In 1968 the Beatles attended a lecture given by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Transcendental Meditation in London. Paul McCartney recalled in a recent interview with film maker David Lynch, how he and the other Beatles had remembered seeing Maharishi as children on TV when he went around the world seven times to spread the word about TM. George Harrison had taken an active interest in Indian music sand eastern thought. George's wife, Patty suggested they all attend the lecture. Having all experimented with LSD, there was a recognition that there must be something more. As McCartney says in the interview, there was a need for something more grounded.
In February of 1968 the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to attend the Maharishi's advanced TM training class. They were accompanied by wives and girlfriends as well as Donovan and Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence. The days were devoted to meditation practice and, in their spare time, music. The Beatles wrote many of the songs that would appear on "The White Album" and "Abbey Road" during their stay in India.
Though John Lennon, ultimately rejected the Maharishi based on unsubstantiated rumors of womanizing, all of the Beatles took away the gift of meditation. As with all Beatle happenings, their pilgrimage to India commanded world-wide media attention, their participation did much to extend the interest in, and reach of the Transcendental Meditation movement.
In my teens I had a close friend who took up the practice of meditation. It was only recently that I sought out a teacher and have begun to experience the true healing power of meditation. Please note that Transcendental Meditation is different from the Mindful Meditation practice that we read and hear so much about these days. If you are interested in learning more, I highly urge you to follow the link below.