On George Harrison’s 80th Birth Anniversary, The Inner Light Sheds New Light on How India Influenced The Beatles

It was 80 years ago, on February 25, 1943, when George Harrison took his first breath. “The Quiet Beatle” was a self-professed seeker who declared himself a Hindu and devoted his life to spiritual development. Susan Shumsky’s superb new book The Inner Light reveals how the spell that India cast on Harrison changed The Beatles’ music and transformed the world.

As the top-selling artists of all time, The Beatles are the world’s most iconic band, transforming the music, history, and culture of an entire generation. While many of us are aware that their time in India left a spiritual and musical impact on the group, so much of that rich influence has been lost in today’s conversation. Author Susan Shumsky has set out to change that with The Inner Light: How India Influenced The Beatles. Illuminating the hidden meanings of The Beatles’ India-influenced lyrics and sounds, the book showcases how the band turned Western culture upside down and brought Indian philosophy to the West more effectively than any guru.

My aim is to disclose the true meanings of The Beatles’ lyrics written under the influence of Indian culture, religion, and philosophy, and to uncover the Indian musicians and musical instruments that appeared on their records,” says Susan Shumsky. A best-selling, award-winning author, spirituality expert, and pioneer in the self-development field, Shumsky offers stunning insider revelations about The Beatles’ spiritual life, as she spent two decades in the ashrams of The Beatles’ guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and six years on his personal staff. With The Inner Light, Shumsky provides never-before-seen insight into a pivotal period of The Beatles’ history: “Such complete exploration has never been done before. Even seasoned Beatles scholars will learn something new in this extensive work.”

Using their song lyrics as a compass, The Inner Light tells the inside story of The Beatles’ pathway through psychedelic exploration, sojourn with spiritual mentors, flirtation with Indian music and musicians, and passage to spiritual awakening. The book opens with historical context about the band’s meteoric rise to stardom and their career leading up to their famous trip to India. It highlights the influence of Indian spirituality on The Beatles’ lyrics in their early years, foreshadowing the direction their music would ultimately take. Then it delves into previously undisclosed details of their Indian excursion, such as who invented “raga rock,” which Beatle was the best meditator, the real reasons Lennon and Harrison left India in a huff, and the intriguing hidden meanings behind songs written under Maharishi’s influence.

In addition to 170 rare photographs, the book features an interactive component by which readers can scan 130 QR codes that link to fascinating bonus content, such as audios, videos, and song lyrics, while they read Shumsky’s interpretations. If nothing else, the sheer exclusivity of the surprises she shares is enough to captivate readers and establish the book as one of a kind. Music aside, spiritual readers will also appreciate the depth of Shumsky’s commentaries on Indian philosophy, which she explores in outstanding detail for additional context.

The Inner Light has been endorsed by some of the most renowned experts, authors, and reviewers around the world. Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda: From Emerson and The Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, writes, “With clarity, depth, and impeccable research, an exceptionally comprehensive book filled with engaging tales and fresh insights that even diehard Beatles fans will find illuminating.” 

For people of all nations and ages, the Beatles’ mystique lives on through The Inner Light. Available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores, readers who want to relive the magic of the flower-power era and discover the message of this iconic band and its four superstars are encouraged to purchase their copy today: https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Light-India-Influenced-Beatles/dp/168261977X

About the Author

For two decades, Susan Shumsky lived in the ashrams of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru of the Beatles and founder of Transcendental Meditation. She served on Maharishi’s personal staff for 6 years. She has 20 books in English published by major publishers and 39 in foreign editions. She has won 43 book awards, and her memoir, Maharishi & Me—Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru, has won 13 awards. A pioneer in the human potential field, she teaches meditation, prayer, affirmation, and intuition. Her book titles include Divine Revelation, Exploring Meditation, Instant Healing, Miracle Prayer, Ascension, The Power of Auras, Awaken Your Third Eye, Awaken Your Divine Intuition, The Big Book of Chakras, Color Your Chakras, Third Eye Meditations, Earth Energy Meditations, Prosperity Meditations, and The Inner Light: How India Influenced the Beatles. Shumsky has done over 1300 media appearances, 700 live appearances, and is featured in several films, including The Beatles and India. To learn more, please visit: www.drsusan.org

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