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Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website is owned and operated by Stichting MERU/MVU – Maharishi European Research University – Maharishi Vedic University.

We are registered in the Netherlands in the commercial register Roermond under the registration number 41149508, and our registered office is at Station 24, 6063 NP Vlodrop, the Netherlands.

Our principal place of business is at Station 24, 6063 NP Vlodrop, the Netherlands.

You can contact us in case of questions regarding the privacy of your data:

(a)    by post, to the postal address given above;

(d)   by email: dpo [at] maharishi [dot] net.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

User account data

For users that register on our website, we store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

We collect information about you during the checkout process on our store. This information includes your name,  email address, and country.

Handling this data also allows us to:
– Process your purchase
– Send you important account/order/service information.
– Respond to your queries, refund requests, or complaints.
– Process payments and to prevent fraudulent transactions. We do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests.
– Set up and administer your account, provide technical and/or customer support, and to verify your identity.

Additionally we may also collect the following information:
– Location and traffic data (including IP address and browser type) if you place an order, or if we need to estimate taxes based on your location.
– Your comments and product reviews if you choose to leave them on our website.
– Account email/password to allow you to access your account.
– If you choose to create an account with us, your name, and email address, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.

Your credit card data are not stored in this web server, they are passed through to our credit card service provider Stripe. Please also see Stripe’s privacy policy.


We do not use software to record and analyse how you browse through our website.

Who we share your data with

As this website is for certified teachers of Transcendental Meditation only, we may send the data you have given in your registration form (name, email, country) to your National Maharishi Organisation to check whether you are eligible to be given access to this website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Your personal profile data (name, email, country) will be retained indefinitely to make it possible for you to use this website.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Otherwise we do not send your comments to other organisations.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use specialized (‘firewall’) software to prevent unauthorized parties from accessing personal data. This software is regularly updated.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive data from third parties.