by Nigel Kahn
The first Maharishi Peace Palace for the UK was opened on 11th October in Rendlesham, Suffolk, in a grand celebration attended by well-wishers from around the country and a host of international guests, and broadcast world-wide via the internet.
The opening was the culmination of ten years of preparation and sixteen months of construction. It was held at a specific time determined by Maharishi Jyotishis (experts in the science of Vedic astrology) and coincided with the highly auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami in the Vedic calendar – “Victory Day”.
The event began with the Vedic ceremony for inaugurating a public building, performed by a highly skilled Maharishi Vedic Pandit, supported by Dr Girish Momaya, Director of Maharishi European Research University in The Netherlands, and Dr Dinesh Mittal, Director of Advanced Courses of Transcendental Meditation.
Describing the purpose of this ceremony, Dr Peter Warburton, Chief Executive of Maharishi Foundation UK, said that the ceremony had breathed intelligence into the physical structure of the building so that it could now function as a perfect vehicle for bringing the knowledge of enlightenment to everyone who attends courses there, at the same time as they create an influence of coherence and positivity in national consciousness.
The celebration was presided over by the head of Maharishi’s international organisation, Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, who had been honoured by Maharishi with the title Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, and appointed as the leader of the Global Country of World Peace – a home for the peace-loving people of every nation.
Dr Nader described the essence of Victory Day as the victory of the holistic value of life over partial values. “Transcendental Meditation brings us back to our true nature, wholeness,” he said, “so that we do not become overshadowed by the surface values of material life.” In his research, Dr Nader has shown that all matter, including the human body, is essentially consciousness, and he rejoiced now in the opening of the Peace Palace, which, he said, is a material structure embodying the complete value of consciousness.
Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi International Universities, and Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, congratulated the organisers and hailed the Peace Palace as the perfect home of peace, beautifully constructed and very comfortable, and a most suitable facility to bring leaders from all over the world to discover the precious knowledge of enlightenment and invincibility and take if back for the benefit of their countries.
Dr Eike Hartmann, Minister of Vedic Architecture for the Global Country of World Peace, reminded the celebration that Rendlesham was the home of King Raedwald, the first king of all England appointed in 616, and that the site of his palace had been discovered not far from the Peace Palace just a few months ago.
The afternoon session featured brief presentations by members of the Peace Palace Executive Board, describing how they and the brilliant team working with them realised this extraordinary project, overcoming some formidable challenges, but experiencing great support at every stage, often from unexpected sources.
Maharishi’s plan is to build 3,000 Peace Palaces throughout the world. This is the first of five planned for the United Kingdom, including Lancashire, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
Dr Warburton said the message for other countries aspiring to build their own Peace Palace was that “with a unified and motivated team, it is possible to surmount enormous obstacles. So, be bold and go ahead and nature will support with finances and other requirements.”
At the end of the afternoon, over 100 people joined the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi programme, thereby inaugurating the Peace Palace as a real centre of peace for the individual and society.