Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent

Growing Up with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (by Mallika Chopra)

posted by Mallika Chopra

I learned transcendental meditation when I was 9. I think I met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time when I was 13, and for the next decade he was a major influence in my life. I remember sitting for endless hours with Maharishi – sometimes crowds of thousands of people, others times just with my parents and brother. Because of my father’s (Deepak Chopra) relationship with him, Maharishi was someone we knew, rather than someone we idolized.
When you were with Maharishi, it truly was like time did not exist. There was a sense of connection to something deeper. Maharishi was a visionary. He always spoke in grand, universal, mythic terms. Numbers were always infinite, possibilities endless, nothing too difficult to accomplish. He would talk about changing the world in sweeping terms, and then suddenly, focus on some minute detail. Since people from so many walks of life came to Maharishi, those endless hours were full of individuals who did different things, who came from every corner of the earth. Maharishi spoke a universal language that resonated with all of them. His language touched people’s souls. You could tune in and out of what he said, and still feel like you were experiencing something truly monumental.
As a young girl, I did not understand most of what was talked about, but I wanted to be there. I felt inspired, energetic, motivated and at peace. When we left him, I would run and shyly give him a rose, and he would give me a smile that always made me laugh.
Maharishi would talk with his sweet voice and then giggle – a giggle that then erupted into a wave of laughter that tickled those in his presence at their very souls. I will always remember the laughter around Maharishi. Around him, I felt happy and free and timeless. Even though I was shy, I could laugh with abandon – a laughter that was so uplifting.
I remember very clearly the evening my mother called me to tell me that she and my father had left Maharishi – for good. I was a senior at Brown University, and to me it was quite devastating because his presence had, in many ways, formed my identity. But, upon reflection, it was the natural step in a mythical relationship between a guru (Maharishi) and his disciple (my father). The comic books that my brother and I had read growing up had the same theme over and over again. At some time, the guru says good-bye, and the disciple moves on.
That evening, I went and got a red rose and headed to the local TM Center in Providence. The people there had always welcomed me as a daughter, and it had proved to be a quiet haven for me throughout college. I sat in the meditation room, the rose in my hand, and meditated for over an hour. When I came out of my meditation, I felt a tremendous sense of strength and peace.
I realized in that moment the wonderful gift that Maharishi had given me – the ability to connect to myself, to love myself, to laugh and feel connected to something universal.
Yesterday, when my father called to say that Maharishi had left, I felt that peace again. It has been more than 10 years since I last saw him, but his gift is still with me. When my father taught my elder daughter to meditate last summer, Maharishi’s gift was passed on to her.
Today, I plan to spread rose petals around my house with my two little girls. To honor Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, we will meditate and cuddle and play. And, most importantly, we will smile and laugh and celebrate.

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louise marble

posted February 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Thank you so very much Mallika for your’ thoughtful words and experiences with Maharishi has a young girl. It is nice to get an inside view from you and your’ brother. I remember the Chopra family with fondness amongst hundreds of people, looking a little bewildered at everything going on around you. All blessings…

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posted February 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Thank you so much for speaking so honestly, and wisely. What a beautiful gift for all of us at this time.

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posted February 20, 2008 at 10:04 am

Malika, Did you not want to know why DEEPAK left Maharishi?
I have a hunch, Chopra did not leave Maharishi. I think it was the otherway round. Guru did not approve of Deepak`s intense greed and
craviing for more and money to mint in whatever way he could.

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posted March 19, 2008 at 5:28 am

I attended a ‘school’ where I learned much about consciousness and got initiated into meditation. I attended for about 8 years (part time).
When I left for good, I missed much of the miraculous stuff that happened there but…the higher up I got, the more conflicts I had with policy and how to be in the world. This does not mean that the ‘holy man’ who flew in from India to do the initiation was not authentic nor that I did not learn much, but my path was different.
Not to be too specific, but in doing service to the school, all the jobs were gender specific. This & other things became more evident as you got higher up. I was more comfortable with a hammer in my hand than a dust cloth. But, the policies crept into every aspect of your life as time went on. I was so frightened when I left, that I had lost my chance for enlightenment. It is very difficult. They were not frauds, just not my path.
I believe Baba Ram Dass studied under the same person,Maharishi Mehesh Yogi. His stories about MMY are wonderful to read. I believe that both Deepak & Wayne Dyer are taking care of him since his stroke. They have the means to do so. Baba Ram Dass had given up his inheritance and spent his money ‘feeding & taking care of people’ as MMY told him to.
Whatever Deepak does on his path, is his karma. I don’t feel I am in any position to judge him & he has done a lot of good for me and others.
BTW – There is a book, it has been (I don’t know the proper term)re-published after many years – title= Stranger in a Strange Land.
At the end, what the main character tried to give away free was rejected until he started to charge for it. — Just a thought.
2nd. BTW- I do believe that everyone should have access to meditation regardless of their financial situation.
Gary, I’m sorry you are so angry with Deepak but if being generous is so important to you, there is ‘Habitat for Humanity’ & Bill Clinton wrote a book recently about GIVING. I don’t remember the title but saw the entire interview with him, and it is full of some many ways both small & large and everything in between, for everyone. You might want to look into it and get some ideas on how to be the opposite of what you despise.

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posted January 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Thank you for sharing Mallika. I have been doing TM for 25 years and also deeply respect your father and the great work he is doing as well as you and your brother. Thank you for your writing and your wonderful websites.

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posted April 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Baba Ram Dass did not study under Maharishi Mhesh Yogi. This is easily discovered by reading up on Richard Alpert.

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Dan Friedman

posted April 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Dear Mallika,

Reading your words made me feel as if I was with Maharishi.

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