Maharaji claims that his meditation techniques are ancient and that he is the only true teacher who is authorized to teach these techniques. See The Indian Background pages at www.ex-premie.org for a more complete description of these claims. Following are excerpts from that page:
A major part of the myth upon which Maharaji's cult has been built is based in the following claims:
Below are images from Micho Kushi's book, "The Book of Do-IN" which reveals in loving detail the very same meditation techniques that Maharaji teaches. Yet, there is no claim by Michio Kushi that he is "God incarnate" nor does Michio Kushi require selfless devotion to him in order to learn these techniques.
From the Kushi Institute's website Michio Kushi is described with the following:
A well known teacher and spokesperson, Mr. Kushi is also known for his dedication to the cause of world peace, and is the founder of The One Peaceful World Society. A prolific writer, Mr. Kushi is the author of several dozen books, including The Macrobiotic Way, The Cancer Prevention Diet, The Book of Macrobiotics, and One Peaceful World. Among his many recognitions, he has received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Society of Writers. Mr. Kushi was recently honored for his work in June, 1999, when the Smithsonian Institution announced the acquisition of his collected work as part of their permanent collection. Also in June, 1999, Mr. Kushi was asked to speak before the United States Congress during a hearing on the role of diet in relationship to breast cancer.
For more information on Michio Kushi please see www.kushiinstitute.org