Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, born Mahesh Prasad Varma, built the program based on his studies with Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, or Guru Dev, who discovered a lost Veda meditation technique in ancient Hindu teachings.
Yoga Nidra Meditation CD: Extreme Relaxation of Conscious Deep Sleep by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati promotes yoga meditation as the best path to the "highest spiritual awakening."
"I got news for you Swami!" he announced.
"Swami is fine," I said.
Technically, it's Swami Associate but I won't quibble.