This article appeared in Defence India, November 28, 2004
Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kulwant Singh, Ph.D., U.Y.S.M.
Col. Brian Rees, M.D., M.P.H.
Michael Larrass, Ph.D.
Michael Larrass, Ph.D.
David R. Leffler, Ph.D.
The availability of weapons of mass destruction makes today's
terrorism a danger of unprecedented magnitude. Enemies are motivated
by dynamics that are beyond the ability of diplomatic and economic muscle
to control. Military leaders can count on armed forces to prevail against
the opposition on the battlefield. However, ultimately, military retaliation
alone will not likely create the ideal level of Homeland Security or
safeguard human rights in the community of nations. True sustained victory
in the war on terrorism will require that the military adapt in many
ways. Modern physics has discovered, the Unified Field, a fundamental
field of pure intelligence containing in seed form all the manifest
states of the universe. Human consciousness, at its basis, is
also a field of pure intelligence which contains in seed form all the
manifest states of thought, feeling, identify, and perception. These properties of pure intelligence,
simultaneously both that of the objective unified field and that of
human consciousness can be experienced when the awareness of the observer
becomes refined during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) and TM-Sidhi® programmes. The experience of the Unified
Field is made possible through attaining a psychophysiological state
that reproduces the properties of the field in the observer: highly
correlated, unified, self-referral, and integrative. The development
of these qualities is not obtained through behavioral or intellectual
training, but occurs spontaneously by cultivating a state of least excitation
of the nervous system. The unique results of the Transcendental Meditation
and TM-Sidhi programmes have been documented in over 600 research studies,
many of them published in scientific journals. Perhaps the most interesting
of these findings are the reports, numbering over 50, that a small group
of people the size of a typical military unit can radiate an unseen
influence of orderliness into the surrounding society. Use of this holistic
consciousness technology will enable any military to set up an ongoing
Conflict Prevention Operation through a Prevention Wing of the
Military. One unit would engage in group practice of the Transcendental
Meditation and TM-Sidhi programmes to radiate dynamic peacefulness as
the basis for impenetrable, non-aggressive defence and constructive
peace building without political, economic or cultural bias.
The Physics Behind the Unified Field-Based Defence
A Sociological Quantum Leap
The Transcendental Two-Pronged Approach
Living Up to the Vedic Ideal of Homeland Security
About the Authors
The opening paragraph of the Government of India's Ministry of Defence Annual Report 2000-2001 stated:
In the emerging global environment, India has adopted a more comprehensive approach to security, encompassing economic strength, internal cohesion and technological progress. However, given the security challenges confronting the country, India will need to maintain a desired level of military strength and preparedness to deter any aggression and to enable India to contribute positively to the promotion of peace and stability in the region. [i]
Although this goal was formulated four years ago, India has yet to realize it. The challenge of defending India in an increasingly complex operations arena calls for fundamental innovation. If the Ministry of Defence of India (MoD) is to achieve its new ends, which are of a different order of magnitude, an equally momentous shift in the choice of the means will be required. If old tools no longer suit the task, coating them with paint of a different colour will not help. In the same way, India needs new tools, not new coats of paint, to create a stable defence. The human resource-based approach of Unified Field-Based Defence is intended to add vital new tools to India's "more comprehensive approach."
These vital tools are the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme. The TM programme is a simple, easily learned, non-religious meditation technique. Physicist and Vedic scholar Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived these programmes from India's ancient Vedic tradition. Over 600 scientific studies at scientific research institutions all over the world have been conducted on these programmes. This extensive research indicates that these programmes eliminate stress individually and collectively. [ii]
Modern technology has helped all militaries to become more lethally effective and efficient. Though the military has many new technological tools, recent terrorist attacks show that they cannot guarantee safety. If military leaders are to truly find new solutions, they must start looking beyond the mere refinement and extension of existing technologies, and explore new tools. Specifically, India could benefit from looking into advanced, human resource-based technologies such as Unified Field-Based Defence Technology (also known as Consciousness-Based Defence Technology and Invincible Defence Technology).
There is research on Unified Field-Based Defence Technology in the field of conflict reduction that shows great promise. But it requires that some leaders make a quantum leap as big as the United States did when developing the atomic bomb. This paper will introduce an approach that has held up under rigorous scientific evaluation and field tests by other militaries. The Unified Field technology is intended to provide vital new tools to the MoD of India and give it the necessary leverage to operate in an increasingly complex world.At the end of the 19th century, physicists and chemists had a rudimentary understanding of the atom (from Greek "a-tomos" = in-divisible). They understood atoms to be the building blocks of matter. However, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, physics began the quantum revolution. This leap revealed, as if through a magical portal, a bizarre new landscape of subatomic particles, fields, and the relationships. By midcentury physicists had developed the technology of the atomic bomb. The technologies arising out the physics of the first half of the twentieth century are the technologies we see employed in today's militaries. But, while physics has enjoyed rapid progress in the past half century, culminating in the articulation of a unified field at the basis of all existence, this progress has yet to be translated into defence technology. However, in the past quarter century one unified field technology has emerged and demonstrates remarkable promise.
Many nations now have the atomic bomb. But the power of a military organization depends on much more than an atomic armory. Many analysts believe that even terrorists may soon use nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. An effective defence against nuclear weaponry requires a more profound technology. Dwelling on obsolete technologies can't prevent attack. India's civilian and military leaders can immediately deploy an even more powerful and influential technology based on the physics of today. India now needs something comparable to the Manhattan Project that led to the creation and deployment of the nuclear arsenal. What is the nature of this leap?
When scientists deal with the finest level of physical existence,
the unified field, they actually deal with an a field intrinsically
both objective and subjective. A basic, but generally ignored, fact
is that physicists themselves are made of or structured by molecules,
atoms, subatomic particles, gauge fields, and the unified field. When
scientists investigate these levels, they eventually begin to explore
the basic fabrics of their own physical being down to the finest subnuclear
level - the unified field, an area of unlimited potential.
Today's physicists say that the matter of our body is constantly emerging from and returning to that unified field. Leading theoretical physicists go as far as to claim that the unified field is a non-material field of pure intelligence. [iii] These physicists assert that modern science had opened access to a new objective reality. Maharishi and other scientists take this one step further - they have conclusively demonstrated that the consciousness technologies of the Vedic tradition, in particular the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme, provide the subjective experience of the unified field. The unified field, although intellectually conceived as underlying all of creation, is now open to direct, subjective experience. Maharishi and other scientists benefited from the leap in world consciousness to a new readiness for authentic experience in the early 60's. Hiroshima was the climax of the half-vision of the quantum scientists. In the 1970's, Maharishi felt the time was ripe to speak of dropping "bombs of silence behind the enemy lines."A description of the unified field may be intellectually stimulating, but has little other direct impact on a person. On the other hand, the authentic experience of the field of pure consciousness creates a distinct mode of physiological and mental functioning. In this state, one finds a measurable easing of stress in mind and body, accompanied by a heightened level of alertness. It is this alertness-enhancing potential of the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme, which will enable the MoD to create a new evolutionary dimension of conflict resolution and prevention. Not only will military personnel be more effective militarily, they will also radiate an influence of peace into the surrounding population making it difficult for disorder and disruption to continue. They can win the war without fighting.
Long ago humanity passed the nuclear cross-roads. We now find ourselves at a new crossroads. The choice: escalate the antiquated technologies, or step onto a new path where a unified field technology creates a coherent and unifying influence, first in the individual mind and then automatically in collective consciousness, disallowing an enemy from arising. Research on the Maharishi Effect (discussed below) has shown this approach to be a very useful one.
In 1974, the American sociologists Borland and Landrith [v] published a research paper in the United States on the effects of group meditation on collective consciousness. They claimed that in communities in which 1% of the population practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique, negative trends such as crime, traffic accidents, and hospital admissions decreased. [vi] On a larger scale, this was confirmed in the following years by research in war zones. [vii] The phenomenon was called the 1% Effect or the Maharishi Effect after the founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme who predicted such effects long before they were objectively studied. This trigger effect of small numbers is familiar to several branches of science: medicine, which acknowledges pacemaker cells that compose about 1% of an organism and assure the coherent contraction and relaxation of the heart muscles; and physics, where about 1% of phase-coherent light waves causes the random fluctuations of ordinary light to fall "in step" and produce the laser effect.
Unified Field-Based Defence Technology consisting of the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme, has been tried out in many war zones and conflict-prone areas with excellent results; the success has been scientifically validated and documented in over 50 studies. A landmark study just published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation shows a 72% reduction in international terrorism (p<.025) when the proper threshold of people practicing Unified Field-Based Defence Technology was reached. These assemblies were held during the years 1983-1985. This study investigated the effects of three large assemblies approaching the Maharishi Effect threshold for the world at this time. (n=7,000). Time series analysis was used in conjunction with the content analysis of world-wide news events reported in the New York Times and London Times. The Rand Corporation data bank was used to study international conflict (p<.025, p<.005 and p<.01 for each of the three assemblies) and terrorism (p<.025). The study also revealed that international conflict decreased 33% (p<.025). Analysis of the data indicates that the Maharishi Effect had a rapid onset that influenced trends from distances of thousands of miles and more importantly that violence was reduced in other nations without the overt intrusion by any governments.
Two-pronged battle plans have a long history in the art of war. The battle against war and terrorism could likely be won in exactly the same way:
The additional cost for introducing the Transcendental Meditation Programme is approximately 250 India rupees per person, and an additional 650 rupees per person for the TM-Sidhi Programme. This means approximately 9 million India rupees for teaching the entire group. But even at that relatively small cost, one should ask the question: What precisely can the MoD of India expect from this technology?
The results predicted on the basis of reduced trait anxiety, greater acuity of perception and more comprehensive cognition, increased field independence and stronger internal standards [xi] are:
Improved listening skills alone will have enormous consequences
in all areas of the armed forces and even on a national level. Should
the technology be implemented, then whenever military, trade, or policy
strategists are invited to describe the India's new success, the answer
will invariably be that it leaders have learned to listen, react, and
cooperate in harmony.
The government of India draws its decisions from the collective consciousness. The more coherent the collective consciousness, the more coherent the government. Rather than always being called in to "clean up the mess" produced by the accumulation of disorder and weakness in the social body, the Indian military would enjoy a role similar to that of a pacemaker cell introducing an influence of order into their nation and triggering a positive feedback loop.Living Up to the Vedic Ideal of Homeland Security
The study of history reveals that promoters of innovations
have one common trait: they flush the enemy of all armies out of its cover.
The greatest threat to all militaries is the enemy within. The enemy within
is the belief that greater quantities of known material or the intensification
of established methods will result in victory. "Victory", wrote
General Giulio Douhet in his then groundbreaking book on aerial warfare,
The Command of the Air, "smiles upon
those who anticipate the change in the character of war, not upon those
who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur." [xii] The Stone Age did not come to an end because of the
lack of stones, but because something better entered the field of our
awareness. If the MoD acts now, the same will happen to the Age of Terrorism. India gave birth to the much adored and emulated Mahatma
Gandhi, who sparked a worldwide non-violence movement. This
is the moment for India to achieve a higher ideal: victory before war
by . She could prevent an enemies from arising. India's Vedic
heritage holds the key to world peace, and India is the perfect country
to revive it.
India gave birth to the much adored and emulated Mahatma Gandhi, who sparked a worldwide non-violence movement.
This is the moment for India to achieve a higher ideal: victory before war byaverting the danger that has not yet come - Heyam duhkham anagatam
She could prevent an enemies from arising. India's Vedic heritage holds the key to world peace, and India is the perfect country to revive it.
Modern science, in its indomitable quest to find the ultimate reality of existence, has made a albeit theoretical, discovery: the unified field is that reality of life was cognized by the ancient Vedic experts. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in his approach of integrating modern science and Vedic science, has introduced the practical technologies of the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme.Opening up to this new integrating approach is not a step back in evolution. Rather, it is a culminating event both in the history of civilian and military evolution. The military of India will now have the tool to create victory before war. India's military will achieve peace not by becoming a flower-wielding pacifist; rather, it will become invincible by adopting a technology that improves mental and physical alertness. Through Unified Field-Based Defence Technology, consisting of the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi programme, the India now has the opportunity to reinforce its strategy of defeating enemies by making them friends. The past half-century has shown the that true friends cannot be won by material alone. There is something else. Given the global long-term vision of India, no other strategy to achieve Homeland Security will match Unified Field-Based Defence Technology.
Articles about Unified Field-Based Defence Technology, published in Defence India, Defence Review, Indian Armed Forces, Indian Defence Consultants, Indian Defence Review, Indian Strategic Review, and Security and Political Risk Analysis (SAPRA) Bulletin, are available at: http://www.invinciblemilitary.org and http://www.davidleffler.com.
A paper published by the Security And Political Risk Analysis (SAPRA) defence think tank summarizing Maharishi Effect research is available at: http://www.invinciblemilitary.org/articles/sapraalternative.html.Acknowledgments
The authors very much appreciate Dr. R. I. Sujith, Dr. Michael C. Dillbeck, Dr. Kenneth Walton, Dr. Kurt Kleinschnitz, and Mrs. Lee M. Leffler for their contributions to this paper.
Alexander, C.N. & Boyer, R.W. (1989). Seven states of
consciousness. Modern Science
and Vedic Science, 2(4),
Arenander, A. (2000). Total Brain Functioning: How to Unfold the Full Potential of Every Student. Presented at the Learning and the Brain 2000 Conference. Boston, MA: April 30, 2000.Borland, C., Landrith, G. S. III. (1977). Improved quality of city life through the Transcendental Meditation program: Decreased crime rate. In D. W. Orme-Johnson, J. T. Farrow, (Eds.), Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Program: Collected Papers, (Vol. 1, 639-651). Vlodrop, The Netherlands, Maharishi Vedic University Press.
Chrousos, G.P., & Gold, P.W. (1992). The concepts of stress and stress system disorders. Journal of the American Medical Association, 267, 1244-1252.Goodman, R.S. (1997). The Maharishi Effect and government: Effects of a National Demonstration Project and a permanent group of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program practitioners on success, public approval, and coherence in the Clinton, Reagan and Bush presidencies. (Doctoral dissertation, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, USA.). Dissertation Abstracts International, 58(56), 2385A.
International Relations. (1999, December). The Flying Squad--If military might can't secure peace, what can? Members of the Maharishi Vedic Universities tell Defence Review that ancient Vedic philosophy is the answer, Defence Review, (Original link: http://maharishi.invincibledefence.org/defence_articles/article1.html)Kuhn, T.S. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Second Edition, Enlarged). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Leffler, D.R., Walton, K.W., Kleinschnitz, K.G., Burke, D.K., and Vegors, S. (2001, November 7). Invincible Defense A New "Secret Weapon!" Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace, (Available at: http://www.peace.ca/invincibledefense.htm)Leffler, D.R., Walton, K.G. & Badhwar, R. (2001, June 13). Maharishi's Supreme Military Science - A revolutionary change in the character of military intervention. India Defence Consultants, (Available at: http://www.indiadefence.com/SupremeMilitaryi.htm)
Leffler, D.R., Walton, K.G, & Badhwar, R. (2001, June 23). Comments regarding the IDC analysis of Maharishi's Supreme Military Science - A Revolutionary Change in the Character of Military Intervention. India Defence Consultants, (Available at: http://www.indiadefence.com/maharishi1.htm)Leffler, D.R., & Leffler, L.M. (2000). Preventing war and terrorism. Security And Political Risk Analysis (SAPRA) Bulletin, (Original link: http://www.subcontinent.com/sapra/military/img_1999_12_001.html)
Leffler, D.R., & Leffler, L.M. (2000, May/June). Spiritual politics: Consciousness-Based defense. Tikkun, 15(3), pp. 58-59. (Available at: http://www.davidleffler.com/tikkun.html)
Leffler, D.R., Kleinschnitz, K.W., & Walton, K.G. (1999, May 1). An alternative to military violence and fear-based deterrence: Twenty years of research on the Maharishi Effect. Security And Political Risk Analysis (SAPRA), (Available at: http://www.academia.edu/6452495/An_Alternative_to_Military_Violence_and_Fear-Based_Deterrence_Twenty_Years_of_Research_on_the_Maharishi_Effect).
Leffler, D.R., (1997). A Vedic approach to military defense: Reducing collective stress through the field effects of consciousness. (Doctoral Dissertation, The Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997). Dissertation Abstracts International, 58(08), 3298A. (Available at: http://www.davidleffler.com/doctoraldissertation.html)
Leffler, D.R. (1992 Spring). A new military science in Moscow. Insight, 3(1), pp. 14-15. (Available at: http://www.davidleffler.com/insight.html)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (1996). Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defence. India: Age of Enlightenment Publications.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (1978). Enlightenment to Every Individual, Invincibility to Every Nation. Rheinweiler, W. Germany: Maharishi European Research University Press.
Maslow, A.H. (1976). Farther Reaches of Human Nature. New York: Viking.
Mc Enery, B., & Leffler, D.R. (2003, May 26). A Scientific Formula to Create Invincible National Defense. The Modern Tribune, (Available at: http://www.invinciblemilitary.org/articles/scientificformula.html )
Orme-Johnson, D. W., Gelderloos, P., & Dillbeck, M. C., (1988). The Effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field on the U.S. quality of life (1960-1984). Social Science Perspectives Journal, 2(4), 127-146.
Press Conference Summary (2001, September 28) "John Hagelin Returns to Washington To Support Proposal for Permanent World Peace" (Original link at: http://www.hagelin.org/press_conference/summary.html)
Press Release (2001, September 11) "Army Generals Offer President Bush Alternative to Missile Defense Shield Top-Ranking Military Leader from India-Proposes 'Vedic Defense Shield' for Prevention of War" (Original link: http://www.hagelin.org/news/09_05_2001.html)
Toward a Science of Consciousness: Tucson, I, II, III, IV (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Wallace, R.K. (1993). The Physiology of Consciousness. Fairfield, Iowa: Maharishi International University Press.
Wolf, F.A. (1989). Taking the Quantum Leap. New York: Harper & Row.
Zucker, M. (2002, October). Unconventional Conflicts Call for Unconventional Solutions, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. (Available at: http://www.townsendletter.com/Oct_2002/zuckereditorial1002.htm)® Transcendental Meditation, TM, and TM-Sidhi are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as service marks of the Maharishi Foundation Ltd. and are used under license.
[ii] "Annotated Bibliography Scientific Research On The Maharishi Transcendental Meditation® And TM-Sidhi® Program Volumes 1-5 And Recent Research"(Available at: http://www.tm.org/research/508_studies.html)
[iv] For more on this topic, see also: d 'Espagnat, B. (1979). The quantum theory and reality. Scientific American, 24. 158-181, and Stapp, H.P. (1993). Mind, Matter, and Quantum Mechanics. Berlin: Springer Verlag
[v] Borland, C., Landrith, G. S. III. (1977). Improved quality of city life through the Transcendental Meditation program: Decreased crime rate. In D. W. Orme-Johnson, J. T. Farrow, (Eds.), Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Program: Collected Papers, (Vol. 1, 639-651). Vlodrop, The Netherlands, Maharishi Vedic University Press. Also see: Assimakis, P. D. (1989). Change in the quality of life in Canada: Intervention studies of the effect of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program. Dissertation Abstracts International, 50(5), 2203B; Cavanaugh, K. L., & King, K. D. (1988). Simultaneous transfer function analysis of Okun's misery index: Improvements in the economic quality of life through Maharishi's Vedic Science and technology of consciousness. Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economics Statistics Section (pp. 491-496).
[vi] Dillbeck, M. C., Banus, C. B., Polanzi, C., & Landrith III, G. S. (1988). Test of a field model of consciousness and social change: The Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program and decreased urban crime. The Journal of Mind and Behavior, 94, 457-485. Dillbeck, M. C., Landrith III, G. S., & Orme-Johnson, D. W. (1981). The Transcendental Meditation program and crime rate change in a sample of forty-eight cities. Journal of Crime and Justice, 4, 25-45. Hatchard, G. D., Deans, A. J., Cavanaugh, K. L., & Orme-Johnson, D. W. (1996). The Maharishi Effect: A model for social improvement. Time series analysis of a phase transition to reduced crime in Merseyside metropolitan area. Psychology, Crime and Law, 2(3), 165-174.
[vii] Abou Nader, T. M., Alexander, C. N., & Davis, J. L. (1984). The Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field and reduction of armed conflict: A comparative, longitudinal study of Lebanese villages. Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program: Collected Papers, (Vol. 4, pp. 2623-2633). Davies, J. L., & Alexander, C. N. (1989). Alleviating political violence through enhancing coherence in collective consciousness: Impact assessment analysis of the Lebanon war. Paper presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, GA.
[x] Another version of this project would be to have a group of Sidhi experts in each province, equivalent to the square root of 1% of the population, ideally in association with one of the many emerging institutes for peace research for the implementation of practical, specific actions arising from the non-specific group practice.
[xi] The most comprehensive data bank for research on Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi Program/Maharishi Effect has been compiled by Deutsche MERU Gesellschaft: (Original link: http://www.netlink.de/meru/volume1.htm#2)
[xii] Giulio Douhet, (1983.) The Command of the Air. (Translated by Dino Ferrari). Reprinted by USAF Office of History. Washington: Government Printing Office. (Original work translated in 1942), p. 30.