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Das Zentralorgan des Maharishi-Kultes, das "Naturgesetz Journal", berichtete in der Ausgabe Nr. 5 für Juni/juli 2002 unter dem Logo "Globales Land für den Weltfrieden" über die Gründung einer "neuen Nation". Dazu hielt Maharishi eine Rede über sein Satelliten-TV. Der Bericht erwähnt beiläufig, die Gründung am 23.6.2002 sei an "einem Vollmondsonntag" erfolgt. Tatsächlich gehört die Sterndeuterei - im Maharishi-Kult "Maharishi Yotish" genannt - zur Deutung jener angeblichen Naturgesetze, auf denen angeblich die Maharishi-Lehre beruht, der offenbar allein entscheidet, was Inhalt dieser Gesetze ist.
Der neue Staat wurde auf dem Gebiet eines Indianer-Reservats von 47.000 Hektar Grösse installiert und als "Rica Shanti Rashtra" bezeichnet. Gründer waren angeblich die "Bibri-Ureinwohner Costa Ricas". Tatsächlich liegt das Reservat in Costa Rica, unweit der Grenze zu Panama. Angeblich waren es auch "die Bibri", die danach "erstmals nach 90 Jahren wieder einen König krönten". König Epe De Awapa Lisandro hat dann sofort eine Staatsvertrag mit dem Globalen Land des Weltfriedens geschlossen, "brüderlicher Bund" genannt: "Das neue Land erhielt die Zusage für organisatorische und wirtschaftliche Unterstützung in den Bereichen Verwaltung, Kommunikationstechnologie, Landwirtschaft, Währung und Kultur".
Das verstand die Regierung Costa Ricas offenbar als Angriff auf die Staatsgewalt und Separatismus. Der Deutsche Dr. Emanuel Schiffgens wurde ausgewiesen. Er gilt als Drahtzieher der Maharishi-Aktion. Zu diesem mehr unter http://www.AGPF.de/TM-Schiffgens.htm
Schiffgens wurde 2000 von Maharishi als "Premierminister" des "Globalen
Landes des Weltfriedens" eingesetzt. In dem Bericht darüber wird
eine andere Schreibweise benutzt: Immanuel
Schiffgens. Das "Globale Land des Weltfriedens" hat seinen Sitz in
einer früheren Klosterschule bei Vlodrop
in Holland, wo Maharishi seinen Wohnsitz hat. Dort ist Maharishi zuletzt
in die Presse geraten, weil er das denkmalgeschützte Kloster zerstört
hat. Inzwischen gibt der Maharishi-Kult als Sitz nicht mehr Vlodrop an,
sondern "Meru". Zuvor war Schiffgens im November 1999 bei der Gründung
einer "Ostallianz für den Weltfrieden" in Moskaus zugegen, ebenfalls
Costa Rica vertreibt die Maharishis
Die Presse berichtete 2002, Costa Rica habe Ausländer wegen Ernennung eines Königs in einer Indianer Reservation ausgewiesen,
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VIII, No. 28 - San José, Costa Rica, July 26 - August 1, 2002
Bribri: Group Hasn't Left
By Miriam Holsinger
Tico Times Staff
Although President Abel Pacheco last week ordered the Ministry of Security to show the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi organization, Global Country of World Peace, the door, sources say the group hasnít made any effort to leave the country. Instead, representatives reportedly filed an appeal against the government order.
Pacheco ordered the organization to leave the country after concluding from a detailed report by the Ministry of Security that Global Country was violating Costa Ricaís laws and Constitution, "disrupting public order" and posed a threat to the Bribriís ancient culture (TT, July 19).
According to Abelardo Torres, President of the Bribri Reserve Development Association (ADITIBRI), Global Country people are still in the southern Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo and continue to trespass on Bribri land.
"They come at night to hold meetings," said Torres, who added the community does what it can to stop the groupís cars from entering the property, but its resources are small. Torres said the Bribri are biding their time, waiting until a 10-day grace period granted to the group ends Thursday, Aug. 1.
According to Torres, Immigration will take legal action if the organization hasnít left the country by that date.
"We are organizing too," said Torres, "getting as many buses and cars together to bring a large group of Bribri to confront Global Country in Puerto Viejo." The indigenous leader said no date has been set for the confrontation.
The conflict started eight weeks ago, when Global Country offered as much as $100 million to the Bribri for developing their land in exchange for following a plan which included making crafts and organic farming, creating products to be sold internationally under the Global Country label (TT, June 28).
The plan also included renaming the Bribri reserve Rika Shanti Rashtra, crowning a community leader "king," and building a university which would teach both Bribri language and Transcendental Meditation techniques developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Global Country of World Peace.
Bribri officials declined the offer, fearing loss of autonomy and land. The Tico Times was unable reach any Global Country representatives for this article.
Ousts Maharishi Group
By Miriam Holsinger
Tico Times Staff
President Abel Pacheco this week ordered a Maharishi-linked development organization calling itself the Global Country of Peace to leave Costa Rica and halt its efforts to create a commune based on meditation and organic agriculture on indigenous tribal land in the southern Talamanca mountains.
Global Country, an organization based in Holland under spiritual leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, has been trying to entice the Bribri indigenous community for the last seven weeks to join its "virtual country," which uses its own currency, the "raam," follow "natural law," and cooperate with its plans to grow organic produce, herbs and create crafts for sale under the Maharishi label (TT, June 28, July 12).
The organization also expressed intentions of creating a bank using the raam, and eventually building a university which would use the Bribri language but would also teach Transcendental Meditation. In addition, according to a Ministry Security investigation it planned to build a "Palace of Peace" near San José and declare Costa Rica "World Peace Capital."
When the group wouldnít take "no" for an answer, Bribri wrote President Pacheco asking him to investigate the organization.
Pacheco viewed the proposal as a threat to the Bribriís ancient culture, officials said. After reviewing a letter from Security Minister Rogelio Ramos, which summed up a thorough investigation of Global Countryís activities in Costa Rica, the President saw enough evidence to that the organization was "disrupting public order," and ordered the Ministry to expel its members. According to the letter, Global Country violated Costa Ricaís Constitution and laws at least seven times.
"We are very happy [about Pachecoís decision], but it is possible that the problem will continue," said Sebastian Díaz, secretary for the Bribri Reserve Development Association (ADITIBRI). Díaz added that if the organization doesnít leave, Costa Rican Immigration will take action, because the groupís presence here is now illegal.
"On the reserve, the Association (ADITIBRI) is in charge," explained Díaz.
When Global Country proclaimed Awapa (shaman) Lisandro Méndez "king" (TT, June 28) against the wishes of ADITIBRI, it was breaking articles three and four of the Constitution, which forbids "usurping sovereignty" and states that "no person or meeting of people may assume representation of a town, usurping rights or making requests in its name," according to the letter.
The "coronation" took place June 23, but no Bribri recognized Méndez as king. Following the coronation, Méndez received a letter from Global Country leaders stating that 400,000 raam (worth $4 million or about $10 per raam) were available in Holland for the new "king" to use (TT, July 12). According to the Ministry of Security, this was to have been the first installment of a total disbursement of $100 million to be injected into the new "countryís" economy.
The organization claims that by following its advice, the Bribri reserve would be able to change from one of the poorest sections of Costa Rica into one of the richest. According to Global Minister of Culture Chris Crowell, the group has started this transformation with indigenous groups in 30 other countries.
Crowell told The Tico Times that the first part of the process would be to introduce "a program with traditional rulers so that they can stimulate their economy by growing organic crops."
But along with economic stimulus would come meditation and management techniques from Global Country, as well as a different form of government, according to both Bribri and Global Country officials. Although Crowell said the organization has no intention of changing Bribri culture, Díaz points out that changing government and spiritual practices would inevitably change the culture.
This fear and the unapproved coronation caused ADITIBRI officials to be wary of the international organization, and ultimately reject its proposal.
"The way they approached us, the process, was really bad," said Díaz.
According to Abelardo Torres, president of ADITIBRI, even after the association initially rejected Global Countryís proposal, the organization kept harassing reserve leaders, eventually convincing Lisandro Méndez to go along with their plan.
The Tico Times tried to contact Crowell Thursday to obtain Global Country's response to President Pacheco's order, but the receptionist at his hotel in Puerto Viejo, on the southern