Posted in music on February 6, 2008

Maharishi and Beatles

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....

....The visibility and popularity of the organization can largely be attributed to the Beatles. In 1968, the band, with great publicity, began studying with the Maharishi at his Himalayan retreat, or ashram, in Rishikesh, in northern India. They went with their wives, the folk singer Donovan, the singer Mike Love, of the Beach Boys, the actress Mia Farrow and Ms. Farrow's sister Prudence....

...In the last years of his life he rarely met with anyone, even his ministers, face-to-face, preferring to speak with followers almost exclusively by closed-circuit television.

The Beatles/Maharishi thing was recently spoofed in the movie Walk Hard. Actual video footage below...

The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh(1968)

Donovan sings "Isle Of Islay" for Maharishi

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Comments (17)

This guy cheated a lot of naive white people.

Posted by FraudGuru | February 6, 2008 3:19 PM

"Sexy Sadie" on the White Album was about him.

Posted by hipster replacement | February 6, 2008 3:43 PM

Cheated is such a harsh word. Let's say he was a shrewd businessman.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008 3:44 PM

Hippie.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008 3:47 PM

moo!

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008 4:17 PM

What time does Daft Punk eulogize Maharishi Mahesh?

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008 5:20 PM

...you made a fool of everyone...

Posted by AnoNYmouse | February 6, 2008 8:44 PM

The best part of this post is the 'Across The Universe' banner ad at the bottom of the page! That's, like, psychic or something!

Posted by greg | February 6, 2008 10:44 PM

Mahesh Prasad Varma, the self proclaimed Maharishi (great seer), should be remembered in history as the greatest spiritual con-man who ever walked the planet. P.T. Barnum would have stood back in sheer amazement at the stratospheric heights Mr. Varma's fraudulent activities achieved... he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a spiritual sucker is re-incarnated every day. After the mysterious poisoning death of his teacher, Brahmananda Saraswati,(who died under his care) Mr. Varma started marketing comic book hindu mantras in the West during the late 1950's. By the 1970's, he had developed a full blown organization that was illegally transporting millions of dollars annually over international borders to secret swiss bank accounts. Over his lifetime, he amassed a net worth that would be the envy of any catholic pope, estimated at $3 billion. Not bad for a guy who never actually practiced the spiritual techniques he was selling. Among his many accomplishments, he was able to successfully market a "flying technique" where he claimed he could actually teach people to defy gravity. His price tag... a mere $5000. Probably the most astonishing aspect of this con was that the thousands of spiritual neanderthals taken in by it ACTUALLY BELIEVED THEY COULD FLY!!!! These have to be the same people who believe the naked fairy tale Emperor is actually wearing clothes. Feeling restless, and not content with his previous bamboozles, Mr. Varma decided in the 1990's to pull off his ultimate caper.... the selling of personal enlightenment. Price tag... one million dollars per person. Over 100 morons (had to have been americans) actually laid their greenbacks down on this scam. That's right... a one hundred million dollar heist... and perfectly legal!!! This even exceeds the stupidity of the american government who gave him $32 million in federal grants. Let's give credit where credit is due.... Mr. Varma was a criminal genius. Saying he was simply the greatest spiritual con man of all time does the man a disservice. He was the GREATEST CON MAN of any discipline in the history of the world. Future generations will look back on Mr. Varma's life and "scarce believe one such as he ever walked this earth." Mr. Varma's successor, a Mr. Nader Raam, who humbly has himself referred to as "His Majesty," has some very deep pockets to fill. Of course, he was trained by the best. So, Mr. Varma, alias Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, I'm sure I speak for many in wishing you a special place in the realm your karma certainly deserves.

Posted by sexysadie | February 7, 2008 3:57 AM

I know one of these people who paid 1MM dollars for this enlightenment lecture by the Maharishi. He is a well known and regarded hedge fund manager based out of NYC. Anyways, 8 years after attending the course this hedge fund manager was able to make a one year profit of over 50MM dollars. When asked what was the reason for his success, he told me that the personal enlightenment course he took 8 years ago was the thing that transformed his life and career into turbo drive.

Pretty good investment, I must say. I don't know if my friend attained enlightenment, but I will say that he is a totally different person (in a good way) today than he was before he attended that lecture.

Posted by Jonny Q | February 7, 2008 6:14 AM

Johnny Q - you're friend is a moron and an asshole. And so are you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2008 7:55 AM

Johnny-Q

Perhaps Mr.Varma's would have made another $100 million if he had simply marketed personal enlightenment for what it actually is... the attainment of "Quantum Greed" consciousness. For another hundred grand a pop he could have even offered special techniques on "short selling," "derivatives," "futures," and "swaps." The possibilities were infinite, omnipotent, and omnipresent. If only he had tapped into that Unified Field he was always talking about. Of course, spiritual hindsight is 20/20. All spiritual sages know that the spiritual path is really about amassing a huge fortune through financial manipulation... that's the secret inner wisdom after all. Someone has to benefit from the financial windfalls provided the defense industry by the war in Iraq. Why should the dead GI's and Iraqi civilians be having all the fun? Your friend reminds me of Gordon Gekko (in a good way). And, you remind me a bit of Bud Fox. Everyone knows Gotama's first move after attaining enlightenment under the bodhi tree was to immediately go to Varanasi and corner the betal nut market. Silly me... I actually believed all that non-sense about the Four Noble Truths, etc. Yes, your friend is a regular "Buddha of Wallstreet" now that he has purchased personal enlightenment. Just goes to show that everything has a price tag.... even cognition of the Absolute. As you say, a pretty good investment. I stand corrected.

BTW, I noticed your friend lives in NYC. It just so happens I have a bridge for sale over in Brooklyn. I am offering it, at special terms, only to the most conscious & discerning of investors. The price tag... one million dollars. If you or your friend are interested, I may be able to work a special price on a cash only basis. You strike me as a particularly astute person. You can email me at formoronsonly@suckers.com I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted by sexysadie | February 7, 2008 9:05 PM

SOUNDS LIKE SOUR GRAPES SEXYSADIE. GOT A GLIMPSE OF YOURSELF AND IT SCARED YOU........

Posted by ROO1 | February 7, 2008 10:52 PM

ROO1, thank you for your valuable remarks. Have to admit, you really have me pegged. I need to be cleansed!!! I need to be purged!!! I need to make those sour grapes sweet again. Thanks for sharing. You must be an individual of considerable insight. It appears my irreverent comments struck an offensive nerve with you and for this I wish to apologize. Let me qualify my statements by saying I didn't mean to poke fun at all "Wizards of Wallstreet"..... only the enlightened ones. BTW, like I told your friend, Johnny Q, I have a wonderful investment opportunity here in Brooklyn that I think might be right up your alley. Please email.

Posted by sexysadie | February 8, 2008 12:21 AM

Oh good, glad to help! Keep that energy moving forward...in a good way. XXXOOOOXXXXX. P.S. Better keep your interest in the bridge- you may need it sometime soon.

Posted by Liz | February 10, 2008 12:20 AM

Maharishi was a Divine soul. He changes the world & opened the gates of Heaven here & now!
Listen to George Harrison said about Maharishi, or Paul or Ringo! Poor John received his "Instand Karma!"

Posted by Frank Lotz | May 11, 2008 6:28 AM

Maharishi was a Divine soul. He changes the world & opened the gates of Heaven here & now!
Listen to what George Harrison said about Maharishi, or Paul or Ringo! Poor John received his "Instant Karma!"
Why George said: "Two things were most important to my life:
1.) Learning to meditate from Maharishi
2.) Learning Indian Music by Ravi Shankar.
Ringo sad to Maharishi passing:
Surly he knows where he is going too!
Paul was very said & said. He has so much for the betterment of human consciousness!
I feel pity for these poor comments of some of the people here!
Thy just repeated rumours, nothing more nothing less!

Posted by Frank Lotz | May 11, 2008 6:37 AM

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