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Rites for University Founder include State Honor
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10 March 2008
Spiritual and political dignitaries of India and tens of thousands of others from around the world, including many hundreds from the United States, gathered in India to pay their respects during the Vedic ceremony for University Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who passed away February 5 in Holland.
The ceremonial events associated with Maharishi's physical remains transpired February 11 with sanctity and dignity, and in strict accordance with the Vedic prescriptions laid out for a jagad guru or world teacher.
The Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, a leading figure in the Vedic tradition, presided at the cremation ceremony, and orchestrated the details of the Vedic rites.
The Vedic ceremony was performed on the foundation of the Rig Veda temple on the grounds of Maharishi's ashram, overlooking the Sangam—the point of convergence of the holy rivers: the Ganges, the Jumna, and the legendary Saraswati. Maharishi was granted a State Honor by the government of India, with an honor guard of soldiers and a helicopter showering flower petals from above.
After the ceremony, on successive days the ashes of Maharishi were scattered, first in the Sangam, in the presence of hundreds of boats filled with thousands of people, and then in Varanasi. The final phase of the Vedic ceremony was held on February 20 in the presence of the Shankaracharya.
Maharishi began teaching the Transcendental Meditation® technique in 1955, and was active until January 11.
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