“His Holiness Vethathiri Maharishi was a seer and a social reformer who propagated the vision of world peace through cultivation of peace and harmony from Individual to family and ultimately from family to society for the positive transformation of our planet.”
- Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India
Thatvugnani Vethathiri Maharishi (14 August 1911 – 28 March 2006)
Vethathiri Maharishi was a spiritual leader, world peace activist, scientist, philosopher, Ayurvedic and homeopathic practitioner, and founder-trustee of the World Community Service Center in 1958 in Chennai, India. Vethathiri Maharishi was born on August 14, 1911, at Guduvancheri, a then tiny village near the city of Chennai, State of Tamil Nadu, South India. Though born in a simple weaver family, Vethathiri, through hard work, rose in his life and was leading a flourishing textile business in the 40s and 50s.
Maharishi Vethathiri envisioned 14 points plan for world peace :
His quest to find answers to 3 questions
i) What is God?
ii) What is life?
iii) Why is poverty in the world?
After spending several years of his young age in various minor employments, he established a textile business that grew to employ over 2000 workers on a profit sharing basis that would be thought progressive even today. He lived his life based on core values of Morality, Charity and Duty.
Although constantly busy with family and business matters, he always found time to pursue his deep desire to achieve self-realization and realization of the Truth. Several years of intense meditation and introspection brought him to full enlightenment at the age of thirty five
From a humble social origin, without formal academic education molded his living through the traditional profession of weaving, molded his body through Kayakalpa and Simplified Kundalini Yoga, molded his mind through introspection and meditation and had a living aim of World peace, with a way of life characterized by social welfare at the forefront.
He interpreted the Creation in the terms of modern physics, understood the secrets of human living and developed Simplified Kundalini Yoga system suitable to the modern living. His Theory of Universal Magnetism provides an alternative for the Big Bang theory and includes the concepts of the evolution of atoms and God particles. Maharishi has developed the plans which are based on the code of
i) Two Fold Moral Culture for Self and Individual,
ii) Five Fold Moral Culture for Individual and Society, Vethathirian
World Peace at its truest sense and undiluted essence carries conviction through the principles of Vethathirium. The vision foresees the world to be a plane of paradise where the sense of Duty-consciousness and Morality bestows the feelings of both oneness and glorious freedom to every human on earth.
At the invitation of the UNO, Shri Vethathiri Maharishi delivered a lecture and demonstration on physical and mental well-being at the Dag Hammarskjold auditorium, New York, on January 9, 1975.
The mission of Shri Vethathiri is a nutriment for building this planet with a reformed cultural structure which omnidirectionally draws inevitable, invincible noble humanitarian forces.
The nations of the world must unite, under the guidance of world leaders to ascertain the circumstances that are conducive for implementing the strategies to achieve sustainable peace worldwide, which is unquestionably conceivable through the tenets of Vethathirium.
Government of India released a commemorative stamp during the centenary celebration of our Founder Father Yogiraj Vethathiri Maharishi on 14th August 2010.
He presented a blueprint at United Nations for World Peace.
He founded over 300 yoga centres around the world and wrote about 80 books, many of which became academic textbooks. Tamil Nadu government has recently approved to teach his Simplified Kundalini Yoga at Schools.
He was declared the 19th Siddha by the Dravidian University.
A visionary who dedicated his life to happiness of humankind and World Peace.