As the Beatles, Donovan, Mia Farrow and many others visited the Maharishi's Trancendental training camp in India, a rumor started that the great guru had made a pass at an attractive blond American girl (Mia Farrow?). John Lennon confronted the Maharishi about the incident by saying, "We're leaving' - Why? - "Well, if your so cosmic, you'll know why.' Because all his right-hand men were always intimating that he did miracles. And I was saying, 'You know why.' He said, 'I don't know why, you must tell me.' And I just kept saying, 'You ought to know.' And he gave me a look like, 'I'll kill you you bastard'. And I knew then when he looked at me, because I'd called his bluff. I was a bit rough to him. I always expect too much - I'm always expecting my mother and I don't get her, that's what it is.'
As the remaining Beatles left, George Harrison gives this account of the ride back: "We drove for hours. John had a song he had started to write which he was singing: 'Maharishi, what have you done?" and I said, 'You can't say that, it's ridiculous.' I came up with the title of 'Sexy Sadie' and John changed Maharishi to Sexy Sadie." - page 285 The Beatles Anthology -
This from Nancy Cooke's book:
Mia (Farrow) raised her glass, "To the last night in this holy place. Hah, that is a laugh. Maharishi is no saint - he even made a pass at me when I was over at his house before dinner.
from All You Need Is Love An Eyewitness Account of When Spirituallity Spread from the East to the West by Nancy Cooke de Herrera copyright 2003 published by Jodere Group, Inc.
Acording to All You Need is Love, the reason the Beatles left in a huff was because the the Maharishi had promised them a film deal about his life story. As it turned out, he was already under contract for the bio pic with Four Star Productions film group.
6/6/06 - SMITH CENTER, Kan. -- In the farm town of Smith Center, in the heartland of America, the Maharishi's group plans to build its ambitious "World Capital of Peace."
Locals became upset when the Hindu cult began buying up large farms in the area. On 6/6/06 nine Men of God, local pastors at Smith Center, warned the TM movement that it is encroaching on their spiritual turf. Kansas farmers became skeptical when TMer's came to town meetings babbling about "waves of coherence" and "silent zero point."
Mayor Randy (not amazing... ) Archer said, "New things that come to town are scary for some people."
The Maharishi peaceniks plan to spend $15 million to build 12 marble peace palaces.
"I don't think we've run into this vibrant level of misunderstanding before," Eric Michener, spokesperson for TM, said. Skeptical preachers rallied in April of 2006 by signing a letter saying: "They are welcome, but they must understand we are competing for the eternal souls of people.