In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at our World (2010), Prince Charles explores the “sacred geometry” discovered in buildings and artwork of ancient civilizations. “The patterning that forms sacred geometry is derived from a very close observation of nature” (pg. 89), Charles writes.
In her blog, Purcell compares Prince Charles’s vision for suburban planning using natural, non-toxic building materials and intelligent planning (work and shopping within easy walking distance from living spaces; car parking outside the perimeters of living areas to reduce pollution; trees and green parks dispersed throughout cities and towns to reduce pollution and enhance people’s sense of well-being) with the principles Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, has used in his system of Maharishi Sthapatya Ved.
Purcell writes: “Maharishi was fond of the following quote from the Yajur Veda: Yatha pinde tatha brahmande—’As is the atom, so is the universe; as is the human body, so is the cosmic body.’ The entirety of our universe, including our human physiology, exhibits the same orderly patterns that are found at every level of nature’s functioning.”
“Sthapatya Ved prescribes specific mathematical principles for construction of buildings that reflect the orderliness of nature,” says Purcell. “The architecture of many of the world’s oldest civilizations reflect proportions similar to those found in Sthapatya Ved.”
Five years ago the Transcendental Meditation technique was introduced at Norwich University in Vermont, the oldest private military college in the U.S. They began with 30 cadets and now there are 3…
By Denise Gerace Ph.D. For the last five years, my husband Joseph and I have had the honor and privilege of teaching TM to service personnel and Veterans in Southern Arizona. The changes we have seen have inspired us to do everything we can to make TM available to more and more military people. […]
by Colleen Chatterton
“Think of all the wonders we can do” emblazoned across a Gal Gadot-like drawing of Wonder Woman has become the symbol for a new U.N. campaign to empower women and girls.
At a UN ceremony held October 21, 2016, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the creation of the female superhero, Wonder Woman was made the first honorary U.N. Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter, two actresses who have portrayed Wonder Woman on TV and screen, spoke at the ceremony:
“In some magical and mystical way, there lies within each of us Wonder Woman,” Carter said. “She is real. She lives and she breathes. . . she lives in the stories that these women tell me, day in and day out. I see it in the letters and in the stories. I read it on social media. I see it in the tears that fall from the eyes of the women who say it saved them from some awful thing that they endured — because they saw that they could do something great.”
“To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” is goal number five on a list of 17 sustainable development goals the U.N. has created as a framework for the future of global development.
The U.N., DC comics, and Warner Bros. plan to use Wonder Woman’s image to bring public awareness to gender-based issues around the world.
The purpose of the Wonder Woman campaign is to show what we can collectively achieve when women and girls are fully empowered.
In the words of a U.N. mandate, the campaign will feature examples of women and girls “who have made and are making a difference every day by overcoming barriers and beating the odds to reach their goals.”
“The campaign is about women and girls everywhere, who are wonder women in their own right, and the men and boys who support their struggle for gender equality, bringing about positive change in their homes, workplace, communities, countries and the world together.”
Below are links to recent articles related to the UN event:
From the UN website
From Entertainment Weekly
From BBC News
From NPR “All Things Considered”
From NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday”
This is a guest post about the Beatles. It shows video clips of the Beatles talking about their time in India when they learned Transcendental Meditation. There are also video clips with Ravi Shankar teaching George Harrison how to play the sitar, George Harrison singing, etc.
In February 1968, the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, in northern India, to attend an advanced Transcendental Meditation (TM) training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Amid widespread media attention, their visit was one of the band’s most productive periods. Led by George Harrison’s commitment, the Beatles’ interest in the Maharishi changed Western attitudes […]