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NOVEMBER 22, 2008

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At Maharishi’s invitation, Dr. Verrill spent many months at Meru in Holland in 1999.


First Meditation Guide Teacher Training Course, Catalina Island, 1961.


Dr. Verrill greets Maharishi at Los Angeles Airport in 1962.


The Verrills with Maharishi at Emerald Lake, Canada, where they participated in a course that drew meditators from Canada, U.S.A. and the Caribbean, September 1964.


Dr. Verrill receives his honorary Doctorate of World Peace from Dr. John Hagelin at Commencement, Maharishi University of Management, July 1, 2006.

Celebrating the life of
Dr. David Verrill

Founder of the Movement in the U.S.
Trustee of Maharishi University of Management.

On November 19, 2008, a memorial celebration was held at Maharishi University of Management for Dr. David Verrill, great Founder of Maharishi’s Movement in the United States. Dr. Bevan Morris, Raja John Hagelin, Michael Spivak, and Norin Isquith, among others, payed tribute to Dr. Verrill, followed by a special video presentation and a Maharishi Gandharva VedaSM concert.

Dr. David R. Verrill was born in Los Angeles and lived nearly all of his life within Los Angeles County. Although an English major in college, he worked in business and engineering during the Great Depression. After training aviation cadets in navigation during World War II, he developed and supervised airplane maintenance systems for the Flying Tigers Air Cargo Company for 26 years.

Dr. Verrill and his beloved wife Jessamine were among those who welcomed His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to the United States in 1959. They were among the earliest practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation® technique in the U.S., and energetically and devotedly supported all the earliest activities of Maharishi in the U.S. As a Meditation Guide and ultimately a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation, Dr. Verrill whispered infinity to many hundreds of fortunate citizens of the U.S.

Dr. Verrill held highly responsible leadership roles in all of Maharishi’s organizations in the U.S. to bring enlightenment and invincibility to the nation for 48 years—including his role as Trustee and Treasurer of the World Plan Executive Counci–USA (which became Maharishi Global Administration through Natural Law), a beloved Founding Trustee of Maharishi University of Management, and Director of Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation.

“He inspired all the succeeding generations of leaders of Maharishi’s Movement by his example of quiet, steady devotion to every task given to him by Maharishi,” said Dr. Morris.

Dr. Verrill devoted himself for 48 years to developing higher states of consciousness through his long daily practice of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi® program, including Yogic Flying, which he practiced twice every day in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome after he moved to M.U.M. in 2003.

Dr. Verrill was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Maharishi in 1987 in India in recognition of his role as a Founder of the Movement in the U.S., and he received a Doctorate of World Peace from Maharishi University of Management in 2006. A profound scholar of Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM, he developed deep insights into Maharishi’s teaching of the Constitution of the Universe, and an intimate understanding of the human physiology as Veda, as revealed by His Majesty Maharaja Raja Raam.

Inspiring all coming generations through his speech and writings—many of which have been recently published in his book, Oceans upon Oceans of Knowledge—Dr. Verrill eloquently expressed his deep appreciation of Maharishi’s gift of Total Knowledge. In one of his essays, entitled Tribute to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Dr. Verrill wrote, “Feeling a duty and privilege to give tribute and gratitude for the happiness and longevity that was made possible for me, I wish to point out the power that is in our hands (yours and mine) in our ability to make right decisions.”

Dr. Verrill will be deeply missed by all of us in Maharishi’s world family.

Oceans upon Oceans of Knowledge can be downloaded as a pdf document or purchased through MUM Press.

View a 1987 video clip from India showing how Maharishi honored David and Jessamine Verrill, and Arthur and Christina Granville as Founders of the Movement in the U.S.

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