In one of the more popular posts here, Whats Up?, I wrote a little about what’s been going on in the world of late. Today a number of inter-related things showed up, leading to the following observations.
In the winter of 1983-84, nearly 8,000 advanced meditators gathered in Iowa (of all places) for 10 days to create a “Taste of Utopia”, a massive group for creating coherence in consciousness. In previous experiments, they had found that if the square root of 1% of the area population did this, it made strong positive changes on crime rate, accident rate, and such things as hospital admissions. It was precise enough that they could use the numbers to predict in advance the degree of the change. They even ended a Mideast war, for the exact period the group was gathered over there.
Research was published in peer reviewed journals such as the “Journal of Conflict Resolution“. But this was so far outside the box that nothing much came of it. As someone later observed, the west is great for starting things but not the place to create something that lasts.
In the summer of 2006, the TM organization began a program to gather 2,000 meditators together, the key number for the US. Again, in Iowa. Periodically during the following time, they have passed that number for up to about 5 days.
They use the analogy from physics of a phase transition. When something is close to changing states it can sometimes need a little extra boost to make the shift. Left on the edge, the system remains unsettled. Like water roiling rather than boiling.
To try and help reach the key number, they began importing Vedic pandits from India. They would not only help with numbers, they would be in large enough groups to perform Mahayagyas, special large scale performances for purification similar to what was done in India just before the end of World War II.
This purification is critical to smooth out the bumps of transition. One of the last great purifications took place in the late 1980’s when the Soviet Union fell, the cold war ended, and the Berlin Wall came down.
At the time Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said that there was one more deep layer of stress to go that was still constricting world consciousness. It manifests as the international banking system and our debt-based economy. (any wonder money seems such a weird beast?)
It looks like we’re coming up on blowing that one off. There is sure a great deal of unsettledness in that forum these days, all over the world. And a significant potential for it to get much worse.
During any kind of transition like this, there is the possibility of a big evolutionary step with a smooth and peaceful step between states. As with the end of the cold war. (more or less) Or the possibility of a revolution, a more destructive and disheveled transition.
Recently I heard that there is now 800 Vedic Pandits in Iowa and they are working to bring the number over 1,000. They have hit the key meditation group number and have sustained it now for over a week. Its actually rather historical to have this number of pandits outside of India doing something like this. If you want to track the overall group numbers, they keep detailed stats.
At the same time, many other groups are coming together for conscious intention, for peace. The more the merrier I’d say.
We live in the most remarkable of times. People are awakening all the time. Another I know this evening. As the great sage and remarkable man Shankara said in his Crest Jewel of Discrimination, it is special to be born a human. More special to have the desire for liberation. And rare to be offered instruction by an illumined teacher. How remarkable then is it that you can pick and choose to your taste in our present time?
“And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”, from Desiderata