Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was a well-known spiritual leader and the founder of Transcendental Meditation technique. A disciple of His Divinity Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math Himalayas.
Maharishi wanted to spread the knowledge gained from his Master all over the world. Hence, he started public teachings of the transcendental meditation technique and commenced a world tour to popularize it.
In 1955 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began offering to the world the quintessence of this timeless wisdom by starting the Spiritual Regeneration Movement in Madras, India. He founded the simple, natural technique of Transcendental Meditation, which allows anyone to experience and utilize the source of infinite intelligence and creativity within – the field of pure consciousness. This effortless and systematic technique had been lost to human life until brought to us by Maharishi, inspired by his own teacher.
For his teachings, Maharishi worked with scientists, educators, and exponents of Vedic wisdom to develop an integrated approach to knowledge, unifying diverse fields of study. He wrote many books and circled the world numerous times, speaking with world leaders and lecturing widely.
Maharishi organized his first international Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh, India in 1961, where a number of meditators, from countries including India, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Britain, Malaya, Norway, the United States, Australia, Greece, Italy and the West Indies, were present.
In 1975, Maharishi introduced the TM-Sidhi program and Yogic Flying. With the introduction of this program it was postulated that the square root of one percent of the population practicing the TM-Sidhi program, together at the same time and in the same place, would create enlightenment in the world. This was referred to as the "Extended Maharishi Effect”.