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Maharishi's programmes created ground for enlightenment, invincibility of France: First visit in 1960 celebrated
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2 May 2010

During the recent 50th anniversary celebration of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's first arrival in France, participants reflected on the history of Maharishi's programmes within the country.

During the weekend celebration, which took place 17-18 April near Lille, France, Raja Michael Dillbeck, Raja of Invincible France for the Global Country of World Peace, presented slides to the guests depicting Maharishi's early visits to France in the 1960s and 70s. 'This was a beautiful presentation reflecting on Maharishi's first travels to Europe, beginning with London and then France,' commented Dr Dominique Lemoine, National Director of France, speaking on Maharishi Global Family Chat.*

During Maharishi's first visit to France in April 1960, he stayed for five days with a couple in Lille, where he engaged in interviews and news conferences in the area. He returned to Lille a few times after that, once in June the same year, during which time he taught the Transcendental Meditation Technique to several people. During the recent celebration, Raja Dillbeck showed slides of two Lille newspaper articles that appeared during this time, both very positive.

Maharishi first visited Paris in 1962, during which time he gave a well-attended presentation on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. He returned to Paris again in 1967 and '68—when he gave a public lecture to 1,000 people, as well as teaching many people TM.

'It wasn't until 1971, however, that Maharishi's programmes really took hold in France,' said Dr Lemoine. In the years since, 62,000 people learned Transcendental Meditation, 2,700 went on to learn the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, and 300 became TM Teachers.

The April 2010 celebration brought out the history of Maharishi's time in France in an especially meaningful way, since the couple he first stayed with in Lille were in attendance during the weekend. They were able to reflect on their profound experiences with Maharishi, to the enjoyment of all the guests.

* Dr Lemoine's report was featured on the 24 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.

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