2 March 2014
Pakistan, with a population of 180 million, is the sixth most populated country in the world. Dr Ashok Kumar and his wife, Bhori Bai, are directors of the centre for teaching the Transcendental Meditation programme in Karachi, the third most populated city in the world.
Since becoming certified as teachers of Transcendental Meditation, over the last few years the Kumars have taught the technique to almost 700 people. This includes, Dr Kumar said recently, people from every religion, race, and lifestyle, including retired and active duty senior military personnel and their families. Doctors and well-known consultants from an important medical university hospital in Karachi have learned. They have taught engineers, government officials, mind science experts, yoga teachers, and experts in communication and personal development—as well as students, schoolteachers, school principals, and deans of universities, businessmen, entertainers, farmers, and village people.
Both the dean of a management university in Karachi and the principal of an army school have gone on to learn the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi programme. The dean attended a one-day seminar on Consciousness-Based Education at the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Karachi.
The Kumars have traveled to all of Pakistan's provinces, to large metropolitan cities, as well as to small towns and even smaller villages where, in many cases, they have been invited to teach Transcendental Meditation to friends of families. During one visit to a remote village, 40 people learned the technique.