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Vedic Farewell ceremony for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
by Global Good News staff writer

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13 February 2008

On 11 February 2008, the day of Vasant Panchami, the first of day of Spring celebrated in India, the traditional Vedic Farewell fire ceremony of consuming the physical form to Unity was performed for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the ancient holy city of Prayag, Allahabad, India.

Dr Peter Swan, Minister of Communication of the Global Country of World Peace, spoke about the ceremony on the Maharishi Global Family Chat—which is broadcast live everyday on Channel 3 of the Maharishi Channel.

The Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas, presided over the ceremony, along with Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Raam, the Rajas, Ministers, other great leaders of the Global Country of World Peace, and many practitioners of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and well-wishers from over 100 countries, Dr Swan said.

The press also attended, and the proceedings were broadcast nationally on Indian television and globally through the Maharishi Channel.

The Shankaracharya presided over all the planning and the entire sequence of the ceremony—what and how everything was to be done according to the Vedic tradition, said Dr Swan.

The government of India honoured Maharishi with a state funeral, which was attended by senior officials together with a platoon from the military. It is the first time a spiritual teacher has ever been honoured in this way. The Indian military lowered their weapons to the ground instead of firing a traditional salute.

A helicopter flew overhead and rained down flowers. It was a beautiful sunny day, Dr Swan said, and people's deep inner experience of the divine quality of destiny unfolding was very uplifting to everybody.

After the ceremony was completed, Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Raam requested that all those who practise Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation meditate together. Everyone 'sat silently there and meditated together for about half an hour. A very fitting ending to that celebration of Maharishi,' said Dr Swan.

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