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Maharishi in the world today - Part I
by Raja John Konhaus*

Global Country of World Peace    Translate This Article
25 January 2008

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a renowned and revered world teacher from the Vedic tradition of India, the tradition of supreme knowledge. His supreme gift to the world has been to make the difficult simple—to take the highest techniques for achieving enlightenment, or full human potential, and offer them as simple, natural, effortless procedures available to every citizen of our world. Maharishi is therefore regarded today as the foremost scientist in the field of human development, having brought out in the last 50 years the full potential of human consciousness in every area of life, including education, health care, agriculture, architecture, economics, and government.

Maharishi's story begins with his homage to the feet of his teacher Guru Dev, Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Himalayas, from whom he received the perfect and complete Vedic knowledge, and under whose guidance he achieved the highest state of consciousness. After 12 years with his Master, Maharishi retired to the silence of Uttar Kashi in the Himalayas. The recluse life, however, was not meant to be his destiny.

Maharishi had found something so useful and precious for all mankind that the need of the time moved him to share it with everyone. He had learned from his Master the natural tendency of the mind to experience its own inner nature—self-referral consciousness—a field of infinite creativity and bliss, and the basis of all success and happiness in life. In 1955 he began to teach this 'technology of consciousness' under the name of Transcendental Meditation. Transcendental Meditation is the subjective aspect of Maharishi's Vedic Science of consciousness, which allows any individual to easily experience his own inner spiritual nature and apply it in practical daily life.

In 1958, without any effort, any planning, or any financial resources, Maharishi began his first world tour, starting in India, and then travelling onward to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Hawaii, California, England and around the world, eventually to complete a total of 10 world tours. Everywhere Maharishi was greeted, respected, loved, and appreciated for the knowledge he was so freely giving.

Early in his travels Maharishi began to involve scientists in his meetings, challenging them to verify the experiences of refined mental and physical functioning that people were consistently reporting from their practice of Transcendental Meditation. A current review of the more than 600 scientific studies now published in leading peer-reviewed journals worldwide reveals the universal effectiveness and reliability of this knowledge in all countries, for all cultures, religions, and political systems, both for the individual and for society as a whole.

As his supreme achievement in the field of knowledge, Maharishi has united the understanding of the ultimate reality of life from the perspective of modern science and ancient Vedic Science. He accomplished this unification by comparing the structure and function of the Unified Field as expressed in the latest theories of modern physics with the structure and function of human consciousness, or Atma, as expressed in Vedic Science, showing them to be one and the same reality. By combining the objective and subjective approaches to knowledge, Maharishi has given us practical access to the fundamental intelligence of the universe, which he calls the 'Constitution of the Universe.' This practical application of supreme knowledge for the benefit of mankind has been Maharishi's unique contribution to our world.

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*Raja Dr John Konhaus: Director Global Country of World Peace for SW America; Professor of Vedic Organic Agriculture, Maharishi University of World Peace. Dr Konhaus is the Raja (Administrator) of Invincible Japan for the Global Country of World Peace.

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