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Visit of Australian Aboriginal leader Reg Blow to US: Maharishi School students offer inspiration
by Global Good News staff writer
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29 September 2009
Mr Reg Blow, a prominent leader of Aboriginal affairs from Australia, recently visited Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment (MSAE) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, where he was inspired to establish Consciousness-Based Education in his homeland.
Recently appearing on Maharishi Global Family Chat*, Dr Don Wolf, a Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Programme who hosted Mr Blow in Fairfield, reported on the events of his visit. Also shown on Global Family Chat was a video recording of Raja Rogers Badgett, Raja of Invincible Australia for the Global Country of World Peace, interviewing Mr Blow about his time in Fairfield, and his aspirations for bringing the knowledge and programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to his fellow Aborigines.
Mr Blow is an Aborigine from Queensland, Australia, who has been professionally involved in Aboriginal affairs in Victoria, Australia for over 35 years, holding positions in government and non-governmental organizations. He has held executive positions in all levels of government—local, state, and commonwealth. At the time of Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam's Coronation in 2000, Mr Blow was invited to MERU, Holland, International Capital of the Global Country of World Peace, to participate in the Global Conference of Traditional Kings organized by Dr Chris Crowell, Global Minister of Religion and Culture.
Although at the time he had no knowledge of Maharishi's programmes, Mr Blow learnt Transcendental Meditation during that visit, and has since practised the programme regularly as part of a group in the Melbourne, Australia area. It was at one of these group practice sessions that he met a practitioner of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme who invited him to visit Fairfield, Iowa.
During his stay, Mr Blow was invited to a meeting at MSAE, attended by Dr Richard Beall, Director of the school; Laurie Baumann, Principal of the girls' school; and Dr Ashley Deans, Executive Director of the school as well as Global Ambassador of Consciousness-Based Education.
During the meeting he also had a chance to speak with several students who had recently learnt the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying. 'I was amazed at the students who came to visit us during the meeting,' commented Mr Blow. 'I was impressed by their maturity, poise, clarity, and warm-heartedness.'
An evening celebration was also hosted at MSAE, where Mr Blow had the chance to meet the entire school community. During this gathering, he gave a performance on the didgeridoo, a ceremonial wind instrument developed by the Aboriginal people. 'The didgeridoo has a profound effect on listeners,' remarked Raja Rogers. 'Its subtle, enlivening vibrations demonstrate the Aborigines' deep connectedness to the universe.' Raja Rogers continued by noting that this connectedness is a vital component in the lives of all indigenous peoples, including American Indians, and that it can be achieved easily for everyone through Transcendental Meditation.
Global Good News will continue its report on the visit of Reg Blow in the coming days.
* Raja Rogers' and Don Wolf's report was featured on the 17 September 2009 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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