Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the bearded Indian guru to the Beatles who introduced the Western world to transcendental meditation, died Tuesday at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop, a spokesman said. As he never really aluded to the year he was born, he was thought to be 91 years old.
The Maharishi rose to fame in the late 60s when the Beatles quickly took a liking to his teachings, and joined him for a meditation excursion in 1968. But they quickly became disillusioned when they discovered that the guru had tried to seduce actress Mia Farrow during their India trip. The Maharishi was referred to as the moniker Sexy Sadie in the Beatles song by the same name, in which John Lennon sings "You made a fool of everyone...you'll get yours yet!" Which is kinda hypocritical considering Lennon had started his affair with Yoko Ono and was still married to Cynthia Lennon during the trip.
Transcendental meditation has become more popular with other celebs in recent years, including director David Lynch and singer Donovan. The Maharishi will always be known as the one who brought the religion into the spotlight. Rest in peace, Mahesh!
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