I would like to express my opinion on Maharishi Vedic
University (MVU) and its system of education. Your newspaper article dated the
Jan 28 - Feb 10 1994 concerns only the displeasures of the students about the
MVU. It did not carry any of the opinion from the other students who are happy
with the system, therefore, I am writing this letter on behalf of some students
who are for MVU. We want a good, balanced and holistic education, and we are
happy that we are getting lots of it.
Cambodia has been the one and only
country in Southeast Asia where MVU offers its unique system of education. Now,
Cambodia could be the forefront of Maharishi Vedic science and technologies in
After years of being through the so call "normal" education
system, the MVU system appeared quite strange to me. But as I went along with it
with an open mind, it became evident to me that what it provided was unlike the
system that I was use to in my country. The "normal" system of education only
fed me with superficial knowledge. Usually a student is given information and
he/she has to remember it and pass the exams, and that's it. It only prepared
the students for a career geared primarily to earn a living. It ignored the all
round development of the student by only concentrating on how much information
the student has, not mind expansion.
According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,
the founder of MVU, the purpose of education is to culture the mind so as to
accomplish all aims in life. Education in other words should enable a student to
fully develop his/her personality and environment. MVU is an institution which
offers this kind of education.
In MVU subjects are taught in such a way
to bring to the student's awareness the full scopes of life. This will give the
student a deeper sense of existence and a much broader vision of life. This
ideal is actualized through the supplementation of Maharishi Vedic Science and
technologies along with a normal school curriculum.
approach of Maharishi Vedic Science is with Transcendental Meditation or
popularly known as the TM program. The TM program is a simple and scientific
technique of unfolding the latent faculties in the student's mind. It is
non-sectarian, non-religious and purely scientific.
There are thousands
of research studies that has been carried out on individual and collective
practice of TM in many famous research institutes around the world. These
research papers has been collected and publish by the MIU press, Fairfield,
Students who claim TM is anti-science and anti-technology are
simply being irrational.
I appeal to the students who disliked TM, to
practice it with an open mind. It is analogous to taking bitter medicine.
Whether we like it or not is beside the point. If we want to get better we have
to take it.
Previously the influence of vedic knowledge had brought about a great
transformation in the structural and traditional values of our Khmer people.
Thus, this contributed to the creation of a great civilization in this part of
the world, the Angkor civilization - with all its great temples, water ways,
artistic creations, agricultural achievements, etc.
We the students are
the future leaders. As students we have a responsibility, that is to follow the
path set by our elders and the tradition of masters. This will surely bestow on
us physical, moral, mental and spiritual strength to plunge into the modern
world. MVU's curriculum prepares us to do exactly that. Let's rise together and
fulfill the goals of our ancestors - to create 'Heaven on Earth'.
I like to express my gratitude to Australian Aid to Cambodian Fund (AACF). The
staff of AACF have had gone through a lot in putting up with bad publicity and
intimidation by some irresponsible students. Their contributions will always be
remembered by the Cambodian people.
- Long Narith,MVU, Prey