Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Monday, Feb 18 2008 

The death of the Transcendental Meditation Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi recently had global coverage. The media coverage underscored his celebrity status.

The Yogi was ushered into stardom when celebrity disciples like Beatles flocked to him in 1960’s. Since then he had become a star in his own right and continued to attract the limelight through his various yoga programs and pronouncements.

I’ve read obituaries by two of his illustrious disciples who went on to become very famous like their Guru.

1) Deepak Chopra: The new age fusion guru of alternative medicine and spirituality. He attributes his success to the blessing of his Guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He said:

Maharishi began the spiritual renaissance. He was one of the most significant figures of the century. Personally, I owe everything to him. Everything I have learnt, I have learnt from him. He has influenced some of the most important people of this century. The Maharishi had grandiose ideas — sometimes even impractical — but he was a great man. …It’s enough to say I am who I am because of my Guru. I’m grateful that I was part of his dream. If there is such a thing as ‘devaloka’, they must surely be celebrating and welcoming a great sage. (Link)

2) Shri Shri Ravi Shankar: The Art of Living Foundation guru who has a huge following world wide. He credits ‘Maharishiji’ with his own spiritual advancement.

Definitely he has taken a trick or two from his Guru Mahesh Yogi himself to found his own outfit. His trademark product, like the Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, is Sudarshan Kriya. Practise the Kriya and you’ve found the key to personal fulfillment and the secret of universe! Shri Shri said:

Maharishiji was a unique combination of emperor and ascetic, perfect disciple and Jagadguru, modern scientist and deep traditionalist. He respected all sadhus alike. In the body he was Brahmastha, now he is Brahmaleen. (Link)

He laid the foundation for a new world based on the knowledge of Vedas and spirituality. There was none like him and none shall ever be. (Link)

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Mass Meditation Thursday, Nov 30 2006 

It’s amazing that Transcendental Meditation Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is 89 years old and still commands a large following with his quirky ideas and claims.

He’s built up a Vedic City in Iowa, U.S.A., where the famed Guru is organizing a mass meditation of 2000 adept practitioners of meditation (called as ‘yogic fliers’) for sending “a wave of positivity across the globe” for world peace and prosperity.

The preliminary effect of this transformation has already been felt in the U.S. where the assembly (christened Invincible America Assembly) has 1500 adepts meditating. It “is quietly transforming the nation and raising the country to a permanent state of peace, prosperity, and invincibility.”

“And when the number of Yogic Flyers reaches the square root of one percent of the U.S. population (about 2000), there will be an even more dramatic improvement…”

The Maharishi has a knack for linking all his fanciful ideas to some cryptic Vedic hymns and cloaking his gibberish in the language of modern science with the help of some of his well educated followers.

“The ‘non-linear partial differential equations’ governing the weather obey the characteristics of chaos theory. As a consequence, weather patterns are sensitive to infinitesimal changes in initial conditions—a phenomenon popularly known as the ‘Butterfly Effect.’ Even minute changes in people’s behavior can precipitate—or prevent—a hurricane. The Invincible America Assembly is raising the quality of collective consciousness—and of behavior throughout society—to be more harmonious, more life supporting. And Nature is responding more positively,” Dr. Hagelin said. (Link)

Dr. John Hagelin, it’s said, is a world-renowned quantum physicist and director of the Invincible America Assembly.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claims that-

“simultaneous mass meditation creates a wave effect that calms the world, influences stock markets, decreases crime rates and prompts other positive societal behavior.” (Link)

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