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Beatles Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Dies
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Beatles Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Dies



Maharishi Mahesh Yogi died on Tuesday. He was believed to be in his early 90s. Mr. Yogi died at his headquarters in the Netherlands. The Maharishi was the man who introduced Transcendentalist Meditation to the West. Among the best known seekers of his wisdom were the Beatles. He was also an entrepreneur of enlightenment who built an enterprise of spiritual centers and schools that today is estimated to have assets of about $300 million. That's a lot of enlightenment.

The Beatles came to visit first in 1968 and returned with some well-known friends, including Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, and Mia Farrow. But controversy broke out. The Maharishi, a devout celibate, was accused of laying some unmeditative hands on some women who came to his ashram. John Lennon wrote the song "Sexy Sadie" as a thinly disguised denunciation.

(Soundbite of "Sexy Sadie")

Mr. JOHN LENNON (Beatles): Sexy Sadie, what have you done? You made a fool of everyone.

SIMON: Reportedly the song's original title was "Maharishi." Those rumors of misconduct were never confirmed, and years later George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney denied it.

(Soundbite of "Sexy Sadie")

Mr. LENNON: Sexy Sadie, she's the latest and the greatest of them all.

SIMON: The Maharishi retired from public life just last month and said he would devote his remaining time to complete a long series of commentaries on the Veda, the sacred Hindu text.

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