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The Beatles' search for bliss, self-knowledge & enlightenment - from
psychedelia to transcendence - their experiments with drugs & the practice of meditation.
The unvarnished story as told by The Beatles, friends, & others who shared the journey.

~ A documentary-in-print, profusely illustrated with many previously unpublished colour photographs. ~

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Five Stars  The Book Of a Lifetime!
By James A. Lynch Jr. on August 23, 2015
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This tome by Paul Mason is truly a remarkable book of great depth and tremendous compassion.

It is like taking a retreat in the 1960’s directly with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as your guide. The book definitely shows the very roots of TM and the significance and power of the TM technique itself.

Indeed in the very first few pages of the book you get a wonderful overview, in Maharishi’s own words, on the TM methodology itself. For someone like me who was initiated into my sitting mantra by my fantastic and late Aunt Initiator Effie Neville in 1976 it was like taking a shower in a cool stream. It reawakened in me the whole approach of effortlessness and naturalism that is at the very root of TM. Immediately upon absorbing the words that Paul relayed I found my meditation progressing at a much deeper level than before. These first few pages would be worth ten times the price of the book alone they were that valuable!

As if this wasn’t enough the book touches on the greatness, majesty and compassion of the late Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Swami Brahmanand (better known as “Guru Dev”). The book shows just what type of devoted devotee Maharishi was to Guru Dev and that his love of Guru Dev motivated his entire effort at spreading the “TM technique”. Mr. Mason shows that Maharishi’s whole being and life was devoted to distilling the truth as espoused by Guru Dev and not just his “own” cobbled together theories.

In this way the author subtly address Maharishi’s various detractors with aplomb. Those who frequently claim that “Maharishi just made up the TM technique as some kind of pop meditation technique which is designed to lure the uniformed and to enrich his own personal fortune.“ That by showing the deep spiritual connection that Maharishi had with Guru Dev and that he could have hardly started such activities without other authorized devotees of Guru Dev knowing precisely what Maharishi was teaching.

Through Mr. Mason’s exposition we gain an appreciation of the deep power of Guru Dev in a way that finds him very approachable but still awe inspiring. In this way Mr. Mason, without interjecting his own interpretations, skillfully distills from the very words of Guru Dev and Maharishi their deep and unbounded love for all of humanity.

I was and am so moved by this book and cannot recommend it highly enough for any devotee of Maharishi, TM or even a practitioner of Buddhist Mindfulness, for there is something for all in this book that is sure to enrich your life and spiritual practice.

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Dandi Swami
Tales of meetings with Dandi Swami Narayananand Saraswati,
the Guru's Will, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
& the Shankaracharyas of Jyotir Math

 'Dandi Swami' is a book celebrating the life of Dandi Swami Narayananand Saraswati and explores the lives of others from his lineage of thinkers. Dandi Swami Narayananand Saraswati was a contempory of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the man who popularised Transcendental Meditation. Both used to listen to the teachings of the same guru, Shankaracharya Swami Brahmanand Saraswati. When the guru died he left a Will empowering one of his disciples to take his place as Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, in the Himalayas. Not everyone was happy with the Will, and there have been disputes over succession ever since. It appears that Dandi Swami was offered the post of Shankaracharya but declined, preferring a life of seclusion.

'Dandi Swami' presents many quotations from Dandi Swami's teacher, Swami Shantanand, providing food for thought, and spiritual solice.

'Dandi Swami' includes selected quotations from Swami Brahmanand, a guru who had the ear of the first President of India.

'Dandi Swami' explores spiritual questions through the eyes of those that meet with Dandi Swami. Accounts of visitors such as Rob H van Dijk and Paul Mason offer glimpses into the life and beliefs of this humble hermit. An interview with David Sieveking offers futher insights into the retiring personality of Dandi Swami.

170 pages colour printed, 130 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9562228-4-8
UK £13.99    US $18.99
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Thank you so very much for all that you are doing! Jai Guru Dev.
- Jerry Jarvis, Director, Institute For Advanced Research

I view your work as the most important in the movement since Maharishi's death. ... Capturing the historical and personal essence of Guru Dev and Maharishi is the only way to go, and you are going there.
 -  Rev. Dr. John Reigstad, Educator.

“I'll be first in line to buy them.” - Lynn D Napper, Author
(‘Our Spiritual Heritage: An Informal History of the Masters of the Sankaracharya Tradition’)

I am very happy with the final result of your hard works,
actually, i am really, very impressed...very impressed indeed!
KDA of London

You really did a great job. Thanks.- BJ, Germany

Just wanted to let you know that I just received the three volumes and they are beautiful. - RM, USA

Got the 3 books yesterday in good shape. They are sooo beautiful! I like the cover very much, so Indian in the design - like holding pure gold in my hand!. More than 1000 pages and more than 100 illustrations very well chosen also giving the air of India.  BH, Sweden

“... you have done such a magnificent job, Paul. Thanks again for your excellent work.
I continue to ponder the words of Guru Dev with much gratitude to you for bringing them to me...
- TA, Canada

They are a real treasure. Such lovely covers and the photos are great too.  I am delighted with them. With very many thanks for your obvious tireless  efforts in producing them.” - SM, UK

"I loved the book (which I took from my friend so that is why I am sending her a new one!).
It really touched me. It was so soothing to hear his words." - SM, USA

Amazon review by Michael Laughrin, awarding five stars 5.0 out of 5 stars 

"The most important and BEST spiritual book written in the last 100 years, "
December 23, 2009
By  Michael Laughrin (North Royalton, OH USA)
"108 Discourses of Guru Dev by Paul Mason is, in my opinion, the most important and BEST spiritual book written in the last 100 years. Swami Brahmananda Saraswati was affectionately known as Guru Dev.

Guru Dev was the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, the northernmost of the 4 seats of the Shankaracharyas established by Shankara between 1500 and 2000 years ago. This northernmost seat was vacant for many years until Guru Dev, who had been leading the life of a solitary saint living in the forest and mountains, finally agreed to take the seat.

These little 'sermons' (none is longer than 4 pages) are exceedingly clear, uplifting, and to the point. This volume has the discourses in the original Hindi and also in English (thank God, as my Hindi is not what is used to be). Of all the modern spiritual books that I have read, this one cuts through the junk like a sword and reveals the diamond truth that is at the core of the Vedic teachings. Most of the important topics are mentioned, such as Enlightenment (moksha), meditation, karma, the caste system, possessions, obstacles on the Path, Maya, dharma, and many, many others.

In my opinion, you must buy this book."


by Paul Mason
Translation of श्री शंकराचार्य उपदेशामृत Shri Shankaracharya Upadeshamrita, 108 Hindi discourses of Guru Dev,
with notes, transcription of Devanagari text & transliteration of Sanskrit quotations.
Royal size (234mm x 156mm), 352 pages -  38 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9562228-0-0

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by Paul Mason
Translation of श्री ज्योतिष्पीठोद्धारक Shri Jyotishpeethoddharaka, the Hindi biography of Guru Dev with notes, transcription of Devanagari text, transliteration of Sanskrit quotations & additional biographical material and quotations.
Royal size (234mm x 156mm), 336 pages -   54 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9562228-1-7

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by Paul Mason
Translation of अमृत-कण Amrit Kana, the Hindi discourses of Guru Dev compiled by Brahmachari Mahesh (later known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi), with notes, transcription of Devanagari text & transliteration of Sanskrit quotations. Also included are transcripts of Maharishi speaking on Guru Dev and about his philosophies, with additional complementary material, including transcripts and translations of the Acharya Vandana Puja & the ‘108 Names of Guru Dev’.
Royal size (234mm x 156mm), 336 pages  35 illustrations 
ISBN 978-0-9562228-2-4

priced at   £14.99 /  €18.99 / $24.99

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'The Maharishi:
The Biography of the Man Who Gave Transcendental Meditation to the World'
Paul Mason

Paul Mason's ground-breaking biography of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, previously available in hardback from Element Books, is now available once more, in a new and revised paperback edition from Evolution Publishing UK.

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 Maharishi's organisations. We are taken deep into the Indian tradition of the Vedic scriptures, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.

In this comprehensive biography Paul Mason describes the early days of Maharishi's teachings in the 1950s, the popularising of TM through the 1960's, the introduction of SCI (the presentation of TM in specifically scientific terms), to the attempts to enter mainstream politics with the Natural Law Party.

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'The Maharishi:
The Biography of the Man Who Gave Transcendental Meditation to the World'
Paul Mason
original hardback edition- Element edition
320pp + 16 pages b/w illustrations on coated paper. ISBN 1-85230-571-1

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'Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Die Biographie'
Paul Mason

Kein Meister der östlichen Tradition hat derart die Gemüter bewegt wie Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Seit den Tagen der Beatles, in den 60er Jahren, der Hippie- und Flower-Power-Bewegung, bis hin zur Verkündung des ""Zeitalters der Erleuchtung"" und der ""Naturgesetz Partei"", immer wieder forderte der Maharishi die Gesellschaft heraus.

 Erstmals legt nun der Engländer Paul Mason, selbst langjähriger Meditierender, eine Insider-Biographie vor, die trotz aller Sympathie und Anerkennung auch einige kritische Anfragen stellt.

   Mason zeichnet den abenteuerlichen Weg eines indischen Yogis nach, der völlig mittellos, nur mit einer Botschaft seines Meisters im Gepäck, in Los Angeles landet und in wenigen Jahren eine weltumspannende Bewegung ins Leben ruft. Niemand hat im Westen das Bewußtsein für die Notwendigkeit eines meditativen Weges stärker erweckt als Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Er hat dabei nicht selten partisiert, auch provoziert, aber er hat auch die Gralshüter der Orthodoxie aus ihrem Tiefshlaf geweckt.

German language -  Aquarmarin Verlag 1995 edition - very limited stock
352pp + 16 pages b/w illustrations. ISBN 3-89427-071-3
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'O MAHARISHI' - Paul Mason

A biografia do homem que trouxe a Meditação Transcendental para o Ocidente
Nova Era - 1997 - 413pg.

Homem santo profundamente humilde, guru dos ricos e famosos, conquistador dos corações e espíritos de milhões de pessoas, o Maharishi Mahesh Yogi foi guindado à fama no início dos anos setenta, quando sua técnica singular da Meditação Transcendental (MT) e seu tão difundido envolvimento com os Beatles e os Beach Boys causaram uma revolução popular no Ocidente.

Apesar disto, o que sabemos sobre este suave e influente revolucionário se resume às manchetes dos jornais e revistas. Agora, Paul Mason nos leva para os bastidores de toda esta movimentação, através de um vasto material inédito sobre sua vida. O autor revela detalhes do caráter deste extraordinário homem santo, desde suas origens humildes na Índia até suas intermináveis viagens pelo mundo, que acabaram por transformá-lo numa figura popular em qualquer canto do planeta. Conhecemos o poder da espiritualidade que repousa na base do seu ensinamento e a força impulsionadora que o leva a criar o Movimento de Regeneração Espiritual, primeiro estágio da atual Sociedade Internacional de Meditação.

Mais do que apenas uma biografia, o livro de Paul Mason é um questionamento corajoso a respeito dos objetivos e métodos da sociedade que se estruturou ao redor do Maharishi. Ele nos leva aos primeiros tempos da MT no Ocidente, e mostra de que forma ela se desenvolveu até se tornar uma força política, através do Partido da Lei Natural. Somos levados a conhecer as tradições hindus dos sadhus ou homens santos, as escrituras védicas, os Upanishads e o Bhagavad Gita.

Por tudo isto, O Maharishi é um livro essencial para todos os estudiosos da filosofia védica e da Raja Yoga, e que deverá ser esclarecedor para todos os que já praticaram ou pensam em praticar a técnica da Meditação Transcendental.

Portuguese language -  Nova Era edition - unavailable at present
416pp + 16 pages b/w illustrations. ISBN 85-01-04644-2
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The Knack of  Meditation:
The No-Nonsense Guide to Successful Meditation

The Knack of Meditation: The No-Nonsense Guide to Successful Meditation

Paperback book at special discount rate     £2.50 + P&P

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