A Glimpse of Fifty-One Years Around the World, 1957—2008

1957 Maharishi’s Year of Transcendental Meditation: In the memory of Shri Guru Dev, His Divinity Brahmanand Saraswati, Jagatguru Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, celebrating the Conference of Spiritual Luminaries of India, Maharishi inaugaurates* the Spiritual Regeneration Movement on 31 December in Madras, India, to spiritually regenerate the world.

1958 Maharishi’s Year of Spiritual Regeneration Movement: 1 January 1958 is the turning point in the history of the human race, as Maharishi formally inaugurates** the worldwide Spiritual Regeneration Movement.

• In the first three months of 1958, Maharishi establishes twenty-five centres of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement throughout India, and teaches Transcendental Meditation to thousands of people.

• On 27 April Maharishi begins his first world tour to teach Transcendental Meditation and to carry the beacon light of the Himalayas to all mankind.

1959 Maharishi’s Year of Global Awakening: Maharishi establishes Transcendental Meditation throughout the United States and England and promises: ‘I will fill the world with the light of knowledge and create Heaven on Earth.

1960 Maharishi’s Year of Cosmic Consciousness: Maharishi explains the development of Cosmic Consciousness rising through the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation.

• In London at Caxton Hall, Maharishi inaugurates his ‘Three-Year Plan’ (1960–1962), the first systematic plan in the history of the world to enlighten the whole mankind. (By the year 2008, well over 6 million people throughout the world have learnt the Transcendental Meditation Programme.)

1961 Maharishi’s Year of Teacher Training: Maharishi ‘multiplies himself’ and conducts the first International Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course in Ram Nagar, Rishikesh, India.

• Maharishi conducts the First World Assembly of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement in London. 5,000 attend the open session in the famous Royal Albert Hall.

1962 Maharishi’s Year of Theory of the Absolute: Maharishi expounds to the scientists in New York his ‘Theory of the Absolute’ to enrich all fields of relative existence, and continues to train teachers of Transcendental Meditation in different countries, using audio and video technology.

1963 Maharishi’s Year of the Science of Being and Art of Living: Maharishi gives to the world his first book, The Science of Being and Art of Living.

1964 Maharishi’s Year of God Consciousness: In response to the growing experiences of higher states of consciousness, Maharishi explains experiences of Transcendental Meditation in terms of Transcendental Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness, and God Consciousness.

*Following prolonged clapping from the vast audience, Maharishi said: ‘When this is the response from Mother Nature on the thought of spiritually regenerating the world through this practice, we’ll inaugurate a world movement, we’ll inaugurate Spiritual Regeneration Movement here tomorrow evening.’

** ‘We believe men are in need of something that would develop their latent faculties, help them to rise above the cares and anxieties of life to a high pedestal of peace and happiness and increased efficiency in the field of action. Such men do not belong to any one particular province or land, and they are not the followers of any one religion or philosophy. They are the citizens of the universe and are scattered all over the world, following different religions. For them all is meant this Spiritual Regeneration Movement.’ (Maharishi, 1 January 1958, Madras, India)


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