Founder of Consciousness-Based Education: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The founder of Consciousness-Based education and the Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Medita- tion Sidhi programs is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who began teaching Transcendental Meditation around the world 50 years ago, and has since brought out applied programs with Transcendental Meditation for many areas of society. The Transcendental Meditation program has been learned by 5 million people worldwide, with many thousands having learned the advanced TM-Sidhi program with Yogic Flying.

Organizations and Programs Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi founded Transcendental Meditation and the worldwide Spiritual Regeneration Movement (1957); brought to light seven states of consciousness, each with its own distinct physiological and experiential charac- teristics (1957-1971); inspired the first scientific research studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique (1970); founded Maharishi International University (1971) which became Maharishi University of Manage- ment, accredited in 1980, offering Consciousness-Based Education at B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels; founded over 200 Consciousness-Based schools, colleges, institutes, and universities worldwide (1974-2007).

Maharishi established a science of consciousness—com- prising theory, applications, and research—from the Vedic knowledge of the full development of human consciousness (1971-2007); trained 40,000 teachers of Transcendental Meditation; gave the principles at the basis for the scientific discovery of the Maharishi Effect, the phenomenon of a small group of people practicing this technology of consciousness positively influencing society, measurably reducing negative trends and in- creasing positive social and economic trends (1975).

Maharishi introduced the TM-Sidhi program with Yogic Flying to enhance mind-body coordination in the individual, and positive trends (coherence) in world consciousness (1976); formulated “absolute“ theories of cultural integrity, progress, government, health, edu- cation, communication, and defense, bringing to light universal principles that transcend time, culture, and circumstance, for bringing fulfillment to the different areas of national life (1977).

Maharishi brought to light the theory and practical applications of the Vedic knowledge of health, building design and construction, music, and the science of prediction to enrich modern life with the knowledge of living in harmony with natural law (1985-2007). Maharishi brought to light natural law based political science and administration, inspiring the formation of a new political party, the Natural Law Party, in many countries (1992); and founded Maharishi Vedic Univer- sity in India (1993).

Maharishi founded the Maharishi Channel, the first worldwide educational direct-to-home satellite network, covering the major continents (1998); founded Maharishi Open University, which offered courses to 15,000 par- ticipants through the Maharishi Channel; inspired the discovery of the fundamental structures of Natural Law in human physiology by Dr. Tony Nader (M.D., Ph.D.); guided the founding of a global reconstruction program to make use of building designs and construction in harmony with natural law to create centers for teaching the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs and offering other courses worldwide (2005).