What really happened when the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India 50 years ago, and why they leave? What went on behind the curtain of the Transcendental Meditation movement and the most famous guru of the 20th century? Finally the truth will be revealed in a new exposé Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru, which will come out in February. Fifty years ago, in 1968, the Beatles, Mia Farrow, her sister “Dear Prudence,”Donovan, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys visited Maharishi’s ashram. The result was the iconic album The Beatles, a.k.a. the “White Album,” written in India, and Maharishi’s meteoric rise to fame.
Only a handful of the six million people who learned TM spent any time in Maharishi’s direct presence. For 22 years Susan Shumsky lived in Riskikesh, India, the Swiss Alps, Fairfield Iowa, and elsewhere in close proximity with Maharishi. Six of those years she served on his personal staff. As a rare TM insider, in her memoir Maharishi & Me, Shumsky reveals fascinating unknown facts and dismantles myths about this iconic guru. Never before has the veil been lifted to disclose the real truth about Maharishi and his closest celebrity disciples. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, Maharishi & Me captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the genuine essence of what it’s like to live in an ashram.