If this sentence is correct Mahesh has escaped

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Transcendental Meditation and Mr. Mahesh Prasad Varma, to whom it happened that He was and is called Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The page is currently being revised (1.3.2021)

October 2016

Good day, greetings,

Part 1: About the early days of Mr. Mahesh in the United States, one can read the book "A Hermit in the House," written by Ms. Olson. (This book is also available as a translation into German: "As Maharishi came", translation after the second edition, Los Angeles 1979 by Brigitte Kölker, Ralf Hannemann Verlag 1984.) Mr. Mahesh spent a few months in her house and Ms. Olson reports on it and not just through the pink-red glasses:

She mentions the high "telephone bill" (page approx. 74.75 in the German edition mentioned above) that caused Mr. Mahesh, etc.

She reports, among other things, that after lectures He had given, He used to say: "Everyone is invited to initiation to learn his meditation technique; however, at least twice afterwards, Mr. Mahesh came to Mr. Olson and asked him to to ensure that this or that person cannot come to initiation. That gives some insight into his behavior and his way of making promises. Everyone was not everyone with him; well maybe He just couldn't speak English handle in a reliable way. (Of course, because of all the many "false friends", those more than 10 tenses and a vocabulary that includes about twice as many words as the German language, the English language cannot exactly be understood as one very simple language.)

Now let's take a closer look at Mr. Mahesh's own story about how he came to meet Swami Brahmanda Saraswati:

Mr. Mahesh related the following (I am retelling from memory as precisely as possible the story that was given to me as part of the TM teacher training course from early March to early May 1973 in Playa La Antilla / Spain, via audio or video tape, This tape was also partially played as part of the TM teacher training courses in Brunnen, Weggis, Arosa - all in Switzerland -, Bad Kissingen, near Freyung, Bad Zwischenahn - all in Germany:

>> I liked to visit people who were called for enlightenment and holiness. One day a friend told me about Swami Brahmanda Saraswati and that he was very special.

When the opportunity arose, I went to see Swami Brahmanda Saraswati.

It was already deep night when I got there. I felt someone was sitting there, but I couldn't see anything because of the dark at night.

Suddenly the headlights of a car that drove by about 1-2 km away gave off some light and that allowed me to see his face for a brief moment.

At that moment I knew that I had now found the right one.

I asked him if I could become his student.

He replied: "What are you doing at the moment?"

I replied that I am studying physics.

He replied: "You'd better finish your physics studies first; then you can come."

I asked him: "Where will I find you?

"He replied," You will find me around here like this. "

I went back and tried hard to get my physics degree successful; I was so excited that it took some effort. <<

A description of this story can also be found in a book by Paul Mason, namely on page 14 in:

"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Biography" by Paul Mason, Aquamarin-Verlag, German translation by Dr. Edtih Zorn, 1st edition 1995.

In the book "Roots of TM", Paul Mason, fourth edition 2020, First Published by Premanand 2015, ISBN 978-0-9562228-8-6, there is a further note on page 66:

  • >> ... By the time, I had finished my studies, he had become the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math ... <<.

This coincides with what was taught on that TM teacher training course using one of the tapes or video tapes with lectures by Mr. Mahesh. Mr. Mahesh mentions that it was of course no longer difficult to find him after completing his studies / training.

A few years before 2021 I found a video on the Internet, on Paul Mason's homepage - I mention this for reasons of correct quotation - which shows Swami Brahmanda Saraswati as Shankaracharya by Jothir Math:

"Guru Dev Shankaracharya Saraswati, Jai Guru Deva", Lucknow, April 1952, North India, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u16wjc01ys0 - Link was ok on February 28, 2021

In this context you can hear a comment from Mr. Mahesh at the very beginning of the video, in which He describes him as "head of Hindu religion" - and a little later (at about "3 minutes") that Videos) He tells how He found Him.

Mr. Mahesh says that he saw him on the occasion of a procession and at that moment he immediately knew that he was the right guru for him:

This can also be found on page 63 in "Roots of TM", Paul Mason, fourth edition 2020, First Published by Premanand 2015, ISBN 978-0-9562228-8-6.

(Even if Paul Mason - regardless of where he always knows or took it from - adds a date that Mr. Mahesh in his speech on that videotape (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u16wjc01ys0 ) not mentioned in connection with the meeting with Swami Brahmanda Saraswati.)

Well, sometimes Mr. Mahesh miscounted one story, on other occasions a little - very much - another.

Well, maybe the first story that was presented to the 2000 prospective TM teachers who were on that course in Playa La Antilla at that time seemed to him to sound rather "unscientific" - which could lead to him being hippie-like Would consider esoteric freak - and that it would not be entirely appropriate to tell this story to a general audience.

I will now first draw my conclusions from the "official" story that was presented in the context of the TM teacher training course:

What does that mean?

Swami Brahmanda Saraswati gave Mr. Mahesh a kind of oral contract at the time or, if it had been so, Swami Brahmanda Saraswati would have given Mr. Mahesh that promise.

Swami Brahmanda Saraswati was not yet Shankaracharya of the north at that time, ie he did not yet hold that office.

That was (or would have been) a verbal agreement between the hermit yogi (possibly the head of the Swami Krishnanda Trust) Swami Brahmanda Saraswati and Mr. Mahesh.

When Mr. Mahesh finished his studies, he went to see Swami Brahmanda Saraswati.

After he had meanwhile become Shankaracharya of the north, it wasn't difficult to find him, reported Mr. Mahesh in his "lecture".

Swami Brahmanda Saraswati kept the promise he made to Mr. Mahesh at the time. If one now looks at the situation of that oral contract, one can really only assume that Swami Brahmanda Saraswati fulfilled his promise to Mr. Mahesh in addition to his duties as Shanakracharya.

He had not officially accepted him as Shankaracharya as a student, since Mr. Mahesh had finally asked him to do so beforehand.

Why should Swami Brahmanda Saraswati not have been able to keep his promise in this way "on the side"?

One can imagine that a private person gives math lessons to anybody and that later he would have become a full university professor. Well, maybe, in accordance with the applicable rules of the university, he will allow his former students to participate in his lectures as guest auditors. But his guest auditors - who may help the professor on a voluntary basis with cleaning the blackboard, preparing a lecture script, looking for literature - out of friendship or fun or the like - cannot acquire an academic degree by attending a lecture; at best they learned it for themselves for the fun of mathematics, but not to turn it into a profession.

It is at least like the following difference: someone buys a CD for private purposes, e.g. the Beatles, but that person does not acquire permission for this CD to a public audience - as someone who wants to entertain the guests of his restaurant with it does present.

Such was Mr. Mahesh Varma's relationship with Swami Brahmanda Saraswati; it was not a thing between the Shankaracharya tradition and Mr. Mahesh. This can be seen clearly in the tales / reports of Mr. Mahesh; the conclusions are simple. At most it could have been a matter for the Swami Krishnanand Trust - of which Swami Brahmanda Saraswati had been chairman when Mr. Mahesh first met him around 1938 and asked if he could become his student; but even that cannot be inferred from Mr. Mahesh's reports.

This contradicts (or contradicts) the assertion of Pastor Haak, among others, but also that of Shankaracharya from Dwaraka Swami Swaroopananda - on March 1st, 2021 he still held this office of Shankaracharya from Dwaraka - (e.g. in that video by David Sievking "David wants to fly ", which was once broadcast on public television in Germany and is also available as a DVD numal), according to which Mr. Mahesh was never the student of Swami Brahmanda Saraswati - but only for several years through his private secretary.

However, if one proceeds from the second version of Mr. Mahesh, one arrives at a different conclusion.

Then Swami Brahmanda Saraswati had already been Shankaracharya when Mr. Mahesh came to Him and it would have been an agreement between that Shankaracharya and Mr. Mahesh from the beginning. Then Mr. Mahesh would be more likely to be seen according to the rules for such a Shankaracharya office, to which Swami Brahmanda Saraswati was also bound. However, it is agreed that Mr. Mahesh was never officially initiated into sannyasin by Swami Brahmanda Saraswati.

On the other hand, there is also Mr. Mahesh's own report about the emergence of the TM movement and a need for explanation or my explanation about it:

This report here in brief:

After the unexpectedly early, sudden death of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Mr. Mahesh went to Uttar Kashi (a small town in the Gangestal valley; according to Baedeker's travel guide to India, it is of little importance in the field of trekking to find forgotten, lost ogl To be able to acquire equipment and also "trekkers" provisions;) gone. He spent his time there meditating. He got to know an older sadhu there, with whom he "felt good" ("I felt good with Him"); they would have sat together so from time to time and everyone would have meditated for themselves. After about 2 years, the thought "Rameshwaram" would suddenly have occurred to him. And then He would have come over and over again, but by no means all the time; just because. Now, after having understood that real yogis persist in samadhi and that thoughts have absolutely nothing to do with, He then asked that older sadhu what He thought of it. He looked at him a little wrongly, as if he hadn't become a real yogi after all and then said to him, Mr. Mahesh: "You know what, go there and come back and get rid of the thought." Then he added: "Up to hardware everything is ok; beyond that, however, is the world of MAYA". (Hardware is at the end of the Gangestal, where the Ganges then enters the plain). Lt. Incidentally, travel guides about India have their own national law in the Gangestal region for the protection of the sadhus; to this extent that statement of the older sadhus is also understandable; as a sadhu, outside the gangway valley, one could not count on any particular consideration or the like.

Now He, Mr. Mahesh, has set out for Rameshwaram; he got there without any problems and spent several weeks meditating in that (according to travel guides, very large) Shiva temple. After a while, he had the feeling that it was ok now, that he was safely rid of the thought and that he was on his way back. After some time, on his way back, a gentleman would have spoken to him whether he was speaking.

- As an explanation, Mr. Mahesh said in that audio or video tape that some sadhus had made decisions to be silent and would not want to talk (Gandhi kept a day of silence every Monday and according to TM courses, Swami Brahmanda Saraswati had his on Thursdays Day of silence maintained.) -

Mr. Mahesh have now replied:

"What you call talking yes, what you call lecturing, no"

(In German: "What you call speeches, yes; what you call lectures - not that")

Despite - or just because of the same? - This declaration of will by Mr. Mahesh, that gentleman, a bookseller, had scheduled a lecture and announced that Mr. Mahesh would be the speaker. Thereupon He came back to Him, Mr. Mahesh, and asked Him for the subjects. Mr. Mahesh further reports that it made him a little suspicious, He took it as God's will, mentioned some topics to the Lord and asked him for a copy of the topics so that He would then also know what to talk about .

My thoughts on the apparently very outrageous and at least peculiar behavior of the bookseller are as follows: In Baedeker's travel guide "India" you can read an excerpt from a biography of the jazz musician Duke Elington (page 317 in [10]; to be found in German) in [11]).

In it, Mr. Elington reports that he once experienced the following in South India, Madras: He was in a very good hotel and used to eat in the hotels; he selected a meal and just to be on the safe side asked the waiter whether that was there too. He shook his head. He then chose something different. That would have happened 4 days in a row; he had selected something, asked the waiter if it was there and the waiter shook his head in response. On the fourth day, it had become too stupid for him after all; he had ordered a "Fichgericht" and the hotel would have been right by the sea and he said to himself that it would be completely absurd to assume that this could not be brought to his table. The waiter shook his head again and this time he, Duke Elington, simply requested the dish "anyway". Of course, the waiter also served him the dish and from then on he knew that - at least - in southern India, shaking the head sometimes simply means "yes". (I could also find such information on the Internet; among other things, a Christian group reported that they would have been spared a lot of inconvenience and problems if they had known this beforehand; I also found a reference to it in a trekking book).

Mr. Mahesh had now, as he described himself, spent several weeks in meditation and did not even want to think, but only to spend in samadhi. From my own experience, I know that after weeks of silence and meditation, you yourself experience a thought as an effort and at first try to avoid the use of words or just get into the habit.

So I suspect that Mr. Mahesh used the words "What you call talking, yes" (= "What you call talking, yes") and then also the words "What you call lecturing" (= "Was man Giving lectures calls ") said and then it was already much too much for him and instead of using the word" no "(= no) he simply" shook his head ". and so it came about that mr. Mahesh, without having wanted to and without suspecting it, would in fact have said to that Lord that He would also have an interest in giving lectures.

Other possibilities, such as that the bookseller would have been a sadhu-life-path-hater, meaning that they should kindly work something instead of crouching around, falling away, because on the one hand it contradicts the "presumption of innocence" towards that bookseller and on the other hand it does It would also be absurd if someone like that would have given Mr. Mahesh an opportunity to "hold a lecture" and possibly achieve advertising for the Sadhu way.

So something like malice on the part of that bookseller can be ruled out.

Conversely, Mr. Mahesh could have had the sadhu life and would have liked to have "more of life" - that is, chic hotels, comfortable beds, hot water showers, tasty food, amusements such as boat trips, travel, etc. - but that would contradict the presumption of innocence Mr. Mahesh.

However, I once saw a postcard from Paul Mason from the time when Mr. Mahesh wanted to go to South India and it would be sent by Mr.Mahesh come from and with his signature and in it He would have promised a wealthy woman - as requested of her - to accompany her on a trip to South India. So Mr. Mahesh could also have "got around" on certain "astray" and could have known the meaning of "head dump" very well in southern Italy and could have deliberately tried to bring about such an apparent "misunderstanding", so that He would have been granted "Sadhu status" and yet He would have been able to lead a very different life with pleasure. Well, the presumption of innocence can and must also be observed towards Mr. Mahesh and it wouldn't hurt to consider the fact that He didn't say "no" at the time, but instead shook his head.

Now that Mr. Mahesh has been dead for years, it will no longer be possible to solve it.

In this context I have nothing to reproach myself for, as I asked a question about that event in southern Italy at the Wednesday "Weekly International Internet Press Conference" and included my assumption based on the Baedeker travel guide.

Instead of my - for Mr. Mahesh possibly very personally helpful and possibly long-awaited or implored explanation - question (including assumption) his rather irresponsible and towards Mr. Mahesh very cruel "TM organizers" preferred, To have a reporter for the Washington Post (?) ask Mr. Mahesh what he thinks of democracy. (Can you tell me, what a sadhu who doesn't even want to have thoughts and wants to live in the gang valley is great should have been interested and why he should have been able to say something special?). Well Mr. Mahesh freaked out and replied: "I Damn the democracy" (= "I curse democracy"). In short, "strategically" it turns out that it makes sense to assume that a misunderstanding had happened in South India at that time.

Now one wonders, understandably, why Mr. Mahesh at that time did not actually follow the well-intentioned part II of the advice of that older sadhu: "Outside the gangestal, beyond hardware, is the world of the MAYA; so if something funny should happen to you there, take it it as a phenomenon of Maya, take it as a phenomenon of deception, misunderstanding, illusion or the like ". You can see that if the older sadhus had followed that "instruction", Mr. Mahesh would have come straight to the question to that bookseller: "But I said that I did not want to give lectures and would only be ready to speak; why do you have, please nice, now that a lecture is scheduled and I have been announced as a speaker? ". Would it have been asked so much in the sense of "take it as Maya" to ask, to clear up an assumed misunderstanding in all courtesy and thus to remedy the situation, ie to achieve the result that the bookseller removes the poster again or announces another speaker ?

Would that have been so inhumanly difficult? Mr. Mahesh had a degree in physics (according to Judith Bourque's book "Robes of Silk, Feet of Clay" [7] it was just a college degree in physics); it can hardly be assumed that He would not have been able to do that. Mr. Mahesh took it as "God's will," as He said in his report.

He did exactly what would probably have flattered him the most, namely that God Shiva had chosen him to act as a guru.

That He, acting out of illusion, delusion, and confusion, could risk leading others astray, into his "swamp of deception" (one of the translations for "MAYA" that I heard / read) to call, to drag in, he - unfortunately - completely disregarded in his "rush decision"; for this he apparently had his idea of ​​"karma" ready, that it must have been their "karma" or the instruction of that older sadhus, somehow and at some point remembering that it was just a consequence of some still-MAYA- Attachment on his part is or also so much or so little "will of God" as with that unsolicited, unintended, unwanted "announcement of that first lecture by that bookseller including the" unwanted "," unwanted "," explicitly excluded ".

From the point of view of science regarding "strategic thinking" (see game theory, vector optimization, MINMAX principle, etc.) Mr. Mahesh acted exactly wrong. Also from the perspective of Part II of that senior sadhus' council, Mr. Mahesh was doing just the wrong thing.

Well, the presumption of innocence suggests that Mr. Mahesh was so surprised and perplexed by the reaction that was triggered that he not only lacked the right words, but he also completely forgot what the older sadhu had with him on the way had given.

Well, be it as it was; According to Mr. Mahesh, that lecture was a complete success, lecture after lecture followed, it was passed on, and so over the years it would finally have become the TM movement. Mrs. Olson reported in her book "A hermit in the house" that a very nice wealthy Indian family visited Mr. Mahesh in the USA when he was staying with Mrs. Olson and that it was the father of the family who called Mr. Mahesh Flight to India, some contacts for the first time, including accommodation, paid for and arranged.

Conclusion regarding the causation of the development of the TM movement:

This report says that Mr. Mahesh was sent to Rameshwaram (famous, large Shiva temple in South India; also travel guides about India, e.g. Baedeker) by an elderly sadhu and that this also had absolutely nothing to do with the Shankaracharya tradition; After all, it was not the officially recognized successor of Swami Brahmanda Saraswati, Swami Shantanand, who had sent Mr. Mahesh there and Mr. Mahesh had not asked his advice, but that - independent - older Sadhu.

Only if that elder sadhu was a guru of the Swami Krishnanand Trust could it have anything to do with that Swami Krishnanad Trust.

As far as I know, the ashram of Swami Krishnanand, the guru and master of Swami Brahmanda Saraswati, at Uttar Kashi and Mr. Mahesh went to Uttar Kashi after the death of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. (See for example: page 49 for the first meeting with Swami Krishnanda Saraswati in Uttar Kashi and page 88 for a photo of that Swami Krishnanand Saraswati and further information; The Biography of Guru Dev, Vol II, Paul Mason, Premanand, first published 2009, ISBN 978-0-9562228-1-7; see bibliography [8]).

However, Mr. Mahesh did not report anything on this.

That elder sadhu had not only advised Mr. Mahesh to go to that temple, that is, to go there and come back again in order to get rid of his thoughts on the temple, but he had also told Mr. Mahesh that the world outside the Gangestal was the world the "MAYA" would be (and He should therefore be careful).

After Mr. Mahesh did not obey that simple instruction to regard the world as Maya outside the Gangestal, but preferred to take it as the will of God, the TM movement can be seen as nothing more than a personal, private affair of Mr. Looking at Mahesh.

Even if that elderly sadhu was a guru of the Swami Krishnanand Trust, Mr. Mahesh had not followed the guru's wise advice and by disobeying it, and that was the only reason why the TM movement came into existence.

So one can blame Swami Brahmanda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya tradition, the Swami Krishnanand Trust and also not those older Sadhu for what Mr. Mahesh with his "TM-teaching activities" unfortunately sometimes also bad - social, material, financial and even health - caused harm. After I politely submitted my question for the press conference at that time and thus gave Mr. Mahesh a chance to understand his possible misunderstanding, from then on Mr. Mahesh hardly had any real responsibility; maybe he would have set off back into the Gangestal at that point in time and would have left everything in connection with the "TM movement" lying and standing.

Information from the travel guide of the publishing house Karl Baedeker about India

Around 2000 a travel guide to India was published by Baedeker.

In 2000 I found this fact for the first time in the newly published travel guide about India by Baedeker, which I found while rummaging around in the Munich City Library and borrowed it.

The position can also be found in later editions, for example:

see e.g.: 7th edition, 2011, ISBN 978-3-8297-1299-6, page 157, ([9]

in the 6th edition 2009 also on page 157.

In the 7th edition 2011 you can find this valuable reference on page 157 within the general section "Etiquette for India". [9]

The book by Duke Ellington cited in the Baedeker travel guide is also available in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in German translation:

https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/metaopac/search.do?methodToCall=submitButtonCall&methodToCallParameter=submitSearch&searchCategories%5B0%5D=-1&searchHistory=&CSId=35293N300Sfa94398f72ca58e7bbdd641077ec91e2de41f443&refine=false&tab=tab1&retainSticky=1&View=default&searchSite=Simple&refineHitListName=100_SOLR_SERVER_12546818&searchString%5B0%5D = Music + my + Mistress% 2C + Duke + Ellington & submitSearch = Search & refineType = new

The English original can be read online with both a BSB ID and a national license ID.

At least you can find information about the exact name of the book and what you can look for - second hand, for example.

See also the book: "Music is my mistress", Duke Ellington, ISBN 0-306-80033-0, first paperback edition 1976, copyright Duke Ellington 1973, Da Capo Press, inc., First edition 1973 in New York, The The above anecdote can be found there on page 317, second paragraph from the top.

The book is also available in German translation from List-Verlag; it says "Duke Elington, Autobiography", 1974, translated from the American by Hella Naura, original edition by Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, 1973, ISBN 3 471 77407 6:

(The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, thankfully, made it possible for me to be able to give the exact number of pages for the relevant place here.)

The point is that Duke Ellington had stayed in a posh hotel not far from the sea in southern India.

As was his custom, he called room service to order food. To be on the safe side, after making his choice based on the menu, he asked whether the food was really available. Whatever he chose, when asked about the presence of a shake of his head, he received a shake of the head.

After four days it finally became too colorful for him and in view of the fact that he was finally in an expensive hotel, he had not asked any more and only ordered. The food came without any problems and then he understood that shaking his head means "yes" in certain parts of India.

This hint shows that there are regions in India where some head shaking is used to say "yes".

(In passing: Mr. Duke Elington is a jazz musician: see for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTFPV1pk654).

See also the following links on the subject of "head shaking, risk of misunderstandings", which worked on February 20th, 2021.

* in point 5) at http://brasilienhabenundzurueck.blogsport.de/2010/08/19/chennai/ (link from February 20th, 2021) indicate - apparently students - that in India shaking the head means "yes", but also "No" could mean or also "I did not understand you". Nodding of the head does not understand any Indian.

* https://lillyindia.blogspot.com/2014/02/kopfschutteln.html (Link from 02/20/2021)

* https://hape9er.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/pushkar/ (link from 02/20/2021)

* https://www.daserste.de/information/politik-weltgeschehen/weltspiegel/sendung/swr/2014/lösungen-schnappverbind-100.html (Link from February 20, 2021)

In advance of the next section I would like to point out that a clear "no" India (or in more or less parts of India) is considered very impolite.

See for example:

* https://www.yuhiro.de/wie-man-in-lösungen-ja-oder-nein-sagt/ (link from February 20, 2021);

Statements can also be found in the above-mentioned ARD report:

* https://www.daserste.de/information/politik-weltgeschehen/weltspiegel/sendung/swr/2014/lösungen-schnappverbind-100.html (Link from February 20, 2021)

Application of information from the travel guide of the publishing house Karl Baedeker about India - or rather the report by Duke Ellington regarding shaking his head during a stay in India - on the situation of Mr. Mahesh at the time

Now back to Mr. Mahesh. Mr. Mahesh avoided the word "no", as I could see repeatedly, including in Weggis / Switzerland, around 1974 when I looked around there for around 10 days by going to a hotel nearby and taking it easy looked at - Mr. Mahesh was there at the time - what was going on around Mr. Mahesh, what He actually did outside of such TM teacher courses and the like, how it went there; I did not participate in any activities there; I just looked at it.

Well, maybe that obvious effort to avoid the use of the word "no" was a consequence of what happened to Mr. Mahesh back in South India in the late 1950s. In this case his "speaking - yes, giving lectures - no" would still be his conviction, his wish, his free, firm conviction - in the context of not being able to avoid that he is engaged in teaching activities all these years (... and it was not possible to avoid doing exactly what He did not want, decidedly refused and what He - according to his conviction, his efforts and his will - had explicitly excluded ..) had been entangled.

An obvious explanation:

Taking all of this into account, I come to the following conclusion:

After months of walking and weeks or even months of silent meditations in the famous Shiva temple complex, Mr. Mahesh set out on his way home; while He was still deeply absorbed in that world of samadhi. He had only undertaken this long journey because he wanted to get rid of those thoughts "Rameshwaram" in this way, in order to then - hopefully - finally be able to dwell day-off and undisturbed in the state of unclouded samadhi. In the context of his reports on that TM teacher course in Playa La Antilla / Spain, spring 1973, he said that, according to his understanding, a real yogi should stay in samdahi day in and day out and, of course, a yogi should not have any thoughts. He had gone home to the Gangestal because he had said that "it would be good now and that he had gotten rid of the thought," he reported. So it is to be assumed that he will have tried to abstain from all thinking etc as far as possible, even during the return journey. Therefore it is certainly not absurd to consider that He was in a "mood" of not wanting to think and therefore even more not wanting to talk. From my own experience with 6 weeks of "not speaking" in the context of a TM teacher training course (you did not have to practice "not speaking" ("silcence"), but you were allowed to do so, I know the following: At the end of that course, the was completely in English, I wanted to go home; at first I found it really difficult to think in "German" again at all; for a few days this thinking was simply-and-simply associated with effort, with having to make an effort But it subsided very quickly and this memory of a - in several respects, viewed in isolation - positive life experience remained. On the one hand, I was able to immerse myself completely in the English language world, get used to it so much that I was naturally also thought in English; on the other hand, it makes the world of silent yogis more comprehensible to me; after a while of getting used to it, it is so good for them actually easier to live like that; it has become natural, normal for them.

So Mr. Mahesh was on his way back from Rameshwaram, still in the habit of silence. But he was undoubtedly back in the habit of "moving purposefully" for a long time. So it seems very obvious that Mr. Mahesh preferred "moving" to "talking" and He therefore responded to that bookseller's question:


in words, in a nutshell, answered:

"What is called talking like that, yes"

and then just wanted to add, just to be on the safe side, that He did not give any lectures and therefore said in words:

"What is called giving lectures" and instead of the word "No" his words, spoken as a precaution, now - which he did subjectively more easily than speeches and - added a "shake of the head".

According to the anecdote by Mr. Duke Elington, had Mr.But Mahesh then - to the extent that then completely unintentionally like "Trick 17 with self-tricking" - expressed that he also gives lectures.

This accidentally wrongly made declaration of will by Mr. Mahesh - then led to the bookseller, in accordance with the customs of the geographical region, allowing himself to schedule a lecture for Mr. Mahesh and always firmly believing that he was only doing something To which Mr. Mahesh - moreover unsolicited, of his own free will (except for his "bondage" to that own ignorance for his sake) - invited him.

If you grant Mr. Mahesh the presumption of innocence, you have to do the same to that bookseller. A contrary consideration to the presumption of innocence would result, for example, in the following:

"Oh, that sadhu there, that good-for-nothing, he doesn't even want to give lectures; I'll show him now; he shouldn't be able to avoid doing something; wanting to live on alms at our own expense and not even teach us anything instructive and helpful to want to say, that's not possible! " (..Mr. Mahesh had once been asked what he had eaten during his 2 years as a hermit, where he had something to eat from. Mr. Mahesh had replied that it was common for people from the village to give the sadhus bring something to eat at the temples, "some rice, vegetables and so on" ...). Worse still, that bookseller would have been politically organized and would have actively pursued / wanted to pursue "Sadhu persecution" - for example out of an integral communist outlook / delusion.

With regard to Mr. Mahesh's representations, "considerations" arise from an imaginary "opposite point of view" that he could have provoked the misunderstanding on purpose and therefore had to go to South India, where he knew that he could possibly make it there To escape from the indefinite poverty and boredom of his sadhu life without anyone being able to accuse him of such.

Well, according to the film "David wants to fly" (see [5]), He maintained sexual relationships with women (see also Judith Bourque's report in her book "Robes of Silk, Feet of Clay" [7]); at his death he left his relatives (brother) about 150 million US dollars and apart from that, he lived in luxury, lived in fancy hotels, had a personal Indian cook, had so-called "best" clothes (well, "silk") from the point of view of yogic ideals is certainly not to be called "good"; a lady from Bavaria - as far as I remember - a few decades ago had devised a method for using the concons of already hatched silkworms to make clothes: she invented that one with a suitable cooking process with cotton and wool would end up with a "spinnable" pulp or a usable fiber, which then also had a certain amount of silk; that would therefore be "yogic" silk clothing at best. That lady said at the time, That it could be used to make blazers, jackets, etc., probably also warming underwear, sweaters, etc. - I suspect killed / murdered in boiling hot water by "boiling" them before they naturally "hatch" and naturally leave their concons and the concons behind. Typically unyogically, the owner is murdered in order to get his property and that is also, absurdly and stupidly, as "particularly valuable fiber", "best cloth" or the like. According to a superficial view of what and how He spent / lived all those years in the West, many authors then came to the conclusion that this must have been what He strived for / wanted. Well, some renunciation would have done him good and he would have been able to practice some renunciation in spite of his lecturing and teaching activities. I honestly don't believe Him that those women raped Him and that He couldn't have said that He didn't want silk clothing. However, in the TM teacher training course I attended, He did say that one should do what He says and imitate how He lives. Honestly, I never heard from him anything like "You should wear silk clothes", etc. I do not think that some women were out to have sexual affairs with him is unthinkable. It could - theoretically - have been women who were trained for it, because they should make him blackmail or the like. (see Yuri Bezmenow, ex-KGB agent, so-called "STASI - Roemeoagentinnen", in [12]).

In a trekking book, as far as I can remember, I once read that the state district of the "Gangestal region" had its own laws to protect the sadhus or that way of life. In this respect, a certain state protection could also be required for that way of life. Mr. Mahesh was able to invoke those "laws" of the Gangestal region in the context of his worldwide activities, not even in the context of his trip to Rameshwaram.

Overall, the consideration according to the "presumption of innocence" is preferable for both parties.

Instead of relocating the cause for the strange behavior of that bookseller to the world of God / the goddesses, Mr. Mahesh would have done well to have also put those under the protection of the "presumption of innocence" and the cause for himself first to have searched. Also for those goddesses, to which Mr. Mahesh tried to appeal, it would have to apply that they would have become responsible for all the damage that Mr. Mahesh unfortunately, undoubtedly, also caused in the context of his "learning activities / activities" and that would, however contradict the term "god", "goddesses", ie lead to a clear contradiction. (See for example the ways of thinking in the "Brahmasutra" by Badarayana (= Mr. Vyasa), "is not because there is a contradiction" or the like)

These considerations show how meaningful and also for everyday life the considerations ad "Maya" are, ie how valuable the well-understood "MAYA" doctrine is / would be / could be .. For "MAYA" see, among others, Shankara's "Gem of Distinction" ("Rope-snake" teaching example), Yogavasishta from the Ramayana by Valmiki (nzB Ansata-Verlag).

In this respect, the negative, highly undesirable side effects of the "teaching / activities" of Mr. Mahesh, which have undoubtedly occurred in the lives of individuals, have, from a distant point of view, the claim of Mr. Mahesh to be allowed to have taken it simply as God's will, as unjustified shown.

Cause and effect:

So it seems that Mr. Mahesh that misunderstanding, the consequences of which he then tried to get under control by "taking it as God's will", - accidentally, but nevertheless - had himself caused.

Mr. Mahesh was firmly convinced that He had expressed that He did not want to give lectures (because, on the instruction / advice of Mr. Swami Brahmanda Saraswati, maybe never should and which He would have wanted to follow for life).

The bookseller was also firmly convinced that Mr. Mahesh had told him that he would also give lectures and that his frank addition was more like a request to schedule lectures for him than the pleading wish to please him in peace and quiet to return home safely and undisturbed to the Gangestal.

It would have been Mr. Mahesh's careless reply that caused the misunderstanding. In addition, it would hardly have been too much to ask first of all to exchange clarifying words with that gentleman with whom He had agreed to talk - even if He did not want to give lectures and therefore also He did not want to give lectures - and maybe yes to try several different languages. Mr. Mahesh knew some English, plus any of the Indian languages; besides, He will have also been able to speak the mother tongue of Swami Brahmanda Saraswati and actually He should have learned a few bits of Sansrkrit with Swami Brahmada Sarawati in those 13 years.

Additional considerations in this context

If Mr. Mahesh had really followed the advice of that elder sadhus, He should have viewed that "violation of his explicitly expressed non-will and to that extent his will" as something like, "oh, that must have its cause in Maya and not necessarily can It is of course better not to classify it as a result of malice, but at least it should first be considered that it is a misunderstanding and in this sense it is also a phenomenon of MAYA, of illusion, of Could act deception ".

But Mr. Mahesh preferred to think of it simply as God's will. Perhaps Mr. Mahesh had "only" forgotten that instruction, that advice from the older Sadhu "Don't forget, beyond hardware, outside the gangest valley, then the field of MAYA, the world of the MAYA" is forgotten.

The advice to Mr. Mahesh on the part of that older sadhus turns out to be astonishingly profound, far-sighted, dignified, foresighted, beautiful and at least a useful strategy for dealing with problems such as those in which Mr. Mahesh - according to his own admission - had gotten to. That elder sadhu's advice would perfectly have provided a reliable, pertinent answer to the problem which, according to his own admission, Mr. Mahesh had gotten into. (Many decades after those events, in areas of the leading TM scene, there was direct contact with the son of that bookseller, a longtime insider told me when I told him about my thoughts. So it would probably also be in my lifetime of that bookseller, those "" high-level managers "" of the TM scene were able to find him, to ask him about his account of the events at the time, to settle that smoldering "dispute" and to make Mr . To contribute to Mahesh's "sense of mission" ", yes to helping Mr. Mahesh to continue his sadhu path and to be able to return to the Gangestal without teaching. But an accidental or also deliberate behavior according to" Huh, you are in America, there is for No way home but via "having money" to be able to pay for a trip. You don't want to work anyway, you are a sadhu and you don't have any money and without work you don't get any s. So give nice lectures so that we can earn money and then at some point you will have enough wages that you can return to India and from there to Gangestal. But now you have to do everything so that we can earn money from your work "cannot be tolerated; that was and is inhuman or it would have been.

The MIU, Maharishi Mahesh University, which at some point was a fully accredited university for, among other things, the award of a BA, MA in social rehebalitation (possibly also is / may be), would actually have to have done this work; that would have been an absolute "must" for a university that also named itself after Mr. Mahesh's "honorary title" Maharishi, and moreover, after the "social rehabilitation" of Mr. Mahesh himself, something fundamental would have had to do. But wait until the witnesses have died and then "postulate" it really doesn't deserve to be called "scientific".

By not following the advice of that older Sadhu - accidentally or on purpose - Mr. Mahesh proves the lyrics passage "You made a fool out of all" - including himself - from that Beatles' Piece of music "Sexy Saddie" as not entirely inappropriate and also not as insignificant.

When Mr. Mahesh was once again unable to cope with the work that He had caused himself, He apparently fell back into "But I said, I don't want to give lectures; so where are your" freedom efforts now ? "and" after I said yes, that I don't want to give lectures, but you want me to teach you something / ask me questions, it is your karma and not mine ".

In fact, Mr. Mahesh would have been on a "pity tour" all these years.

It seems to me appropriate to use the chant in honor of Yogi Govinda (the "master" / teacher / guru of Shankara) as a comparison to "wrong" and "right", which is also available in the form of an audio "tape recording of the" Swami Brahamanda Saraswati is available on eg "You-Tube" on the Internet; the chorus in that song is "You Fool"; It's about the "

'Shri Charpata Panjarika Stotram' ('Bhaja Govindam') sung by Guru Dev / Swami Brahmanda Saraswati, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbEDqdJSxoo; there is also that with subtitles. On the other hand, that also illuminates that "You made a fool out of all" in that Beatles' song.

So therefore Mr. Mahesh shouldn't have been able to memorize that "You Fool" any more intensely and actually knew Saraswati from his time with Shankaracharya Swami Brahmananda. I can hardly imagine anymore that He shouldn't have taken that song to heart:

Excerpt from the text:

Refrain of "Shri Charpata Panjarikaa Stotram":

in German it says:

  • >> Day and night, morning and evening
  • Winter and spring have come again
  • time plays and life goes by
  • but even then the wind of desire does not leave one.
  • Give Govinda the due respect, show Govinda the due respect, show Govinda the due respect, you fool! <<
  • Refrain from 'Shri Charpata Panjarika Stotram' ('Bhaja Govindam') sung by Guru Dev / Swami Brahmanda Saraswati translated into German by Franz Rickinger - the author of this homepage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbEDqdJSxoo

It is undoubtedly inappropriate for a spiritual teacher to speak of "scientific teaching", "serious" etc. and to fool students accidentally or deliberately or even - worse - to fool them.

One has to prepare for lessons and if someone does not want to teach, he / she can hardly have prepared sufficiently and comprehensively enough.

Shankara's story of the rope and the snake

There is that story (see, for example, p. 83 in the edition by Bernd Helge Fritsch, 2011, ISBN 9783 842 363 7869 "Anyone who is characterized by ignorance evaluates things wrongly. He takes a snake for a rope. This leads to a big one Danger. He considers ephemeral forms to be reality and is therefore tied up by them ".

Mr. Mahesh occasionally related this teaching example as follows:

  • >> Somewhere, in a forest, there was a rope lying around. Someone came along, didn't look closely, and then spread the rumor that there was a dangerous snake there. People were forbidden to go there and there was great excitement. It went on for a while and people lived in fear and worry and the motto was “Don't go there!” Finally someone went there, looked carefully and objectively and saw that that alleged snake was nothing but an old rope All the worries and fears, all that stress disappeared. << (TM teacher training course, Playa la Antilla / Spain, March - May 1973)

(... A newspaper once reported that it was probably in the SZ before 1971 that a young man in the USA had been locked up in a psychiatric hospital because he was talking a lot of confused things and was obviously mentally disturbed. One day it happened that A doctor happened to pass by who spoke a little Chinese; when he heard the "lunatic imprisoned" say that supposedly "confused stuff", He understood that young man very well; the young man had only spoken and was "Chinese" in his mother tongue In any case, that young person was not "deranged", but it needed a person who was able to look impartially ...

.... It was also reported that someone had ended up in a psychiatric hospital in France because he claims to listen to the radio station "Radio Paris 1" all the time. He was thought to be crazy. One day, however, a doctor approached the matter impartially and thought that after all it could be checked. He put the supposedly "madman" in a soundproof room and asked him to remember what he meant to hear or actually heard and in the room next door he eagerly heard Paris 1 himself and registered what he heard there. Then he went next door, compared what he had "heard" with what he had "heard" himself and determined at his first hearing that the alleged "madman" must have actually listened to Radio Paris 1.More precise, subsequent investigations showed that an amalgam bomb happened to have developed a diode function and the saliva, the body - all of this together - worked like a detector receiver and the person affected therefore actually in a completely normal radio-technical sense - without any esoteric assumptions or the like - always had been on radio paris 1 reception. When the Blombge was renewed, the spook was over ...)

One of my religion teachers from my time in elementary school - it was around the 3rd year of school -, Father Wisnet, a missionary patron of the Styrian missionaries, told the students in his class around 1961 - on his own initiative - that he had once been to Papa New Guinea as a missionary father be. There were fewer streets and the like there and because he wanted to go to a certain village, he had to go cross-country. In doing so he would have come across a deeply cut river valley that had to be crossed. He would have been very happy that he saw something lying on the slope, which he thought was a tree trunk that promised surefootedness, and he gladly accepted nature's offer and stepped on it. However, it would not have been a "tree trunk" that was lying there, but a Boa Constructor, a giant snake, over 10 meters long. So that situation, that mistaking the snake and the tree trunk, had been very dangerous for Father Wisnet; one should avoid something like that, was the "moral of the story". So it is not difficult to deny that the example of Shankara is of practical importance around it, Father Wisnet would undoubtedly have done it well - also - in terms of "I am in the world of the MAYA" and "better take a closer look first "having learned to think.

Perhaps something similar had happened to Shankara himself or he had heard of it and so he gladly took up that example for his "religious-philosophical writings".

Descartes' approach, which one can find in a school book, is certainly worth mentioning here, at least to some extent

"Lambacher Schweizer, Mathematik für Gymnasien 11", edition for Bavaria, 1st edition, Herbert Götz, Uttenreuth; Manfred Herbst, Herzogenaurach, Christine Kestler, Holzkirchen; Hans-Georg Kosuch, Coburg; Dr. Johannes Novotný, Schwabach; Barbara Sy, Nuremberg; Thomas Thiessen, Erlangen; Arnold Zitterberg, Triberg; Georg-Klett-Verlag, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN-No .: 978-3-12-732760-1 on page. There you can find, as supplementary information to mathematics lessons, among other things, that René Descartes did not agree that something was considered proven if it was traced back to one of the classical teachers like Augustine or Aristotle and one knowledge is obtained exclusively with authorities reasoned.

The fact that René Descartes puts doubt at the center of his considerations can be found extensively in René Descartes' book "Considerations on the Foundations of Philosophy".

See e.g. Projekt Gutenberg, https://www.projekt-gutenberg.org/descarte/grunphil/chap004.html. or: Page 30/31 in "René Descartes, reflections on the foundations of philosophy, ISBN 978-3-86820-327-1, Nikol-Verlag

or also: https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/Vta2/bsb10045585/bsb:7791630

Descartes wanted to find an unequivocally true sentence and stated that the senses, even being awake or "only" dreaming, had deceived him and in this respect - reminiscent of Shankara but also Vedanta - he raised the doubt to an important topic.

See the "second consideration" in René Descartes, reflections on the foundations of philosophy, https://www.projekt-gutenberg.org/descarte/grunphil/chap005.html or also: page 30/31 in "René Descartes, reflections on the basics of philosophy, ISBN 978-3-86820-327-1, Nikol-Verlag, pages 37 and 38)

More information on Descartes' considerations can be found in the book "René Descartes, observations on the foundations of philosophy" by the NIKOL publishing house or in the Gutenberg project.

It should only be shown that an effort to avoid errors and deception can also be found in the European tradition; Error, deception, illusion were also made a meaningful, independent topic "in this country". Surely Descartes "I doubt, I think" is to be understood as meaning that after he had decided that he had better not rely on his senses, since they might deceive him, he found that he was still thinking; as a math connoisseur, he knew without a doubt that one could be mistaken when thinking; Who hasn't miscalculated before, thinking that you had proven a mathematical theory correctly and had made a mistake (... that happened even to several of the university professors at the TU Munich, although they were all able to remedy the situation promptly ); even in mathematical university textbooks there are such errors now and then, as I mention in one of my reviews - correcting and not nagging ...)? So he had to come to terms with the fact that he could not trust his thinking and what remained there was nothing but his certainty that He existed, the certainty that He existed; from the "I think" he tried to exclude all possibilities of deception in his mind, in the sense of a logically compelling "therefore" to the result that then only his "existence" would remain, of which he, however - without to think it - was just "still" conscious; It arrived at an "I am" in the sense of the Patañjali yoga sutra, one would possibly have to refer to it as "momentary samadhi" or "nitya-samadhi" - more correctly.

It is interesting that René Descartes approached this realization in steps without a doubt.

If one compares something with the seventh lesson of the Chândogya-Upanishad in the book "Attempt at a new representation of the ancient Indian all-one teaching ...", by Thaddae Anselm Rixner, professor of philosophy at the royal Bavarian Lyceum in Passau, Nuremberg, in the Steinischen Buchhandlung, 1808, it is noticeable that René Descartes had an almost insatiable longing for "freedom from doubt", even if it was just a single sentence.

See René Descartes, Reflections on the Foundations of Philosophy, https://www.projekt-gutenberg.org/descarte/grunphil/chap005.html

or also: Page 30/31 in "René Descartes, reflections on the fundamentals of philosophy, ISBN 978-3-86820-327-1, Nikol-Verlag, page 38)

In the aforementioned edition of the seventh lesson of the Chândogya Upanishad by Dr. Rixner, like Nârada of Sanatkumar, is found in stages to "inner satisfaction", to which "being" was led.

From "name", "speech", "intuition of the inner sense", "decision", "the grasped real", "the clear consciousness ... of the grasped real" he first comes across:

  • "The certainty and conviction of the only real (vekian) brought about by science is even more wonderful than the clear consciousness of it without scientific conviction" [1]

and explained further

  • "... he has come to the center of all tranquility ..."

"Attempt a new representation of the ancient Indian all-one teaching ...", by Thaddae Anselm Rixner, professor of philosophy at the royal Bavarian Lyceum in Passau, Nuremberg, in the Steinische Buchhandlung, 1808

The second part of this Upanishad then deals with the following:


  • Nard had now well understood that there could be nothing higher than the living science of the unified real for men; he just wanted to know the conditions of the body and mind who wished to acquire this science!


"Attempt a new representation of the ancient Indian all-one teaching ...", by Thaddae Anselm Rixner, professor of philosophy at the royal Bavarian Lyceum in Passau, Nuremberg, in the Steinische Buchhandlung, 1808

Now it's about:

  • "a good, lasting and solid health" and "about strength" (page 171)
  • food
  • water
  • Fire
  • air
  • the level-headed beings (samram), level-headedness
  • infinite longing

see René Descartes considerations:

in René Descartes, Reflections on the Basics of Philosophy, https://www.projekt-gutenberg.org/descarte/grunphil/chap005.html

or also: Page 30/31 in "René Descartes, reflections on the fundamentals of philosophy, ISBN 978-3-86820-327-1, Nikol-Verlag, see pages 37 and 38)

René Descartes in the above cited part of his observations is obviously about the body, about what the body needs (He asks whether it is so bound to the body .... that ... and whether it could not be anyway; the latter would be the result if he left out food, water and the necessary warmth. He also deals with "senses; body, shape, extension, movement and place" and to that extent also with air.

In the Chândogya Upanishad, Rixner says about "infinite longings":


  • And the teacher replied: You hear researcher of the pure: The infinite longing is far more wonderful than prudence, which is also strengthened most strongly by that longing. The infinite longing drives man to science and to reading the 4 divine books; from it arise all desires for temporal things as well as for the eternal and future. So then know and recognize that this infinite yearning is Brahm himself; He who has recognized Brahm as the cause and object of infinite longing and worships, is from now on in the possession of the one who alone is able to satisfy the infinite longing.


"Attempt a new representation of the ancient Indian all-one teaching ...", by Thaddae Anselm Rixner, professor of philosophy at the royal Bavarian Lyceum in Passau, Nuremberg, in the Steinische Buchhandlung, 1808

After Nârada (written as "Nard" by Rixner) asked whether there was anything higher, Sanatkumar replied as follows:


  • The teacher answers: That by which all senses and faculties of man are held together (like the spokes of a wheel through their center), and by which the level-headedness and the longing of the individual become possible, this is even more glorious than the level-headedness and the longing itself. That something is called Pran, di Be and life! It is and stirs itself directly through itself, expressing itself and returning to itself again. It is itself father and mother, sister and brother, master and disciple.


"Attempt a new representation of the ancient Indian all-one teaching ...", by Thaddae Anselm Rixner, professor of philosophy at the royal Bavarian Lyceum in Passau, Nuremberg, in the Steinische Buchhandlung, 1808

And with René Descartes one finds that egaal also tries like a being who would deliberately deceive him; it will never have the effect that he can doubt that he is.

Please refer:

René Descartes, reflections on the foundations of philosophy, https://www.projekt-gutenberg.org/descarte/grunphil/chap005.html