Written in a state of shock, it describes how I learned TM and gradually got involved with meditation as a technology for creating peace, as an innocent side effect of building enlightenment, creativity, wealth, health and improved relationships. I was involved in a 'World Peace Project' in Syria and Iran in 1978/79, when Beirut waqs the hot spot. later in 1988 I was part of a group of 1,600 in the USA meditating to create coherence and World Peace at the time the Berlin Wall came down. The results were outstanding, and are urgently needed today -- perhaps the only viable working solution to "prevent the danger that has not yet arisen."
The advert explained "political negotiations, treaties, and the use of arms have never succeeded in creating a lasting state of world peace. What is the way out of this predicament?" ... "Only a new philosophy and new efforts based on new knowledge will fulfill the age-old dream of the wise for prevention of crime, terrorism, and wars, and maintenance of world peace on a permanent basis."
"The wise retaliation against terrorism will be to take a step which will completely root out terrorism forever—and this will be by creating a very strong influence of positivity and harmony in world consciousness so that any kind of negative trends do not arise." This would be achieved through large groups of meditators.
Rather buried, well down in this large full-page ad was the startling question:
"Can you imagine if bombs began to fall on Washington D.C., and to destroy the high-rises of the money markets of New York? Will NATO be able to prevent this? When this happens it will be beyond the power even of the wealthy to save the situation."
Frankly, I couldn't imagine this at all, and imagined instead that Maharishi was somehow losing his grip. It's only with hindsight that one can see this wasn't conjecture but a forecast, and how uncannily accurate it was. And of course, a year and a half later on September 11 2001, I remembered this advert—and radically revised my opinion about Maharishi—and started writing my article about Peace.
While writing this article I received an email invitation to a press conference in Washington on this exact topic, uncannily timed for 15 minutes after the attack on the Pentagon. Titled "Army Generals offer President Bush alternative to Missile Defence Shield -- Top-Ranking Military Leader from India Proposes 'Vedic Defence Shield' for Prevention of War." This contrasts American and Indian technologies for preventing war.
Is this timing an uncanny coincidence, or is it further proof Maharishi knew not just what was going to happen, but when as well?...
I learned later that quite a lot of people attended this event, including senior US military figures. But of course a while before the Press Conference was due to start, their cellphones started ringing as the 9/11 attacks began, and one by one they left the room...