On a shaded site overlooking the sacred Ganges River at Rishikesh. 130 miles (210 kms) north of New Delhi, stands the headquarters of the bearded Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Boat crossing Ganges to Rishikesh; Maharishi's home; Brahmachari Shanker meditating; Ganges and Himalayas.
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Background: On a shaded site overlooking the sacred Ganges River at Rishikesh. 130 miles (210 kms) north of New Delhi, stands the headquarters of the bearded Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Last week final preparations were being carried out there in readiness for the arrival of the Beatles - enthusiastic followers of the method of "transcendental meditation" preached by the Maharishi.
Although India abounds with Holy Men few have acquired the reputation of the Maharishi (Great Sage). He had a considerable following even before he met the Beatles last August while on a lecture tour of England.
Son of a government revenue inspector, the Maharishi discovered his concept of transcendental meditation during two years of seclusion in the Himalayas. His explanation of his message: "When the conscious mind expands to embrace deeper levels of thinking, the thought waves become more powerful and results in added energy and intelligence."
When the Maharishi is not travelling abroad he lives at Rishikesh, which also serves as an Academy. Here our cameraman found the Maharishi's colleague Brahmachari Shankar deep in meditation.
The Maharishi's "Spiritual Regeneration Movement" has spread quickly. Transcendental meditation is now practised by an estimated 100,000 followers in 35 countries from Denmark to New Zealand.