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Susan Shumsky is a successful author in the new age/spirituality field, writing books on meditation, intuition, prayer, auras, chakras, and the like. But in the 1970s, she was one of only a handful of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s personal attendants and administrators, in India, Switzerland, and elsewhere. Following the teachings of Maharishi displaced Susan’s devotion to the hippie lifestyle, as she learned about meditation and grew spiritually self-aware. 

Maharishi died in 2008 at the age of 90, but his influence continues throughout the Western world as a result of the spiritual movement he founded: TM (Transcendental Meditation). Other books have been written about the guru, but this is the only one to offer an insider’s view of life and learning in Rishikesh - including the time when the Beatles came to learn at the feet of the Maharishi - as well as behind-the-scene stories of other celebrity disciples. The author lived in the spiritual leader’s ashrams for 22 years, and served on his personal staff for seven of those years. 

Susan shares: “Merely by being in his presence, we disciples entered an utterly timeless place and rapturous feeling, and, at the same time, realized the utter futility and insanity of the mundane world.” 

Susan grew from a painfully shy teenage seeker into a spiritually aware teacher and author in her own right. Maharishi & Me is an honest and dynamic exposé about an imperfect person and his dysfunctional organization.

©2018 Susan Shumsky (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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So glad that I listened to this book. Fascinating and helps make sense of the movement begun by Maharishi. Very well written, kind and honest.

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  • 10-23-21

Brilliant window into a memorable time

I was thrilled to discover that Maharishi and Me was available on Audible. I’d earlier found an interview on the Internet that Susan Shumsky had done on the Beatles and Transcendental Meditation and I’m not sure what inspired me to search Audible but gratified it was there.

This is story about a unique time in our history that many will relate to and needs to be told.
In the 1960, meditation was such a new almost revolutionary thing that arrived in the West amongst the plethora of changes sweeping the established mindset. Susan Shumsky has skilfully related the history of the TM movement in a moving and personal way, she was there, right in the heart of the action. And there is an impressive amount of detail.
But although this story is set in the TM movement, Susan Shumsky’s spiritual journey and discipleship is universal in appeal.

For myself I learnt TM back in the 1970s and in a place far from the action surrounding Maharishi. This book provides a window into the intimate circle of the movement. Susan Shumsky allows the reader ( listener ) to step into her shoes, in an honest and candid way. This is no easy feat as the tendency of a lot of people is to gloss over the past. She tells a well
woven story and I intend to listen to her story at least once more.