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Maharishi’s Early Years of Teaching: 1965 – 1975

Image of Maharishi * Maharishi's Early Years of Teaching: 1965 - 1975

“The course you have created is outstanding! You pulled out all the stops with the videos and the whole presentation.” —LM

This is an 11-lesson online course to be viewed at your convenience. Each lesson is about 1 hour and 15 minutes and the entire course takes about 14 hours to complete.

Free Talk: View Lesson One Here.

Course Leader: Dr. John Boncheff

Prerequisites: This course is open to all Meditators, Sidhas, and TM Teachers. Maharishi’s First Years of Teaching: 1954 – 64 is not a prerequisite for this course.

Course Fee:

  • $125 general tuition fee
  • $75 discounted course fee for full-time students, full-time TM organization staff, and low-income retirees
  • India, South Africa, and certain other countries have a discounted rate of $35. Please locate your country in the form and find and enter your rate.

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Course Description

Dr. John Boncheff presents this exciting new course which explores Maharishi’s journeys beginning with the year 1965 and continuing until Maharishi proclaims the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment on January 12, 1975.

The course includes the following:

  • Rare talks by Maharishi on enlightenment, higher states of consciousness, and world peace.
  • Many pamphlets and news articles presented for the first time.
  • Maharishi’s trips to South America and to Iran in 1967, covered in his own words.
  • Maharishi’s interactions with many celebrities, including the Beatles, including several rare talks in which Maharishi reviews these events. Rare footage and news articles describing these events will also be presented.
  • Maharishi talks about the beginning of scientific research on the TM® technique.
  • Maharishi talks about the unique structure of the Science of Creative Intelligence®.
  • The Teacher Training Courses from 1966 to 1970 in Rishikesh, as well as the courses in Estes Park, Mallorca, Fiuggi, and La Antilla.
  • Several talks by Maharishi in which he describes sudden insights that cause him to change the direction of his movement in 1971 and 1974.
  • An examination of how Maharishi gradually unfolded his seven states of consciousness, including a sequential unfolding of Unity Consciousness over a three-year period.


Dr. John Boncheff

Dr. John Boncheff, PhD

Dr. Boncheff is a longtime teacher in Maharishi’s organization and has taught the TM technique to over 2,500 people. He was also awarded two PhDs in Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM 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 is excellent and you absolutely must take it! Maharishi’s talks were perfectly chosen and were profound — producing deep revelations, clarification, and so much more. John’s comments were deeply insightful. This is one of the best, if not the best, courses I have ever taken.” —BM

“Dr. Boncheff is a wonderful teacher. It was magical going through the early years of the movement with him. This course is for everybody.” —LS

“It is a heartwarming journey of following Maharishi through the years and seeing various familiar people and places. It is also an opportunity to hear Maharishi on some precious videos never seen before. Kudos to Dr. John for his appreciated and valued efforts to bring out this precious knowledge and information. Thank you so much.” —CT

“It was a walk down memory lane for me. John hit on all the high points as I remember, and used input from the class to refine any point he wasn’t certain of. I enjoyed his teaching style and his enthusiasm. Keep up the good work! This is wonderfully refreshing.” —GP

“Wonderful.” —CB

“I loved every minute.” —KJ

“Enlightening description of the growth of the TM movement and bringing out the finer aspects of growth in consciousness.” —GK

“I found the course material to be very well organized, and I enjoyed the pace, which was quick. Everything flowed harmoniously and intelligently.” —PN

“We loved the selection of videotaped lectures, and the way John threaded them into the story of the decade–and also honored each one as a new expression of Maharishi’s thought. Watching each lesson was such a blessing to us, through the grace of Guru Dev.” —CB & SB

“The course is so inspiring and uplifting. There are many beautiful tapes of Maharishi, many that we had not seen before, and photos of times when there was no video. It’s just wonderful.” —JC & MC

“Wonderful course that shed light on things I have wondered about for years. Also saw several beautiful older tapes I’d never seen. Thank you so much Dr. B!” —BW

“I started TM in 1972. I worked in the Kitchens of MIU in Santa Barbara and then in Fairfield. I worked for a couple of months in the kitchen in Weggis Switzerland. … I have loved seeing all the pictures and videos. Thank you so much!!” — KJ

“Very good. It provides a wonderful, insightful perspective on the multi-dimensional history of the Movement… a much deeper understanding of Maharishi’s sense of purpose, the great amplitude of his vision for the world…” —GT

“Very exciting! It felt like having your favorite museum come to you and, as a bonus, you get to keep replicas of anything you fancy.” —AW

“It was wonderful to explore those early years of Maharishi’s teaching through the videos and written materials. His message never changed. … Beautiful course, which brings back so many memories of those early days when we were young teachers and Maharishi was guiding our steps.” —RB

“I loved this course and all the people who made it possible. Paul was wonderful and kept the course right on target. Dr. John is amazing in his knowledge and detail and so funny. I loved his wit. He made us all feel like family. And Mary Leete is a life saver with her presence in answering all my emails. A big hug to Mary. Thank you to all I didn’t mention. Thanks for a great course.” —LC

“It is informative and especially interesting for the ‘old timers’ of the movement who lived through these years.” —SF

“This course provides deep insight into how innocently and naturally Maharishi imparted and developed the Knowledge based on Nature’s promptings. It was a joy to follow his thinking and decisions unfold though time. Dr. Boncheff did a masterful job in organizing the narrative of Maharishi’s story through rare videos and archival materials. A very blissful experience.” —SH

“Through the beautiful audio and video tapes of Maharishi, my understanding of the mechanics of creation and evolution has been greatly enhanced. As a result, my TM and TM-Sidhi program have been super charged. Thank you so much, John. I look forward to taking your next course.” —SA

“This is a great informative background of just how much Maharishi accomplished during the first 30 years of his travels and teaching. He was truly a visionary.” —CB

“Very organized and presented extremely well.” —JK

“This course was an invitation into the exploration of Maharishi’s unfolding plan to bring heaven on earth. Dr. Boncheff shared with the enthusiasm of a genuine archivist with attention to detail. His humility also conveyed the Ultimate Mystery of much we can not as yet understand. … I look forward to part three.” —KD

“These years covered the time period when I became a teacher (and used many of the printed materials), thus it was personally rewarding to remember — especially with all the delightful behind-the-scenes stories! And a great blessing to see many videos for the first time and to hear new aspects of Maharishi’s teachings. Dr. Boncheff’s humor and depth of understanding were delightful.” —SH

“I would say this course offers a valuable perspective to those of us who lived in the 1960s and 1970s, when the TM movement was in its relative infancy. … The course dramatically recounted how, amidst all that turmoil, all those distractions, there was Maharishi, steadfast and calm and a beacon of light. The contrast was so remarkable. The course gave me a whole new perspective on how the laws of nature were operating during those years.” —JG

“I loved this course. It was like getting to know Maharishi in a different kind of personal way by reviewing and learning of all his travels, initiations, relationships, and how friendly and personable he was. It was seeing him in a broader perspective and learning of his influence in the whole world.” —LC

“From such simple beginnings, Maharishi accomplished so much in a short time in saving mankind. There were video tapes of Maharishi that added to my knowledge of pure consciousness. … It was wonderful to see the evolution of Maharishi’s movement from the earliest stages and to be reminded of the historical context of that evolution. Also, there were many gems of video tapes with Maharishi masterfully bringing out knowledge appropriate to the time and experiences. Dr. Boncheff did a great job of conveying the exciting times.” —RD

“The presentation of the evolution of knowledge of higher states of consciousness, CC, GC, Unity, Brahman, was very well done. Thank you, Dr. Boncheff, for Maharishi’s Early Years of Teaching, 1965-1975. This second segment, following the already-stellar first segment, 1955-1964, portends great momentum for future segments. Bravo! Congratulations! May you enjoy producing them as much as we really enjoy seeing them. Thank you, again.” —EL

“The connectivity of people involved from the early days to the present, across decades and continents, shows a peace and joy rarely witnessed. [Taking this course is] a journey of understanding Maharishi on his path of enlightenment of the world.” —DE

“John gives details that I have never heard before. His love of Maharishi and his extensive experience interacting with Maharishi and working under Maharishi’s personal direction make John a treasure house of stories, told from his unique viewpoint, that give angles I would otherwise miss. See the sample lesson and go by your own pleasure. Each lesson is distinct and takes on the flavor of the year he’s talking about, but John’s style of sharing is similar throughout.” —JW

“I gained tremendous appreciation for the depth of knowledge and the brilliance of Maharishi and his dependence on the laws of nature to support the teaching and its spread around the world, and for the tremendous love and effort of people in the early movement — the idealism of young people who recognized the gift.” —PN

“This course is much more than a detailed historical account of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation program. It is filled with invaluable timeless knowledge of the workings of the process of human evolution.” —SA

“Great way to better understand the extent of MMY’s work and contribution.” —AA


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
This course is open to all TM Meditators, TM Teachers, and those advanced TM Meditators who have graduated from the TM-Sidhi course. You do not need to have taken Maharishi’s First Years of Teaching to take this 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 longer.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at ce@miu.edu. Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 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. And the website is https://maharishi.miu.edu.

How can I contact the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections?
Please email archives@miu.edu.


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