died peacefully at about 7 pm,” said Bob Roth, a spokesman for the
Transcendental Meditation movement that the Maharishi founded. He
said his death appeared to be due to “natural causes, his age.”
He was thought to be 91 years old.
January, the Maharishi retreated into silence at his home in the
grounds of a former Franciscan monastery close to the German border,
saying he wanted to dedicate his remaining days to studying the
ancient Indian texts that underpin his movement.
had been saying he had done what he set out to do,” Roth said.
years on, his followers claim the world is a better place because of
the spread of Transcendental Meditation. Mahesh Yogi himself
preferred to describe it as "the power of Om".
the first Indians to make it to the cover of Time
he also embedded the Sanskrit word 'Om'
into Western consciousness - to the extent that it is today
synonymous with meditation.
teachings promoted the chanting of mantras and introspection to help
practitioners control their minds.
Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as the foremost scientist in the
field of consciousness, and considered to be the greatest teacher in
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years-old scattered Vedic Literature for the total significance of
its theory and practice, and has organized it in the form of a
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Yogi was born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh,
as Mahesh Prasad Varma
and read mathematics and physics at Allahabad University, where he
began to practise yoga with Swami Brahmananda
- also known as Guru Deva.
In April 1941, while Mahesh was still at university, Guru Deva - who
belonged to the Advaita (non-dualistic) Vedanta tradition of
philosophy - became the Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath.
Mahesh, who was tutored in meditative techniques that are thought to
lead to a non-dualistic state of mind, realised that some of these
techniques could be used to beneficial effect outside the Advaita
years after the death of his teacher in 1955, he travelled to
Kerala, where he began to broadcast his message. A year later he
launched a global Spiritual Regeneration Movement from Madras, now
Chennai. It would be based upon the technique of Transcendental
Meditation. He then embarked on a world tour with the mission to
spread the message of peace.
brought them to the United States in 1959. But the movement really
took off after the Beatles visited his ashram in India in 1968,
although he had a famous falling out with the rock stars when he
discovered them using drugs at his Himalayan retreat.
some initially dismissed his movement as a counterculture fad,
Transcendental Meditation gradually grew to be accepted, and even
respected, in the mainstream.
the help of celebrity endorsements, Maharishi - a Hindi-language
title for Great Seer - parlayed his interpretations of ancient
scripture into a multimillion-dollar global empire.
a monument to Maharishi’s achievements and contributions to world
peace and harmony, the leaders of his global movement resolved to
build “Maharishi Towers of Invincibility” in 48 countries. Each
Tower will include a high school or university where students will
practise yogic flying together in groups to create coherence and
invincibility for the nation.
his home country, too, Maharishi bequeathed a vision. In his
farewell message on January 11, he announced the establishment of
the Brahmananda Saraswati Trust, named in honour of his master, the
Shankaracharya from 1941-53 of Jyotirmath in the Himalayas. The
trust is to support large groups totalling more than 30,000
peace-creating Vedic pandits in perpetuity across India.
trust will ensure the glorification of life on earth on a permanent
basis, for the individual and the nation. For all millennia to come,
the world is going to be a peaceful, happy world. The future is
bright - and that is my delight,” Maharishi said.
50 years of teaching, Maharishi turned to larger themes, with grand
designs to harness the power of group meditation to create world
peace and to mobilize his devotees to banish poverty from the earth.
Transcendental Meditation and Krishna Consciousness both gained
popularity among western seekers of the 1960s counterculture, the
two movements were often confused or conflated. While they share
certain general practices, such as the chanting of mantras, the two
movements are at philosophical loggerheads: TM promotes an
impersonal conception of divinity while the Hare Krishna movement
represents the devotional monotheism of the Vaishnava tradition.
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