The Inner Light

ebook How India Influenced the Beatles

By Susan Shumsky

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The hidden meanings of the Beatles' most esoteric lyrics and sounds are revealed by a rare insider who spent two decades with the man who made "meditation," "mantra," and "yoga" household words: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

"I absolutely love this book. Between the stories and the pictures, many I've not seen before, this is truly a spiritual journey." —Chris O'Dell, author of Miss O'Dell, My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, and the Women They Loved
The spiritual journey of the Beatles is the story of an entire generation of visionaries in the sixties who transformed the world. The Beatles turned Western culture upside down and brought Indian philosophy to the West more effectively than any guru. The Inner Light illumines hidden meanings of the Beatles' India-influenced lyrics and sounds, decoded by Susan Shumsky—a rare insider who spent two decades in the ashrams and six years on the personal staff of the Beatles' mentor, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

"With clarity, depth, and impeccable research, an exceptionally comprehensive book filled with engaging tales and fresh insights that even diehard Beatles fans will find illuminating."

—Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and The Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

This eye-opening book draws back the curtain on the Beatles' experiments with psychedelics, meditation, chanting, and Indian music. Among many shocking revelations never before revealed, we discover who invented "raga rock" (not the Beatles), the real identity of rare Indian instruements and musicians on their tracks, which Beatle was the best meditator (not George), why the Beatles left India in a huff, John and George's attempts to return, Maharishi's accurate prediction, and who Sexy Sadie, Jojo, Bungalow Bill, Dear Prudence, Blackbird, My Sweet Lord, Hare Krishna, and the Fool on the Hill really were.

"This book reminds us in illuminating fashion why Susan is the premier thinker about India's key influence upon the direction of the Beatles' art. In vivid and stirring detail, she traces the Fabs' spiritual awakening from Bangor to Rishikesh and beyond." —Kenneth Womack, author of John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life

Half a century later, the Beatles have sold more records than any other recording artist. A new generation wants to relive the magic of the flower-power era and is now discovering the message of this iconic band and its four superstars. For people of all nations and ages, the Beatles' mystique lives on. The Inner Light is Susan Shumsky's gift to their legacy.
The Inner Light