Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru

Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru

by Susan Shumsky


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Winner of the Ben Franklin Book Award for Autobiography & Memoir and the National Indie Excellence Sponsorship Prize from News & Experts!
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 books have been written about him, but this spellbinding page-turner offers a rare insider's view of life with the guru, including the time the Beatles studied at his feet in Rishikesh, India, and wrote dozens of songs under his influence.

Both inspirational and disturbing, Maharishi and Me illuminates Susan's two decades living in Maharishi's ashrams, where she grew from a painfully shy teenage seeker into a spiritually aware teacher and author. It features behind-the-scenes, myth-busting stories, and over 100 photos of Maharishi and his celebrity disciples (the Beatles, Deepak Chopra, Mia Farrow, Beach Boys, and many more).

Susan's candid, honest portrayal draws back the curtain on her shattering, extreme emotional seesaws of heaven and hell at her guru's hands. This compelling, haunting memoir will continue to challenge readers long after they turn its last page. It dismantles all previous beliefs about the spiritual path and how spiritual masters are supposed to behave.

Susan shares: “Merely by being in his presence, we disciples entered an utterly timeless place and rapturous feeling, and, at the same time, realized the utter futility and insanity of the mundane world.”

Susan's heartfelt masterwork blends her experiences, exacting research, artistically descriptive and humorous writing, emotional intelligence, and intensely personal inner exploration into a feast for thought and contemplation. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, it captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the essence of life in an ashram.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510722682
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Susan Shumsky is a spiritual self-help author with more than a dozen books in print, including Divine Revelation, Exploring Meditation, and Color Your Chakras. For twenty-two years, she was in the tutelage of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Prologue: My Real Birth Day ix

Part I Hippieness to Happiness

1 Losing the self to Find the Self 3

2 Into the Land of Oz 6

3 A Natural High 13

4 Feelin' Guru-vy 22

Part II Blissed-Out

5 Home to India 41

6 Melting in Maharishiville 53

7 Bees to Honey 62

8 Maharishi Merry-Go-Round 68

Part III Open-Ego Surgery

9 From Bliss to Blitzkrieg 81

10 A Sacrificial Lamb 92

11 Wham Bam, Ego Slam 102

12 Heights of Heavenly Hell 109

Part IV Maharishi's Spell

13 Eye of the Hurricane 123

14 Under the Influence 129

15 The First Shall Be Last 138

Part V The Beatles' Guru

16 The Beatles Invade India 153

17 And They Write a Lot of Music 167

18 Dropping the Beatles Bomb 174

Part VI Inevitable and Inescapable

19 Shattered, Shaken, and Stirred 187

20 Frog-Hopping to Enlightenment 198

21 Riding the Indian Express 209

22 Guru Tricks and Celebrity Treats 217

Part VII Ridiculous to Sublime

23 From Tear-Filled to Fear-Field 239

24 Into the Heart of God 250

25 Letting Go of the Dream 258

26 Now Miracles Could Begin 266

27 How to Spot an Enlightened Master 273

Epilogue and Epitaph 285

Appendix: Who's Who in TM 287

Bibliography 291

Endnotes 299

Acknowledgments 308

About the Author 309

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