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Donovan performs and is honoured during global celebrations of Maharishi's Year of Invincibility - Part I
by Global Good News staff writer
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19 January 2008
The fifth day of the 12 January 2008 Global Celebrations was a day of joyous inspiration with stories and music by renowned singer-songwriter Dr Donovan Leitch, and praise and reminiscences by Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, and Dr Peter Warburton, Raja (Administrator) of the Global Country of World Peace.
Dr Morris reminded the assembly that Donovan was with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, 40 years ago in Rishikesh, India, where Maharishi trained the first Teachers of the Transcendental Meditation Technique. 'He would sing to Maharishi and write music with Maharishi; and Maharishi . . . declared him to be his ambassador to the youth. Now he travels with Dr David Lynch and inspires all with his tender and enlightened music. In his most recent tour a great thing happened when Donovan returned to his homeland of Scotland. The Invincible Donovan University was announced with massive response in Edinburgh . . . where building can now begin. Maharishi decided that he and Donovan should write a song about it; and it was performed to 1,500 people in Edinburgh, to huge cheers.'
To a rapt audience, Dr Peter Warburton recounted story after story. Once he asked Donovan what he saw as his role in the world. Donovan replied that he is a Celtic troubadour who reminds people to contact their source deep within. He described how, after Donovan had attended a lecture on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation, two 'suits' approached him. Suits were not generally worn in those days, so this was quite unusual, he continued. They asked him if he would like to meet Maharishi. He did, and immediately learned the technique. Then later, as he left Rishikesh, India, Maharishi said, 'Build me a university in Edinburgh'; and Donovan never forgot it.
Recently, when Dr Warburton told Maharishi that Donovan's next stop on his tour with Dr Lynch would be in Scotland; and that he 'still had a sketch of his school that he drew on that day in Rishikesh, Maharishi thought it was fantastic, and that we should inaugurate it on this tour.' They discussed how Donovan had been a channel for uplifting and inspiring songs that came directly from Maharishi's words, and the effect he was having on making the world's schools invincible. 'So he is Invincible,' Maharishi said, 'and the name has to be Invincible Donovan University.'
'Donovan really has fulfilled his mission; and that has not stopped,' Dr Warburton continued. 'Maharishi said to him, ''Donovan, everything you desire will come through.'' ' From over 250 beautiful articles about the new university from all over the world, the Scottish high schools that want to become Consciousness-Based Education schools, the auspicious land that has been offered for it, and the widespread support being offered from many quarters, Dr Warburton says it will be very easy to build.
Donovan is really Dr Donovan Leitch, Dr Warburton pointed out. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in November 2003 at St Albans for his outstanding contribution to music, beginning with his capturing the imagination of all with his first song, 'Catch the Wind'.
Donovan had written the verses, but had no chorus for his song about the new university. Maharishi sent him a few lines, with the instruction that it should have the word 'universe' in it, so he was to say 'Donovan Invincible Universe-ity'. When Donovan sent a message to Maharishi saying he was ready to do anything to help create peace and invincibility for the world, Maharishi said, 'Tell him to sing the song.' Dr Warburton said, 'Maharishi heard it the first time it was sung, and he sang the chorus several times along with Donovan.'
Donovan added to the stories, and sang several songs to standing ovations, after which he thanked Maharishi again and again.
Part II of this article will appear in Global Good News in the coming days.
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