RELIGIOUS FIGURE

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

1918 - 2008

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born Mahesh Prasad Varma, 12 January 1918 – 5 February 2008) was an Indian yoga guru, known for developing and popularizing Transcendental Meditation, and for being the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious. He became known as Maharishi (meaning "great seer") and Yogi as an adult.After earning a degree in physics at Allahabad University in 1942, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi became an assistant and disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati (also known as Guru Dev), the Shankaracharya (spiritual leader) of the Jyotir Math in the Indian Himalayas. The Maharishi credits Brahmananda Saraswati with inspiring his teachings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has received more than 2,718,470 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the 777th most popular religious figure (up from 839th in 2019), the 106th most popular biography from India (up from 114th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is most famous for being the founder of Transcendental Meditation.

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Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES

Among religious figures, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 777 out of 2,272Before him are Andrea Amati, Nicholas of Flüe, Antipope Dioscorus, Anastasius of Persia, Rashid Rida, and Gertrude of Nivelles. After him are Fatimah bint Asad, Julia Pastrana, Jean Mabillon, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, József Mindszenty, and Anna Göldi.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1918, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 48Before him are Richard Winters, Patricio Aylwin, Julian Schwinger, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Hans Scholl, and Kazu Naoki. After him are Bertram Brockhouse, Lila Kedrova, Jerome Karle, Sam Walton, Rosemary Kennedy, and Pavlik Morozov. Among people deceased in 2008, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 42Before him are Aimé Césaire, George Habash, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, George Carlin, and Mark Felt. After him are Leonid Hurwicz, Jörg Haider, Dražan Jerković, George Emil Palade, Phil Hill, and Dino Risi.

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In India

Among people born in India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 106 out of 1,227Before him are Sarojini Naidu (1879), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Anthony de Mello (1931), Chandragupta II (400), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815), and Basava (1134). After him are Savitribai Phule (1831), Maharana Pratap (1540), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), Vishvamitra (-2000), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), and Lawrence Durrell (1912).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In India

Among religious figures born in India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 9Before him are Mahavira (-599), Mahākāśyapa (-550), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Maudgalyayana (-568), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), and Anthony de Mello (1931). After him are A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Radha (null), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Guru Arjan (1563), and Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835).