TM'ers are sheltered and don't know even the basics of Indian tradition especially how one becomes a swami or an acharya. From what I know of MMY he was never an acharya so it would be considered inappropriate for him to be in the holy tradition or a "guru dev" himself. I've never even read if he was ever given a swami title which can be granted at an earlier stage. It also depends on how the Shankara tradition hands out titles.

On 12/03/2014 10:37 AM, salyavin808 wrote:

Did you have the tradition painting at your puja? I just had the GD portrait.

Come to think of it, we had a massive holy tradition painting /without/ Maharishi in it at both academies I lived in. And I remember thinking the one with him in it was a bit rubbish when I first saw it. Like they'd added him in that pose to associate him with the others but in a fake devotional way rather than the "I'm just as good as them" way that they - and undoubtably he - liked to be thought of.

Or is my memory bad and he's always been there?

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Well, we all know what the original painting that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi commissioned to show his position within the Shankaran tradition looks like:

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Here's the version used by students of Thom Knoles when they teach "Vedic Meditation":

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And here's the version used by devotees of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

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No violation of copyright obviously, even though the original painting was commissioned BY Maharishi and was his own design, from what I understand.

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