The Beatles in India

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In February 1968, the English rock band the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in a Transcendental Meditation (TM) training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.wikipedia
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Paul Horn (musician)

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They joined a group of 60 training to be TM teachers; among the other celebrity meditators were musicians Donovan, Mike Love and Paul Horn, and actress Mia Farrow. Also there were Donovan, songwriter and sculptor Gyp "Gypsy Dave" Mills, Mike Love, jazz flautist Paul Horn, actors Tom Simcox and Jerry Stovin, and dozens of others, all Europeans or Americans.
He attended training at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram along with The Beatles on their 1968 trip to India.

Abbey Road

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Eighteen were recorded for The Beatles ("the White Album"), two others appeared on the Abbey Road album, and others were used for various solo projects.
He wrote the song after the group's trip to India in 1968 and wanted to record it for the White Album, but it was rejected by the others as "too complicated".

Break-up of the Beatles

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The Beatles' denunciation of the Maharishi was detrimental to his reputation in the West, while their return from Rishikesh exposed differences that anticipated the group's break-up in 1970.
Lennon was in a fragile state of mind after returning from the band's sojourn in India in early 1968 and was disillusioned and resentful that their Transcendental Meditation guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, had not fulfilled his expectations.

Ringo Starr

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While there, Lennon, Paul McCartney and Harrison wrote many songs, and Ringo Starr finished writing his first.
While attending the Maharish's intermediate course at his ashram in Rishikesh, India, they enjoyed one of their most prolific writing periods, composing most of the album there.

The Beatles

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In February 1968, the English rock band the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in a Transcendental Meditation (TM) training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
At his ashram in Rishikesh, India, a "Guide Course" scheduled for three months marked one of their most prolific periods, yielding numerous songs including a majority of the 30 included on the album.

Rishikesh

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In February 1968, the English rock band the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in a Transcendental Meditation (TM) training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In February 1968, the Beatles visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh.

Wonderwall Music

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Harrison flew to Bombay in January 1968 to work on the Wonderwall Music soundtrack, expecting the rest of the group to follow shortly.
Harrison then went back to India on 15 February, with Lennon and their wives, to study meditation with the Maharishi in Rishikesh.

The Inner Light (song)

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The B-side, Harrison's "The Inner Light", was mostly recorded in Bombay and featured Indian instrumentation and lyrics espousing meditation as a means to genuine understanding of the world.
Harrison completed the song in London during sessions for a new Beatles single, which was intended to cover their absence while the group were in Rishikesh, India, with the Maharishi.

Dear Prudence

The technique was subsequently implemented by Lennon on the Beatles songs "Julia" and "Dear Prudence".
The inspiration and ostensible subject of the song is Prudence Farrow, the sister of actress Mia Farrow, both of whom were present when the Beatles went to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at his ashram in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Prudence Farrow

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Farrow was joined by her sister, Prudence, and their brother John.
The Beatles arrived shortly thereafter.

Nancy Cooke de Herrera

American socialite Nancy Cooke de Herrera was also present, in her role as the Maharishi's publicist and confidant.
She was the liaison for the Maharishi and The Beatles during their widely publicized visit to Rishikesh in India.

Mia Farrow

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They joined a group of 60 training to be TM teachers; among the other celebrity meditators were musicians Donovan, Mike Love and Paul Horn, and actress Mia Farrow.
Her visit received worldwide media attention at the time because of the presence of all four members of the Beatles, Donovan, and Mike Love, as well as her sister Prudence Farrow.

Sour Milk Sea

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An exception was "Sour Milk Sea", in which Harrison exhorts listeners to embrace meditation and "illumination", while Lennon's "Child of Nature" and McCartney's "Mother Nature's Son" were both inspired by one of the Maharishi's lectures.
It was written by George Harrison during the Beatles' stay in Rishikesh, India, and given to Lomax to help launch Apple Records.

Rocky Raccoon

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In Donovan's recollection, when not meditating, McCartney was rarely without his guitar and kept the Beatles party "entertained" with parody songs such as "Rocky Raccoon" and "Back in the U.S.S.R.", but he was not "totally convinced" about TM.
McCartney began writing the song and originally named it rocky Sassoon in Rishikesh, India, where the Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation in the early months of 1968 then changed it to rocky raccoon because he thought it sounded more "cowboyish."

Gyp Mills

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Also there were Donovan, songwriter and sculptor Gyp "Gypsy Dave" Mills, Mike Love, jazz flautist Paul Horn, actors Tom Simcox and Jerry Stovin, and dozens of others, all Europeans or Americans.
In 1968 they both journeyed to be with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and The Beatles at Rishikesh, India.

Pattie Boyd

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Lennon and his wife Cynthia, Harrison and his wife Pattie Boyd, and the latter's sister Jenny arrived in Delhi on 15 February.
Boyd and her sister Jenny then accompanied Harrison on the Beatles' visit to the Maharishi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, in February 1968.

Mother Nature's Son

An exception was "Sour Milk Sea", in which Harrison exhorts listeners to embrace meditation and "illumination", while Lennon's "Child of Nature" and McCartney's "Mother Nature's Son" were both inspired by one of the Maharishi's lectures.
It was inspired by a lecture given by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while the Beatles were in India.

Back in the U.S.S.R.

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In Donovan's recollection, when not meditating, McCartney was rarely without his guitar and kept the Beatles party "entertained" with parody songs such as "Rocky Raccoon" and "Back in the U.S.S.R.", but he was not "totally convinced" about TM.
Paul McCartney began writing the song as "I'm Backing the UK", inspired by the "I'm Backing Britain" campaign, which had gained wide national support in January 1968, a month before the Beatles departed for India to undertake a course in Transcendental Meditation.

Sexy Sadie

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While waiting for their taxis, Lennon wrote "Maharishi" (later retitled "Sexy Sadie"), in which he sang: "Maharishi – what have you done? / You made a fool of everyone."
Lennon wrote the song during the Beatles' stay in India in response to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's alleged sexual advance on actress Mia Farrow.

The Beach Boys' 1968 US tour with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Mike Love arranged for the Beach Boys to tour the United States with the Maharishi in May 1968.
The tour was initiated by Mike Love, who became devoted to TM in December 1967 and joined the Beatles for two weeks at the Maharishi's training course in India in early 1968.

Mean Mr. Mustard

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The song was written during the Beatles' stay in India; Lennon said that it was inspired by a newspaper story about a miser who concealed his cash wherever he could in order to prevent people from forcing him to spend it.

Raga (film)

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With regard to his own position, Harrison said that he had already told the Maharishi that he would be leaving before the course relocated to Kashmir, because he was due to participate in the filming of Raga, a documentary about Ravi Shankar, in the south of India.
Harrison joined Shankar in Madras in April 1968, following the Beatles' stay at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's meditation ashram in Rishikesh, but a bout of dysentry prevented him from participating in filming for Raga.

Polythene Pam

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Lennon wrote "Polythene Pam" during the Beatles' 1968 stay in India.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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Paul Saltzman's photographs from the retreat have been displayed in galleries throughout North America and in a permanent exhibition above the retail units in the departure lounge of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
A permanent exhibition of The Beatles in India's photographs made in 1968 at the Ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, (founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique), by Paul Saltzman can be seen above the retail units in the departure lounge.

Transcendental Meditation technique

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In February 1968, the English rock band the Beatles travelled to Rishikesh in northern India to take part in a Transcendental Meditation (TM) training course at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.