1967 - Meditation
On August 24 1967, Encouraged by Pattie Harrison, The Beatles and their partners - minus Ringo and Maureen Starkey, whose second child Jason had been born five days previously - attended a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London. The Harrisons had become interested in Eastern philosophy during a six-week holiday in Bombay towards the end of 1966. The following year Pattie attended a lecture on Transcendental Meditation at Caxton Hall, London, where she had been given her mantra. Inspired by her new discovery, she encouraged George to accompany her to Maharishi's lecture at the Hilton. A press conference followed the lecture, after which a 90-minute private audience with Maharishi was held for Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and the rest of their party. The yogi's words left them keen to learn more, and they made arrangements to travel to Bangor, North Wales, the next day to attend the weekend seminar being held there. Next day, August 25th, The Beatles and their couples plus her sister Jenny, Alexis Mardas, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, travelled to Bangor, North Wales, to embark upon a 10-day conference on Transcendental Meditation. Jane and Cynthia traveled to Bangor by car with Neil Aspinall, as the other people did it by train. Sadly, on September 27th The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein,who didn't travel to Bandor, died. Plans were immediately made by The Beatles party for a return to London.
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