--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "curtisdeltablues" 
> 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 as
> > > > well as (2) a great seer.
> His own account is that the press gave him that title when they
> described him for his library lectures as "a great Mahariahi from 
> the North".   I think we can all agree that when the press gives 
> you a title you have the right to claim it as your name right?

As Marek wrote here last year:

> A lot of titles and spiritual designations in India of different
> "holy" personages are the result of virtually arbitrary choice that
> sometimes receive popular acclaim. Ramana Maharishi's title of
> Maharishi was bestowed upon him by one of his first disciples,
> Ganapati Muni, who recognized in him the spiritual depths in which
> he was constantly immersed. The title/name stuck. In our training
> under Maharishi we learned to refer to Guru Dev as "His Divinity", 
> a title that Maharishi writes was conferred on Guru Dev when he was
> Shankaracharya by his own disciples. That's the way they saw Guru
> Dev. Many of us do, too.

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