Beatles' Indian spiritual guru dies

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London, Feb 6 (UNI) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian spiritual guru whose pupils included the Beatles and Clint Eastwood, has died.

The founder of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a mind control technique using chanting, died at about 2330 hrs IST last night at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop.

He was said to be 91 years old as his exact birth date was unclear.

A TM movement spokesman said the cause of death was unconfirmed, but appeared to be by natural causes.

The spiritualist, whose birth name was Mahesh Prasad Varma, attracted his most famous pupils in 1967, when the Beatles travelled to Bangor, North Wales, to enrol in a course.

The band later travelled to India, but the trip was soured when John Lennon left early, but wrote about his experience in the song 'Sexy Sadie', with the lyrics ''What have you done? You made a fool out of everyone.'' Other followers of Maharishi Yogi included the Beach Boys and David Lynch, the film director best known for Blue Velvet.


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