Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi AKA Mahesh Prasad Varma AKA "Mahesh Srivastava" AKA the "giggling guru"


India 1918 – 2008


Comments: Yoga; Meditation; advanced TM practitioners "levitated" in small seated jumps;


Teachers: Patanjali; Vyasa, author of The Yogabhashya commentaries; Swami Vivekananda; Swami Satchidananda; Swami Venkatesananda; Padmasambhava; Swami Brahmananda Saraswati AKA Guru Dev;

Students: Deepak Chopra; The Beatles -John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr; Pattie Boyd; Eric Clapton; Paul Mason ;William Jefferson; J. Lynwood King; Efrem Zimbalist Jr., actor; Mia Farrow (Sexy Sadie, or more precisely, the Maharishi making a pass at Mia), actress; Prudence Farrow (Dear Prudence); Mike Love, of the Beach Boys band; Dr. Tony Nader; Swami Vasudevananda Saraswati Maharaj; Ravi Shankar; Girish Chandra Varma; Ronald Jevning; James O’Halloran; Philip Goldberg ; Norman E. Rosenthal; Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati AKA Swami Satchidananda; Michael York; Carl Olson; Jack Forem; Meera Nanda; Barry Miles; Roy Ascott; Maharshi Bala Brahmachari Mahesh Yogi Rajaram ; Douglas James Henning aka Doug Henning; , stage magician;

Friends: John G. Bennett; Buckminster Fuller; Hans Selye, The Lion of Ethiopia; Marshall McLuhan, media critic; Dr. Jonas Salk, microbiologist; David Lynch, film director ; Merv Griffin, TV producer;

Enemies: Tony Blair, Prime Minister of UK; Swami Swaroopananda; Mike Myers, comedian;

Similar: Sri Aurobindo; Krishnamurti; Bikram Choudhury;

Organizations: TM-Sidhi program; Natural Law Party , 1992; Global Country of World Peace; Spiritual Development Movement AKA Spiritual Regeneration Movement; International Meditation Society;

Author: /Creator of Transcendental Meditation or TM; Thirty Years Around the World, 1986; The Science of Being and Art of Living; The Beacon Light of the Himalayas; Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation and Commentary (unfinished); the Lighthouse of Peace on Earth; Enlightenment to Every Individual, Invincibility to Every Nation;


Quotes: "being happy is of the utmost importance. Success in anything is through happiness. Under all circumstances be happy. Just think of any negativity that comes at you as a raindrop falling into the ocean of your bliss"

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi ; see book list here -http://www.maharishi-programmes.globalgoodnews.com/publications/books.html, but many are India specific;