Mahesh Prasad Varma was bond on the 12th day of January inthe year of 1918. Although it’s not clear if this date is real; some documentsmentions his year of birth 1911 or 1912. He was born in Kayastha Family in theMadhya Pradesh region.
Little is known about his early life. His family’shereditary profession was writing. Later on, he was famed as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Transcendental Movement is founded and introduced to the West by him. He was aspiritual leader of the Worldwide Organisation. His fame rose when he becameassociated with “The Beatles” a British Rock Band. This led to a significantfollowing of his principles worldwide. He claimed many things, including theability to levitate and create World Peace.
He later on in the year of 1992moved to the Netherlands, where he stayed until his last breath. He was alsothe founder of “Global Country for World Peace”; a not for profit organisationwhich was focused on creating harmony and peace among different countries andpeople. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claimed that he taught the technique ofTranscendental Meditation to more than forty thousand people that haveindirectly influenced more than five million. He also founded countlesstraining centers, universities, colleges and schools all around the world witha very wide presence in India, The United States, The United Kingdom andSwitzerland. Several of his organisations helped in creating various Charitableand “For Profit” businesses in the field of organic farming, health, etc.;mostly owned by his family.
According to various sources, his organisation’sassets are worth billions and millions of dollars.Childhood and Early Life: · MaharishiMahesh Yogi was born on 12th January, 1918 in the Central Provinceof British India. He was born in KayasthaFamily. Writing was the traditional profession of his family.
· Information about his childhood’s early daysisn’t available or known.· Lateron he studied at Allahabad University and attained a degree in Physics in theyear of 1942.· Thereare few sources that state that he also worked at Gun Carriage Factory in thecity of Jabalpur. But that’s not confirmed.· Thesolid information that is available is that he worked as an administrativesecretary to the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati andtook a new name “Bal Brahmachari Mahesh”.· Hewas given this name because he was acknowledged as a fully dedicated studentand he had spiritual knowledge. He was Swami Brahmananda Saraswati’s “favouritepupil” and he took care of many things in the Ashram.
He also appeared inpublic to give speeches on Vedas.· MaharishiMahesh Yogi (then Bal Brahmachari Mahesh) continued to stay with Swami Brahmananda Saraswati until his death in 1953. · Laterin the year 1955, he left Uttarkashi to spread his knowledge about what hecalled Transcendental Meditation which he learned from his Guru Dev”Brahmananda Saraswati”. He spent two years teaching Indian people (mostlybelonging to Hinduism) the technique of Transcendental Meditation.
It wasduring these years he was given the title “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi” which heretained until his death.LaterYears:· MaharishiMahesh Yogi began his world tours in 1958. It was in Madras when he was giving aspeech to Guru Dev’s followers; that he spontaneously announced that he wouldbe spreading his knowledge of Transcendental Meditation to the world. And in1959, he began his first world tour by having one thought in mind: I know onething that is useful for every human being.
· Heearlier referred Transcendental Meditation as Spiritual Regeneration Movement.His first tour was in Rangoon, Myanmar. And later on it extended on countrieslike Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Hawaii.
Many newspapers published articlesabout him, stating that he doesn’t work for money and will only work for thewelfare of the society by removing the unhappiness. · Healso met the popular boys Rock Band “The Beatles” and inspired their music. Butit was also criticised as they called the meeting and a staying with Maharishias “public mistake”. The song “Sexy Sadie” was the result of their encounter.Later on, Beatles renewed their friendship when McCartney took his daughter, Stella, to visit the Maharishiin the Netherlands in 2007.· In 1968, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi developed a newheadquarters at Seelisberg, Switzerland. He began teaching his technique ofTranscendental Meditation at this new place and stopped other publicactivities.
· He also gave his Vedanta philosophy calledScience of Creative Intelligence to many students from USA and Canada.· In the October of 1975, Times Magazine’s coverwas Maharishi· Hewas concerned about his health, so he secluded himself in silence and rarelymet anyone in public. His last declarations say “It has been my pleasure at the feet of Guru Dev (Brahmananda Saraswati), totake the light of Guru Dev and pass it on in my environment. Now today, I amclosing my designed duty to Guru Dev. And I can only say, ‘Live long the worldin peace, happiness, prosperity, and freedom from suffering.'”Major Works:· The Maharishi wrote more than twenty books onthe Transcendental Meditation technique and Maharishi Vedic Science. · The Beacon Light of the Himalayas· Science of Being andArt of Living· Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translationand Commentary: 1967 Personal Life and Legacy:· Maharishi’s legacy is protected by his brotherand number of nephews.· His disciple includes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, wholater on, founded “The Art of Living Foundation.
” · Maharishi left the ancient tradition of deep mediation;he made this ancient practice popular in the West. His unique and enduringcontribution to humankind was his deep understanding of – and mechanics ofexperiencing – pure consciousness.· A memorial building, the MaharishiSmarak, was inaugurated at Allahabad in February 2013.