Nostalgia: A Generation of Gurus

Their era may have faded in memory, but these two icons of enlightenment still persevere

Everything changed in the shock wave of the '60s, from the music and the clothes to the cultural icons. Eastern religions were in; the words mantra and ashram entered our vocabulary, and gurus emerged to offer us paths to enlightenment. A Hindu swami calling himself Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced Transcendental Meditation to the West and collected celebrity followers; and a fired Ivy League psychology professor named Richard Alpert went to India and became Ram Dass, servant of God. Three decades later, they are both back in the news.


When the Beatles huddled with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi...

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