Whether or not you believe Maum Meditation is a brainwashing cult, you should know that its credibility is built on a ridiculous lie. Its founder, Woo Myung DID NOT win a fictitious “Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize” as its literature advertises. It’s amazing and disturbing that such a claim could slip under the radar and never reach the globally expanding cult’s followers.
This is directly quoted from Woo Myung’s website (http://www.woomyung.com/woomyung/accolades/739) : “In September 2002, Woo Myung visited UN headquarters in New York, where he met the then President of UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo and discussed the way to realize the world peace. After that, he visited the headquarters of the UN-NGO, International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) in Huntsville, Alabama. There, the IAEWP awarded Woo Myung the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize for his contributions to human introspection and recovery of original nature, as well as reconciliation and peace, and appointed him as a World Peace Ambassador.
“Maum Meditation transcends the boundaries of all religions and cultures. And it is practiced truthfully without any falsehood and deception. While most diseases we have come from unnecessary desire, anxiety, and stress, Maum Meditation eliminates such minds and makes body and mind healthy. In addition, it enables us to solve wisely many problems we meet in our lives.” – Charles Mercieca, Ph.D., President of IAEWP, UN-NGO ”
So what is IAEWP? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Association_of_Educators_for_World_Peace: “The International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) is a nongovernmental organization and engaged in the promotion of peace education. The International Association of Educators for World Peace was founded in 1969 under the leadership of Charles Mercieca, a native of Malta who was on the faculty of Alabama A&M University. On its website, it claims to be affiliated to the United Nations. The IAEWP has its headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.”
IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH:
There are actually FOUR awards that have anything to do with Gandhis and Peace:
We have the “International Gandhi Peace Prize”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhi_Peace_Prize awarded annually by the Government of India. Recipients: NOT Woo Myung/Maum
Next we have the “Gandhi International Peace Award“” founded by the the “Gandhi Foundation“: “a United Kingdom-based voluntary organisation which seeks to further the work of Mahatma Gandhi through a variety of educational events and activities.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhi_International_Peace_Award#Gandhi_International_Peace_Award Guess who didn’t get one!
And then the “Gandhi Peace Award“: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhi_Peace_Award presented annually since 1960 by the US NGO Promoting Enduring Peace: “a pacifist organization and United Nations non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Connecticut USA.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promoting_Enduring_Peace) (THIS seems to be the award Maum are trying to get away with claiming to have won….but they didn’t. Awk..)
If we really really want to give them the benefit of the doubt, there’s the “Indira Gandhi Prize“http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Gandhi_Prize which they still DID NOT WIN.