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Global Country of World Peace celebrates Guru Purnima, 18 July 2008
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18 July 2008
The Global Country of World Peace held its annual grand global celebration of the full-moon day of Guru Purnima on Friday, 18 July 2008. This very special day-long celebration was featured in a live worldwide broadcast via satellite and over the Internet on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3.
Friday's celebration was the focal point of the 11-day Guru Purnima Celebrations now in progress in MERU, the Netherlands, and at the Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA.
Guru Purnima is the day in the Vedic Calendar that is dedicated to honouring the Masters of the eternal Vedic Tradition of knowledge, who throughout time have upheld the supreme wisdom of life. In this generation this wisdom has been brought to the world through the 50 years lifelong work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, who brought out the knowledge and programmes of his Vedic Science through the blessings of his Master, Shri Guru Dev*, to bring enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation.
The celebration Friday began with the global performance of Puja (Vedic ceremony of gratitude) to Guru Dev by the assembly in MERU of Rajas, Ministers, and National Directors of the Global Country of World Peace from many countries, along with many watching the live broadcast around the world. This was followed by a videotape of Maharishi's beautiful Guru Purnima address from last year, 29 July 2007.
Other highlights of the celebration included traditional Vedic recitation by two groups of Vedic Pandits—initially by two Pandits, the first to arrive in MERU of a special delegation from India coming especially for this Guru Purnima celebration; and later by the large group of Pandits in the Brahma-sthan (auspicious central area) of India. In between, Acharya Pandit Gopal Krishna Dave recited the description of Raam Raj** in the Valmiki Ramayana. A very senior Pandit also presented a very moving tribute to Maharishi.
Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Raam, first ruler of the Global Country of World Peace, gave an inspiring address elaborating on the theme he announced on 14 July when he inaugurated the 11-day celebrations, proclaiming this historic event as a celebration of Maharishi's achievements.
The evening celebration in MERU included a beautiful concert of Maharishi Gandharva Veda music by Professor Debu Chaudhuri, one of the world's leading sitar musicians; and a formal procession of royal bagpipers and laser light show.
Global Good News will feature continuing articles on the global Guru Purnima celebration in the coming days, including Maharaja's address, Pandit Dave's recitation, other special presentations, and also the celebration at the Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, which hosted a historic performance of the Rudra Bhishek Maha Yagya (special peace creating performance) by 121 Vedic Pandits who reside in nearby Maharishi Vedic City.
The Maharishi Channel live broadcasts of the morning and afternoon sessions of the Guru Purnima celebrations in MERU will continue on Saturday 19 July, until 25 July. The afternoon session coincides with the daily Maharishi Global Family Chat.
Please visit the Maharishi channel home page mou.org for schedule updates and replay times—both for Friday's grand celebration of Guru Purnima, and for the continuing broadcasts in the coming days.
*His Divinity Brahmanand Saraswati, Jagatguru Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas, to whom Maharishi gives all gratitude for the total Vedic wisdom of Natural Law.
**Administration through total Natural Law, Heaven on Earth, in the reign of Shri Ram.
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