The rise of spiritual gurus' empire of wealth

India Today/November 2015

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was born in Jabalpur as Mahesh Prasad Varma, achieved fame in the 1970s and became famous as the spiritual adviser to The Beatles and other celebrities.

He founded the Transcendental Meditation- Sidhi programme, which claimed to offer practitioners the ability to levitate and to "create" world peace. When he died on February 5, 2008, his businesses were estimated to be valued at $2 billion $5 billion. The real estate was valued at another $5 billion.

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