Three Meditation Gurus Who Changed the World

Three Meditation Gurus Who Changed the World

There are many meditation gurus (Teacher) in the world but only a handful of people who dedicated their life and brought technic of mediation from the ancient books and spread it to the world. These three meditation gurus: Maharishi Mahesh yogi, Sadhguru and Deepak Chopra have created a huge awareness to the people with its positive impact and explained the concept of spirituality with science. The following three meditation gurus made it popular with its endless results and was able to pay attention to the world.

1. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is famously known as the Guru of transcendental meditation (TM) who developed and bring TM to the western world. He was born in 12 January, 1918 and died in 5 February, 2008. He was born Mahesh Prasad Varma and became known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In Sanskrit, “maha” means great, and “rishi” means seer. Critics of the yogi say he presented himself with the name, which is Sanskrit for “great seer.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

His Birth and Early Life:

Authors Paul Mason and William Jefferson say that he was born 12 January 1917 in Jabalpur, Central Provinces, British India (now Madhya Pradesh, India). The place of birth given in his passport is “Pounalulla”, India, and his birth date 12 January 1918.

He studied Physics at Allahabad University and received his Master’s degree in 1940. After finishing his academic studies, however, he decided to look for deeper meaning in life — he started rigorous yoga and meditation practice as a disciple of a highly revered yogi, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati.

His World Tours and spread of TM:

After the death of his Guru Dev (Swami Brahmananda Saraswati) in 1953, Bal Brahmacharya. In 1955, Brahmachari Mahesh left Uttarkashi and began publicly teaching what he stated was a traditional meditation technique learned from his master Brahmananda Saraswati, and that he called Transcendental Deep Meditation.

He traveled all around India for two years (1955-1957) interacting mainly with his “Hindu audiences” in an “Indian context”. At that time, he called his movement the Spiritual Development Movement. Maharishi Mahesh tours all over the world between 1958 and 1968 mainly to spread the knowledge and benefits of TM to western and eastern world. During that time he visited different cities of Europe and America and attended several lecture, TV interview and conducted transcendental meditation teaching courses to TM teachers.

Further Growth of TM:

Maharishi Mahesh has established several organizations and trusts around the world and almost all of them are involve in spreading and practicing TM.

1969, he inaugurated a course in his “Science of Creative Intelligence” at Stanford University, which was then offered at 25 other American universities.

In 1970, the Maharishi held a TM teacher training course at a Victorian hotel in Poland Springs, Maine, with 1,200 participants. Also he held a similar four-week course with 1500 participants at Humboldt State College in Arcata, California.

In 1974, the Maharishi International University was founded. October 1975, the Maharishi was pictured on the front cover of Time magazine. During the 1980s, the organization continued to expand and his meditation technique continued to attract celebrities.

In 1990, the Maharishi relocated his headquarters from Seelisberg, Switzerland, to a former Franciscan monastery in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He also created a subscription-based, satellite TV channel, called Veda Vision, which broadcast content in 22 languages and 144 countries.


The Maharishi died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on 5 February 2008 at his residence in Vlodrop, Netherlands. The cremation and funeral rites were conducted at the Maharishi’s Allahabad ashram in India, overlooking the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The Maharishi is survived by a brother and “a number of nephews”. One nephew, Girish Chandra Varma, is chairman of the Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools and a “senior functionary of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement in India.”

Maharishi Mahesh will be remembered for his contribution to the Transcendental meditation. Millions of people has been trained and have improved their life through regular practice of TM.

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2. Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)

Jaggi Vasudev often referred to as Sadhguru, is a yogi, mystic, poet and New York Times bestselling author. Sadhguru is often described as a contemporary guru, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic sciences that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His scientific methods for self-transformation have universal appeal.


Sadhguru and his Early Life:

Sadhguru was born in September 3rd 1957 in Mysore, Karnataka to Susheela and Dr. Vasudev, Jagadish was the youngest of four children. His father was an ophthalmologist with the Indian Railways and as a result, the family moved frequently. He started his yogic journey when he was 12. After his schooling at Demonstration School, Mysore in 1973, he graduated from the University of Mysore with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

Sadhguru and his Spiritual Journey:

At the age of 25 on 23 September, he rode up Chamundi Hill and sat on a rock, where he had a spiritual experience. He describes his experience (Simone, Cheryl (2008) in “Midnights with the Mystic).He started his first yoga class in 1983in Mysore, India. Eventually he expand his yoga teaching all around the India.

Isha Foundations:

Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation in 1993, a volunteer-run international non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia. The foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in it being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Isha Vidhya (Education in Sanskrit), is Isha Foundation’s educational initiative, which aims to raise the level of education and improve literacy in rural India.

Inner Engineering:

Isha yoga’s flagship program is ‘Inner Engineering’, which introduces people to meditation and pranayama and the Shambhavi Mahamudra. He also conducts yoga classes for corporate leadership to introduce them to what he calls “inclusive economics”, which he says introduces a sense of compassion and inclusiveness into today’s economic scenario (“The route to ‘dharmacracy'”. Business Today. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2011).

He establish Adiyogi, a statue depicts Shiva as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and first Guru or Adi Guru, who offered yoga to humanity. The statue is built by Isha Foundation and weighs around 500 tons. Jaggy Vasudev notes that the statue is for inspiring people to take up yoga. Jaggy Vasudev designed the 112-foot statue of Adiyogi, which is located at the Isha Yoga Center.


Sadhguru is a modern yogi, he has given a new dimension to the teaching of yoga and philosophy of life. He is a teacher and he has answered to every question about life, happiness and ultimate goal of human life. Now a days he has been busy with inner engineering activities all around the world. About his latest book “Inner engineering, A yogi’s guide to Joy” he mentioned that,

“My aim in this book is to help make joy your constant companion. To make that happen, this book offers you not a sermon, but a science; not a teaching, but a technology; not a precept, but a path.”

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3. Deepak Chopra?

Deepak Chopra is an Indian born American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement. Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine. He is famous for his work on Spiritual law of success, quantum healing, meditation and mind body relationship.

Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra

Early Life and Education:

Chopra was born in New Delhi, India, to Krishan Lal Chopra (1919–2001) and Pushpa Chopra. His paternal grandfather was a sergeant in the British Indian Army and his father was a prominent cardiologist. Chopra completed his primary education at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi and graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1969. He spent his first months as a doctor working in rural India.

He married in India in 1970 before immigrating with his wife that year to the United States. Between 1971 and 1977 he completed residencies in internal medicine.

His Eastern Influence and western connection:

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an influence on Chopra in the 1980s while visiting New Delhi in 1981, he met with Indian council for Ayurvedic medicine.

He became the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, one of the founders of Maharishi Ayur-Veda Products International, and medical director of the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Chopra also became one of the TM movement’s spokespersons. In 1989 Chopra’s Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine was published, followed by Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide (1990).

Chopra left the Transcendental Meditation movement around the time he moved to California in January 1993.By his own account, the Maharishi had accused him of competing for the Maharishi’s position as guru, although Chopra rejects identification as a “guru”.

In 1995 Chopra was not licensed to practice medicine in California where he had a clinic; however, he did not see patients at this clinic “as a doctor” during this time. In 2004 he received his California medical license, and as of 2014 is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. Chopra is the owner and supervisor of the Mind-Body Medical Group within the Chopra Center, which in addition to standard medical treatment offers personalized advice about nutrition, sleep-wake cycles and stress management, based on mainstream medicine and Ayurveda.

His philosophy of mind and body


Chopra speaks and writes regularly about metaphysics, including the study of consciousness and Vedanta philosophy. He is a philosophical idealist, arguing for the primacy of consciousness over matter and for teleology and intelligence in nature – that mind, or “dynamically active consciousness”, is a fundamental feature of the universe.

Approach to Health Care:

Chopra argues that everything that happens in the mind and brain is physically represented elsewhere in the body. That is with mental states (thoughts, feelings, perceptions and memories) directly influencing physiology by means of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin.

Chopra and physicians at the Chopra Center practice integrative medicine, combining the medical model of conventional Western medicine with alternative therapies such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, and Ayurveda.

Alternative Medicine:

Chopra has been described as “America’s most prominent spokesman for Ayurveda”. His treatments benefit from the placebo response. Chopra states “The placebo effect is real medicine, because it triggers the body’s healing system.” Chopra has metaphorically described the AIDS virus as emitting “a sound that lures the DNA to its destruction”. The condition can be treated, according to Chopra, with “Ayurveda’s primordial sound”.

Theory of Aging:

Chopra believes that “ageing is simply learned behavior” that can be slowed or prevented. Chopra has said that he expects “to live way beyond 100”. He states that “by consciously using our awareness, we can influence the way we age biologically. You can tell your body not to age.”[37] Conversely, Chopra also says that ageing can be accelerated, for example by a person engaging in “cynical mistrust”.

Spirituality and Religion:

Chopra has likened the universe to a “reality sandwich” which has three layers: the “material” world, a “quantum” zone of matter and energy. A “virtual” zone outside of time and space, which is the domain of God, and from which God can direct the other layers. Chopra has written that human beings’ brains are “hardwired to know God” and that the functions of the human nervous system mirror divine experience.


Deepak Chopra is a licensed physician who always thinks outside of the box about human life and mind. He has his own belief and theory of disease, aging, spirituality and religion. He tried to explain disease, spirituality and aging in terms of consciousness and quantum healing. By doing that he has been working to make a connection between the Ayurveda, yoga and modern medicine.

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2 Replies to “Three Meditation Gurus Who Changed the World”

  1. All of theexpressions of views/beliefs of D Chopra related to his (what you call) ‘out of the box’ thinking ARE IN FACT his potted cleverly expressed nuggets of knowledge from Maharishi..(I came to Maharishis knowledge with TM just as D Chopra separated from his long and privileged asdociation with Maharishi) I recognise it as such in every way. (Not sure about D Chopra s primordial sound practice and whether that was his own…tho he developed it while with Maharshi.) It’s difficult to read or listen to him given that he NEVER DEFERS TO THE KNOWLEDGE HE HAS GAINED FROM THAT ASSOCIATION. Maharishi on the other hand ALWAYS acknowledges the tradition and the person he learned from. I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE YOU INCLUDED CHOPRA AS A POSSIBLE ‘GURU’, just as I was shocked to discover the story of his association with and then parting with M. Recognising the knowledge he puts out as not his own…other than the clinical stuff which is available to everyone..I find myself disgusted whenever I hear him. He may make ancient wisdom easy to take for the masses…but he’s making sure we pay big bucks for it.

    1. Hello,
      Thank you! I understand your frustration, and I partially agree with you regarding Deepak Chopra and his previous involvement with TM movement. Keeping his mission of earning money aside, I want to give Deepak Chopra some credit. Credit to modify and transform TM within the context of mind-body relation and quantum physics which was not possible without his background in medical science. I think money is a by-product of innovation and that he deserves because of his hard work and dedication to prove the relationship between body and mind. I preferred to give him GURU title because he gave something new to the world ( transformed rather) and his continuous effort to do that. I tried to explain everything in the article. This is our choice whether we take his expensive ancient wisdom or not.
      Thanks again for taking time to read my article.

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