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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: 1918-2008

In 1957 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began to offer to the world the quintessence of the ancient Vedic wisdom of the Himalayas - the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Almost as soon as Maharishi began his world tours, his students urged him to commit this great teaching to paper.

By 1963 he had completed Science of Being and Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation, which systematically unfolds for our scientific age the wisdom of the Veda and Vedic Literature taught to Maharishi by Guru Dev. More…

The Origins of the Transcendental Meditation programme.

Although Transcendental Meditation is presented as a modern process which stands up to the latest scientific verification, the technique has ancient roots and its effectiveness is the accumulation of thousands of years of careful transmission of knowledge.

Transcendental Meditation may not have always had the same name, but the basic technique has been taught for several thousand years, although, it's history is not a continuous one.

The knowledge has been lost many times throughout the history of mankind. As the technique passed from one person to another over several thousand years, (the Chinese whisper effect) the knowledge became slightly distorted and misunderstood so that very little of the original technique remained.

Therefore the technique became less effective and no longer worked as well, losing popularity and eventually becoming lost to mankind.

Although the knowledge may have become lost to the world, the seeds of this knowledge lived on, and from time to time a great teacher revives and enlivens the technique.

According to Maharishi, several revivals have occurred within man's written history. The first was about 5,000 years ago, when Lord Krishna, in the story recounted in the Bhagavad-Gita, gave the teaching to Arjuna, the greatest warrior of the age. However, within 2,000 years the teaching was lost.

Click the following link for a list of books written by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on and or about Transcendental Mediation.

Book cover. A Wave on the Ocean: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation, Mallory & Me Science of Being and Art of Living
By Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The original, unabridged edition remains the definitive introduction to the TM.
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Book cover. A Wave on the Ocean: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation, Mallory & Me A Wave on the Ocean:
By Jon Michael Miller, a devotee of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at the height of TM's popularity in the seventies.
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Book cover. A Wave on the Ocean: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation, Mallory & Me A Living Saint for the New Millennium
By Helena Olson. Stories of Maharishi's first visit to the USA - a commemorative reprint.
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The Maharishi: The Biography
Paul Mason's ground-breaking biography of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - a new and revised paperback edition.
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Book Cover. Happiness: The Tm Program, Psychiatry, and Enlightenment The Beatles in Rishikesh
Paul Saltzman's photographic record of his historic meeting with Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr
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Book cover. Celebrating the Dawn Celebrating the Dawn
Maharishi's 1975 world tour. The first close-up look at the man who brought TM to the West.
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Book cover. A Wave on the Ocean: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation, Mallory & Me DVD: Sage for a New Generation
Alan Waite's digitally re-mastered on DVD, this historic film, as seen through the eyes of the 60's Generation
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The Origins of the Transcendental Meditation programme continued

It was next restored by Lord Buddha. "Lord Buddha's message was complete," says Maharishi, "because He incorporated the fields of Being, Thinking and Doing in His theme of revival. But because His followers failed to correlate these different fields of life in a systematic manner - realization of Being as the basis of good life became obscured."

The whole structure of Lord Buddha's teaching not only became distorted but also turned upside down. The effect was mistaken for the cause. Right action came to be regarded as a means to gain nirvana, whereas right action is in fact the result of this state of consciousness in freedom.

Another reason for the loss of knowledge is that whilst a teacher speaks from his level of consciousness, his followers can only receive his message on their level; so the gulf between the teaching and understanding grows wider over time.


Then about 2,500 years ago, an enlightened prodigy named Shankara revived this ancient wisdom in its purity. A great teacher and commentator on the Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and Brahma Sutras, Shankara not only revived the wisdom of integrated life and made it popular in his day, he also established four 'Maths', or seats of learning in the four geographical corners of India. Shankara's plan was to keep his teaching pure and to ensure that it would be propagated in its entirety for all generations to come. And for several centuries his teaching was kept widely available and maintained accurately, however, over time the teaching also became obscured and misunderstood.

In the early 1920's, officials approached Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, often referred to as Guru Dev (Divine Teacher) to fill the northern and principal seat of knowledge, Jyotir Math, which had been vacant for over 150 years, as no man was deemed capable or worthy of holding the position as a guide to the spiritual lives of the people of India.

Although Guru Dev spent most of his life in solitude and silence, he had become known as a great, enlightened saint and it was clear to the custodians of Shankara's tradition that Guru Dev was a fully realized man and one who could lead the people of India back to the original teachings.

It would take twenty years of their repeated requests before Guru Dev came out of seclusion in 1941 at the age of seventy-two, to accept the seat of Shankaracharya, of Jyotir Math in Badarinath in the Himalayas.

Political freedom dawned in India while Guru Dev held this position. He was worshiped by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of the Indian union, and the famous philosopher and India's second President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, would refer to Guru Dev as "Vedanta Incarnate" or, the embodiment of truth.

To all who came to him for guidance he taught an ancient meditation technique originating in the vedas, the oldest Indian teachings. He made this teaching available to those leading active lives in the world and recluses alike. Thus establishing the basis for the present world-wide revival and teaching of the Transcendental Meditation program.

Maharishi often spoke of the inspiration and the concern of Guru Dev, to enlighten all men everywhere, that resulted in the foundation of the world-wide Spiritual Regeneration Movement in 1958, five years after his departure from us.


Related links:
on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his teacher Swami Brahmananda Saraswati,

Guru Dev: Life and Teachings of Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda Saraswati
Compiled by Paul Mason and includes Vintage film of Guru Dev with rare audio of Maharishi.

DVD: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Sage for a New Generation

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