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India: Global Country of World Peace leaders attend Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar
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20 April 2010
At the request of Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, First Ruler of the Global Country of World Peace, several Global Country leaders recently attended the Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar, India.
Speaking on Maharishi Global Family Chat,* Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister, reported that he; Raja Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja of Invincible Latin America; Dr Neil Paterson; and several members of the Maharishi Purusha Programme attended the event in Haridwar.
Please also see Global Good News article on the delegation's visit to the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math during the Kumbh Mela.
Dr Morris went on to explain that the Kumbh Mela takes place in four different locations in India: Allahabad or Prayag, Haridwar, Nashik in Maharashtra, and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. 'Although there is a Kumbh Mela held every year at each of these locations, only every 12 years is there a big one, attended by millions of people,' he said. 'This year, knowing that a large Kumbh celebration was taking place in Haridwar, Maharaja wished that a delegation of the Global Country of World Peace would attend.'
Dr Morris noted that in 2013, a Kumbh Mela will take place in Allahabad, India, where the Maharishi Samadhi Smarak, the Memorial of Total Knowledge celebrating the eternal Vedic wisdom of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is being built. 'We hope that many Global Country of World Peace members will be able to attend this celebration,' he said.
Reflecting on Maharishi's long historical connection with the Kumbh Mela, Dr Morris said that many years ago, Maharishi organized for the participation of his Master, Guru Dev,** in the ceremonies, as well as organizing for groups to attend.
Dr Morris recalled that the second Training Course for Teachers of the Transcendental Meditation Programme held by Maharishi in India, in 1966, began at a Kumbh Mela celebration. Also, in 1989, several Global Country of World Peace leaders attended the event with Maharishi in Allahabad. In 2001, Maharishi sent Global Country of World Peace leaders, including Dr Morris, to attend the next large Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. 'This was a beautiful experience,' said Dr Morris, 'with a total of 24 million people attending the event.'
Maharaja took this illustrious history into account when deciding to form a group to attend the Kumbh Mela this year, said Dr Morris.
* Dr Morris's report was featured on the 17 April 2010 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.
** Guru Dev: His Divinity Brahmanand Saraswati, Jagatguru Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas, and Maharishi's spiritual teacher. Guru Dev is honoured as the embodiment of Vedic wisdom closest to Maharishi in the illustrious tradition of Vedic Masters who have passed down the eternal wisdom of life from teacher to student since time immemorial.
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