"...The concept crystallized in 1980, with the formation of the Ideal Village Development Cooperative of Austin, a governing board of sorts that integrated a business plan and some real estate savvy with the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritual leader whose name became a household word in 1968, when he introduced the Beatles and Mia Farrow -- and the rest of the world, for that matter -- to the wonders of Transcendental Meditation. Mindful of the Maharishi's vision of creating "ideal villages" around the globe, DevCo, as the cooperative called itself, raised funds through personal contributions and others committed to the project..."
"...Though the name, with its Cartesian and Jeffersonian overtones, conjures up sober images of the erudite Enlightenment from which the nation sprang, the Natural Law platform -- which you may have seen spelled out in an enormous special advertising insert to USA TODAY, paid for by the well-funded party -- leans fairly heavily to the New Age left, and the relationship between the NLP and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has raised more than a few True Left eyebrows. (Party founder and presidential candidate Dr..."
"...Exactly one year ago, a fledgling political party first gained attention in Austin when it ran an ad encouraging people to "Find Out about the Natural Law Party... Yogic Flying To Be Demonstrated." The ad pictured two smiling men sitting in the lotus position hovering in mid--air...."
"..."Jealous Guy," John Lennon What began as a Beatles song titled "Child of Nature" after a lecture by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ended up on Lennon's definitive Imagine in 1971. Roxy Music's version, recorded a decade later after Lennon's murder, topped UK charts..."
"...Cut in 1968, days before flying to India for a retreat with Transcendental Meditation guru/capitalist Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, John Lennon's British bulldog mirrors its namesake – stout, pug-faced, aggro. A sinister piano riff doubled by guitar spikes paranoia, reassurance, and ultimately nonsense ("Sheepdog, standing in the rain/ Bullfrog, doing it again")..."
"...The focus remains on the Fab Four, from their Quarrymen beginnings to the acrimonious breakup, all before any of them reached the age of 30. The book's scope and, at more than 600 pages, its length, might seem daunting, yet the author's research leads to a galvanizing read, especially when enumerating influences as diverse as Elvis, Dylan, LSD, and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi..."
"...Despite falling well short of the "definitive article" hype surrounding it, The Beatles remains a qualified success. Harper's editor Lewis Lapham confines With the Beatles to the Fab Four's journey to Rishikesh, India, to meet with spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi..."