Philosopher Shri/Mr. Vethathiri Maharishi was born in the year 1911 in an indigent
weaver’s family at Guduvancheri, a small village near Chennai (Madras), Tamilnadu,
Southern part of India. Constrained to go even without the barest necessities of
life, despite toiling at the handloom from early morning to late night, his formal
schooling stopped with standard III, he educated himself to the level of Standard
IX. From his childhood days his quench of thirst for knowledge leads to find answers
for following 3 important questions: “Who is God?” “What is life?” “Why does poverty
exist in the world?” He grew up into a self-educated man and a profound thinker.
Through research and cogitation, he was able to obtain unequivocal answers to the
questions by the time he was thirty-five.
Entering service in the Postal Audit office, Chennai (Madras) on a monthly salary
of Rs.15/-, he also did part time work selling tooth-powder and milk. He became
a qualified physician in the systems of indigenous Medicines Viz., Ayurveda, Siddha
and Homeopathy. Resigning from Government service in his 35th year, he went back
to the weaving trade where his business-acumen brought in unprecedented material
prosperity. The entire business crashed out overnight and he had to eke out a livelihood
by selling rice-pudding. By then, he had fortified his mind through meditation and
philosophy and so could sail through the calamity without falling prey to bitterness.
Through sustained research in the philosophies of ancient south indian(Tamil) Siddha
saints, such as Thirumoolar, Thiruvalluvar, Thayumanavar and Ramalingar, and meditation
on self, he formulated a complete science of living for the betterment of mankind
and has given all is research in very simple manner that even a layman can understand
hence he was also called as layman’s Philosopher i.e. in Tamil language (“Pa Maranin
He came to the firm conviction that training of the mind, introspection and reformation
of the habits are necessary for achieving success, peace, happiness, and wisdom.
Hence he systematized a science of living (SKY System) as follows.
The SKY system compiled by Shri Vethathri Maharishi consists of 4 main aspects
• SKY Exercise - 9 stage simplified physical exercises.
• SKY Meditation - basic to advance levels.
• Kayakalpa yoga – Life force, Biomagnetism, Mind and Body.
• Introspection – Analysing, Correcting and living as per realized
Vethathiri Maharishi founded The World Community Service Centre (WCSC) in 1958 to
bring peace in society through peace in the individual. Society is made up of individual
human beings. Hence, peace must emanate from individuals, then permeate the family,
and then to the society at large. Ultimately world peace will blossom. Vethathiri
Maharishi has visited foreign countries on many occasions and has taught extensively
in U.S.A., Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Democratic Republic of Korea and Japan.
He also had spoken at the United Nations in the year of 1974 about the importance
of Spiritual education for the development of mankind and world peace. More than
millions of people around the world have benefited by practicing his philosophy
and technique of the SKY system.
He has lived and taught his Philosophy for almost 55 years in simple, rational language,
using modern terms so that it could be understood by the majority. Ultimately, through
dedication of mind, anyone could experience the subjective phenomena life- force,
mind and Truth. Through his own realization of Truth he synthesized and expounded
the philosophies of Universal magnetism, bio-magnetism, evolution of universe, evolution
of living beings and Unified force theory (Vethathiri Model of Universe). He has
systemized a way for realization of God (Self).