This is the Centenary year of Thathuvagnani Vethathiri Maharishi, one of the most outstanding and pragmatic philosophers of the Century, who has combined the Sciences: natural and social and the philosophy in a beautiful form and has brought forth a system that can totally transform our lives: “Yoga for Human Excellence – The SKY System”.
Born in 1911 and living one of the most productive lives up to the ripe old age of 95, Maharishi entered Mahasamadhi in 2006. Recognizing his phenomenal contribution to society, a memorial stamp was released in his honor by Government of India on Maharishi’s 100th birth day, 14th August 2010 and since then, the centenary celebrations are on, enabling more and more people to bring about radical changes in their lives through the practices of Maharishi.
Eight Universities, host of Government Organizations - Central and State, Corporate Sector - Public and Private and the Common Man in millions, in India and abroad have found them to be very effective in every aspect of their lives. More than 300 Trusts and 1500 meditation Centers across the world are doing this cultural transformation silently.
The main Ashram is situated in the village of Aliyar, on the foothills of Anamalai range of Western Ghats in the district of Coimbatore in the state of Tamil Nadu, a place of serene natural beauty suffused with the spiritual energies of Maharishi and thousands of disciples who have meditated for more than 2 decades.
It all began with the holocaust of the Second World War. Maharishi, in his early 30’s, already on the ascendance in his spiritual growth, was aghast at the modern man of Science, on a killing spree, murdering and wounding humans in millions, for no rhyme or reason. Maharishi turned his spiritual searchlight on to see why, man, gifted by Nature so abundantly, should bring about such tragedies to self, society and nature. This seeking resulted in the birth of “The World Community Service Centre”, a voluntary organization dedicated to uplift the human beings to their highest potential and thus bring about prosperity, health, happiness and peace to one and all starting from the individual, spreading to family, society and gradually to the whole world.
Maharishi found that the fundamental causes for human misery are:
1. Lack of understanding of self
2. Lack of understanding of our relationships with one another
3. Lack of understanding of our relationship with Nature.
Through his revelatory and revolutionary concepts of Magnetism - Universal and Bio, and their connection with the Unified Force on the one hand and living beings and the inanimate on the other, Maharishi has brought out an astonishingly powerful and yet a simple, practical system of unleashing the hidden potentials of human beings in their physical body, mind, brain, life energy, Genetic Centre and Consciousness. The system consists of:
I. Simplified Physical Exercises based on bio-magnetism: These are simple physical Exercises based on the flow of bio-magnetism. They provide a very high immunity against diseases and prevent, control and cure many diseases very effectively. They are so simple to practice that anyone from age of 8 to 80, irrespective of health status, can learn and get great benefits.
II. Kayakalpa Yoga: This anti-aging practice is the gift of the ancient Siddhas to rejuvenate the entire human system by recycling the vital fluid and toning up the entire nervous system. Maharishi has brought this culture back from the brinks of extinction by his research for over forty years.
III. Meditation: A powerful and yet simple practice of focusing of mind on one’s life energy and perceiving the subtle forces in the body. This brings about a dramatic change in the quality of mind, enhancing the power of mind control, concentration, decision making and will power, essential ingredients for success in any endeavor. A number of meditation practices are given to tap the energies in oneself and in the universe.
IV. Introspection techniques: Highly effective techniques of Analysis of thought, Streamlining of Desires, Neutralization of Anger, eradication of worries etc. are taught which are essential for a happy and progressive life.
V. Understanding the secrets of nature: In higher level courses, deeper understanding of self, society and Nature are given so that one is able to lead a life of wisdom. Subjects such as Who Am I?, Study of evolution of universe and living beings, State of life before birth and after death, the purpose and philosophy of life, blessing and its benefits, Plans for world peace are discussed in great detail to provide a thorough and broad based understanding of self, society and nature which equip one to lead a life of prosperity, love and compassion.
As mentioned above, many universities are offering Diploma, Graduate and Post Graduate courses apart from offering courses as a part of general education at various levels with a view to providing a holistic education sorely being neglected so far with dire consequences.
The programs for general public consist of a Foundation course followed by 4 stages of Introspection Courses and Brahma Gnanam course. With these, one is equipped with complete knowledge and a set of practices and tools to excel in his personal, social, professional and spiritual life. Those who wish to serve the society through spiritual service can also do a SKY Master course and be Ambassadors of World peace.
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