(Maharishi Sadashiva Isham)
The life of every
person is sacred. The revelation of that sacredness is often
revealed by a person's contribution to humanity. In many cases,
that contribution is only revealed after death. Maharishi
Sadashiva Isham (MSI) was such an individual. MSI's life was
punctuated by the desire to know. His search was not for knowledge
but for Truth. Truth was most important to him and he shared that
Truth in total commitment to healing the world.
Born April 13, 1949
in Seattle, Washington, MSI's early life was marked by a desire to
find meaning in a seemingly lonely and cruel world. His
frustration from feeling different and alone was blanketed by a
firm hope that one day he would discover the purpose of life.
After graduating Phi
Beta Kappa, Cum Laude in English from the University of
Washington, MSI met his teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of
Transcendental Meditation (TM.) MSI entered into a formal
teacher/student relationship with Maharishi and became a TM
teacher shortly thereafter. He eventually found himself in
Fairfield, Iowa, home of the TM University with a wife and two
children. Content in his experience of expanding consciousness, he
settled into a quiet lifestyle of writing books and designing and
His life was
thoroughly shattered in 1988 when, in a matter of months, he lost
his business, his money, his house and his family through divorce.
Considering his loss an omen, and disenchanted with the rules
surrounding TM, he began a new quest for the meaning and purpose
During a journey to
the Himalayas, MSI found the Ishayas, an ancient order of monks
founded by the Apostle John. From them, MSI learned the techniques
collectively known as the Ishayas' Ascension that he would later
bring to the world. His first book, First
Thunder, is a fictionalized account of his journey.
After 18 months, the Ishayas instructed him to return to the
outside world to share his story with the rest of humanity.
When he returned to
the West, MSI knew he had the tools to change the world, yet
virtually no one would listen to him. Finally, after four years of
traveling the US, and authoring five books, he saw the seed of his
commitment begin to sprout. He founded the Society for Ascension,
a non-profit educational organization dedicated to spreading the
Ishayas Teachings. In less than two years, the first group of
three teachers grew to more than one hundred. Ascension is
spreading to many foreign countries, with centers opening around
North America and the world.
MSI lived to see the
message of Ascension firmly rooted in fertile soil and spreading
throughout the world. He passed from this world on August 12,
1997. The message of his life -- that perfection on Earth is not
only possible but imminent -- is gathering momentum and
manifesting in the rapid growth of consciousness seen in all who
practice the simple techniques of the Ishayas.
an Introductory Talk