We're still a hundred per cent in favour of meditation (The Beatles Anthology p286) | Meditation Benefits
PAUL: When people say, 'Wasn't he stashing it away in a Swiss bank?' I always say that I only ever saw him in one piece of cheesecloth. 1 never saw him in a decent suit in his life. You would have thought if he was doing it for the money you would catch him bombing off to a New Delhi nightclub in a Rolls. But he always appeared to be in his hut meditating, in a piece of cheesecloth, and I thought: 'You can't knock him for that.'
I remember us all sitting around and him asking us what would be a good make of car to buy. We said, 'Well, a Merc, Maharishi. Mercedes very good car.' — 'Practical? Long running? Good works?' - 'Yes.' — 'Well, we should get a Mercedes, then.' It was only one, it wasn't millions, and we were in on the discussions. He didn't say, 'What's the flashiest car that will pull all the birds?' He asked, 'What is practical?' He was very like that.
In my mind I was saying: 'What's the problem? He's not a god, he's not a priest. There are no rules in his religion that say he's not supposed to make a pass. He's only human, after all, and he's only given us a meditation system.'
John wrote 'Sexy Sadie' to get it off his chest. That was a veiled comment on it all, but personally I don't think Maharishi ever did make a pass. He didn't seem like the kind of guy who would. I've since wondered, 'How would a maharishi go about making a pass?' It's not so easy. I don't think any of that happened. Rishikesh was a good experience. I enjoyed it.
NEIL ASPINALL: I visited them out in Rishikesh, but only to stop them making a movie, really. There was a suggestion they would make a movie with the Maharishi. I'm not quite sun what it was supposed to consist of, but they did have a three-picture deal with United Artists and they'd only made Help! and A Hard Day's Night.
I went in with Denis O'Dell. I stayed for a week, then I came home with Paul and Jane Asher, leaving John and George and their wives in Rishikesh. They came back later.
PAUL: We thought there was more to him than there was, but he's human, and for a while we thought he wasn't.68
JOHN: We made a mistake there. We believe in meditation, but not the Maharishi and his scene. But that's a personal mistake we made in public. I think we had a false impression of Maharishi, like people do of us. What we do happens in public, so it's a different scene, slightly.
We thought he was something other than he was. But we were looking for it and we probably superimposed it on him. We were waiting for a guru, and along he came. But he was creating the same kind of situation for which he's giving recipes out to cure.
It was India, the meditation is good and it does what they say. It's like exercise or cleaning your teeth - it works
It was India, the meditation is good and it does what they say. It's like exercise or cleaning your teeth - it works. But we finished with that bit of it then. I think we're seeing him a bit more in perspective bet ausi we're as naive as the next person. I wouldn't say, 'Don't meditate.'
We're still a hundred per cent in favour of meditation
We're still a hundred per cent in favour of meditation, but we're not going to go potty and build a golden temple in the Himalayas. We will help where and when we can - we can't do everything overnight. But we're not going to empty the gold out of our pockets,- there are other ways of helping.68
RINGO: WHEN I'M DRIVING I SOMETIMES CLOSE MY EYES AND MEDITATE - MY CHAUFFEUR DRIVES ME!
JOHN: I don't regret anything [about] meditation, I still believe in and occasionally use it. I don't regret any of that. I don't regret taking drugs, because they helped me. I don't advocate them for everybody because I don't think I should. But for me it was good, India was good for me, and I met Yoko just before I went to India and had a lot of time to think things out there. Three months just meditating and thinking, and I came home and fell in love with Yoko and that was the end of it. And it's beautiful.69
I DON'T KNOW WHAT LEVEL HE'S ON, BUT WE HAD A NICE HOLIDAY IN INDIA AND CAME BACK RESTED TO PLAY BUSINESSMAN.68
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