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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Religious Figure
    (January 12, 1917-February 5, 2008)
    Born in Jabalpur, India
    Birth name is Mahesh Prasad Varma
    Founder of Transcendental Meditation (TM)
    Founded the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa
    Celebrity followers during the 60s included the Beatles, the Beach Boys and various Rolling Stones
    TM has been taught to an estimated 5 million people
    John Lennon broke with him, accusing him of making sexual advances on his female followers.
    TM allegedly teaches 'yogic flying' although no one publicly has gone beyond stage one, bouncing in the lotus position.
    He tried to raise $7 billion to train 40,000 yogic flyers who would bring peace to the world.
    As evidence of the power of TM, MUM reported that 4,000 meditators had reduced the crime rate in Washington, DC, between June and July of 1993.
    During the time of the experiment, the murder rate in Washington actually reached its all-time high.
    The MUM explained that there was an 18% reduction in the crime rate from what it would have been without the meditators.
    George Harrison defended him, claiming the womanizing rumors were inspired by jealousy.
    TM can successfully lower blood pressure.
    Is $7 billion that big a price for world peace?

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