Meditation is fast arriving amongst the top Norwegian business leaders. Maybe not so strange when, as research results show, it can prevent diseases as serious as heart attacks and cancer.
"This is Hans Aanonsen, vice-president of Kreditkassen (one of Norway's largest banks). He is on his way to the most important meeting of his day [smart looking young executive in suit and tie shown entering Osho Devananda Meditation Center in Oslo].
[He says]: "For me this has become part of my life. Some must have bread and juice and cod liver oil in the morning. I feel I need a dose of this. This opens up the channels. I felt that I somehow needed to improve in communication and with personal relations with other people. I felt in a way that I didn't always get my message across, and I didn't always hear what others were saying."
[Interviewer:] Does this mean that you have become a better vice-president than before?
"I feel that I have become more efficient in my job. Then others can decide whether I have become better!"
New American research shows that meditation can prevent heart disease, and some insurance companies in the US now favor customers who meditate daily. [cut to Dr George Meredith]
"Research in meditation has been going on for many years, and it has shown to be effective in numerous areas of health. In fact if there was a tablet which could do what meditation has been proven to do it would be a best seller, without a doubt. The chief cardiologist at the Beth Israel Hospital in New York commenting on meditation...his words were, "It is almost medical malpractice not to offer it."
[Shot of last stage of Kundalini and the banker, dressed in suit and, tie and glasses again, obviously happy, and smiling]
He says through his laughter, "It is damned good! I am damned happy!"
From Norwegian TV-2, National TV Nine o'clock news