Last Updated: 15 Jul, 2022 | Views: 257
Profession: Yoga Guru
Other Profession(s): Writer, Philosopher, Teacher, Guru
Higher Education: A Master's Degree in Mathematics and Physics (University of Allahabad )
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About Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Mahesh Prasad Varma, popular as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, was an Indian yoga teacher well-known for creating and popularising Transcendental Meditation (TM), as well as for serving as the founder and guru of an international group that has been variously described as a new religious movement and as non-religious. As an adult, he earned the names Yogi and Maharishi (both of which indicate "great seer"). In 1942, after graduating from Allahabad University with a degree in physics, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi joined the Jyotir Math in the Indian Himalayas as Swami Brahmananda Saraswati's (also known as Guru Dev's) assistant and apprentice. The Maharishi attributes his teachings to Brahmananda Saraswati.
In 1955: Brahmachari Mahesh tried to flee Uttarkashi and started openly instructing what he claimed to be a traditional meditation method.
In 1957: He first called his movement the Spiritual Development Society, but then changed its name to the Spiritual Regeneration Motion.
In 1959: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi embarked on his first world tour.
In 1961: Maharishi held his inaugural Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course at Rishikesh, India. There were sixty participants from different nations.
In 2005: Maharishi stopped TM instruction in Britain because he disagreed with Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to back the Iraq War.
Maharishi's legacy includes the public availability of meditation, an old spiritual practice in India that has been revived. He is credited for bringing meditation into the mainstream in the west, something he achieved by spreading Transcendental Meditation through an extremely effective organization of his own creation.
• A CIA operative named Russell Dean Brines was allegedly suspected by local police sources to be in the Yogi's ashram in 1968, according to an Indian news report.
• Maharishi's businesses in and around Delhi and Jabalpur were searched in January 1988 by Indian tax authorities on suspicion of inflating costs.