Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, born Mahesh Prasad Varma, built the program based on his studies with Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, or Guru Dev, who discovered a lost Veda meditation technique in ancient Hindu teachings.
What started as a spiritual pursuit has become a global enterprise, which includes the Maharishi University of Management, the Maharishi College of Consciousness Based Health Care, and Maharishi Peace Palaces.
Maharishi (produced mah-HARSH-ee) wanted the Western world to understand a version of meditation that was easy to perform, required little-to-no concentration, and promised a deeper exploration of the mind.
Additional advanced courses, such as teaching, accelerated progress, and enrichment are available for an additional fee, and you can also learn about the institute's Maharishi Vedic Science programs.
It was also around this time that Maharishi appeared on The Merv Griffin Show, where the show's host and a number of famous guests endorsed the program to the show's more than 30 million viewers.
Maharishi began a world tour, teaching his meditation techniques first in the Far East, then expanding to the United States and Europe through lectures.
After studying the ancient technique for two years, Maharishi, whose name in Sanskrit means "great seer," set out to teach the masses TM.
The developer and founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, taught his form of meditation throughout the world.
On January 11, 2008, Maharishi retired from his position after 50 years at the helm of this vastly successful organization.
The story is that Guru Dev asked Maharishi to find a way to make meditation available to everyone, not just a select few.