VIEWPOINT ON DEFENCE: New ‘Technology’ Explored
BY MAJ. GEN. KULWANT SINGH AND DR. DAVID LEFFLER*
FAIRFIELD, IOWA (IDN) - At his recent state dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh addressed the issue of nuclear proliferation and said: “We should cooperate in addressing global challenges of combating terrorism…and moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”
These are clearly important goals. But how can they be achieved in today’s high-tension political climate? Diplomacy and economic sanctions have not been sufficient to resolve these issues, which are driven by human behavioral dynamics that cannot be controlled by such methods alone.
Terrorism and nuclear proliferation are human problems requiring human solutions. Their underlying cause is accumulated social stress. Today the military of India has an opportunity to address this fundamental cause of war, conflict and terrorism by deploying a new, scientifically verified technology of defence. Over fifty studies have validated the effectiveness of IDT.
‘A NEW SOLUTION’
This new technology of defence is based upon the latest discoveries in the fields of physics, neuroscience, and physiology. Ultimately, it is based on the discovery of the unified field of all the laws of nature-the most fundamental and powerful level of nature's dynamics. Technologies based upon this unified field of natural law have such concentrated power that they can render obsolete and irrelevant every previous objective technology and destructive means of defence.
Modern science has probed deeper levels of nature's functioning, from the macroscopic world of classical physics to the underlying atomic, nuclear, and subnuclear levels, culminating in the discovery of the unified field, the unified source of the diversified laws of nature governing the universe. Because this unified field is vastly more powerful than any other level of nature's dynamics, a technology of defence based upon the unified field is of historic importance. It is already changing the whole science and technology of defence.
ACCESSING THE UNIFIED FIELD WITHIN
Since the unified field is the source of the objective world, its power cannot be harnessed through objective technologies. A new approach is needed-one that draws upon the world's subjective traditions of meditation. Properly understood and property practiced, meditation throughout the ages has been a systematic technology to turn human awareness within to experience finer levels of thought, deeper levels of human intelligence that correspond to deeper levels of intelligence in nature.
This inward exploration culminates in direct experience of the deepest level of consciousness-the simplest, silent, settled state of human awareness, sometimes called the state of pure consciousness-in which the human mind identifies with the unified field. By turning the attention systematically within, human awareness explores deeper levels of nature's functioning and ultimately experiences the unified field at the source of thought-the field of unity at the basis of mind and matter.
The Vedic tradition of knowledge from India is the most complete and highly developed tradition of meditation in the world, yet this ancient approach of gaining knowledge and experience of the unified field has become the focus of intense scientific research over the past 50 years. The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived, from the ancient Vedic science of consciousness, systematic technologies for experiencing the unified field, including the Transcendental Meditation program and its advanced techniques.
These meditation practices are known as Invincible Defence Technology (IDT) in military circles and have been successfully applied by members of many faiths to eliminate conflict in the recent past.
IDT has been used by the military of Ecuador to end their war with Peru, by Lt. Gen. José Villamil, a former Vice-Minister of Defence of Ecuador. This new approach to preventing and ending war has been also used by the military of Mozambique.
If the military of India were to apply this human resource-based technology, which is non-lethal and non-destructive, it could reduce the collective societal stress that is fuelling the rising tensions between India and Pakistan.
THE PREVENTION WINGS
A Prevention Wing of the Military would be the ideal way to achieve this goal. Less than 1% of the military of India would participate in this wing. The remaining personnel would carry out their normal military duties. The Prevention Wing would be trained in the primary components of IDT. They would practice these technologies in large groups, morning and evening.
Over 50 research studies confirm that when the required threshold of IDT experts is crossed-approximately the square root of 1% of the size of a given population-crime goes down in the affected population, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism abate. Scientists have named this phenomenon the Maharishi Effect in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who first predicted it. The causal mechanism appears to be a field effect of consciousness -- a spillover effect on the level of the unified field from the peace-creating group into the larger population.
For instance, in 1993, a two-month Maharishi Effect intervention was implemented and studied in Washington, DC. Predictions of specific drops in crime and other indices were lodged in advance with government leaders and newspapers. The research protocol was approved by an independent Project Review Board. The findings showed that crime fell 23.3 percent below the predicted level when the peace-creating group reached its maximum size. Temperature, weekend effects, or previous trends in the data failed to account for changes. This research was published in the peer-reviewed Social Indicators Research (1999, vol. 47, 153-201).
The Maharishi Effect was documented on a global scale in a study using Rand Corporation data and published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2003, vol. 36, 283-302). When assemblies of IDT experts exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world (about 7,000 at that time) during the years 1983-1985, terrorism globally decreased 72%, international conflict decreased 32%, and violence in nations was reduced without intrusion by other governments.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PERMANENT PEACE
The military of India is charged with the constitutional responsibility to defend the country. It can now succeed in this mission simply by creating a Prevention Wing of the Military - a coherence-creating group of IDT experts exceeding the square root of 1% of the population of India - approximately 3,415 soldiers.
As part of its responsibility to protect the nation, India's military is obligated to thoroughly examine realistic, scientifically proven methods for preventing war and terrorism. IDT is such a method. Moreover, since the military and military personnel are funded by the government, a Prevention Wing of the Military would not be subject to the fluctuations in size that often affect civilian IDT groups, where participation may be influenced by finances, job demands, graduations, and optional activities.
All areas of society will be simultaneously enriched by this holistically life-supporting, life-benefiting technology. It is enormously effective and cost-effective, and the results are immediate. All that is necessary is to provide the proper training for a group of military personnel-or indeed, any large group within the country. India has the opportunity today through IDT to create national security, invincibility, and peace. But the time for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to act is now. (IDN-InDepthNews/02.12.09)
2009 IDN-InDepthNews Service