Whether the name/title 'Maharishi' was initially self-applied or not, 
it most likely that it started with someone mishearing his name 
(Mahesh) or someone using the term 'Mahashay' (Mahashay = adj.&n.mas. 
magananimous, munificent, a term of respect, sir, master, mister.) 
Certainly the signing of his own name as 'Mahsh' in the 1955 
publication of 'Beacon Light of the Himalayas' seems to strengthen 
the arguament that he had a hand in the change of name.

But whatever the reason he got to be known as 'Maharshi' the real 
question is whether or not Maharishi Mahesh Yogi deserves this 
name/title? Some definitely seem to think so. But it appears that 
many do not see him as a 'great sage' and are troubled at having to 
use the 'Maharishi' tag, so instead they call him 'Mahesh Yogi'. But 
this form of address also presents another problem, there are those 
who question his right to be called a 'yogi' (a practioner or adept 
of yoga), so they refer to him simply as 'Mahesh'. 

Incidentally, on the topic of name/title who can remember when/by 
whom/&why the name 'Brenda' was coined?


--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "peterklutz" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> In the ongoing battle at wikipedia certain editors have taken to the
> practice of referring to MMY as simply Mahesh.
> Aside the fact that the only name MMY has been known by for the last
> fifty or so years is MMY, I was under the impression that he has
> actually been given this name in keeping with the tradition he comes
> from. 
> I.e. Mahesh was given the full name Maharishi Mahesh Yogi when his
> peers/tradition over fifty years ago cognized him to be (1) a yogi 
> well as (2) a great seer.
> Anyone?

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