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India: Prime Minister Modi releases new stamp honouring Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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31 August 2019

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On 30 August, His Excellency the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, unveiled a commemorative postal stamp honouring the founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) of the Government of India had announced earlier that it was ''privileged to bring out the commemorative stamps as the humble homage of the nation to 12 Master Healers of AYUSH systems from the modern era''.

Dignitaries representing the AYUSH Ministry participated in the Prime Minister's presentation of the 12 commemorative stamps at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi:

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H.E. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (2nd from left) presents 12 special commemorative stamps issued 30 August. One commemorative stamp was issued in honour of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme. At far left is His Excellency Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of AYUSH, Government of India. 2nd from right is AYUSH Secretary, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha.

Maharishi's initiatives throughout the world for over 50 years established Ayurveda as a holistic, scientific system of natural health care, and have been fundamental to the worldwide upsurge of interest in and enthusiasm for Ayurveda seen in the world today.

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Display of the new commemorative stamp
presented 30 August by Prime Minister Modi
in honour of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Commenting in appreciation of the Prime Minister's presentation, Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR, said, ''Maharishi dedicated his life to reviving effortless experience of transcending as the basis of 40 areas of Vedic knowledge. His world tours were instrumental in globally popularising Transcendental Meditation—the essence of Yoga—and Ayurveda, two key areas of Vedic knowledge.'' As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's successor, Dr Nader is head of the international Transcendental Meditation organisations in over 100 countries. He is a Harvard- and MIT-trained medical doctor, neuroscientist, and globally recognized expert in consciousness.

Also among the ''12 Master Healers of AYUSH'' honoured with a commemorative stamp was Rajvaidya Padma Vibhushan* Brihaspati Dev Triguna, who worked closely with Maharishi in his revival of the complete, timeless knowledge and practice of Ayurveda from the Vedic literature.

Guests at the presentation included leaders of Maharishi's programmes in India. Many Transcendental Meditation teachers also attended.

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Guests at Prime Minister Modi's presentation, with (centre) H.E. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of AYUSH. From left, Brahmachari Dr Girish Varma, Chairman, Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools; Dr Anand Shrivastava, Chairman, Maharishi Ayurveda; Ajay Prakash Shrivastava, Chancellor, Maharishi University of Information Technology (MUIT), Lucknow and General Secretary of Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM) Foundation of India.

Prime Minister Modi's presentation of the 12 commemorative stamps was the first segment of a live webcast 30 August by the Ministry of AYUSH.

The programme also featured the Prime Minister's Awards for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga 2018-2019; and the launch of 10 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres in Haryana—the first in the initiative to create 12,500 such centres under the government's Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Mission). In addition to AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik and Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotech, many other dignitaries representing the AYUSH Sector and hundreds of AYUSH practitioners were present.

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* Padma Vibhushan: the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, given for ''exceptional and distinguished service'', without distinction of race, occupation, position, or gender.

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