Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, London Hilton, 24 August 1967
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"George, in the meantime, was not only telling the others about what he was reading, he was now also looking round the world for some wise learned man to explain things and put him on the right track.
George even trailed down to a deserted part of Cornwall, after he’d read a book on cosmic communication, and spent several hours climbing a high hill, but nothing happened. He heard of many other people, Indian and Western, and their ideas, but no one seemed to him to be the right one, until Maharishi.
It is important to stress that all of them were already very knowledgeable, long before Maharishi came along. He didn’t convert them, or reach out and direct them, or even tell much they didn’t know. He chanced upon their lives, just at a time when they were looking for him.” - The Beatles Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies
"On August 24, all of us except Ringo attended the lecture, given by Maharishi at the Hilton Hotel. I got the tickets. I was actually after a mantra. I had got to the point where I thought I would like to meditate. I’d read about it and I knew I needed a mantra - a password to get through into the other world. And, as we always seemed to do everything together, John and Paul came with me." - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology