Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born Mahesh Prasad Varma, 12 January 1918 – 5 February 2008) was an Indian yoga guru known for developing and popularizing Transcendental Meditation (TM), and for being the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious.
Biografie. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, geboren als Mahesh Prasad Varma, studeerde natuurkunde aan de Universiteit van Allahabad.Na het behalen van zijn graad in 1940 werd hij als brahmacharya leerling en lid van de ashram van swami Brahmananda Saraswati, die was verkozen tot Shankaracharya van Jyotir Math, een van de vier hoogste spirituele zetels in India, die meer dan 150 jaar niet bekleed was.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (hindi : महर्षि महेश योगी) (12 janvier 1917 à Jabalpur, Inde - 5 février 2008 à Vlodrop, Pays-Bas), né Mahesh Prasad Varma  ou Mahesh Srivastava ,  selon les sources, est un maître spirituel indien fondateur du mouvement de Méditation transcendantale.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi claimed that the quality of life would noticeably improve if at least one per cent of the population practised the Transcendental Meditation technique. This is known as the "Maharishi effect" and according to the Maharishi, it was perceived in 1974 after an analysis of crime statistics in 16 cities.
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya (MMYVV) was established by the Act No. 37 of 1995 of Madhya Pradesh Government vide Gazette notification No. 537 dated 29 November 1995. MMYVV is a statutory university like any other statutory university in the country. MMYVV is recognized by UGC under section 2 (F) and is member of AIU.
The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught in the U.S. by Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. All revenues from course fees go entirely to support the organization's educational and charitable initiatives in the U.S. and around the world.
The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya (MMYVV) was established by the Act No. 37 of 1995 of Madhya Pradesh Government vide gazette notification no 573 dated 29 November 1995. The University head office is at – Brahmasthan of India, Karaundi, District-Katni, Madhya Pradesh. The University is reputed to disseminate quality education.