MAHARISHI: The Biography of the Man who gave Transcendental Meditation to the World ~ Paul Mason

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi leapt to prominence in the 1960s when his teaching of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and his widely-reported involvement with The Beatles and the Beach Boys provoked reactions ranging from reverence to mockery. Now Paul Mason takes us behind the scenes, drawing on scarce and previously unpublished material.

Much more than just a biography, this is a seminal enquiry into the aims and methods of the Maharishi Movement. We are taken deep into the Indian tradition of the Vedic scriptures, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.

He describes the early days of the teachings in the 1950s, through the development of a sprawling bureaucracy, to the fiasco of the attempts to enter mainstream politics with the Natural Law Party.

Paul Mason learned the practice of Transcendental Meditation after hitchhiking to India in 1970, when he visited the Maharishi’s ashram at Rishikesh. He has maintained an abiding interest in yoga-meditation and Indian teachings. He is also a musician, composing music that integrates East and West. He has contributed to the magazine Yoga Today, and to Behind The Beatles Songs

PART I: The Spirit and the Flesh
1. Mahesh and His Master 3
2. Himalayan Hermitage 14
3. ‘The Maharishi’ Emerges 28
4. From Hawaii to Hollywood 40
5. The Divine Plan, God and Suffering 52
6. Talking Book 63
7. The One and the Many 75
8. Flower Power 85
9. Time for a Song 98
10. The Blessing of the Beatles 104
11. Indian Summer 117
12. Retirement Party 128
13. The Comeback Tour 141

PART II: Maharishi Upanishad
– An Audience with the Maharishi
14. Evolution to Immortality 149
15. Celestial Connections 158
16. Those Who Speak Don’t Know 168
17. Water the Root and Enjoy the Fruit 179
18. Free Will Over Destiny 190

PART III: The Enlightenment Business
19. Nothing But The Sweet Truth 203
20. Research and Developments 214
21. Dawning of a New Age 227
22. Superpowers 238
23. Quest for Utopia 252
24. At the Hop 263
25. Corporate Structure 274

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