New book published: "Roots of TM"

'Roots Of TM: The Transcendental Meditation Of Guru Dev & Maharishi Mahesh Yogi'
(Note:  In book cover photo above, Guru Dev is seated in center, surrounded by some of his close sannyasi [renunciant] disciples in traditional orange robes.  In front of dais, far right, is the young Brahmachari (bachelor student) Mahesh, later known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  He is not wearing orange because he is not a sannyasi.  Those of his caste are not permitted to become sannyasis. – Laurie) 

Just published: 

by Paul Mason
more than 50 illustrations
304 pages, 234mm x 156mm
ISBN 978-0-9562228-8-6

Paul Mason, the author of “Roots of TM” is a former contributor to TM-Free Blog.

“ROOTS OF TM”enables readers to better understand how and why Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spread the teaching of Transcendental Meditation around the world.

“ROOTS OF TM”provides background information on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his master, Swami Brahmanand Saraswati, (also called “Guru Dev,”) and provides a source book of information about their teachings and techniques.

“ROOTS OF TM”is not intended as a general guide to Indian philosophy, nor as a study of the many ancient spiritual practices of India, nor as a mantrahandbook.

“ROOTS OF TM”offers information about Maharishi’s “missing years,” from the time when his master passed away through to the gradual build-up of his stated mission: “Why can’t we spiritually regenerate the world through this technique?”

“ROOTS OF TM”contains numerous quotations and rare transcripts of lectures by Guru Dev and by Maharishi. Furthermore, it details the course of events that would eventually find Maharishi lecturing at the Masquers Club, an actor’s social club in Hollywood. It also tells how Maharishi came to adopt a businesslike attitude to financial matters, and how he planned to create a headquarters in the Himalayas where he intended to train others to teach Transcendental Meditation.

“ROOTS OF TM” digs deeply into rare materials in order to give detailed profiles of the teachings of both master and disciple, thus affording readers an opportunity to make informed comparisons of both these teachers’ methods and their objectives.

Author Paul Mason explains:

“By the mid-1960′s the term ‘Transcendental Meditation’became fixed after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had already spread the message of meditation far and wide across the free world. Maharishi then became very famous himself, largely due to his public association with celebrities and in particular the world-famous pop group The Beatles, who in 1968 attended an advanced training course with him in India.

When I traveled to India in 1970, I did so by hitch-hiking from Britain; and, having traveled across many countries, finally found myself in North India. Possibly because The Beatles had done so before me, I decided to visit the ashramof Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, for ‘a cup of cocoa and a chat about philosophy.’  I therefore made my way to the pilgrimage town of Rishikesh, close by the foothills of the Himalayas. Having crossed the River Ganges and climbed up to Maharishi Ashram, I was introduced there to a practice referred to as ‘Transcendental Meditation.’

The teaching of this ‘Transcendental Meditation’ or ‘TM’ is preceded by a short ceremony called a puja, conducted before a portrait of the ascetic Indian teacher Swami Brahmanand Saraswati, known to TM meditators as ‘Guru Dev.’  [Note:  The TM organization says the puja is a 'traditional ceremony of gratitude.'  According to, 'puja' is defined as 'a Hindu act of worship or propitiation.' - Laurie]

Surprisingly, despite the fact that Swami Brahmanand Saraswati was a prominent and influential public speaker, Maharishi’s organizations share but scant information about Guru Dev’s life story and disclose nothing about his teachings.

Very little seemed to be known about the early life of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or about the origins and history of the teaching of Transcendental Meditation, so I set myself to discover as much information as could be found.

In the 1990′s I was commissioned by Element Books to write the biography of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which was published as ‘The Maharishi: The Biography of the Man Who Gave Transcendental Meditation to the World.’

Later, in 2007, an ambition was fulfilled when a three-volume set of books on Guru Dev was published, all based on my translations of Hindi works on Swami Brahmanand Saraswati.

Then, in 2013, I compiled a book entitled ‘Dandi Swami: Tales of meetings with Dandi Swami Narayananand Saraswati, the Guru’s Will, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi & the Shankaracharyas of Jyotir Math.’

‘Roots of TM’ is the distillation of decades of research into the teachings of Maharishi, Guru Dev, and the Shankaracharya tradition.”

“Roots of TM” can be purchased through Amazon.
I (Laurie) haven’t read it yet, but I hope to read it soon.  I would love to hear peoples’ reaction to the book.  Personally, I’m most interested in learning if Maharishi spread the teaching of his Guru Dev whom he claimed to adore, or if he spread contrary teachings.


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