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Reflecting on progress and goals for Maharishi Vedic City: Raja Robert Wynne
by Global Good News staff writer
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21 July 2009
On 11 July 2009, during a series of special presentations following the global Guru Purnima Assembly in MERU, Holland, Raja Robert Wynne, Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA, discussed plans for expanding the city, to accomplish the original goals set by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace.
Raja Wynne opened his report by recounting the founding of Maharishi Vedic City. 'It was formed under Maharishi's guidance in 1991, as the Maharishi Centre for Perfect Health and World Peace,' he said, 'and the original goal was to establish a group of 5,000 Yogic Flyers there.' In July 2001, when its population had reached 125, the Maharishi Centre for Perfect Health was inaugurated as Maharishi Vedic City—Iowa's 950th city.
With a current population of 1,500, continued Raja Wynne, Maharishi Vedic City will appear on the next census report as the 200th largest city in the state of Iowa. 'We're now focused on achieving the original target population of 5,000,' he said. With a building project for new condominiums designed according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda (Vedic Architecture, or Vastu) about to be launched, Raja Wynne hopes this target will be further within reach.
In addition, he said, the city is working on plans to build a new hall for group practice of Yogic Flying, a community centre, and various shops, restaurants, clothing stores, and grocery stores—'so that no one ever has to leave.'
'We're all so proud of Maharishi Vedic City,' Raja Wynne said in closing—'it is the only government in the world that bears Maharishi's name.'
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