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Navin Doshi grew up in Mumbai and  completed his undergraduate studies at the prestigious Puna Engineering College
  • He received his B.E. (Bachelors of Engineering) from Gujarat University
  • In  1958, he moved to US and completed a second Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles to begin a PhD program in Engineering at UCLA.
Navin and Pratima Doshi


NRI Navin and Pratima Doshi donated $5 Million to Set Up

Los Angeles, May. 18, 2021 A.Gary Singh

NRI Navin and Pratima Doshi have generously donated $5 Million to set up a center for Integrative Medicine at Maharishi International University’s new venture in Los Angeles.

The inauguration of Maharishi International University’s new venture in Los Angeles, the Navin and Pratima Doshi Center for Integrative Medicine

On the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, Friday May 14, the Day of Lasting Achievements in the Vedic calendar,  Doshi Center was inaugurated  in southern California. The Doshi Center is a division of the Department of Physiology and Health at MIU. It will occupy the 11,000 Square Feet building  valued at $5 Million, at 2825 S. Sepulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles, which was generously donated to MIU by the Doshi family. 

The Doshi Center is just emerging, like a seed that has just begun to sprout. Only a week ago did MIU receive ownership of this building. MIU will use the building as a clinic and residence for students in  MS degree in Maharishi Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine. Here, they will take clinical practical training under the guidance of a medical doctors and Ayurvedic physicians, who diagnose and make health-care recommendations for clients.

In the fall, when the Doshi Center’s operations are fully under way, MIU will have a Grand Opening centered around a conference on evidence-based, prevention-oriented health care. 

John Hagelin of MIU invited community leaders in person on the evening of Friday, May 14th, for a reception in honor of Navin and Pratima Doshi at the Sanatan Dharma Temple and Cultural Center, 15311 Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk, CA. Guests arrived between 5:30 and 6:00pm, dinner was served from 6:00‑7:00pm. End of the evening with a few reflections on this extraordinary new venture and a little entertainment took place.

Two Doshi poem singers Manali (granddaughter of Doshis) and Tara, Mrs. Doshi, Dr. Doshi, Prof. Chapple, President Hagelin, Prof. Shimkhada, Director of TM program Louise Allison, and MIU World Peace program chief administrator Michael Busch.
LMU Administrator Donna Grey with Dr. and Mrs. Doshi  Harkisan Vasa and Suru Manek with Mrs. Doshi
CPA Gani and Mrs. Vora with Dr. and Mrs. Doshi Dr. Doshi consulting with MIU world peace organizer Michael Busch
Mrs. Doshi, Vicky and husband and MIU provost Scott Herriot, Prof. Gerry Geer. second row- Mukesh Desai, Dr. Vikram Kamdar, Gita Desai, Dr. Anjana Kamdar, Donna Grey and Prof. Hurteau from LMU. Son in law Kevin McCarthy, granddaughter Manali, daughter Sonya, Mrs. Doshi, grandson Kieran, and Dr. Doshi.
Harkisan Vasa, Dr. Jasvant Modi and Dr./Mrs. Modi, Dr. Gunvant and Ila Mehta
Manali and Tara singing poetry written by Dr. Doshi
Prof. Gerry Geer of MIU introducing the book, SAVING OURSELVES, authored by Dr. Navin Doshi to be published by MIU; seated are Dr. Busch, Dr. Doshi, and President Hagelin.
Audience at the inauguration of Doshi Center for Integrative Medicine
Michael Busch, MIU VP, welcoming the guests. Seated are Dr. Doshi, MIU president Dr. John Hagelin, LMU prof. Chapple, and MIU administrator.
LMU prof. Chapple explaining LMU and MIU will work together braiding Ayurveda and Yoga, two Vedic subjects.

Thank you so much, my dear friend President Hagelin, and Provost Herriot, for establishing MIU center for Integrative medicine. Also thank you Michael, Brad, Gerry, Nora, my family and friends supporting this project. Now few words on giving from the Gitanjali by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.


If you seek wealth, then help others to earn it, someone will help you earn it to. Money like blood, is the life energy of all social systems. Circulation must continue to keep the living organism alive and vital.
When we give a charitable contribution, we get back good portion of it in form of tax break. MIU Provost Scott Herriot, we thank you profusely for structuring the contract to get us the most benefit with your ingenuity.
Besides that why MIU? If I were a young person ready to enroll in a university, my first choice would be MIU! Why? Because MIU will teach me not only the stuff of the chosen profession, but also about keeping myself in full control of my all faculties, avoiding hate and anger keeping me totally in peace mentally. Such an education is hard to find in other universities. In matters of establishing an endowment, I feel that I am getting the most millage out of my hard earned money.
I also admire very highly qualified people at MIU for their simple saintly living, denying a lucrative position elsewhere.

A parent’s instincts are to provide for their children- the best of everything including education, health, and wealth. But giving too much often takes away their motivation to excel in their endeavor. That could drive them to their downfall associated with drug and alcohol addiction.
Earthly pleasures are short lived, but charitable acts are feel good forever. There is a reason for these good feelings. We are not only connected having the same spiritual substance called ATMAN, but connected also materially and mentally.

Materially there is lot more common stuff among ourselves then differences. We had discovered a young girl in Alaska during our travel, resembling with our niece from India. If Adam and Eve were the first couple on this earth, then generations that followed implies we are all cousins to each other.
We are connected mentally also in many ways. It is a miracle that we are able to communicate among ourselves with our non-local non-material mind connected to the brain. Rupert Sheldrake has described convincingly about our connectedness through a Morphic resonance. We must also realize the non-permanent nature of our existence. When I die, materially everything including my possessions stays here with my dead body;          
but my good deeds will stay in minds of most people.

The human species is distinguished through its psychological self. Indian mythology describes the game of life in this way.

Brahma, the God of Creation not only created humans, but also demons and angles. Demons lack ethics, compassion, and are totally ruthless. A man or an animal in form can be a demon, human, or an angle.
Brahma’s rules of the game were simple. Demons could transform to humans by becoming compassionate. Humans could transform to angles by becoming charitable. The receiver, desperate to receive much needed help, would believe the giver must be an angle. And control over desires, implying that the person who has gone through the process of detachment, and recognizing the rules of the game has transcended to the highest state of being, that is becoming selfless and full of universal love.

In short, the three attributes, also known as Daya, Dana, and Daman maintain the separation of the three categories of life and shows the path of transcendence towards the highest blissful state of Sat-Chit- Ananda.

In matters of the game of life we are supposed to play, we think of the lord Shiva, the dancing Natraja playing the game of creation and destruction. Also think of an edited monologue of William Shakespeare.

All the world's a stage,
And all men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
in seven ages. The infant, Mewling and
puking in the nurse's arms; the whining
schoolboy, with shining morning face.
And then the lover, then a soldier,
full of strange Oath; then the justice, with round belly,.
The sixth age shifts with spectacles on nose 
and pouch on side, turning again toward
childish treble, pipes and whistles. Last scene, 
that ends in second childishness and mere oblivion.

Now compare this vision with a Gujarati poem;  Rakh na ramakda, mara Rame rampta rakhya re, Mrutyu lok ni mati mathi manav thai ne avya re,,, rakh na ramakda.
A rough translation is that we humans, made of earth’s clay, must keep playing the game of life that God wishes us to play.

So the game, is to keep playing, but keep transcending with good karmas, and discover brighter light. The light in every sense is a conduit, to discover God. The sun in the Upanishads is stated as Sutratma. Rays of Sutratma are like a needle piercing all the Jivatmas meaning every life souls. Each of us has to realize oneness with the cosmic wind and the sun; if not, the life soul cannot cross the frontiers of death denying immortality. Based upon Tibetan Buddhism, when I die, I will face the brightest light, and I am supposed to hold it. If I succeed, I will attain Nirvana. If not, I will face the light with receding brightness. The state of equilibrium depends upon the quality of my karmas. Our endeavors are to keep learning and help others learn to get rid of darkness. I hope together we can design more projects to enlighten more of us. Our endeavors should be such that we are able to hold the brightest light after death.

 Pratima and I thank you all, and Namaste.

Poems by Navin Doshi presented at inauguration of Doshi clinic.


Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift called present
Present is Now, not past nor future
What is the time, ask Yogi Berra
Berra answers, “you mean Now?”

Draw axes for space and time
Draw lines with light speed slope
Through a point where axes cross
Past resides in the left cone
Future resides in the right cone
Now resides at two cones’ apex

Wells devised a time machine
Moving mentally at light speed
Visiting centuries in past and future
From left to right cones through NOW

Now is when thoughts die
Now is when we observe and act
Now is when body is autonomous
Now removes pain and pleasure
Now provides a state of bliss
Now is the Buddha’s middle path
Middle of past and future.

Brahman is absolute & self-effulgent
The source of all natural lights
 Let there be light, the source of creation
Enter the nature of matter and energy
Enter the nature of time and space

Light has the power and purpose
Unseen light helps us to see
Light is seeing and enlightening
Light is divine, destroyer of darkness
Life giving light of solar deity
All living souls link to the sun god

Subtlest mind at Now’s apex
Mentally agile close to light speed
At threshold of thoughtlessness
Desire-less selfless and egoless
Mentally massless like photons
Disassociating from changing nature
Discarding the veil of Maya
Merging with the supreme whole
One consciousness same as Brahman
Om shanti shanti shantih




I am, a brown man in America
I am,  -who knows, may be black or white
I am, all the colors of the rainbow, 
I am, the body, MIND and SOUL  

I am, the blind man from Hindustan
But I see all, the whole elephant 
I am, the knower and the known
I am, the bee and the honeycomb

I am, the moment 
And you, STAY in the SAME moment  
Love is everywhere, can’t you FEEL?
I am, all who have been, or will be
I want to be, all, yes I want to be.


Like an element, in one Humanity
Like a bright photon, in a SUBLIME sunbeam. 
Discarding, all that divides us,
Searching for the one, the one in the many.


I am, Hindu, I am Buddhist
I am, Jain, Jew and also Christian
I am, Muslim, I am Sikh
I am the sun, the moon,
The silence and the music


Many paths lead to the one
Each real and unique
Like a many faceted diamond
Brilliant inter-connected twinkling

A mirror, a reflection
I am the air, floating through clouds
I am one, but desire to be all
I am you, me and us all
Because there is only one
All is the same reality.


Om shantih, shantih, shantih
Arihanta Namo Kara
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Allahu Akbar, Akal murat Sat Nam
Me we our soul supreme
Me we our soul supreme
Om Amen Amin
Om Amen Amin


I am, Hindu, I am Buddhist
I am, Jain, Jew and also Christian
I am, Muslim, I am, Sikh
I am the sun, the moon,
The silence and the music


I travel in boundless space
Where colors never fade
Where there’s warming sun and cooling shade
Where it’s all the same
Where it’s all the same

I ran in the deepest jungles
I swam in the bluest oceans
I flew in skies, -filled with the spectrum of blue
And realized I am you me and us all


I am, Hindu, I am Buddhist
I am, Jain, Jew and also Christian
I am, Muslim, I am, Sikh
I am the sun, the moon,
The silence and the music


Om shantih, shantih, shanti
Arihanta Namo Kara
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Allahu Akbar, Akal murat Sat Nam
Me we OUR soul supreme
Me we OUR soul supreme
Om Amen Amin
Om Amen Amin


Navin Doshi grew up in Mumbai and  completed his undergraduate studies at the prestigious Puna Engineering College

  • He received his B.E. (Bachelors of Engineering) from Gujarat University

  • In  1958, he moved to US and completed a second Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

  • In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles to begin a PhD program in Engineering at UCLA.

  • He worked as an Aerospace Engineer at TRW (now Northrop), where he was the recipient of NASA awards and U.S. patents.

In the mean time, with the help of his wife, Pratima, started a business involving velvet patchwork bedspreads.
He also engaged in residential income properties and in trade involving financial investment instruments.

  • In 2001, he received the Hindu Vibhusan Award from Pravisi Bharati.

  • In 2002, he was the festival chairman for the week long Mirabai Festival, honoring the 16th c. Indian woman saint, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA), UCLA, and the International Global Ethics and Religion Forum.

  • In 2006, they endowed a second chair for Indic Traditions at LMU which also administers a $10,000 annual Bridge Builder Award program

  • In 2007, he received a SANMANAPATRAM (Certificate of Honor) from his old alma matter, Gujarat University.

  • In 2008, at the Los Angeles Festival of Sacred Music, in Royce Hall, UCLA, he was honored as a Local Hero, and lastly both Navin and Pratima were awarded the Haridas Chaudhary award at CIIS.

  • In 2010, co-founded Nalanda International non-profit organization, he also chaired the one week long Tagore festival For all his continuing contributions, Navin has been richly awarded with recognition and honor.

  • A former chairman of the National Advisory Board of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of America, Navin contributes funds – over $10,000 per year – to support 30 schools in India’s tribal villages.

  • In 2012, Doshi established the Haridas Chaudhuri Chair in Indian Philosophies and Cultures and a Doshi professorship in Asian Art at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

  • In 2019, he established a chair on water and sanitation research, named after his parents, Kanchan and Harilal Doshi, at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.

  • In 2019, Doshi received the Doctorate of Peace award from the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa.

  • In 2020, Doshi created an endowment to support academic works of SASA and this endowment is attached to the Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at LMU.

  • In 1999, Navin and Pratima endowed the Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA. The Doshis are also the founding members and substantial contributors for the establishment of the prestigious Sardar Patel Award at UCLA for exceptional doctoral dissertations on subjects related to India.

  • The Doshi Chair at UCLA has sponsored a number of landmark events over the years, inviting scholars from around the world to discuss topics ranging from India’s constitutional history to a historical perspective on modern terrorism.

  • The Doshis also award a Scholarship of $3,000 each year to a deserving student in the Engineering Department of UCLA. They offer a similar award at the Krishnamurti Foundation school.

  • As with UCLA, Navin has a close relationship of patronage with the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles.

Maharishi International University, formerly Maharishi University of Management, is a private university in Fairfield, Iowa. It was founded in 1973 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and features a "consciousness-based education" system that includes the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

The university is currently housed in Fairfield, Iowa. MIU has a campus of about 370 acres in the area. It is just 80 km west of the Mississippi River.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born Mahesh Prasad Varma, 12 January 1918 – 5 February 2008) was an Indian guru, known for developing the Transcendental Meditation technique and for being the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had a very successful career following his own spiritual path. His teachings are based on a mixture of Vedic science, the Hindu religion, and the ancient practice of meditation. Vedic science is drawn from ancient Hindu culture.

In the 1960s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi described a paranormal effect claiming a significant number of individuals (1% of the people in a given area) practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) could have an effect on the local environment. This hypothetical influence was later termed the Maharishi effect.

Mahesh Yogi (left) with the Beatles in 1967. Transcendental Meditation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's vast fortune in India, mostly land, estimated to be worth Rs 60,000 crore, has sparked a bitter conflict between his heirs and followers.

He later left for the Himalayas, where for 13 years he studied under Guru Dev, the founder of TM. When Guru Dev died in 1952, the Maharishi organized a movement to spread the teachings of TM throughout the world; his first world tour took place in 1959 and brought him to the United States.

TM is a closed-off community that promises immediate results -- if you're willing to pay for them. In 1968, the Beatles went to India. They met with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his ashram, where they received training in Transcendental Meditation. They were met by Mal Evans, their longtime assistant and former road manager, who had arranged the 150-mile (240 km), six-hour taxi drive to Rishikesh. Once there, the party walked across the Lakshman Jhula footbridge, over the River Ganges, and up the hill to the Maharishi's ashram. The group tried to find the answer through the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement. ... The band's planned three-month stay at the ashram was cut short,

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