Showing posts with label Rishikesh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rishikesh. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is Rishikesh In India?


Rishikesh  is a city and a holy location (tirtha) in Uttar Pradesh's Himalayan foothills.

Rishikesh is around fifteen miles up the Ganges River from Haridwar, India's holiest city.

Rishikesh, like many other places along the Ganges, is known mainly as a bathing (snana) destination, but it is also known as a haven for ascetics, notably at the ashrams in the region near Lakshman Jhula.

Rishikesh is also unique as a spiritual destination for having no specific charter myth.

According to legend, here is where the deity Rama kills numerous demons, allowing the sages to perform their offerings without interference.

According to another legend, here is where Rama does penance (prayashchitta) for slaying the demon-king Ravana.

In a third myth, Rishikesh is the location where a sage called Raibhya sees the divinity Vishnu.

Rama's brother Bharata is commemorated at Rishikesh's most renowned temple.

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Hinduism - Who Is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Or Mahesh Prasad Verma?


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,  (b. Mahesh Prasad Verma, 1911) - Transcendental Meditation is a religious method developed by this Hindu instructor (TM).

The Maharishi ("Great Sage") was educated as an engineer, but after meeting one of the Shankaracharyas, the most significant modern Hindu religious leaders, he abandoned the world.

For the following twelve years, he resided with Shankaracharya in search of spiritual understanding.

He founded an ashram in Rishikesh, but he was little recognized until he met the Beatles, a British musical group that journeyed to India on pilgrimage with him.

TM teachers toured American college campuses in the early 1970s, preaching the physiological and spiritual advantages of meditation and offering them (for a charge) a mantra or holy sound that would provide them with these benefits.

Meditation, according to TM proponents, has a calming influence on the broader environment, resulting in lower crime, stress, and hostility.

During this time, Maharishi International University was founded as a teaching center for TM at the old Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa.

Maharishi University established a curriculum in the late 1970s to teach individuals how to gain the six traditional superhuman abilities (siddhis).

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