(My first semester in college, I was seeking 'enlightenment' by drinking, taking drugs and chasing and catching some of the babes on campus, which got my roommate so distraught, he moved out at the end of the semester, and joined a TM chapter.
Didn't realize having so much fun could drive someone to seek redemption by paying for it to a TM cult.)
At first, the Beatles almost worshiped the Yogi, but later discovered they had been conned and even wrote a song about the Maharishi, called 'Sexy Sadie.'
"... Lennon said that "We believe in meditation, but not the Maharishi and his scene". McCartney said The Beatles' association with the Maharishi was "a public mistake", and Lennon "an error of judgment".Why does a 'spiritual' leader need all that dough and why are the ones now leading the movement chauffeured around in customized, 30' long limos? 'Sexy Sadie' moved his empire out of India in 1988 after a dispute with Indian authorities over lying on his amount of income and expenses. Getting out of Dodge one step ahead of an arrest warrant for tax evasion is definitely an 'enlightening' moment.
Just another cult that is sapping those seeking TRUE enlightenment.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation, promised creativity, health, professional success, world peace and no less than "heaven on earth". David Sieveking decides to take the personal advice of the great David Lynch and begins to practice TM himself. Even master film directors start as novices, after all. And the best thing about it: TM is easy to do. Not cheap, but easy!Source: LINK TV
Funded by donations Maharishi and his followers built up an unparalleled global enterprise with the global headquarters in the Netherlands; a world peace center in India; a clandestine "TM world government" in the Swiss Alps; over 20 "Invincible Universities" have been founded and there are obscure gated camps dedicated to "yogic flying". For the second time, David Sieveking discovers a whole new world.
The more research the young filmmaker does, the more discrepancies surface. Suddenly TM apostates start contacting him, former high-ups in the organization who claim to have been ruined by the Maharishi -- financially as well as psychologically. Should he believe them? Is TM just a cynical money machine after all, as critics maintain, or a guru sect gone haywire?
The deeper Sieveking delves into the true TM movement, the more disturbing facts he finds. Like the promise that each individual is assigned a specific mantra, but they are given one based on a formula involving gender and age.
He eventually gets banned from interviewing TM leaders, and receives threats from the cult leaders.
The full doc is available at this link, Youtube only had versions that were either in German or only a couple of minutes in length. You need to watch the entire doc to see how this cult has turned into a cash cow.
Lennon originally wanted to title the song "Maharishi", but changed the title to "Sexy Sadie" at George Harrison's request. Lennon was disillusioned after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had allegedly made a sexual advance at one of the female members attending the course the Maharishi was teaching at his ashram.Source
( Lennon once said of the song: "That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, 'Sexy Sadie,' instead of (sings) 'Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool...' I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I'd like them to be."
After returning from India, Lennon scratched the lyrics into a piece of wood, with the original title "Maharishi". The recorded version changed only after Harrison insisted that if the song was used he wanted the name changed and persuaded Lennon to change the title to "Sexy Sadie."
According to Mark Lewisohn's The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, an early outtake of "Sexy Sadie" features Lennon demonstrating the song's original working lyrics to the rest of the band: "Maharishi, you little twat/Who the fuck do you think you are?/Who the fuck do you think you are?/Oh, you cunt."
"Maharishi, you little twat..."... another reason why I loved John Lennon and salute his musical talents and his ballsiness to speak truth to power, which eventually is why he was murdered.
The Beatles Sexy Sadie WITH LYRICS -COMPLETE ENDING
At one time, the Dali Lama was on the CIA's payroll, which makes one wonder if 'Sexy Sadie' was also a 'company man.'