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Throwback Thursday: The Beatles Met with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London, August 1967

During the mid-1960s, the Beatles developed an interest in Eastern influences, which began with their first meeting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Take a look at some photos from that fateful day in London in August 1967!

One of the many things iconic British rock band the Beatles became famous for was their interest in Eastern influences, specifically in meditation techniques to “expand their consciousness” after renouncing illegal drugs. A year after their brief visit to India, the Fab Four, upon the suggestion of George Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd, attended the lecture of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the London Hilton on Park Lane in August 1967.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi developed the Transcendental Meditation Technique and introduced it to the Western world in the 1950s. He became the Beatles’ meditation guru after their first meeting. The band, along with their wives, girlfriends, and assistants, eventually traveled to India in 1968 to attend meditation sessions with the Maharishi in his ashram.

All information for this article were sourced from The Beatles in India and The Washington Post.

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