Maharishi died in 2008 at the age of ninety, but his influence continues throughout the western world as a result of the spiritual movement he founded: TM (Transcendental Meditation). Other books have been written about the guru, but this one offers an insider’s view of life and learning in Rishikesh - including the time when the Beatles came to learn at the feet of Maharishi - as well as behind-the-scenes stories and photos of celebrity disciples. The author lived in the spiritual leader's ashrams for twenty-two years, and served on his personal staff for six of those years.
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 grew from a painfully shy teenage seeker into a spiritually aware teacher and author in her own right. Maharishi & Me is an honest and dynamic exposé about an influential spiritual master (who was also a human being) and his dysfunctional organization. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, Maharishi & Me captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the genuine essence of what it’s like to live in an ashram.
SubtitleSeeking Enlightenment with the Beatles' Guru
AuthorBy Susan Shumsky
Published13 February 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
IllustrationsColor photos, B&W photos.
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.
—Robby Krieger, guitarist, The Doors
"I met Maharishi in Rishikesh, India, in 1968 where I took some iconic photos of the Beatles. There I learned TM, which healed my broken heart, and I found a sense of peace never experienced before. Susan Shumsky’s book Maharishi & Me captures that time in Rishikesh and tells her emotionally-charged, spellbinding story of 22 years of awakening and transformation under Maharishi’s tutelage and beyond. For anyone seeking spiritual understanding, I highly recommend this book."
—Paul Saltzman, bestselling author and photographer of The Beatles in India
"Susan Shumsky’s book Maharishi & Me is a powerful exploration of guru and discipleship. Her humor, insight and the intimate feeling you receive about their relationship is extraordinary. A great read for anyone interested in learning."
—Lynn V. Andrews, bestselling author, Medicine Woman and Jaguar Woman
"So many emotions churned within me as I read Maharishi & Me. In her incredibly heartfelt book, Susan Shumsky gives us a glimpse into a world that few people have ever experienced. Her graphic descriptions portray her awakening consciousness that occurred under Maharishi’s guidance and also evoke the tempest that swirled around this iconic guru. Fascinating reading from a great writer!"
—Denise Linn, bestselling author of Sacred Space
"Riveting! An eye-opening, enlightening, first person account of life behind the curtain of the TM Movement. I loved it!"
— Dr. Joe Vitale, bestselling author, The Miracle, and featured in The Secret
"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi initiated the current interest in meditation when he brought TM to the West. Susan Shumsky's book is the most comprehensive account of the history of his Movement and reveals what it is like to be close to a great spiritual teacher."
—Peter Russell, bestselling author, The Global Brain and From Science to God
"Susan Shumsky had a front-row seat at a spiritual revolution that profoundly affected all of us. She tells the tale with personal candor, a keen eye for pertinent detail, and a perspective seasoned by time and experience."
—Philip Goldberg, author, American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West
"Full of fascinating information about TM, its founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and the celebrities who followed him, Susan Shumsky's book Maharishi & Me is a captivating read."
—John Gray, bestselling author, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus