The Maharishi is dead

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is dead at 91.  The Indian guru turned a pop-version of Hindu meditation into a $3.5 billion empire.  With his robes and flowers, the Maharishi and his for-profit meditation seminars became a fixture of the Sixties, though his reach went beyond the counter-culture into corporate seminars and government-funded prisons and public schools.  (Bruce, we need to hear from you on this!)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bob Hunter

    If he was looking for enlightenment, he’s now received it – perhaps not what he was expecting, however.

  • Bob Hunter

    If he was looking for enlightenment, he’s now received it – perhaps not what he was expecting, however.

  • Paul

    Nearly a full generation (40 years) since “The Summer of Love” and where is the “Age of Aquarius”? His death should mark the failure of that brand of philosophy.

  • Paul

    Nearly a full generation (40 years) since “The Summer of Love” and where is the “Age of Aquarius”? His death should mark the failure of that brand of philosophy.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    Well, I’ve been out of the Movement for a couple of decades. I had wondered when he’d finally die. Sorry, I’ve lost touch with all the old friends who were into this stuff.

    I met my wife at a TM Teacher Training Course in northern California, the Summer of 1975. I was an instructor for perhaps five years. Not being a Christian at that time, I nevertheless grew slowly uncomfortable with a creepy and creeping feeling that I was being led down a false path of some sort. My wife felt it even more strongly. So even though we had both benefited extremely from the meditation, and to this day admit that it is effective and restful, we donned our hats and headed off into the sunset. No cosmic consciousness for us.

    I went through a serious kind of dying when I came into contact with Christian theology–having to shed one deep and compelling paradigm for another. That transition is never pretty and smooth. But. Here I stand.

    And yes, I know all of the mantras.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    Well, I’ve been out of the Movement for a couple of decades. I had wondered when he’d finally die. Sorry, I’ve lost touch with all the old friends who were into this stuff.

    I met my wife at a TM Teacher Training Course in northern California, the Summer of 1975. I was an instructor for perhaps five years. Not being a Christian at that time, I nevertheless grew slowly uncomfortable with a creepy and creeping feeling that I was being led down a false path of some sort. My wife felt it even more strongly. So even though we had both benefited extremely from the meditation, and to this day admit that it is effective and restful, we donned our hats and headed off into the sunset. No cosmic consciousness for us.

    I went through a serious kind of dying when I came into contact with Christian theology–having to shed one deep and compelling paradigm for another. That transition is never pretty and smooth. But. Here I stand.

    And yes, I know all of the mantras.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Bruce, we never really talked about this, when we were living in the same state and going to ball games together. I didn’t realize you were an actual trainer, and for so long! And you know the mantras! About how many are there? I heard that the guides gave each person a unique mantra according to their nature. How did you assign them? Was it really random? Knowing me as you do, what mantra would you have given me?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Bruce, we never really talked about this, when we were living in the same state and going to ball games together. I didn’t realize you were an actual trainer, and for so long! And you know the mantras! About how many are there? I heard that the guides gave each person a unique mantra according to their nature. How did you assign them? Was it really random? Knowing me as you do, what mantra would you have given me?

  • fw

    wow brother Bruce. you continually amaze me. and very pleasantly so. you should consider writing a book about your journey. seriously! I would be happy to proof read!

  • fw

    wow brother Bruce. you continually amaze me. and very pleasantly so. you should consider writing a book about your journey. seriously! I would be happy to proof read!


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