The Biography of the Man
Who Gave Transcendental Meditation
to the World
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 Now Paul Mason takes us behind the scenes, drawing on scarce and previously unpublished material.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), and the attempts to enter mainstream politics with the Natural Law Party.
A selection of reviews
Mason's The Maharishi has satiated a more than 45 year thirst for an
insight into Maharishi the man. The Maharishi behind the polished
Paul's insights and sometime humorous observations provide an extra layer to thoroughness and richness of Maharishi whose technique I learnt in 1975 and still practice now.
This book has promoted a clarity to my sense of obligation and relationship to the meditation technique and its propounder, Maharishi.'
- Charles Schofield
'.... will tell you what happened with The Beatles and the Maharishi
.... actually the best story ever written about this period and
subject, although it's not focussed on The Beatles.'
- Beatles Unlimited Magazine
rational look at TM. There are many books written by those in the TM
movement that are biased with all kinds of claims, from unbelievable
health benefits to flying! This book is a very balanced account of
- Amazon.com reviewer, awarding it five stars.
honest warts-and-all account of the Indian guru who brought TM to the
West... Whether Maharishi is Deity Incarnate, a brilliant teacher now
well past his prime, or a Hindu monk who was swayed by capitalism, Paul
Mason's biography is well-written, well-researched and well-rounded."
- I to I.
Mason, though he has practised TM himself, is no unquestioning
- Gerald Kaufman MP, Manchester Evening News
is a moral here about how attempts to build heaven on earth all too
often end up looking like business opportunities. But the Maharishi
always had a winning smile"
- Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph.