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Maharishi’s First Years of Teaching: 1954 -1964

“Best MIU Continuing Education course ever! A timeless course” —EM

This is a self-paced, self-study online course which consists of eleven lessons approximately 1.5 hours each.

Free Talk: Please register for free with the Maharishi Global Archives website to view the first lesson.

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Course Leader: Dr. John Boncheff

Course Fee: $75 special pricing during this coronavirus time.

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Course Description

In the 1950’s, meditation was usually thought of as something just for those willing to live a monastic life in a religious order. In 1954, one man changed all that — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. With his introduction of the easy-to-learn Transcendental Meditation technique, Maharishi spawned a global revolution in the understanding, teaching, practice, and scientific investigation of meditation.

In this 11-lesson, self-paced course, John Boncheff, Ph.D., takes us back to those early days of Maharishi’s life, work, and teaching. Far from being a mere popular history of time and place, this series delves deep into Maharishi’s groundbreaking contributions and the evolution of his message over time, as seen through rare recordings, official transcripts, and original publications — many of which are newly acquired by the Maharishi Archives and Collections at the MIU Depository.


Dr. John Boncheff, PhD

Dr. Boncheff is a longtime teacher in Maharishi’s organization and has taught TM to over 2,500 people. He was also awarded two PhDs in Maharishi Vedic Science directly from Maharishi. The first was in Nyaya and the second was in Jyotish.

Currently Dr. Boncheff works as the video archivist for the Maharishi Foundation and is also the Co-Director of the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections at MIU where he is choosing the most inspiring and relevant talks and publications about Maharishi’s early years of teaching from its newly-acquired collections containing over 2,000 talks by Maharishi and 20,000 documents and records.


This course contains many gems of insight on Maharishi, SRM, the Gita, and sequential unfoldment of the TM Movement. Even more than that, it gave us Maharishi. Many of us weren’t around in those early years, and this course put us there with him during the early events as if we were living them along with him. What a gift!

Best MIU Continuing Education course ever! A timeless course —EM

Very blissful! Watching Maharishi’s journey to bless the world unfold from the small seed of desire to travel down from the Himalayas to the expansion of the world wide movement is very moving. —LG

A soothing cosmic bath of Maharishi Darshan —DO


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
This course is open to all TM Meditators, and all TM Teachers and all those advanced TM Meditators who have graduated from the TM-Sidhis course.

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for at least one year after signing up or after they are posted, whichever is later.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests them before starting the third class.

Where are the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections located?
Currently they are located downstairs in the MIU Library.

How can I contact the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections?
Please email


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