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Latin American mayors' summit sparks unprecedented interest in Maharishi's programmes
by Global Good News staff writer
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13 September 2009
At a major summit in Argentina from 2 to 4 September 2009, attended by several thousand members of the Latin American Association of Mayors, leaders of the Global Country of World Peace from North and South America presented the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for ideal governmental administration, which were enthusiastically received.
Speaking on Maharishi Global Family Chat*, Raja Jose Luis Alvarez, Raja of Invincible Latin America for the Global Country of World Peace; Dr Germán Martina, National Director of Argentina for the Global Country; and Mr Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield, Iowa, USA, gave an account of the key events and achievements of the mayors' summit.
The event was led by Dr Julio Pereyra, Mayor of Florencio Varela, Argentina and Co-President of the Latin American Association of Mayors. Dr Pereyra is also a long-time practitioner of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Over 2,000 Latin American mayors attended the summit, with the overall number of guests reaching 5,000. Representatives of the Global Country of World Peace presenting Maharishi's programmes at the event included not only Dr Pereyra, but also Raja Robert Wynne, Mayor of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, USA, as well as Mayor Malloy.
Both Mr Malloy and Raja Wynne were invited to speak as part of a panel of mayors, to an audience of 400, on the topic of citizen engagement in communities. Mr Malloy recalled, 'While most mayors on the panel spoke of engaging people in the democratic process, I emphasized that citizens are a city's most important resource, and should therefore be given the opportunity to develop their inner consciousness and creativity to its utmost potential.'
This goal, he said, can be achieved through practice of Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, in large groups—to create enlightenment for each individual and invincibility for the city and the entire nation.
Raja Wynne spoke on a similar topic, explaining the benefits of Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology for city planning and social development.
In the coming days, Global Good News will feature reports on the profound impact of these presentations on attendees, as well as further positive developments resulting from the mayors' summit.
* Raja Luis's report was featured on the 8 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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