Tony Nader

Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam
Tony Nader
A photograph of a middle-aged caucasian male who dressed in white silk robes with gold trim, wearing a golden crown and standing outdoors in a crowd.
Tony Nader as Raja Ram, 2008
Born Tony Nader
Residence MERU, Holland
Nationality Lebanese
Alma mater American University of Beirut, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Neurologist
Known for Successor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, ruler of the Global Country of World Peace

Tony Abu Nader (Arabic: طوني أبو ناضر‎) is a Lebanese neuro-physiologist, the president of both Maharishi University of Management in Holland and Maharishi Open University,[1] and was designated the 'First Sovereign Ruler' of the 'Global Country of World Peace'. After receiving his medical degree in internal medicine and his Ph.D. in brain and Cognitive Science, Nader worked as a clinical and research fellow at a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He worked with Deepak Chopra at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Massachusetts and in 1995 published a book called Human physiology: expression of Veda and the Vedic literature. In 2008, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, leader and guru of the Transcendental Meditation movement, named Nader as his successor, calling him "Raja Nader Raam" or "Adi Ram".[2][3] After the Maharishi's death, Nader was renamed "Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam".[4]



Nader comes from a Christian Lebanese background. According to his website,[5] Nader obtained his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, and studied internal medicine and psychiatry. He received a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of brain and Cognitive Science, and has worked as a clinical and research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.[6]

Ayurvedic and Vedic research

In the 1980s, Nader was on the staff of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, which was operated at the time by Deepak Chopra.[7] Nader was mentioned in a 1991 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association about possible conflict of interest problems with researchers of Maharishi Ayurveda.[8] He was described as overstating his connections to both Harvard University and MIT, and mis-characterizing his research at MIT.[9]

Nader developed a theory that there is a one-to-one correlation between 40 aspects of Vedic literature and 40 parts of human physiology.[10] He has also found similarities between the astrological influence of the planets and parts of the human brain. He published this research in the book Human physiology: expression of Veda and the Vedic literature in 1995 (ISBN 9788175230170). In recognition of his discoveries, and to fund his continued work, he was awarded his weight in gold in 1998 with the support of the Maharishi Global Development Fund.[11] Nader was photographed sitting on an oversized balance, the other pan piled with gold bars.[12][13]

Nader did the first research on the application of Vedic sound with Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology (MVVT). Nader's studies were conducted in Berlin, Paris, and Valkenburg, testing the effectiveness of one session of MVVT in people with disorders that included arthritis, asthma and gastrointestinal disorders.[14]

In April 2000, Nader, as president of Maharishi University of Management (Holland), issued a statement to celebrate "the dawn of a New World Order of Peace, as demonstrated by the invincibility of President Fidel Castro of Cuba, the freedom of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the Divine Rulership of President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia, and the casting off of corrupt democracy by President Robert Guei of the Ivory Coast.[15][16][17]


A photograph of a two-story building. The roof is topped with a large cupola and three visible kalashes. Golden letters on the pediment say "CAPITAL OF THE GLOBAL COUNTRY OF WORLD PEACE". There is a circular driveway with a flagpole bearing the GCWP's sunburst flag. The building and drive are surrounded by a white picket fence, green lawn, and shrubbery.
A capital of the Global Country of World Peace, in Maharishi Vedic City, with the GCWP flag

The Global Country of World Peace was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on October 7, 2000.[18] During a four-day Vedic ceremony starting October 12, Nader was crowned by the Maharishi, who gave him the title of "Vishwa Prashasak Raja Raam".[19] Thus Nader became the First Sovereign Ruler of the Global Country of World Peace and Maharishi's appointed successor. The Global Country of World Peace (GCWP) is administered by Nader and 32 local rajas (administrators) in accordance with the Maharishi's views of Natural Law.[citation needed]

In 2002, Raja Bob Wynne, mayor of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, invited the Maharaja to take up residence at The Mansion, the capital of the GCWP.[20] Following the Maharishi's death in 2008, Nader assumed the name "Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam".[4] According to a spokesman, Rajaraam will reign in silence and communicate through his governing council.[21]

Nader is married with two children.


  1. ^ Nader, T.; Rothenberg, S.; Averbach, R.; Charles, B.; Fields, JZ.; Schneider, RH. (2000). "Improvements in chronic diseases with a comprehensive natural medicine approach: a review and case series.". Behav Med 26 (1): 34–46. PMID 10971882. 
  2. ^ ABLEY, MARK (May 2, 2003). "'Peace palace' project launched by Maharishi's followers". The Gazette (Montreal, Que.): p. A.6. 
  3. ^ "Maharishi's ashes immersed in Sangam". The Hindustan Times. Indo-Asian News Service (New Delhi). February 12, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Mani, Rajiv (February 11, 2008). "Tony Nader to lead Maharishi's mission-India". The Times of India (New Delhi). 
  5. ^ "Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Raam Professor Tony Nader M.D., Ph.D.". Maharishi Health Education Center. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ Mizroch, Amir (July 23, 2006). "Forget the F-16s, Israel needs more Yogic Flyers to beat Hizbullah. 30-strong TM group, sole guests at Nof Ginnosar Hotel, say they need another 235 colleagues to make the country safe". Jerusalem Post: p. 04. 
  7. ^ Wilkie, Curtis (December 13, 1987). "No Coffee, No Booze, No Smoking, No Steaks - But Lots Of Oil". Boston Globe: p. 12. 
  8. ^ Brink, Susan (October 2, 1991). "Journal charges doc with interest conflict". Boston Herald: p. 009. 
  9. ^ Emery, Gene (November 24, 1991). "Troubled times for the Maharishi Medical branch accused of deception, misinformation". Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.): p. D-04. 
  10. ^ Brown, Ian (January 30, 1997). "'Vedas' influence on human anatomy proved". The Hindu (Chennai): p. 1. 
  11. ^ "Natural Law Party: Opening a new highway for perfection in life" (Press release). Coventry: M2 Presswire. February 6, 1998. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ Easterling, Keller (November 1, 2005). Enduring innocence. MIT Press. p. 82. ISBN 026205079X, 9780262050791. 
  13. ^ "Photograph of Tony Nader receiving his weight in gold". February 6, 1998. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ Belok, Steele. "Science and Vedic Sound". Maharishi's Vedic Vibration Technology web site. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ Nader, Tony (April 6, 2000). "Maharishi University Of Management, Holland Celebrates The Dawn Of A New World Order Of Peace -- The Rise Of Perfection In World Politics And Economy" (Press release). Archived from the original on September 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ Easterling (2005) p.88
  17. ^ "Asianet Summary For Thursday, April 6, 2000". AsiaPulse News. April 6, 2000. 
  18. ^ Reddy, Kumuda; Egenes, Thomas; Egenes, Linda (1999). All Love Flows to the Self: Eternal Stories from the Upanishads. Samhita Productions. p. xvi. ISBN 978-1-929297-05-4. 
  19. ^ "Coronation of Vishwa Prashasak Raja Raam". Maharishi Open University. Archived from the original on July 5, 2002. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Significance of Establishing the Capital in Maharishi Vedic City". Maharishi Vedic City. October 15, 2002. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  21. ^ "20,000 followers throng Allahabad for Mahesh Yogi's funeral". The Hindustan Times (New Delhi). February 11, 2008. 

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