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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 (TM), 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 3,181,084 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the 832nd most popular religious figure (down from 776th in 2019), the 123rd most popular biography from India (down from 106th in 2019) and the 11th 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, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 832 out of 2,238Before him are Peter of Alcantara, Saturnin, Nicholas of Flüe, Charalambos, Apollinaris of Laodicea, and Safi-ad-din Ardabili. After him are Ubayy ibn Ka'b, Benedict of Aniane, Killing of Peter Fechter, Agnes of Bohemia, Odilo of Cluny, and Juan Diego.

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Among people born in 1918, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 55Before him are Paul D. Boyer, Edward A. Murphy Jr., Julian Schwinger, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Arthur Kornberg, and John Forsythe. After him are Edward B. Lewis, Betty Ford, François Tombalbaye, Rosemary Kennedy, Richard Winters, and João Goulart. Among people deceased in 2008, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 48Before him are Phil Hill, George Habash, George Emil Palade, Tassos Papadopoulos, Robert Rauschenberg, and Horst Tappert. After him are Giuseppe Di Stefano, George Carlin, Joshua Lederberg, Dražan Jerković, Janez Drnovšek, and Dorothy Vaughan.

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Among people born in India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 123 out of 1,493Before him are Jyotirao Phule (1827), James Brooke (1803), Bāṇabhaṭṭa (601), Sushruta (-620), Bharata Muni (-1000), and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883). After him are Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899), Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936), Buddhaghosa (401), Mangal Pandey (1827), Vidyapati (1352), and Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621).


Among religious figures born in India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ranks 11Before him are Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Mahākāśyapa (-550), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Maudgalyayana (-568), and Radha (null). After him are Dayananda Saraswati (1824), Anthony de Mello (1931), Ravi Shankar (1956), Jayadeva (1170), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896).