Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely recognized as the world’s foremost Vedic scholar and scientist of consciousness of the modern era.
Maharishi is renowned for teaching the Transcendental Meditation programme, the most thoroughly researched and effective technique for self-development. Maharishi also dedicated years to restoring the Vedic knowledge of health care, education, defence, agriculture, administration and architecture in their purity and completeness. The practical programs that he developed in these areas offer everyone everywhere the full promise of life — life in enlightenment, peace, affluence and good health.
Meditation and the path to enlightenment had been misunderstood for centuries, even in India. They were considered largely the domain of religion or philosophy, often associated with renunciation. Maharishi brought to light the Vedic truth that meditation is not based on effort and concentration, and can be practised by anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle, or religion. He laid out a systematic path for development of higher states of consciousness, in which our full cosmic potential becomes a living reality of day-to-day life.
Inspired by Maharishi, researchers began to investigate the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. Since 1970 when the first research was published, over 600 scientific studies conducted at more than 200 independent research institutions in 35 countries have documented the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for the mind, body, and society as a whole. Many of these studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific, medical, and professional journals.
Through his development of the TM-Sidhi programme and particularly the group practice of Yogic Flying, Maharishi gave to the world a technology that enables a tiny proportion of the population to create a peaceful, coherent influence reliably reducing crime, sickness and accident rates. When applied on a global scale, the group practice of Yogic Flying offers the first scientifically validated method to create world peace.
To create and maintain world peace permanently, Maharishi designed the Global Peace Initiative. The Global Peace Initiative is establishing a large group of specially trained Vedic Pandits whose practice of Yogic Flying along with their performance of Vedic Yagyas can create a profound and measurable influence of peace for the world. In 2008, Maharishi founded the Brahmananda Saraswati Trust to support this group of professional peacekeepers in perpetuity.
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