The Maharishi Effect

The Maharishi® Effect can be understood as the positive effect Transcendental Meditation® has on life in society. Just one per cent of a population practising Transcendental Meditation is enough to give rise to significant improvements in the lives of the entire population and create peace and harmony in society.

The phenomenon is named after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi® who introduced Transcendental Meditation to the world and first predicted the large-scale benefits the practice would bring.

Furthermore, it only requires the square root of one per cent of a population practising the TM-Sidhi Programme® and Yogic Flying in a group to produce the extended Maharishi Effect. This means that creating world peace is a realistic goal even if only small numbers of people practice the technique.

It was the discovery of this phenomenon that inspired the founding of the Maharishi European Sidhaland and similar permanent groups of Yogic Flyers around the world.

How does it work?

The mechanics of the Maharishi Effect are based on the understanding that there is a single unified field of intelligence, or pure consciousness, at the basis of nature.

This single unified field of pure consciousness can readily be experienced by the human mind through the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which produces rapid individual growth and a radiating influence of peace in society.

The basic understanding described above expands into four Vedic concepts that have been extensively validated by both scientific theory and experiment. These four fundamental concepts are:

1. The unified field

2. Transcendental Consciousness

3. Individual growth

4. The radiating influence of peace in the world

The unified field can be understood as the single unified field of consciousness, while Transcendental Consciousness is the human experience of this field of consciousness through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. This in turn leads to the expansion of individual consciousness, which radiates into society and creates a peaceful influence in the world. It is this phenomenon that is known as the Maharishi Effect.

Can it be scientifically proven?

The Maharishi Effect has become one of the best-researched phenomena in the social sciences, with studies published in the journals including Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

"The potential impact of this research exceeds that of any other ongoing social or psychological research program. It has survived a broader array of statistical tests than most research in the field of conflict resolution. This work and the theory that informs it deserve the most serious consideration by academics and policy makers alike."

Dr David Edwards, Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Dr David Edwards discusses the Maharishi Effect research

Dr Hagelin talks about the Maharishi Effect with HuffPost

"I was initially sceptical, but having studied the research completed to date, I have concluded that these studies on the Maharishi Effect have subjected theory to proper empirical tests. They have shown sound results which demand serious interest."

Ken Pease, Professor of Criminology at the University of Huddersfield, Chairman of the Belfast-based Centre for the Independent Research and Analysis of Crime, and former Home Office adviser.

Published Scientific Research

  • The Maharishi Effect: A model for social improvement. Time series analysis of a phase transition to reduced crime in Merseyside metropolitan area. (1996). Psychology, Crime & Law, 2(3), 165–174.
  • Alleviating political violence through reducing collective tension: Impact assessment analyses of the Lebanon war. Journal of Social Behaviour and Personality 17(1): 285–338 (2005).
  • Preventing terrorism and international conflict: Effects of large assemblies of participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 36 (1-4), 283–302 (2003).
  • Results of the National Demonstration Project to Reduce Violent Crime and Improve Governmental Effectiveness in Washington, D.C. Social Indicators Research, 47, 153-201 (1999).
  • Transforming political institutions through individual and collective consciousness: The Maharishi Effect and government. Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C. (1997).
  • Time series analysis of improved quality of life in Canada: Social change, collective consciousness, and the TM-Sidhi program.Psychological Reports, 76, 1171–1193 (1995).
  • Test of a field theory of consciousness and social change: Time series analysis of participation in the TM-Sidhi program and reduction of violent death in the U.S. Social Indicators Research, 22, 399–418 (1990).
  • The effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field: Reply to a methodological critique. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 34, 756–768 (1990).
  • Alleviating political violence through enhancing coherence in collective consciousness: Impact assessment analyses of the Lebanon war. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, 95(1), 1 (1988).
  • International peace project in the Middle East: The effect of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 32(4), 776–812 (1988).
  • The Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program and decreased urban crime. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 9(4), 457–486 (1988).
  • Consciousness as a field: The Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program and changes in social indicators. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 8(1), 67–104 (1987).
  • The Transcendental Meditation program and crime rate change in a sample of forty-eight cities. Journal of Crime and Justice, 4, 25–45 (1981).

"In the studies that I have examined on the impact of the Maharishi Effect on conflict, I can find no methodological flaws, and the findings have been consistent across a large number of replications in many different geographical and conflictual situations. As unlikely as the premise may sound I think we have to take these studies seriously."

Ted Robert Gurr, PhD, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

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