How India Influenced the Beatles
The spiritual journey of the Beatles is the story of an entire generation of visionaries in the sixties who transformed the world. The Beatles turned Western culture upside down and brought Indian philosophy to the West more effectively than any guru. With the popularity of Peter Jackson's new documentary Get Back, the Beatles’ mystique lives on. A new generation wants to relive the magic of the flower-power era and its four superstars. In this fascinating, revealing, myth-busting post-conference, hidden meanings of the Beatles’ India-influenced lyrics and sounds are decoded by Susan Shumsky—a rare insider who spent two decades in the ashrams and six years on the personal staff of the Beatles’ mentor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This eye-opening post-conference draws back the curtain on the Beatles’ experiments with psychedelics, meditation, chanting, and Indian music. Among many shocking revelations never before revealed, we discover who invented "raga rock" (not the Beatles), the real identity of rare Indian instruments and musicians on their tracks, which Beatle was the best meditator (not George), why the Beatles left India in a huff, John and George’s attempts to return, Maharishi’s accurate prediction, and who Sexy Sadie, Jojo, Bungalow Bill, Dear Prudence, Blackbird, My Sweet Lord, Hare Krishna, and the Fool on the Hill really were.
Susan Shumsky, D.D. has authored 20 books in English, released 36 foreign editions, won 42 book awards, and done 1,300 media appearances. A rare insider, she was on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s personal staff for six years and lived in his ashrams for two decades. She is the author of Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru, and The Inner Light: How India Influenced the Beatles.