Aims of the Charity

Maharishi Vedic Institute is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation number 025-663-NPO. The aim of the charity is to advance the education of the public by offering courses and services of the highest quality to develop the full mental and creative potential of the individual, including Transcendental Meditation and its Advanced Techniques. The main courses offered are in Transcendental Meditation, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and related Advanced Techniques and knowledge programmes. Maharishi Vedic Institute is the only official organisation to offer these courses in South Africa. Maharishi Vedic Institute publicises its services widely to inform members of the public about the benefits, and maintains about seven Transcendental Meditation Centres run by qualified Teachers of Transcendental Meditation.

Working with other agencies

Regular consultations with education, health-care, business and other professionals are organised to plan the implementation of the Charity's services in different areas of society e.g. to promote Consciousness-Based Education - a scientifically validated programme to eliminate stress and promote academic excellence amongst students and teachers - widely throughout South Africa in schools.

Fund raising

Fund raising, through appeals for donors, is undertaken by the Charity to enable it to provide the necessary funds to support the implementation of Maharishi's programmes in areas of special need. It will also consider applications for scholarships for those on low incomes.

Research supported

Maharishi Vedic Institute encourages and supports independent academic institutions to carry out scientific research into the benefits of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques. More than 600 scientific studies, conducted at 250 independent universities and institutions in 33 countries and published in over 100 of the world's leading scientific journals, have already documented the wide-ranging benefits for every aspect of life: mind, body, behaviour, and society.

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Why insist on Maharishi Foundation® Teachers?

Approved Teachers have been certified by Maharishi Vedic Institute®, a professional self-regulating body that maintains the standards of teaching throughout South Africa.

Transcendental Meditation has been taught in South Africa since the early 1970s. Maharishi Vedic Institute is affiliated to a worldwide network of non-profit organisations authorised by Maharishi to train and certify teachers.