The members of the Fab Four have released statements about the passing of their guru. I’m surprised that we haven’t heard more reactions from other celebrtiies that attended his meditation seminars back in the 1960’s as well.
It’s nice to see Ringo with some king words over the passing of the Maharishi. I do recall that he had an unpleasant time in India with the others, and cut his trip short.
It is a sad passing, and he was 91. Time waits for now man it seems.
Here’s what we’ve read.
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr paid tribute to the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who famously set the Beatles on the path to spiritual enlightenment.
The Maharishi died at his home in the Netherlands on Tuesday. He was thought to be 91.
Sir Paul said: “I was asked for my thoughts on the passing of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and I can only say that whilst I am deeply saddened by his passing, my memories of him will only be joyful ones.”
He added: “He was a great man who worked tirelessly for the people of the world and the cause of unity. I will never forget the dedication that he wrote inside a book he once gave me, which read ‘radiate, bliss, consciousness’, and that to me says it all. I will miss him but will always think of him with a smile.”
Starr also released a statement paying his respects. He said: “One of the wise men I met in my life was the Maharishi. I always was impressed by his joy and I truly believe he knows where he is going.”
The Maharishi became famous in the 1960s through his relationship with the Beatles.
The group visited his ashram in India in 1968, where they studied his transcendental meditation techniques.
Starr went home after 10 days, complaining that he missed egg and chips. The others stayed, joined by other celebrities including Mick Jagger, Donovan and Mia Farrow.
But the rock stars fell out with the Maharishi over rumours that he had made inappropriate sexual advances towards Farrow.
The Maharishi went on to build a multimillion-pound global empire and moved his headquarters to a former Franciscan monastery in the Dutch town of Vlodrop.
Source: UK Press