Prosper Waukon, a hereditary leader of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, understands how Transcendental Meditation is in tune with the sacred values of the Native Americans' culture, and understands how the practice can help solve many of the problems that the American Indians are having to deal with today.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, USA, The Review
12 February 2010
The Hocak Elders Council of the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska gave a presentation on the Maharishi University of Management campus last month on the origins and rapid expansion of interest in the Transcendental Meditation program among American Indians.
The elders also spoke about the knowledge of enlightenment from their native traditions and how it parallels Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's description of enlightenment from the Vedic tradition.
Twenty tribes have expressed interest in learning more about the Transcendental Meditation program and how it might help in their schools and with their community wellness/health issues, especially in dealing with the
high incidence of diabetes among their population. The David Lynch Foundation has provided initial funding on several reservations, including the Winnebago tribe, and is continuing to raise more funds to expand to other tribes. For more information, go to:
The visitors shared stories about their native Indian prophecies and spoke of the need they have to re-enliven the connection to the sacred world that used to be fundamental to their culture. They said that the Transcendental Meditation technique is a perfect complement to their native tradition.
In addition, the Winnebago hope to create a model community by promoting healthy and sustainable living, economic self-sufficiency, and a stress-free life, including organic agriculture and renewable energy.
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