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Brazil: Dr David Lynch experiences continued receptivity in nation-wide tour
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 August 2008
Speaking 8 August 2008 on Maharishi Global Family Chat, Dr Robert Roth, National Director of Expansion for the Global Country of World Peace in the United States, reported further successes from the tour of Brazil by filmmaker Dr David Lynch and singer Donovan Leitch to promote the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, to create invincibility for the nation.
Overall, said Dr Roth, the response to Dr Lynch in Brazil has been 100% positive. Yesterday at one of the country's top universities, located in Belo Horizonte, Dr Lynch fielded questions from prominent Brazilian filmmakers, faculty, and administration. 'The questions were extremely intellectual,' remarked Dr Roth, 'often dealing with specific aspects of Dr Lynch's creative process.' However complex the question, Dr Lynch always responded by bringing the topic back to Maharishi's knowledge. 'By the time the interview was over, everyone in the audience was excited, including the president of the university,' said Dr Roth.
In the afternoon of that same day, the group attended a Peace Conference, whose attendees also included Brazilian leaders in law enforcement, military, and substance-abuse regulation. 'We knew there would be peace-loving people in attendance,' said Dr Roth, 'but we had no idea these would include government officials—it was a great surprise.' At the conference, Dr Roth and Dr Lynch showed several charts displaying scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation Technique's peace-creating effect. Also, Donovan gave a musical performance, and Dr Lynch recited Vedic literature on the topic of peace and freedom from suffering. 'The audience was overcome by emotion,' added Dr Roth.
Following the Peace Conference, Dr Roth, Dr Lynch, and Donovan visited a high government official in one of the Brazilian states. Dr Lynch and this official 'had an immediate connection', remarked Dr Roth. Dr Lynch spoke to him about eliminating stress and violence in schools through the practice of Transcendental Meditation, and the steps needed to achieve this. The official was very receptive, 'and expressed great interest in implementing Transcendental Meditation in his region's school system'.
The day after, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the group met with a successful businessman, a year-long practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and enthusiast of Dr Lynch and Donovan. 'Dr Lynch described to him what his foundation has been doing to spread Consciousness-Based Education in the US and Brazil,' said Dr Roth.
Dr Roth went on to describe the final events in Sao Paulo, including a book signing by Dr Lynch with 800 in attendance, and a lecture at a top film school, which attracted an audience of 350. 'To see the love and appreciation for David Lynch and his mission at these events was extraordinary,' remarked Dr Roth. 'His message over the years has become increasingly refined and powerful.' Dr Roth added that Donovan, too, created the same effect on listeners as Dr Lynch, merely with the sound of his music. 'He doesn't need to lecture, but simply through his singing thrills bliss into the heart of the listener.'
Concluding, Dr Roth expressed the inspiration that he, Dr Lynch, and Donovan all felt from Maharishi throughout their Brazilian tour.
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