Philip Goldberg on American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West

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In 1968, the Beatles went to India for an extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a spiritual retreat that exploded the ancient philosophy of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga into popular Western culture, an introduction that actually began when translations of Hindu texts penetrated the thinking of John Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the ideas spread to Thoreau, Whitman, and succeeding generations of receptive Americans, who absorbed India's "science of consciousness." Philip Goldberg, author, director for, and Huffington Post blogger on religion, traces this movement from Emerson to the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation.