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Maharishi Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru

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Susan Shumsky is a successful author in the human potential field. But in the 1970s, in India, the Swiss Alps, and elsewhere, she served on the personal staff of the most famous guru of the 20th century―Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Maharishi died in 2008 at age ninety, but his influence endures through the spiritual movement he founded: TM (Transcendental Meditation). Other book
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Hardcover, 340 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Skyhorse
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Sjj
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a mixed bag for me. It was definitely a nostalgic walk down memory lane since I was in college in the early 70s (the years covered in the book are the late 60s to 1989) and I was aware of all the press about TM, the Maharishi, the Beatles at the Indian ashram, etc. I did not become a TMer, though I was interested in learning more about it over the years. I do think that a TMer would have a much different perspective on this book. As a non-TMer, I eventually (about half way through) ...more
Madelon
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although this might not have been my first choice of reading material if I were browsing for something to read, I had just watched "Lennon Naked," a British docu-drama about John Lennon that included The Beatles time with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I've never quite understood the whole concept of transcendental meditation, so I thought I would read this to gain some insights. Early on, the author drops the first shoe, the insanity of blind faith and unrequited need. She writes paragraph after pa ...more
Jill
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are looking for inside information on the Beatles and transcendental meditation, look elsewhere. If you are interested in learning about the social settings, in which the technique was first popularized, read this book. Author Shumski describes her introduction to the Maharishi’s teaching styles. She explains how it changed her approach to life and self-actualization. This is only one of several books she has written on mediation, intuition, affirmation, prayer, and spiritual healing. The ...more
Laura Ruetz
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While this would not normally be my first choice of non-fiction books, the content and the conversational way that the author writes really drew me in. I had heard of Transcendental Meditation but knew very little about it and even less about Maharishi. This book was a fascinating look not only into the Transcendental Meditation Movement and the person at the center, Maharishi, but the personal growth of the author, as she was involved in the movement over a span of time. The book is far from dr ...more
Amy Shannon
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and eye-opening

I wasn't familiar with Maharishi except that he was a popular and iconic guru. The author shares her experiences and even her enlightenment by her time spent with him. It was a grand, heartfelt book that I enjoyed, finding it also inspirational. It was a fascinating story of her experiences and perspective. I knew very little about Transcendental Meditation (TM) before reading this, and I've learned a lot. I am very glad to have read this book.
Jon
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was never drawn to the Maharishi or Transcendental Meditation, but I'm glad I read this book. The author writes of him as both divine and human while she recounts her spiritual journey, I now know a more about the guru/disciple relationship and I'm open to the value of other teachings.
Aaron Badgley
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written memoir.
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Dr. Susan Shumsky has dedicated her life to helping people take command of their lives in highly effective, powerful, positive ways. She is the best-selling author of 14 books, published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, and New Page. A pioneer in the human potential field, she has spent 50 years teaching thousands of people meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition. Her book titles incl ...more
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