Just a quick piece of news: I have heard several reports now from people within the TM Movement confirming that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died around noon today at his home in Vlodrop, Holland. He had been sick and was reported to be 91 years old. Last month, he officially announced that he would be stepping down from his role as leader of the Transcendental Meditation Movement, which he created a half century ago.
I wrote previously about the questions that the Maharishi’s death would bring up for the TM Movement and its future.
I grew up with Maharishi’s small shadow cast over everything I did. The way we lived, worked, learned, rested, ate and interacted were done in accordance with his philosophy of life.
I first heard of what may well be the Maharishi’s death via a text message that said “the Rish has dropped his body,” from a high school friend. There is a sense that this is just another phase. While the TM Movement emphasizes that it is not a religion, it shares much culturally with Hinduism, which subscribes to a belief in reincarnation.
They are performing a ceremony for him on live video stream on the Maharishi channel. Here is the link.