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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:12 PM
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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi dies
Source: MSNBC

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, has died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, a spokesman said Tuesday. He was thought to be 91 years old.

"He died peacefully at about 7 p.m.," said Bob Roth, a spokesman for the Transcendental Meditation movement that the Maharishi founded. He said his death appeared to be due to "natural causes, his age."

Once dismissed as hippie mysticism, the Hindu practice of mind control that Maharishi taught, called transcendental meditation, gradually gained medical respectability.

He began teaching transcendental meditation in 1955 and brought the technique to the United States in 1959. But the movement really took off after the Beatles visited his ashram in India in 1968, although he had a famous falling out with the rock stars when he discovered them using drugs at his Himalayan retreat.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23018484 /
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:13 PM
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1. Good Night, great soul.
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neutron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 09:30 PM
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16. is there a symbolic message in the timing?
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:13 PM
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2. Hmm, I was just thinking of him last night. n/t
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:13 PM
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3. I'm sorry to hear that. I wish him a beautiful journey. nt
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:14 PM
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4. Indian guru Maharishi Yogi dies
Source: BBC

The Indian Hindu guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who is credited with setting the Beatles and other 60s stars on the path to spiritual enlightenment, has died.

Maharishi, who was thought to have been 91 years old, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday evening at his home in Vlodrop, his spokesman said.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7229597.stm



Being a creature of the Sixties (I'm 56), this is a blast from my past.

Have a pleasant journey, Maharishi.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:18 PM
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5. Too bad, I saw him in '68 or '69 in Honolulu.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:18 PM
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6. Those damn not-we; when will they ever cease?
Edited on Tue Feb-05-08 07:19 PM by HypnoToad
Pity nobody put out that little revelation during the 1980s "war on drugs". Of course, how much would the advert makers have to pay the Beatles to do so? It's always about money.

Respect others' religions and ya might get further in life. (Even if the religion is money, but I submit AND digress...)

But, hell, Johnny kept saying he was bigger than Jesus - he'd spit on anybody if they didn't agree with him; arrogant little fart. I mean, if any of us went around saying we were better than Jesus or could put Muhammad in his place... ruh-roh...



My condolences to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's family and next of kin.
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 01:03 AM
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24. Hynotoad? What are *you* smokin' dude?
"But, hell, Johnny kept saying he was bigger than Jesus - he'd spit on anybody if they didn't agree with him; arrogant little fart. I mean, if any of us went around saying we were better than Jesus or could put Muhammad in his place... ruh-roh..."

WRONG, WRONG AND TOTALLY WRONG. John made his comment in the vein of sarcasm that people cared more about The Beatles than Jesus which he thought was completely STUPID. He was misquoted and misaligned for years by people who didn't have the savvy to know what he meant. John Lennon was not an "arrogant little fart." You know NOTHING about the man! Please do NOT attribute that utter rubbish to him simply because YOU don't get it! This world was a better place when John Lennon was in it!
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 05:36 PM
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33. John Lennon was a prototype Noel Gallagher.
The world is an even better place now.

Score one for Oasis.
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Patchuli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 10:25 PM
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36. You're certainly entitled to think so
even if I think that it's rubbish.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:18 PM
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7. Namaste, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
and rest in peace.
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ccpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:19 PM
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8. for those that follow astrology
the passing of this man would make sense with a Solar Eclipse happening tomorrow. Throughout history, great kings, great sages, great gurus and the like always died on or around an eclipse.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:25 PM
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9. "Oooooommmmmmmmmmm"
Edited on Tue Feb-05-08 07:26 PM by SpiralHawk
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:32 PM
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11. ....mani padme hum
Oooooommmmmmmmmmm"
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 07:28 PM
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10. And the Wheel turns
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spag68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 08:12 PM
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12. I met this man
at a rock festival in Baton Rouge La. in 1973, called Celebration of Life. He gave a great invocation, but offstage seemed to be a very regular guy who walked around eating ice cream.
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ozone_man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 08:32 PM
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13. I still use his meditation on occasion.
TM. Rest in peace.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 08:35 PM
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14. "he had a famous falling out with the rock stars when he discovered them using drugs"?
I thought they had a falling out with him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexy_Sadie_ (song)

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crud76 Donating Member (111 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 09:09 PM
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15. Actually
his famous falling out with the Beatles had to do with the Maharishi supposedly hitting on Mia Farrow, who was part of the entourage.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 09:50 PM
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18. Are Maharishis supposed to take vows of celibacy?
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 11:29 PM
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21. Story a bit misleading
Cynthia Lennon stated that was the healthiest she had seen her husband in years. While at the ashram, Lennon was off drugs and alcohol, as were the other Beatles. Occasionally, a regular cigarette would come out and they had the feeling of "ditching" school to go out for a smoke. But that was the extent of the "drug" usage.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 09:57 PM
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35. I thought the Maharishi was hitting on Mia's sister.
"Dear Prudence" on the White Album is about that incident. Maharishi was hitting on or possibly having an affair with Prudence Farrow, so the Beatles got disgusted with him because of that.

BTW, the Maharishi's meditations have probably helped many people, but he has started a company that sells Ayurvedic medical herbs, oils, teas, and such, at grossly inflated prices.

I don't think $15 or $20 for a normal box of 30 one-cupt tea bags is terribly fair.




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chknltl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 09:48 PM
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17. I learned his TM technique back in the early '70s
Turned out to not be my cup of tea... Sorry to see him go though...I think he meant well.
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colorado_ufo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 02:24 AM
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26. Peace, Maharishi; travel on . . .
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 11:19 PM
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19. "Sexy Sadie, you're the latest and the greatest of them all"
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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 11:25 PM
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20. Pranams to the Maharishi.
One of the great ambassadors of Mother India's ancient gifts of yogic science.

As George Harrison sang in his Maharishi days ~~"Jaya Guru Deva OM"

:hippie:



:hi: Thank you Maharishi
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BuddhaGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 11:43 PM
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22. safe journey, Maharishi
I wish you the highest possible evolution.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 11:56 PM
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23. You did well, Maharishi
and helped raise many to a higher consciousness.
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Raejeanowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 01:39 AM
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25. I Wish Him Peace n/t
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 07:39 AM
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27. Robert Klein tells of seeing the Maharishi at Madison Square Garden.
Klein says that from his distant seat, the Maharishi looked like "a raisin on a marshmallow".

Well, I thought it was funny.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 03:24 PM
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28. Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi dies
Source: Yahoo

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a one-time spiritual advisor to the Beatles, has died in his Dutch home, his Transcendental Meditation movement announced Wednesday.

He died peacefully around Tuesday evening in his home in the tiny village of Vlodrop in the Netherlands where he had been living since 1990, it added.

Originally from India, the Maharishi started his worldwide movement in 1958. In the 1960s he attracted many followers including the Beatles who went to meditate with him in India in 1968.


The Beatles and the guru fell out during their visit, for various reasons. Ringo Starr reportedly objected to the vegetarian diet, while John Lennon felt that the Maharishi's claim to celibacy was a lie.




Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080206/en_afp/netherlands...
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 03:24 PM
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29. Already being discussed by the forum's sour skeptics
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

As cults go, this one was fairly benign.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 03:24 PM
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30. Must be mourning at Maharishi University
in Iowa.
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bigworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 03:24 PM
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31. Some people go to India to find peace and enlightenment...
the Maharishi went to Holland.
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frog92969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 03:24 PM
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32. Peace old dude.
"Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream, it is not dieing, it is not dieing."
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carly denise pt deux Donating Member (855 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-06-08 07:20 PM
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34. Jai Guru Deva.....have a safe journey, Marahishi...nfm
Carly
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