* Following prolonged clapping from the vast audience, Maharishi said: ‘When this is the response from Mother Nature on the thought of spiritually regenerating the world through this practice, we’ll inaugurate a world movement, we’ll inaugurate Spiritual Regeneration Movement here tomorrow evening.’

* ‘We believe men are in need of something that would develop their latent faculties, help them to rise above the cares and anxieties of life to a high pedestal of peace and happiness and increased efficiency in the field of action. Such men do not belong to any one particular province or land, and they are not the followers of any one religion or philosophy. They are the citizens of the universe and are scattered all over the world, following different religions. For them all is meant this Spiritual Regeneration Movement.’ (Maharishi, 1 January, Madras, India)

1963 Maharishi’s Year of the Science of Being and Art of Living: Maharishi gives to the world his first book,The Science of Being and Art of Living.

1964 Maharishi’s Year of God Consciousness: In response to the growing experiences of higher states of consciousness, Maharishi explains experiences of Transcendental Meditation in terms of Transcendental Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness, and God Consciousness.

1965 Maharishi’s Year of Bhagavad-Gita: Maharishi explains experiences of Transcendental Meditation in terms of the Vedic Principle of Action—Nishkam karma yoga Yogastha kuru karmani: Established in Being, perform action.

• Maharishi completes his commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, the first six chapters(Bhagavad-Gita, A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1–6).

1966 Maharishi’s Year of Academy of Meditation: Maharishi inaugurates the first International Academy of Meditation in Shankaracharya Nagar, Rishikesh, India.

1967 Maharishi’s Year of Unity Consciousness: Maharishi explains the nature of Unity Consciousness, the pinnacle of human evolution, and inaugurates the first European Meditation Academy in Bremen, Germany.

1968 Maharishi’s Year of Students: The Students International Meditation Society is founded in many countries, and for the first time video technology is used to record an entire course taught by Maharishi for one month in Squaw Valley, USA.

1969 Maharishi’s Year of Supreme Knowledge: Maharishi comments on the Brahm Sutra, the textbook of Vedant—Unity Consciousness.

1970 Maharishi’s Year of Scientific Research: The first scientific research on Transcendental Meditation is published. (In the years which follow, more than 600 scientific research studies are conducted at over 230 independent universities and research institutes in 35 countries, validating the profound benefits of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme for the individual and for every area of society, including health, education, business, industry, rehabilitation, defence, agriculture, and government.)

• Maharishi receives the Man of Hope Award—given ‘To him who seeks to uplift the human spirit’.