Following the death of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, I wrote a little about how his teachings were not bona fide, and some of his followers came here and expressed their disapproval. For example I was told that MMY was respectful to the Hare Krishna movement, and we should also respect him.
I’ve never paid much attention to the teachings of MMY, and most of what I know about it has been through what Srila Prabhupada has said about him. My impression from Srila Prabhupada is that MMY was a bogus guru. Srila Prabhupada often characterized him as such. Just a moment ago I inadvertently found one such example:
Interviewer: The whole world has heard of the Maharishi Mahesh. Is he part of your order?
Prabhupada: No. I have heard so much in the paper.
Interviewer: He is the world’s most famous guru at the present time.
Prabhupada: He’s not guru. But he’s advertised his name like that (laughs)…
Interviewer: So many of the people are going to him for meditation. Is meditation part of your philosophy?
Prabhupada: Yes. But meditation as this Maharshi or any other swami or…, are professing, that is not exactly the process of meditation. The standard meditation is described in Bhagavad-gita. That is very difficult job. You have to select a solitary place, you have to sit in a certain posture, you have to regulate your life, complete celibacy, eating, sleeping… There are so many rules and regulations that that sort of meditation is absolutely impossible for the present way of life. For the present generation, the chanting, vibration of holy name of God, is recommended in the scriptures.
Srila Prabhupada specifically said that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a false guru, and describes his teachings as contrary to Bhagavad-gita. Do the MMY followers expect me to contradict Srila Prabhupada? If so, what does that say about their disciplic succession, if they have one?