

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    World Peace Is Just $1 Billion Away?


    July 05, 2002

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said on Wednesday
    in a July 4 message to Americans nervous about new Sept. 11-style attacks
    that he could kill world terrorism with love, but he would need $1 billion
    to do it.
    "July 4 could be a great day for freedom," Maharishi, who brought
    Transcendental Meditation to the West more than 40 years ago and is a
    spiritual inspiration to some 6 million people worldwide, said in a
    conference call from the Netherlands.
    Maharishi said that with $1 billion he could train 40,000 expert
    meditators, or "Vedic
    Pandits", who would generate enough good vibes to save the world. His press
    office said $85 million toward that goal had already been raised.
    The guru has largely shunned the public eye for the last 20 years, but is
    now determined to drum up support for his concept of "Natural Law, the
    Constitution of the Universe."
    "I am setting up groups of knowers of this total knowledge of natural law,
    here, there and everywhere, particularly large groups in India, which is
    the seed for total knowledge of natural law," Maharishi said.
    "I have confidence that India will be the lighthouse for total knowledge.
     From there this total knowledge will radiate in the whole family of
    nations ... that would generate a powerful influence of peace that would
    spread throughout the whole world and neutralize the stress, the hatred and
    tensions that fuel terrorism and war today."
    Maharishi also criticized the U.S. response to terror attacks. "Bush's war
    on terrorism pushes the world toward destruction," he said. "This promotes
    the birth of an enemy."

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