Meditation is one of the oldest therapies to keep mind and soul free from disturbances. Since ages, it is done to relax mind, spiritual and health. History of meditation is unknown. Nobody knows the exact history how it started and who started it. But people say different stories of it. Some say that it has started 5000 years ago. In ancient time, men used to do meditation by staring at flame of fire that if flickering. From that time many different types of meditation techniques developed and then it began to spread in Asia. In about 60â€™s or 70â€™s, meditation became popular in United States. And after it, meditation got spread in different parts of the world.
Founders and Gurus of Meditation
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Eminent name in the field of meditation is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He is the founder of one of the highly practiced meditation techniques - Transcendental Meditation.
After founding Transcendental Meditation 40 years ago, his disciples are in the process to build Maharishi Vedic Universities to impart knowledge about spiritual practice and Natural law of this universe to the people from all over the world.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji is popular for his multi-faceted social activist attitude. He has contributed in poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all and campaigns against female feticide and child labor. He is the founder of Art of Living in the year 1981.
This place is an educational and humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization and it is engaged in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Value of this organization has spread over 140 countries. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has reached over 300 million people worldwide through personal interactions, teachings, public events, humanitarian initiatives and Art of Living workshops.
One of the most value based spiritual university of the world is Brahma Kumaris. The full name of this institution is Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. This global university firmly believes in parenthood of God and brotherhood of man. This is one of the peaceful spiritual shelters for entire globe irrespective of their caste, creed, age, sex, and status.
Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya has two other institutions, namely Raj Yoga Education and Research Foundation and Brahma Kumaris Academy for a Better World. These all are dedicated to the goal of establishing a Value-based spiritual growth. The main focus of these centers is development of human potential through soul-reaching by meditation.
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji
With the sweet smile and calm face, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji has dedicated his life for the betterment of human being. He is popularly known as Maharajji by his millions of devotees.
He resides at his ashrams at Mangarh, Barsana and Vrindaban where he spreads his Krishna Bhakti to all of his devotees through satsang. In his ashramas, special chanting and other performance are done on Janmashtmi ,Holi, Radha Ashtmi, Guru Poornima, Sharat Poornima, Diwali etc. He often visits different cities to make people's heart glow with his divine power.