Picture of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  Photo courtesy of
    Maharishi-India

The first time I remember having heard of Maharishi was during the
60’s. All of a sudden, he appeared on the News together with the Beatles. From then on,
Maharishi was part of the revolution that soon span the globe. Everything changed and the
growing interest in Meditation, Yoga, and Eastern Philosophy was proof that some changes
were entirely positive. During that time Maharishi traveled extensively, holding very
interesting and intellectually challenging lectures, introducing an ancient system of
Transcendental Meditation (TM) to the West.

My second memory of Maharshi was to see him in person giving one of his lectures at a
University in Cologne. He sat down cross-legged and elevated on a table covered with white
cloth, holding flowers. As a matter of fact, wherever he went he was seen holding flowers.
Sometimes I wondered whether this had any influence on the famous ‘Hippie Flower’
movement.

Maharishi was born in India in 1918. His Guru was Swami Brahmananda Saraswati who was
appointed to the high post of Shankaracharya. Maharishi stayed with his Guru for thirteen
years before he started his public lectures. From there on people who were listening and
practicing TM grew in leaps and bounds. Today there are millions who have been introduced
to the simple system of mentally repeating a given Mantram, which is taught by an
estimated 40000 teachers worldwide. TM’s many positive effects on health and the nervous
system have been verified scientifically (see Meditation
& the Brain
).

One observation concerns the reduction of crime in areas where only 1% of the
population is actively meditating. Meditation is now also a recognized tool for stress
reduction. This fact has led companies like General Motors to finance the fee required for
learning the simple technique of TM. A study by General Motors found that practitioners of
TM had less problems with health and their working moral and effectiveness was improved.
Because of its usefulness in stress reduction, the US government is also paying the fee
for Vietnam Veterans.

Sasha A. Ruzicka, a long-time teacher of TM, describes Transcendental
Meditation as follows:
"Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless procedure
whereby the mind easily and naturally arrives at the source of all thought, the settled
state of mind – Transcendental Consciousness or Pure Consciousness, Self-referring
Consciousness – which is the source of all creative processes. This process can be likened
to a river which naturally and effortlessly flows into the ocean and gains the status of
the ocean. TM is practiced for 20 min. in the morning and evening, while sitting
comfortably with the eyes closed."

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:
"My easy system of Transcendental Meditation is a desired means to spiritualize
the modern materialism and materialize the old spirituality."


Some Maharishi Mahesh Yogi sites:

  Maharishi’s Programmes in India

  The Transcendental Meditation Program ~ From an
Introduction to Yogic Flying

  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ~ Excellent site with
general information about TM.

  Maharishi Open University
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has inaugurated the Maharishi Open University. Studies and research
center around the field of consciousness. In an ambitious outreach, the Maharishi Open
University is broadcasting to over 150 countries. (Information by Sasha MTHP, Holland)


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