Mahesh Prasad Varma (Januray 12, 1914 to February 5, 2008) was born in the year 1914, he developed the Transcendental Meditation technique and was the leader or guru of the Transcendental Meditation movement, that had been defined as a new religious movement. Varma was known as “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi” in the beginning of the 1960. He was known to be the “giggling guru” for his high-pitched laughter during interviews on television.
He was a disciple and assistant to Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, who was the Shankaracharya or the spiritual leader of Jyothir Math, located in the Indian Himalayas from the year 1941 to 1953. The Maharishi credit Saraswati with the inspiration of his teachings. In the beginning of the year 1955, Maharishi started introducing the Transcendental Meditation technique and other related programs and initiatives to the world. Transcendental Meditation was also known as TM. His first Global tour begun in 1958. He has given training to many former successful characters in Yoga.
Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize.
Swami Sivananda is known to be one of the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century, he is the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. The above given six words summarize the teachings of Swami Sivananda. He is still known to be the best Yoga instructor.
HIS EARLY LIFE
Swami Sivananda was born in 1887 in Tamil Nadu, he was then known as Kuppuswami. He was highly brilliant in studies as well as in gymnastics. He was naturally inclined toward spiritual and religious practices. His selfless spirit lead him to a career in the medical field. Swami Sivananda Saraswati started extremely intense daily spiritual practices and austerities for about ten years of his life. From that time Swami Sivananda became one of the most prolific Yoga teachers in the world. His teachings spread quickly throughout our entire planet. Since there were no computers at that time he personally wrote more than two hundred books connected to Yoga and Philosophy.
He has trained a number of exceptional disciples in Yoga and Vedanta- among them, Swami Vishnu devananda, who he sent to west in order to reawaken the spirit of the teachings of Yoga.
Yogi Budhi Prakash (1953 to ….) was born in the year 1953. He is M.A. in Hindi Literature and Yoga Philosophy. He got the first experience of Samadhi at the age of 7 years. He had a clear vision of his past life in the Himalayas. He completed his higher education from Agra and Haridwar Universities. He got initiation in Shankaracharya Tradition through his Master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and he spent many years with his guru and practiced the Transcendental Meditation. For deep practice, he went to a cave in the Uttarkashi Himalayas for a few years. He taught Yoga in many other countries and now he is teaching yoga in Rishikesh, India. From all over the world the spiritual seekers come to him for the different level of practicing Meditation and Indian Philosophy.
Yogi Budhi Prakash has 40 years teaching experience of Yoga all over the world. He is invited by many colleges and Yoga school as a guest teacher. He has such an extensive knowledge of Indian Philosophy like Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Shiv Sutras, etc. He has been known to conduct various Yoga seminars in Rishikesh as well as other parts of India.