Allahabad, Feb 9: Followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the legendary spiritual guru, lined up in Allahabad on Saturday to pay tribute to the mystic who took transcendental meditation to the West.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi passed away in Holland on February 6. He was 91. The body of the Maharishi was flown in to Varanasi from Holland. It was then taken to his Guru Brahmanand Saraswati's ashram at Allahabad. The body of the Maharishi will be taken in a grand procession to his ashram at Arail, where it will be kept for last respects till February 11. His funeral will be held in Allahabad on Monday.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has set up universities and schools worldwide. His Natural Law Party, which promotes yogic flying (a practice that involves sitting in the lotus position and bouncing into the air), has campaigned in dozens of countries.
Transcendental meditation, known as TM by its followers, involves reciting a 'mantra,' which according to practitioners helps the mind stay calm even under pressure.
In 1990, the Indian mystic moved his headquarters to Vlodrop in Holland.