February 06, 2008


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Spiritual Leader, Dies

from New York Times:

"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced transcendental meditation to the West and gained fame in the 1960s as the spiritual guru to the Beatles, died Tuesday at his home and headquarters in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He is believed to have been in his 90s. Steven Yellin, a spokesman for the organization, confirmed the Maharishi’s death but did not give a cause.

On Jan. 11, the Maharishi announced that his public work was finished and that he would use his remaining time to complete a long-running series of published commentaries on the Veda, the oldest sacred Hindu text.

The Maharishi was both an entrepreneur and a monk, a spiritual man who sought a world stage from which to espouse the joys of inner happiness. His critics called his organization a cult business enterprise. And in the press, in the 1960s and ’70s, he was often dismissed as a hippie mystic, the “Giggling Guru,” recognizable in the familiar image of him laughing, sitting cross-legged in a lotus position on a deerskin, wearing a white silk dhoti with a garland of flowers around his neck beneath an oily, scraggly beard." - Lily Koppel

THE BEATLES in India with the Maharishi in 1967:

Though most of the Beatles enjoyed their stay in India, toward the end John Lennon became a little disenchanted with his visit, because he believed Yogi was hitting on a young Mia Farrow who was with the group (he wrote Dear Prudence in India about her sister who was also there). John left the entourage early, and the rest of the Beatles soon followed. But, while there he wrote a few more tunes - these about The Maharishi. "Sexy Sadie" (rhymes with Maharishi) and "Everybody's got something to hide, except for me and my monkey" - some of the phrases in the tune were those that Maharishi used. Here are a few demos of those tunes...thanks to Captain's Dead blog.

Everybody's got something to hide from Kinfauns Demos

07 - Everybody Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey.mp3

SexySadie from Kinfauns Demos

24 - Sexy Sadie.mp3

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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