The Beatles' Guru Dies

The Beatles' famed guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, died February 5. He was thought to be 91.

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The Beatles' famed guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, died February 5. He was thought to be 91. The yogi, who was born Mahesh Prasad Varma in India, died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, apparently of natural causes. "He died peacefully at about 7 p.m.," a spokesman for the Transcendental Meditation movement told the Associated Press. Maharishi is best known for teaching The Beatles transcendental meditation and introducing the practice to the west. It was originally viewed with scepticism but eventually gained worldwide acceptance. The Beatles helped further his teachings by touting the benefits of meditation after visiting his ashram in India in 1968, but they had a notorious falling-out with him after they were discovered doing drugs at his retreat. Maharishi also counted The Rolling Stones and actor Clint Eastwood among his pupils. After more than 50 years of teaching mediation and working toward world peace through mediation, Maharishi reportedly announced his retirement last month, saying, "My work is done." Credits for the info to NME.com.

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    Who66
    the "beatles" in this case would be john and George. ringo left in february and paul in march, the others staying into april. and they did nothing worse than pot. their time in india is noted for (especially for John) breaking them out of the heavy LSD habit they'd embraced since 65-66.
    Jastul
    cick13 wrote: Always sad when a man for peace dies.
    true that, RIP Maharashi
    [travis]
    MAYNARD wrote: The Beatles ditched him when they realized he was using them. Not that great a guy if you ask me. But still RIP Maharishi.
    What was this guy famous for? Just showing the Beatles how to be at peace? Explains John Lennon's peace freakout.
    MTVget0FFtheAIR
    my dad was just telling me about this. apparently my gma and aunt were big on transcendental meditation.
    SL!!!
    "Tele" Steve wrote: MAYNARD wrote: The Beatles ditched him when they realized he was using them. Not that great a guy if you ask me. But still RIP Maharishi. Yeah, I was going to say, that drug this is inaccurate.
    MAYBE...i mean, come on..they did drugs, whose to say they didn't there...now if that's the reason for the falling out..well..i guess only they know. I'm getting interested in this guy's life though, he's a mystery. Kind of a goofball. Haha. Man, the 60's must have been something else though.
    SL!!!
    Illigx wrote: TJ1991 wrote: Thought to be 91? What does that mean? RIP He lived in such a way, and was such a introverted person throughout his daily life that nobody was quite sure of his age. Usually people of his practice, and lifestyle do not reveal, or sometimes do not know what year they were born in. His separation from technology and modern practices most likely made it that he was unsure of how much time had passed from his birth to his death. RIP, A wise, wonderful man.
    He was pretty wise. He made ****ing millions. Hahaha. Peace is always a grand idea though. PS - the beatles were full of shit too.. not that they didn't write a few good songs here and there..imo..(trying not to get attacked, ha) but whatever, most people in the spotlight aren't there because they're perfect or should be roll models, usually people just think that because they are in the spotlight.
    vanceboy
    Illigx wrote: TJ1991 wrote: Thought to be 91? What does that mean? RIP He lived in such a way, and was such a introverted person throughout his daily life that nobody was quite sure of his age. Usually people of his practice, and lifestyle do not reveal, or sometimes do not know what year they were born in. His separation from technology and modern practices most likely made it that he was unsure of how much time had passed from his birth to his death. RIP, A wise, wonderful man.
    carbon date that old man!
    brantley23
    the beatles song sexy sadie is about him. john changed the name. they did have a falling out
    vanceboy
    whoops never mind...I just realized carbon dating only works on dead things.
    Regular_Guy
    TDAJGuitarist wrote: He was NOT what people think he was....He was a scam artist...That is the REAL reason why the beatles had a falling out with him...They realized he was full of s***!
    Regardless to what you've heard or think about the guy, you still shouldn't insult his memory immediately following his death.
    Schnitzel_Man
    vanceboy wrote: whoops never mind...I just realized carbon dating only works on dead things.
    He is dead...
    JimPrenier_11
    I heard he was a scam artist...The Beatles are the best though, so R.I.P Maharishi, John Lennon and Geore Harrison
    spazzymagee
    RIP man. Thanks to this man we had the White Album. The single greatest album ever made. In my opinion.
    Kegan
    SL!!! wrote: Illigx wrote: TJ1991 wrote: Thought to be 91? What does that mean? RIP He lived in such a way, and was such a introverted person throughout his daily life that nobody was quite sure of his age. Usually people of his practice, and lifestyle do not reveal, or sometimes do not know what year they were born in. His separation from technology and modern practices most likely made it that he was unsure of how much time had passed from his birth to his death. RIP, A wise, wonderful man.He was pretty wise. He made ****ing millions. Hahaha. Peace is always a grand idea though. PS - the beatles were full of shit too.. not that they didn't write a few good songs here and there..imo..(trying not to get attacked, ha) but whatever, most people in the spotlight aren't there because they're perfect or should be roll models, usually people just think that because they are in the spotlight.
    The Beatles were fine role models, drugs or not, and Their musical abilities, especially for their genre, have never been equaled. They certainly wrote more than "a few good songs here and there," as well. Listen to any of their tracks 1965-onward. Those were their best years, none of that poppy boy-band stuff(which was great for what it was). If you like that darker sound, give "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" a try; I don't think you'd be disappointed. As far as this Guru thing goes, I don't know too much - So I won't really comment.
    i_am_metalhead
    vanceboy wrote: carbon date that old man!
    Aren't you aware that carbon dating has been proven to be very inaccurate!?? RIP Maharishi.
    jshizznit
    i cant really say rip i have a picture of him as my background on my computer and i didnt know him...so i cant feel for him
    Illigx
    TJ1991 wrote: Thought to be 91? What does that mean? RIP
    He lived in such a way, and was such a introverted person throughout his daily life that nobody was quite sure of his age. Usually people of his practice, and lifestyle do not reveal, or sometimes do not know what year they were born in. His separation from technology and modern practices most likely made it that he was unsure of how much time had passed from his birth to his death. RIP, A wise, wonderful man.
    MAYNARD
    The Beatles ditched him when they realized he was using them. Not that great a guy if you ask me. But still RIP Maharishi.
    metallinutter
    TJ1991 wrote: Thought to be 91? What does that mean? RIP
    It means they don't know for sure. Maybe he didn't have a proper birth certificate
    farcry
    Cool, I practice transcendental as well, it's more of a trip than a hippie centering kind of thing. It's thanks to this guy, RIP buddie.
    bmxsulli
    from what ive heard he wasnt too great of a guy. i guess he tried to scam the beatles out of some money?
    pdq13
    Blotter will make you meditate as well.That could have been the problem with the boys.
    TDAJGuitarist
    He was NOT what people think he was....He was a scam artist...That is the REAL reason why the beatles had a falling out with him...They realized he was full of s***!
    TDAJGuitarist
    bmxsulli wrote: from what ive heard he wasnt too great of a guy. i guess he tried to scam the beatles out of some money?
    Exactly!