The Transcendental Meditation technique is based on the ancient Vedic tradition of enlightenment in India. This knowledge has been handed down by Vedic masters from generation to generation for thousands of years. This web site covers the life work of Mahesh Prasad Varma (later known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) and the Transcendental Meditation technique. Jai Guru Dev:)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

(January 12, 1918 - February 5, 2008)

Image: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Born Mahesh Prasad Varma in 1918, Maharishi is the third of four children. Details of his earlier life tend to be vague, because by tradition, Hindus who renounce the material world to devote their lives to asceticism, religion, and their soul's salvation consider themselves newly born. They take on a new name and do not divulge details of their earlier life.

However, we know that Maharishi graduated from Allahabad University with a degree in Physics in 1942. His family belonged to the Kayastha caste, and it was expected that Maharishi would follow the accepted lifestyle of his caste and become a merchant, shopkeeper, scribe or clerk.

Maharishi meet Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, the Jagadguru Bhagwan Shankaracharya or Guru Dev (divine teacher), in the early 1940's and it was Guru Dev's wish that Maharishi complete his University studies before joining him as a disciple.

Maharishi ascribes his personal development to the 'brilliant light' and inspiration he found in Guru Dev's unbounded and perfect nature. Maharishi spent thirteen and a half years in service and devotion to Guru Dev and quickly developed into Guru Dev's favorite disciple.

Through the fullness of the Vedic wisdom of his great master, Maharishi was able to quickly gain mastery of the Science of Being, and become not just a Rishi - a seer of the truth about our universe - but a Maharishi - a great Rishi - who has supreme skill in teaching that wisdom to others, and rising them to experience Being and enjoy its infinite riches.

After Guru Dev's passing in 1953, Maharishi undertook a reclusive life in Uttar Kashi in the Himalayas'. However, inspired by Guru Dev's desire to make Transcendental Meditation available throughout the world, Maharishi emerged after two years with a process he called Transcendental Meditation.

It was in 1956 that Maharishi began to teach this ancient wisdom to the people of India with his first tour through India. Deeply inspired by the enriching experiences gained through Transcendental Meditation by tens of thousands of people, Maharishi inaugurated the Spiritual Regeneration Movement at the end of 1957. Over the next decade, during ten world tours, Maharishi would visit over 100 nations introducing them to the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Before Maharishi brought Transcendental Meditation to light, meditation was thought to be extremely difficult, involving feats of concentration no one could ever accomplish. It was thought to be painfully slow to produce results, and impractical - only for the recluse lost in otherworldly pursuits, not for ordinary people in the midst of their daily responsibilities.

Maharishi reversed all these understandings in a single stroke. He found from his own experience and from the expressions of the vedic literature that the nature of inner life is Bliss, and that this nature is true for everyone on earth. Pure Being is Pure Bliss. It is everyone's birthright to discover this inner field of bliss through Transcendental Meditation, and enjoy it in the midst of all activity.

But in spite of the time and effort he pours into his work Maharishi never takes any personal credit for his success. If ever any credit is due it always goes to his master, Guru Dev. For this reason he will always be heard to end any lecture or discussion with the phrase 'Jai Guru Dev', meaning simply 'By the grace of Guru Dev'. With this expression he is acknowledging that it is only through Guru Dev that the teaching has been made available again today.

Recommended Reading:

Book Cover. The Maharishi: Biography of the man who gave Transcendental Meditation to the world.The Maharishi: Biography of the Man who gave Transcendental Meditation to the World
Paul Mason's ground-breaking biography of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is now available once more, in a new and revised paperback edition. Much more than just a biography, this is a seminal enquiry into the aims and methods of the Maharishi Movement.

We are taken deep into the Indian tradition of the Vedic scriptures, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. He describes the early days of the teachings in the 1950s, through the development of a sprawling bureaucracy, to the fiasco of the attempts to enter mainstream politics with the Natural Law Party. More...

Documents:

Passport of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Books by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi wrote numerous books about his vision for a new humanity developed in all life´s values - physical, mental, material, spiritual. More ...

Origins of Transcendental Meditation
A brief overview of the origins of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and it's founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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Scientific and medical validation
An enormous amount of research has been done on the health benefits of TM. Read about some of the published findings in this selection. More.