Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 89, dies


His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 89, the illustrious sage of the Vedic Tradition of India, who over 50 years ago introduced his Transcendental Meditation program to spiritually regenerate mankind and create world peace, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 5, at his international headquarters in Vlodrop, The Netherlands.

"Maharishi’s work is complete. He has done what he set out to do in 1957 – to lay the foundation for a peaceful world. Now, Maharishi is being welcomed with open arms into Heaven," said Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, first ruler of the Global Country of World Peace, Maharishi’s global educational organization.His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

On January 11, Maharishi publicly announced that he would be "retiring into silence," and said he was "closing his designed duty" to his spiritual master, Guru Dev. "I can only say, ‘Live long the world in peace, happiness, prosperity, and freedom from suffering.’"

He then placed the administration of his global movement under the "capable leadership" of Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, world-renowned neuroscientist, and his 48 international Ministers and Rajas (administrators), along with thousands of teachers of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and directors of his movement throughout the world.

Maharishi’s decision to retire was inspired by news that more than enough experts have now been trained in his peace-creating technologies of consciousness to raise any nation to invincibility and secure peace and prosperity for the world – and that his global organization is now in place to maintain this peace permanently.

Maharishi was born January 12, 1918 to a Hindu family in Pounalulla, India.

Since Maharishi traveled from India five decades ago for the first of his 10 world tours, more than 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.

Science has also documented the society-wide benefits of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation program along with its advanced techniques, including Yogic Flying, according to John Hagelin, Ph.D., world-renowned quantum physicist and Executive Director of the International Center for Invincible Defense.

"Maharishi established the practice of group meditation and inspired research on its society-wide influence. This led to the groundbreaking discovery that consciousness is a field, and that by enlivening unity within this field, collective meditation effectively prevents crime and defuses social stress, including the acute religious, political and ethnic tensions that fuel violence and social conflict," said Dr. Hagelin, who also serves as the Raja of Invincible America.

"This society-wide effect, known in the scientific literature as the Maharishi Effect, has been confirmed by over 50 studies, many published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. It provides an extremely practical approach to preventing and alleviating conflict, preventing terrorism, strengthening national security and invincibility, and even stopping open warfare in war-torn areas."

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.

And working under Maharishi’s direct guidance, Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam was awarded his weight in gold for his scientific discovery that the Unified Field – the total managing intelligence of the universe – is at the basis of the human brain physiology. This discovery has revealed that the individual is really cosmic, and has opened the possibility for everyone to enliven the hidden, inner intelligence of one’s own physiology and realize one’s cosmic potential.

"This extraordinary convergence of modern and ancient knowledge, and the emergent practical technologies, has immediate and profound benefits to virtually every field of human concern," Dr. Hagelin said.

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.

Maharishi’s knowledge is also now being presented to leaders of society through a compelling 12-part DVD conference series by Dr. Hagelin, entitled "The Unified Field: The Key to Enlightenment, National Invincibility, and World Peace" [for more information, see].

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.

"Maharishi has worked tirelessly since 1955 to open the gate of enlightenment to every individual, and to crown every nation with invincibility – with peace, prosperity and happiness, free from negativity and suffering," said Dr. Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace and President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.

Dr. Benjamin Feldman, Minister of Finance and Planning of the Global Country of World Peace, said that Maharishi has brought the gift of affluence to the world. "Maharishi’s knowledge of Total Natural Law unlocks the source of all prosperity and progress for the individual and society. With this knowledge, nothing harmful will ever come to the country and every nation will enjoy a permanent state of integration, harmony, and positivity – invincibility."

Dr. Hagelin added that future generations will view Maharishi as the greatest enlightened sage of the Vedic Tradition. "Maharishi’s incomparable, scientifically demonstrable global impact will become increasingly evident to the whole population as his legacy of enlightenment and peace continues to spread irreversibly throughout the world," he said.

In his farewell message on January 11, Maharishi announced the establishment of the Brahmananda Saraswati Trust, named in honor of his teacher, Guru Dev, to support large groups totaling more than 30,000 peace-creating Vedic Pandits in perpetuity across India.

"The Brahmananda Saraswati Trust will ensure the glorification of life on earth on a permanent basis, for the individual and the nation. For all millennia to come, the world is going to be a peaceful, happy world. The future is bright – and that is my delight," Maharishi said.

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Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].


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