Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Beatles Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Dies

Not to turn this into a Beatles blog, but this bears some mention. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the transcendental meditation guru that was widely popularized by The Beatles in 1968, has died at age 91.

After the amazingly successful Sgt Pepper album, The Beatles were self admittedly at somewhat of a loss. After catching the Maharishi at a seminar, they decided to join him in India for lessons on meditation, although Ringo left quickly because the food was too spicy.

The band wrote many of the songs that appear on the White Album while chilling out at Maharishi's compound. You hear how relaxed some of that music is - Long Long Long, Mother Nature's Son, Julia, I Will, Dear Prudence, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. They wrote some good stuff out there, which is why I wanted to pop up a quick post about this.

For stories about the Maharishi and his passing, check Wikipedia, and CNN.


VoxMoose said...

Although a little more cynical, let's not forget Sexy Sadie in the mix. I think Lennon would say his experience with the Maharishi was generally positive. However, it also had its low points too (as expressed in Sexy Sadie).

Isorski said...

Good point. Sexy Sadie was orginally called "Maharishi." You can sing it replacing the words "Sexy Sadie" with "Maharishi" and the song gets a bit more poignant!

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