Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and
The Origin of the Transcendental Meditation Technique

Transcendental Meditation, is the most widely practised and extensively researched program of self-development in the world.

It is the subjective aspect of Maharishi’s Vedic Science—the science and technology of consciousness which has its source in the ancient Vedic tradition of India.

The term “Vedic” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Veda” which means “knowledge” — knowledge of the field of pure intelligence that is the source of all the diverse fields of knowledge.

Maharishi has completely restored the thousands-of-years-old scattered Vedic Literature for the total significance of its theory and practice, and has organized it in the form of a complete science of consciousness.

His Science and Technology of Consciousness—which unfolds the full potential of Natural Law in human consciousness as the basis of improving all areas of life—offers the most effective program of human resource development.

Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology is therefore a complete science and technology of consciousness; it is a complete science and technology of life, capable of raising all aspects of life to perfection.

Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology, which Maharishi describes as the eternal Constitution of the Universe present everywhere, and Maharishi’s simple approach for everyone to enjoy life according to Natural Law are the foundation of the global action by the organizations he has founded to create Heaven on Earth and perpetuate it for all generations to come.

The revival of Vedic wisdom through Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology and the establishment of Maharishi universities in many countries will provide that perfect knowledge of Natural Law which will forever continue guiding mankind on the path to perfection— daily life in full accordance with Natural Law.

Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Transcendental Meditation in Africa

On the 23rd of August, 1961, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi arrived in Nairobi as part of his second world tour to bring spiritual regeneration to all mankind. The nation was alive with the spirit of freedom and independence at the dawning of a new destiny for the whole continent. In this very special atmosphere, Maharishi taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to over 200 of the country’s most prominent citizens.

Thus, Nairobi became the first city of Africa to establish a centre of Maharishi’s worldwide Spiritual Regeneration Movement and herald the profound message that the nature of life is bliss for all to enjoy.

Maharishi returned to Africa in 1983 to promote the development of every nation to the highest value of life. Maharishi would visit several countries including: Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zambia, and The Gambia.

In inaugurating a beautiful conference of scientists and cultural leaders in Kenya, Maharishi lit a light for each of the nations of Africa on a large map of the continent and said:

‘Wwill have such great blessings for the whole population of Africa in these rising waves of pure knowledge that the infinite organizing power of Nature, inherent in this structure of pure knowledge, will be the incoming and outgoing breath of every individual in the continent.’

‘We must have all the countries glowing in the new light of fulfilment. It is really very fulfilling for us. Our emotions are like tidal waves of happiness today, at this moment when we are lighting the Light of Enlightenment for all the people in every country in this blessed continent.’

Looking back 50 years later in this Golden Jubilee Anniversary year 2011-2012, one sees the great care and attention that Maharishi gave to the people and nations of Africa and the supreme gift his Vedic Science offers for an end to all suffering, conflict, poverty and disease for the people of this great continent.

Maharishi’s focus encompassed both the full development of individual life in enlightenment and the perfection of national administration to reflect the Government of Nature, which upholds all of creation in harmony. Maharishi’s initiatives of Total Knowledge in Africa have included:

• Invincible Defence—the elimination of conflict through the establishment of large groups of peace-creating experts practicing Yogic Flying;

• Promoting cultural integrity and traditional parental administration through mother tongue;

• Integrated rehabilitation of prisoners and a humane approach to social justice;

• Consciousness-Based education to enliven total brain potential;

• Natural prevention-oriented health care to create a disease-free society; and

• Large-scale Vedic organic agriculture projects to promote affluence and a high standard of living.

The golden light of Maharishi’s Vedic wisdom is now shining brightly in Africa. It is a joy to honour all those who have helped to create the permanent foundation for enlightenment, invincibility and peace to blossom for the over one billion dear citizens of Africa.

“My Vedic Science not only includes within its range all knowledge about everything in the universe, and not only gives the student intellectual understanding, but also gives him the spontaneous ability to know anything, do anything, and accomplish anything. It actually enlivens infinite Creative Intelligence in the simplest form of his awareness, and makes him spontaneously live all possibilities and fulfillment in his daily life.” — Maharishi