Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Mahesh Prasad Varma, Mahesh Srivastava
Transcendental Meditation, Raja Yoga, Vedanta, Bhakti
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA, Europe, Australia, Russia, China
Date of Birth: 
January 12, 1917
Place of Birth: 
Jabalpur, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
February 5, 2008
Other Related Gurus: 
Swami Brahmananda Saraswati


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was born in 1917 in Jabalpur, India. He founded and developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and related programs and initiatives, including schools and a university with campuses in the United States and China.

Around 1939 he became a disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati who, from 1941 to 1953, was the Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) of Jyotir Math, located in the Indian Himalayas. Maharishi credits the Shankaracharya with inspiring his teachings.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi started teaching meditation in 1955. Four years later he introduced his system in the USA for the first time.

aharishi's techniques for human development have been taught worldwide. He continued to focus on making all aspects of the Vedic Literature widely available.

He became well-known in the Western world when the Beatles came to be in his presence in his ashram in Rishikesh, India in 1968.

Starting in 1990, Maharishi set his residence in Vlodrop, the Netherlands.

On January 11, 2008, he announced his retirement from his normal activities: "Invincibility is irreversibly established in the world. My work is done. My designated duty to Guru Dev is fulfilled." He resolved to use all his remaining time to complete his commentary on the Veda.

He left his body less than a month after this statement, on February 5, 2008 (at approximately 7:00 p.m. CET), in Vlodrop, The Netherlands).

Wikipedia, TM website, News


Maharishi's message is as old as mankind: the basis of life is unbounded Bliss. This can be effortlessly experienced by everyone in daily life regardless of age, culture, or beliefs. This experience of Bliss provides many practical benefits for everyone. Only a simple, effortless procedure need be taught. It is not necessary to strain, suffer or renounce the world to achieve spiritual growth.

Transcendental Meditation

The core of Maharishi's teaching is the well-known Transcendental Meditation technique.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural procedure to gain deep rest— and contact that inner reservoir of creativity, energy and intelligence—to gain its support in all you do and to enrich your life day by day.

Everyone can learn to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique successfully. It’s easy and enjoyable—just 20 minutes twice a day sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It requires no effort or concentration, no special skills or change of lifestyle. You don’t even have to believe that it works! Meditate regularly twice a day and you’ll get results.

Expansion of happiness is the purpose of creation and we are all here to enjoy and radiate happiness everywhere.



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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Science of Being and Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation

by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi



In the newly updated printing of this unabridged classic, which has reached millions of readers, Maharishi unfolds his vision for "a new humanity developed in all life's values - physical, mental, material, and spiritual."
Soon after Maharishi began his world tours in 1959, his students urged him to commit his great teaching to paper. By 1963 he had completed this fascinating book, which presents what Maharishi calls the Science of Being as the systematic investigation into the ultimate reality of the universe. Like other sciences it begins its investigation from the gross, obvious level of life, and delves more deeply into the subtle levels of the experience of nature. The Science of Being, however, eventually transcends these subtle regions, and reaches the transcendental field of eternal Being.
Like other sciences, the Science of Being includes a practical technology — the Transcendental Meditation technique — which is the “technology of consciousness” for directly experiencing the field of Being, the transcendental field of existence, the inner Self of everyone. Through the Transcendental Meditation technique any individual can easily harness the unlimited treasures of this field of Being — infinite happiness, energy, creativity, intelligence, and organizing power — bringing maximum success and fulfillment to daily life. This development of full human potential is elaborated in the second half of the book on the Art of Living.
Re-released in 2016, this printing of Science of Being and Art of Living features a comprehensive Afterword by Dr. Bevan Morris, International President of Maharishi Universities of Management, giving a full retrospective on Maharishi's contributions during his more than 50 years of teaching.
This book gives an excellent introduction to the Transcendental Meditation technique and explains that the practice of this meditation is learned through personal instruction from a certified teacher.  (Worldwide contact information for certified teachers is provided.)

Recommended DVD & Video: 
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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sage for a New Generation


This is the only documentary style film\never made with MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI,\ntalking about the effects and benefits of Transcendental Meditation.\nHe is seen through out the film,,interacting one-on-one with \nindividuals of the 60\'s generation, and leaders of the T.M. movement.\nMaharishi specifically commissioned\nfilmmaker Alan Waite to make this film in 1968.\nThe comments about the DVD, have been\nextraordinary,by all the many people who have sceen this product.\nIt\'s a must for any one who wants to see and hear Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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Kingdom of the Cults-Transcendental Meditation


Transcendental Meditation is supposedly just a technique for meditation and relaxation that has more purported benefits than a snake-oil salesman could think up. Actually, it's a form of Hinduism that uses the names of Hindu deities as mantras or points of reference to oneself up to pure "meditation". In recent years it has been successfully argued in the courts across the United States that TM is indeed a religion and the support of Federal, state, and County funds for the purpose of teaching TM has been virtually stopped.

Dr. Walter Martin takes you to the U.S. headquarters of TM in tiny Fairfield, Iowa. Here, the Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has established the campus of the Maharishi International University on the 232 acre site of the former Parsons College. We show you the enormous gold domes where TM practitioners meditate and "levitate". We also feature an interview with a spokesman for the University and interviews with several of the people of Fairfield, Iowa including former TM practitioners.

TM is a perfect example of how a religion can disguise itself as a technique or intellectual exercise. None of the former TM practitioners realized that was a religion until after they got out of it. Even the very religious initiation ceremony didn't tip them off to what they were opening themselves up to. This hard hitting documentary exposes TM for what it really is-a Transcendental Mirage.

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Pro Opinions

A dear guru

dora's picture

Brought to the west these fortune secrets.


> A dear guru

Truly, he may be called dear guru because of the flow of fatherly love from him to his disciples; and this love made the bridge of understanding among western people to know the stuff of eastern wisdom (Veda) which leads towards the fulfillment of highest goal of human birth.


NIDHI PARKASH | Sat, 12/12/2009 - 15:42

TM is a great technique!

mika's picture

It helped me a lot!

The Greatest Master

Amber Sun's picture

Maharishi restored fragmented Vedic Science to its entirety.

Great Teacher of Yoga and Meditation

archana.anchal's picture

He was one of the great people who though being being divine always followed natures rules.....
Best Regards

Love Him Very Much

Zero and One's picture

I Found True love in the silence he taught us how to find and it felt like home. Happened in the fairfield domes.

Con Opinions

Too sectarian, too limited, too commercial

leo's picture

I don't like the Maharishi and above all the TM.

Amber Sun's picture

You have no idea

I don't think you know anything about Maharishi and TM beyond the media coverage. TM was just the first step, there are many, many other technologies, culminating in TM-Sidhi Program which produced more awakened people in the world than any other movement in the whole history. There are 40 million TM meditators and about 100, 000 advanced practitioners.

Moreover, Maharishi helped to re-established Vedic Science again, restoring Aurveda back to be India's official medical system. As well as Jyotish Astrology, Vastu planning, Defense Theory, Vedic Agriculture. The list goes on. But more importantly His Holiness made Peace a palpable reality for millions of people.

Love and Harmony, Om Shanti, shanti, shanti

Amber Sun

Amber Sun | Mon, 02/16/2009 - 20:21

> too sectarian, ...........?

May kindly mention why Mahesh Yogi was sectarian, too limited and also too commercial; however, you cannot say such words to Maharshi who was a very, very learned and highly experienced of spirituality, therefore you are supposed to have some concrete evidence which you may like to share to us.
Meaning of your second para------- "it sure helped a lot of people who wouldn't have done any meditation should TM had not existed but then all these people got stick in this and didn't try other meditation"------ is not found clear to understand regarding what you want to say through this para.

After adopting of any kind of spiritual path/meditation it is not good to give up it after sometime merely for the purpose to try another from the point of view of spiritual progress and such shifting is done by those who have not adopted ones own path with accurate understanding and faith. Please open this para for further genuine understanding to readers.


NIDHI PARKASH | Sat, 12/12/2009 - 15:27