How to end DRC and global violence

The answer lies in the decades-old practice of transcendental meditation, writes David Leffler

Currently, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is experiencing a grave humanitarian emergency, with economic deterioration and increasing political instability.

Here is a foolproof, simple and most expedient method for preventing terrorism and increasing stability in the DRC.

During these dangerous times, terrorism could quickly end if the country’s military was trained to form what is known in Latin American military circles as a prevention wing of the military.

This military unit would be comprised of invincible defence technology (IDT) experts.

The purpose of this IDT group would be to practise the non-religious transcendental meditation (TM) and the advanced TM-Sidhi programme in a group twice a day.

TM comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India.

The late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced the world to the TM technique in 1956. Maharishi predicted that if just 1% of a population practised the TM programme, peace and harmony would increase throughout society.

Additionally, he anticipated the same result if the square root of 1% of a population practised the advanced TM-Sidhi programme in groups twice daily. Scientists call the increased societal coherence that results from the practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programmes “the Maharishi effect”.

The extensive peer-reviewed research and military field tests worldwide show that proper application of these specific programmes bring about measurable decreases in crime, terrorism and war, and improvements in quality of life, which are thought to be tangible signs of the reduction of societal stress.

These changes are measurable from statistics indicating the reduction of terrorism and conflict, crime rates, accidents, hospital admissions and infant mortality.

In highly stressed areas of the globe, the establishment of large groups of IDT experts has increased economic incentives and growth of prosperity. Entrepreneurship and creativity increase as well.

On a global scale, when large groups of civilian experts gathered from 1983 to 1985, terrorism-related casualties decreased 72% and international conflict decreased 32%.

Moreover, such positive changes in social trends take place within a few days or weeks after IDT is introduced.

The IDT approach has been used during wartime, resulting in the reduction of fighting, casualties and deaths, and improved progress towards resolving the conflict through peaceful means.

IDT is totally unlike any other defence technology in that it does not use violence in an attempt to quell violence.

The high collective stress levels in the DRC ultimately fuel terrorism and conflict. If dangerous levels of collective stress and frustration are reduced by applying IDT, then the DRC’s government leaders and citizens will be more capable of finding constructive and orderly solutions to the unresolved issues plaguing the nation.

With greater civic calm, citizens’ aspirations will rise and a more productive and balanced society will emerge. Then violence as a means for change and/or as an expression of discontent will naturally subside.

The powerful brain- and human resource-based IDT is aptly named. The word ‘invincible’ means incapable of being defeated; unconquerable.

Defence means to defend and to protect. Technology is applied scientific knowledge.

The goal of IDT is to prevent enemies from arising. The military that properly applies it can ultimately obtain victory before war.

Once this goal is achieved, the military becomes invincible because there are no enemies to fight. No enemies means no war or terrorism and full security, as well as a happy, productive and normal life for everyone.

For these reasons, the IDT approach is advocated by the Global Union of Scientists for Peace (Gusp), which held a conference in Kiev, Ukraine, in June.

IDT is a way for the military of the DRC to prevent conflict and terrorism by deploying a proven, simple, human resource-based approach, with minimal training and costs needed to implement it.

The primary costs would be for training personnel in IDT techniques. The entire training and implementation would cost about as much as one modern fighter jet.

Recent events show that IDT is desperately needed. There is truly no other solution. The DRC’s leaders would be wise to read the proceedings of the Gusp conference and learn how best to rapidly establish perpetual peace.

Leffler has a doctorate in consciousness-based military defence and served as an associate of the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College. He is the executive director at the Center for Advanced Military Science ( and lectures and writes worldwide about IDT

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