Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is one of the most illustrious modern sages of the Vedic Tradition of India. He was guru to the Beatles, and introduced the West to transcendental meditation to spiritually regenerate mankind and create world peace.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, according to most sources, was born Mahesh Prasad Varma in Jabalpur, India on January 12, 1917. He earned a degree in physics at Allahabad University and became a disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati of Jyotir Math, located in the Himalayas.
In 1957, Maharishi launched the worldwide Transcendental Meditation Movement, but it truly began in the blissful, infinite silence of his Master, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati.
In 1953, after 12 years of service to the feet of his Guru, Maharishi retired to the caves of the 'Valley of the Saints' in Uttar Kashi, high in the Himålayas. Deep in the silence of the Himålayas, the impulse of Nature itself led Maharishi in 1955 to leave his secluded life in Uttar Kashi and travel to the southern-most tip of India, with no other thought or plan in his mind than simply to follow the whisper of Nature at Råmeshvaram in Kerala. But in this innocent move was contained the blueprint of a new age and a new civilization, just as the sprouting of a seed has all the vitality to expand and produce the fruit, season after season.
Since Maharishi traveled from India five decades ago for the first of his 10 world tours, over five million people have learned his Transcendental Meditation. The wide-ranging benefits of his program have been documented by more than 600 scientific studies conducted at 250 independent universities and research institutes in 33 countries, and published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. For example, the U.S. government's National Institutes of Health have provided $24 million to study the effects of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation for preventing cardiovascular disease, improving health, and promoting optimal brain functioning.
Maharishi revived in its completeness the ancient Vedic science of consciousness. In addition to bringing out Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, Maharishi also revived the Vedic science of health care, architecture, organic agriculture, education, defense, and prevention-oriented, problem-free governmental administration.
Maharishi also integrated Vedic science with the latest discoveries of modern science. Working in collaboration with the world's leading scientists, led by Dr. Hagelin, Maharishi revealed that the fundamental field of consciousness-Atma, the Self, as described in Vedic science-is identical to the Unified Field described by the superstring theories of physics.
To bring his Vedic Science-Based, Unified Field-Based knowledge to all areas of society, Maharishi founded thousands of highly successful schools, colleges, and universities as well as medical centers and health clinics throughout the world. Maharishi has also written a series of profound books on his Vedic approaches to education, health, government, management, and defense, as well as an acclaimed commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita. In addition, there is a vast video library of 30,000 hours of Maharishi's lectures, which are now being featured in training courses and conferences, and broadcast over Maharishi's global satellite network and websites.
As a monument to Maharishi's achievement of the foundation of permanent world peace, the leaders of his global movement resolved to build in 48 of the largest countries a grand, marble-clad 12-story "Maharishi Tower of Invincibility." Each Tower showcases the totality of Maharishi's knowledge and will include a high school or university where students will practice Yogic Flying together in groups to create coherence and invincibility for the nation. Future plans call for the Maharishi Towers of Invincibility to be built in all 192 countries of the world.
In 1990, Maharishi started coordinated his global activities from his residence in Vlodrop, the Netherlands, where he passed away peacefully on February 5, 2008.