Archive for Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught Beatles, dies

February 6, 2008


— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died Tuesday at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, a spokesman said. He was thought to be 91 years old.

"He died peacefully at about 7 p.m.," said Bob Roth, a spokesman for the Transcendental Meditation movement that the Maharishi founded. He said his death appeared to be due to "natural causes, his age."

Once dismissed as hippie mysticism, the Hindu practice of mind control known as transcendental meditation gradually gained medical respectability.

He began teaching TM in 1955 and brought the technique to the United States in 1959. But the movement really took off after the Beatles attended one of his lectures in 1967 and visited his ashram in India in 1968, bringing along such famous friends as Donovan.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Then why bother commenting, madmike?

Or is this just a really poorly disguised snide comment about the death of someone you disapprove of?

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years ago

It is a shame more people don't practice mind control. :-)

toefungus 8 years ago

The problem is that you are suppose to control your own mind and not someone else's. That limited the popularity of TM.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

"It is not news worthy, unless you were a Beatles groupie!"

Yea, his connection with the most popular and influential rock band of all time is really of no interest to the billions of people who listen to their music, including the millions who learned to meditate using his technique.

I think my first comment accurately describes your comments.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

He was an interesting man and certainly led the Beatles in some major changes which then influenced a great deal of the rest of the world.

I love the song, "Sexie Sadie" and had forgotten about it. Thanks for the post. Do you know who the song was written about? I think it was Mia Farrow???

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years ago

Ronda, if memory serves me correctly, it was actually written about the Maharishi, thus the reason for Ag's post.

Didn't Charlie Manson use it in some way?

jumpin_catfish 8 years ago

ummmmmmm ummmmmmmmmmmm ummmmmmmmmmm

twelvepackterry 8 years ago

What will Smith Center do now? Celebrate?

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Valkyrie, Yeah that would make sense. Thanks for that comment. I kinda, sorta remember one of their songs written around that time about a famous American actress though. Anyone have the knowledge here?

Kathy Theis-Getto 8 years ago

Think I will mindfully meditate on that one.

I do recall "Come Together" was written for Timothy Leary.

RedwoodCoast 8 years ago

My thoughts exactly, twelvepackterry.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years ago

"the Hindu practice of mind control known as transcendental meditation gradually gained medical respectability"

Aaaaand lost that respectability nearly overnight when people began to realize that TM basically did the same thing as just reclining on a couch and relaxing. Since westerners are so bad at taking time to rest, it seemed "amazing" to us all - for a brief flash.

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