Letter: Peace as the new normal


Dear Sir:

In the words of the Beatles’ song A Day in the Life: “I read the news today, oh boy…”

North Korea shoots off more missiles, ships are seized in the Strait of Hormuz, countries worldwide are facing political chaos, and immigration crises abound as people flee intolerable conditions in their homelands, all brought on by conflict and violence. 

Has this become the New Normal, and if so, is this the new normal we truly want? We think not.

No sane human being wants conflict and violence. However, over time, we have created a culture in which conflict and violence are seen as the only solutions to irreconcilable differences.

Fortunately, there are better ways to solve social problems. One proven way to resolve differences is by utilizing a ground-breaking and effective means for ending conflict and violence: Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).

Invincible Defense Technology: A non-religious, humane and beneficial approach

The practical components of IDT are the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the more advanced TM-Sidhi programs. When large groups of experts practice these programs together, a powerful field effect of coherence and peace is generated that spills over into the surrounding population, thereby raising the collective consciousness to come up with more humane solutions to social problems.

Extensive peer-reviewed scientific research repeatedly confirms measurable decreases in war deaths, terrorism, and crime when IDT is utilized. A recent study published in May 2019 in Studies in Asian Social Science, 6(2), 1-45, found that IDT implementation by students was associated with a 96.2 percent decline in sociopolitical violence in the war-torn country of Cambodia as compared to violence in the preceding three years.

Due to the extensive research, the non-profit organization Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) advocates IDT as a simple and cost-effective approach for reducing the societal stresses thought to be the underlying cause of such social problems (see: https://www.gusp.org/global-peace-summit).

Invincible defense technology is cost-effective

Any military is capable of training and maintaining groups of experts in the advanced IDT strategy. This prevention wing of the military would practice IDT programs twice a day in large groups, defusing social tensions. The collective consciousness of all populations would rise through the influences of greater harmony and peace. Those who have engaged in violence will no longer do so. Studies have shown repeatedly that this method works – and will continue to work as long as the peace-creating groups are maintained.


IDT is not restricted to the military. Any large group of experts trained in the advanced IDT techniques can accomplish the same goals of alleviating terror and violence by practicing this approach in groups twice a day. These groups could be comprised of congregations at places of worship, prisoners, the elderly in retirement homes, even students such as documented in Studies in Asian Social Science. Theoretically, immigrants awaiting processing could volunteer to be trained in the advanced IDT techniques and placed on cruise ships parked offshore from trouble spots for the duration, thereby alleviating immigration crises as well.

The important factor is for the advanced IDT techniques to be performed by trained experts consistently in groups twice a day. Simply by doing this, violence and conflict would be eradicated, according to the numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies summarized on the GUSP website.

Nothing else has worked

Up until now; violence has historically been the response to national differences, despite its costs both in financial and human terms. Thankfully, in the words of Nobel Prize-winning songwriter Bob Dylan: “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” Currently, militaries are utilizing IDT training for their personnel, with positive societal results for their countries.

Give peace a chance

Time is ripe for the creation of a Department of Peace to utilize IDT as a means of creating lasting peace.

As early as 1979, a bill was introduced in Congress to create a US Department of Peace; this bill has been re-introduced in each session of Congress from 2001 to 2011. In 2013 it was re-introduced as H.R. 1111 and is currently supported by 40 cosponsors.

Creating a US Department of Peace is also a leading campaign issue for one of the current 2020 US presidential candidates, with the intent of co-coordinating the international peace-building agencies that already exist as well as local peace-building efforts in a way to transform society from one of violence to one of peaceful resolution. IDT is a powerful field-tested tool to facilitate this transformation.

What the world needs now

What is needed now is for all leaders worldwide to recognize the benefits to their nations in utilizing a peaceful, more effective proven way of resolving differences without creating conflict and violence. IDT is that proven way; and now is the time to utilize IDT to resolve tensions and eliminate political chaos globally once and for all.

By Arlene J. Schar and Dr. David Leffler



  1. The centerpiece of TM’s claims to reduce crime and bring world peace, is a fatally flawed crime reduction study conducted in 1995, in Washington D. C. Proof would come from an experiment to reduce crime in the city by 20 percent. The reduction would result from the coherence created when thousands of advanced TM practitioners would meditate together over fourteen weeks. TM described this as “The Maharishi Effect.”

    In his book Voodoo Science, Robert Park described a press conference held before the experiment began in which lead researcher, John Hagelin explained how the crime reduction project would be a scientific demonstration that provided proof of a unified superstring field—an abstract and highly speculative physical theory that attempts to connect all the forces in nature. According to Hagelin, large numbers of advanced TM practitioners meditating together in the same location would access this force, which he referred to as “collective consciousness.”

    Over the period, the highest murder rate occurred in the city’s history. At a press conference held when the study concluded, Hagelin acknowledged that the murder rate had increased, but emphasized that “brutal crime” was down. Park pondered the benefit: “Murderers shot their victims with a clean shot between the eyes rather than bludgeoning them the old-fashioned way!”

    The following year, Hagelin returned with a 55-page report on the experiment. At a press conference, he claimed violent crime had dropped 18 percent. One reporter from the Washington Post queried, “An 18% reduction compared to what?” Hagelin said the actual crime rate compared to the crime that would have occurred without the meditators meditating. How did he know what the rate would have been? Hagelin answered that by using a “scientifically rigorous time-series analysis that included not only crime data but such factors as weather and fluctuations in Earth’s magnetic field.”

    According to Peter Woit, a theoretical physicist and senior lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Columbia University, Hagelin’s study has since been rejected by “virtually every theoretical physicist in the world” who evaluated it. Andrew Skolnick, a noted medical writer, wrote, “Indeed, it took Hagelin six years to find a journal willing to publish his much-ridiculed Washington, DC, crime study. It’s not impossible to get flawed and bogus science published in a research journal; it just takes longer.”

    In 1986, Heinz Pagels, then executive director of the New York Academy of Sciences, wrote,
    There is no known connection between meditation states and states of matter in physics. Individuals not trained professionally in modern physics could easily come to believe, based on the presentations in the Maharishi literature, that a large number of qualified scientists agree with the purported connection between modern physics and meditation methods. Nothing could be further from the truth. The notion that what physicists call ‘the vacuum state’ has anything to do with consciousness is nonsense. The claim that large numbers of people meditating help reduce crime and war by creating a unified field of consciousness is foolishness of a high order. The presentation of the ideas of modern physics side by side, and apparently supportive of, the ideas of the Maharishi about pure consciousness can only be intended to deceive those who might not know any better.

    The Square Root of One Percent Scam (Or how to raise tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars on nonsense.)
    Undeterred by the almost universal rejection by scientists of the Maharishi effect, Maharishi doubled down. He claimed that if 8,000 advanced meditators, roughly the square root of 1% of the world’s population meditated together, there would be world peace. The TM organization raised tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars to fund the project.

    Would the experiment have worked?
    According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Fairfield, Iowa, home of Maharishi University of Management (MUM), as of July 2016, was 10,206. Applying the square-root-of-one-percent formula, the coherence produced by just ten of TM’s advanced coherence producers should result in a reduced crime rate in Fairfield. For well over two decades, not ten, but hundreds of yogic flyers (TM’s most advanced meditators) have conducted their coherence-generating practices in the two (male and female) Golden Dome flying centers located on the MUM campus.

    Based on all the massive level of coherence generated, one might reasonably expect Fairfield to be crime-free. In fact, the entire Midwestern US should be crime-free. However, FBI crime statistics tell a different story. Neighborhood Scout is a real estate platform that analyzes crime rates in communities in the US based on raw data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Using FBI crime statistics released in September 2016, Neighborhood Scout reported: The crime rate in Fairfield is considerably higher than the national average across all communities. Relative to Iowa, Fairfield has a crime rate that is higher than 94% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes. Also, when comparing Fairfield to other communities of similarly sized populations, Neighborhood Scout found that the Fairfield crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) per thousand residents stood out as higher than most.

    Why No One Should Pay Attention to TM Research
    Psychologist David Orme-Johnson is the most prolific TM researcher. Orme-Johnson created a website, TruthAboutTM.org, that rebuts negative TM studies, at times personally attacking TM critics as psychologically damaged or as religious fanatics.

    The site’s heading “Societal Effects” claims 50 empirical studies demonstrate the Maharishi Effect. The site also claims this research is of the highest quality. A cursory examination of these studies reveals that TM University faculty and students have written almost all of them, and the vast majority have found a home in TM owned publications. One doesn’t need a complicated analysis to figure out these studies are worthless; one only needs to look at Fairfield crime statistics above.


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