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The 91 year-old Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is laying down his leadership of the Transcendental Meditation movement he founded.
The announcement was made by TM movement spokesman Rik Jung at the organization’s headquarters in the Netherlands.
“The Maharishi wants to continue working in a more quiet atmosphere,” Jung says. “At his advanced age he isn’t walking as going as fast as he used to.”
Maharishi began his worldwide TM Movement on December 31, 1957, in India. In 1990 he took residence in the Dutch village of Vlodrop, in the province of Limburg. According to his spokeman, Maharishi has not yet decided whether he will remain there.
Prior to his announcement, Maharishi set up a leadership structure for each country and for the entire world. World leader will be Maharaja Nader Raam. Thirteen ministers and 27 so-called raja’s will help him. They will bear the responsibility for the movement in various countries.
In the new structure, the Netherlands has been divided into eight regions. Leader of the Dutch branch is raja Willem. Director is Paul Gelderloos.
On Monday, building commended on the movement’s property in Vlodrop of a ‘Maharishi Tower’ in Maharishi’s honor.
“In this tower the immeasurably invaluable Total Knowledge of Maharishi will be kept safe for all mankind,” raja Willem claims. According to him the tower will also be the model for ‘Towers of Invinsibility’ which will be erected in 192 countries.
The dedication ceremony in Vlodorp was attended by all important leaders of the TM Movement.