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First Anniversary of the Mahasamadhi of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Global commemoration 24 January 2009
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24 January 2009
24 January 2009 marks the first anniversary, according to the lunar Vedic Calendar, of the Mahasamadhi of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which is being commemorated throughout the world in memory of Maharishi's fifty-three years of unprecedented achievements to bring Heaven on Earth.
Tributes from around the world may be viewed on the Tributes page. A glimpse of more than fifty years of supreme achievements of Maharishi may be viewed in: Maharishi's Achievements 1957-2008.
The auspicious year of 1957 is celebrated as the inaugural year of Maharishi's worldwide Transcendental Meditation Movement, but Maharishi has explained that the Movement truly began in the blissful, infinite silence of his Master, Shri Guru Dev, Maha Yogiraj, His Divinity Brahmanand Saraswati, Maharaj, Jagatguru Bhagavan Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Badrikashram, Himalayas. Guru Dev is revered as the embodiment of Vedic Wisdom closest to Maharishi in the great Tradition of Vedic Masters who have passed down the eternal wisdom of life from teacher to student since time immemorial.
'The Vedic Tradition, upheld in its purity by a long history of custodians, enshrines the supreme knowledge of the integration of life. From time to time a revival of man's understanding of the eternal wisdom of this Holy Tradition arises to rescue him from suffering, restoring him to the speedy path of evolution, and awakening him to a meaningful life in fulfilment. The Masters of this Tradition have been exponents of reality from earliest ages. In each new epoch, they have propounded the enduring truths of practical living and have set out those standards by which men's lives may attain the highest achievements and fulfilment, generation after generation.' — Maharishi
In 1953, after twelve years of service to the feet of Guru Dev, Maharishi retired to the caves of the 'Valley of the Saints' in Uttar Kashi, high in the Himalayas. Deep in the silence of the Himalayas, the impulse of Nature itself led Maharishi in 1955 to leave his secluded life in Uttar Kashi and travel to the southern-most tip of India, with no other thought or plan in his mind than simply to follow the whisper of Nature.
With singular purpose, Maharishi began to offer the technique of Transcendental Meditation in the name of his teacher, Guru Dev, for people everywhere to experience unbounded Bliss Consciousness and integrate it into daily life. What emerges from the events of the next fifty-three years is a clear picture of how Nature, working through Maharishi, has changed the destiny of time from the suffering of ignorance to the dawn of a golden age—Sat-Yuga—Heaven on Earth. By 2009, over 6 million people have learnt Transcendental Meditation, and experienced the true value of inner silence as the effortless path to the development of higher states of consciousness.
Maharishi's divine plan of spiritual regeneration was the destiny of the world. It brought the dawn of Sat-Yuga—Heaven on Earth. He trained thousands to keep the light of Guru Dev's grace shining and to pass on the torch of his teachings for the centuries to come. Maharishi's Silent Administration of Global Administration through Natural Law—Raam Raj—will bless the world for all times.
'Maharishi Mahesh Yogi wanted to spread the message of his Master throughout the world. He has successfully propagated these teachings across the globe. . . . No one can adequately understand the reality of Maharishi, much less express it.' (Shankaracharya Vasudevananda Saraswati Maharaj of Jyotir Math, 9 and 11 February 2008)
'We bow down to the will of Heaven for a work beautifully done—a transformation of humanity never seen in any time, for any generation, in any Yuga.' (Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, First Ruler of the Global Country of World Peace, 5 February 2008)
Reflecting on Maharishi's Achievements, we are reminded of words Maharishi used to describe the life of Guru Dev:
'The greatest attainment of a saint is his life itself, the high edifice of realized Upanishadic living that develops from direct experience of reality. To understand that inner personality one must approach such realized souls with an open and receptive mind and try to visualize the great internal life that is the basis of their actual and real form of living.'
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