Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the creation of world peace: part I — a literature review and thematic analysis

Fergusson, Lee (2018) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the creation of world peace: part I — a literature review and thematic analysis. Journal of Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, 6. pp. 35-88. ISSN 2207-4783


A cursory review of publicly available literature suggests Maharishi Mahesh Yogi dedicated a significant portion of his life to articulating theories and principles of world peace and working tirelessly towards applying them. From 1955 onwards, he wrote extensively on the topic of
individual and collective peace, including analyses of the nature and origins of peace, the relationship of individual peace to world peace, the contribution of individual consciousness to collective consciousness with a focus on the phenomenon of ‘coherence’, the nature of ‘invincibility’ and its relation to peace in social, physical and biological systems, and the role of stress in creating disharmony and imbalance in world consciousness as
they manifest in violence, terrorism and war.

Maharishi also presented his ‘Philosophy of World Peace’, his ‘Fundamentals of World Peace’, and several versions of his ‘Absolute Theory of Defence’, and he published specialist white papers on world peace directed to the United Nations and other international organizations
like UNESCO and the World Health Organization. He even commented on speeches by world leaders, such as those of Leonard Brezhnev, then chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R., while promoting evidence-based methods and programs for creating peace and launching a global research program to investigate them.

In order to capture and codify what Maharishi wrote about peace, this Part I of a two-part series of research papers seeks to identify Maharishi’s main themes of world peace through an analysis of his publications from 1955 to 2015. The paper draws from an archive of 170 published
documents by or attributable to Maharishi between those years, using this foundational material to unearth primary sources of the themes and thereby methodically create a framework for comprehending and presenting Maharishi’s views on the topic of world peace across five decades.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © 2018 Maharishi Vedic Research Institute.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 05:03
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, world peace, thematic analysis, literature review, themes of peace, philosophy of world peace
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

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