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The importance of celebrations for 'stirring the bliss' in the environment
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 September 2009
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation Programme and the Global Country of World Peace, emphasized the importance of celebrations, said Marty Howe, a long-time Teacher of Transcendental Meditation and musician who has performed in Canada, the United States, and around the world. No matter what other important events were happening, Maharishi always took time to celebrate on many occasions. Celebrations dissolve social stresses, Maharishi explained.
On 2 September,* Mr Howe reflected on his involvement in the successful 'living room benefit concert' held in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 29 August for David Lynch Foundation of Canada. He owns a web design company and produced the advertisement for the concert.
Mr Howe said that the great bliss he experienced through this event helped him to realize directly the importance of celebrations. 'We all have a very focussed life, but we owe it to ourselves to celebrate once in a while, not only for our own personal emotional well-being, but on the collective level as well. . . . These living room concerts are a good opportunity to ''stir the bliss'' in our own environment.'
He also commented that from the perspective of a performer, playing for people who practise Transcendental Meditation is very blissful. 'A meditating audience is really the best in the world,' he said. He related a story about a musician who once played at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, who told the audience that they were so wonderful, 'we should put you on tour and charge musicians to play for you!'
The great success of the historic Paul McCartney benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation last April, Mr Howe said, 'is a clear indication that collective consciousness is softening and rising in positivity. This phenomenon that is happening globally—basically we were just riding on that on our local level,' he said.
The Vancouver concert was very easy to set up, he said, via a few phone calls, email announcements, and contacting other musicians. 'Some of Edwin Coppard's singing students also performed.'
Anyone can take this template and apply it locally, to create their own waves of bliss through local events, using local musicians: 'There are many talented musicians and performers in every location,' Mr Howe said. 'It's a great opportunity to bring Maharishi's knowledge out into the world this way.'
Two more concerts are planned for October and November; a conference call is to be held with Teachers of Transcendental Meditation across Canada to discuss presenting similar concerts in their own cities.
* Marty Howe spoke on the 2 September Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3.
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