Maharishi Mahesh Yogi guru to the Beatles brings the rising sun of the age of enlightenment to Ireland.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who developed the Transcendental Meditation technique, and who was a spiritual adviser to The Beatles, is in Ireland as part of a European tour.  

There is a solution for all our socio-economic and political problems, and it comes in the form of the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM), according to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  We go against the laws of nature, he says, because we are not trained in natural law, and TM is the answer because, 

The conscious mind comes in tune with what physics has called unified fields of the laws of nature.  And then the thoughts and actions are according to natural law, they are supported by nature, and therefore one does not make a mistake.

23,000 people currently practise Transcendental Meditation in Ireland, and yet it does not seem to have had any effect at all on our many problems.  Or has it?  The Maharishi believes that TM is definitely having a positive effect, even if it is may not be obvious to us at this moment in time, 

We should think the other way because when in all parts of the world the scientific research shows that the TM programme only produces positive results we should be contented with the present level of crime or whatever. Otherwise who would know what would happen to the south to Ireland?  Things that are happening in the north?  TM is never a failure.

The Maharishi has invited governments of many nations to turn to TM. While some have expressed interest, the Irish government has, up to now, remained silent.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 October 1983.  The reporter is Emer O’Kelly.