Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Mean?

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (circa 1918-2008) was a Hindu yogi and guru who developed Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the 1960s and was well known as the guru of a number of Western celebrities, including The Beatles, who famously visited his ashram in 1968.

A disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a prolific writer, having penned more than 20 books and numerous magazine articles. He was also featured on television shows, in newspapers and in magazines, making him a worldwide symbol of Eastern spiritual practices in general and meditation in particular.


Yogapedia Explains Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi encouraged scientific study into the benefits of meditation and yoga, providing some of the first proof of these benefits. In Transcendental Meditation, the yogi chants mantras to transcend the thought process in order to relax the mind and body, relieve stress and promote personal development. The maharishi was quoted as saying that the goal of TM is the state of enlightenment.

Often associated with the hippie culture, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was nonetheless a successful entrepreneur. He and his associates established charitable organizations and for-profit entities that included organic farms, health clinics and health supplements, in addition to teaching centers and schools. He reportedly trained more than 40,000 teachers in his trademarked TM method.

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