- Publisher: Judith Bourque (2010)
- ISBN-10: 9163362783
- ISBN-13: 978-9163362781
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,461,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robes of Silk Feet of Clay : The True Story of a Love Affair with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian Guru Followed By the Beatles and Mia Farrow Paperback – 2010
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I can agree with you to a large extend: TM is a great technique for managing daily stress, and as such it is great for the general public. But, let us be honest: If you continue to meditate, then at some point, you will get an experience of a state of deep inner bliss. Which is good, right?
Well, maybe and maybe not. MMY explained the bliss of meditation like this...
The bliss of meditation is the same as the bliss of achieving any desired obejct, only it is more direct, easier and longer lasting. Happiness may be caused by outer successes, but is always an inner state of mind, and it is much easier to think a mantra than making money to buy a fancy car.
This logic made sense, and we all loved and respected MMY for bringing not only the wisdom of happiness but also the technique for direct happiness to us.
But our respect for MMY also made us ready to believe his next statement: That the state of happiness could become permanent by alternating deep meditation with hectic daily activity. MMY compared the process with that of coloring a piece of cloth: You soak it into a color solution, hang it out to dry, put it back into the solution and so on. Each time, you hang it out to dry, the color will fade, but eventually it will stick – it will become permanent.
Back then, we all believed him. I certainly did, and why not?Read more ›
In this book, Judith walks the middle ground. She doesn't demonize or deify MMY. She sees his humanity through and through. Her embrace of him as a human being is very refreshing. She sees his strengths and his weaknesses with a mature eye. There is no blame in her story. She shares her experience of being his lover simply and without much drama. I got that she still loves him as a teacher of meditation and as a man. But I also got that she sees his flaws and his very human side that was underneath the 'enlightened master' facade. She somehow embraces the beauty of him as well as his hypocrisy and dishonesty.
Reading this book helped me gain a better perspective on MMY. I feel that neither the pro nor the con perspective truly worked for me. Judith's very human portrayal works very well for me.
If you have been or still are involved in MMY's organization, this book is an important read. It shows us the human Mahesh behind the veneer of the 'enlightened' Maharishi.
Note on the new edition: I recently finished the new edition of this book. The new edition has several more chapters and a lot more photos. It is a good update.Read more ›
The primary focus of the book rests on her detailed description of a two-year sexual affair she had with MMY and her claims that MMY had a series of mistresses throughout the years. She claims to be aware of at least 16 women who had experiences similar to her own. Her relationship with MMY ended on a TM course in Europe when she realized that he had tired of her and had moved on with another young and pretty female follower.
These allegations are inherently controversial, but they are presented with ample documentary evidence. Ms Bourque's book includes numerous photographs taken in India and elsewhere of her with Maharishi. Furthermore, her description of the time she spent with MMY is quite detailed and frank. She also offers testimony from one of MMY's "skin boys", Dr. Robert McCutchan. The skin boys were young men who followed MMY around with a deerskin upon which he would always sit. This testimony confirms that Ms Bourque frequently visited MMY's bungalow in Rishikesh alone late at night and stayed for several hours. Finally, she includes photos of numerous hand-written notes she received from MMY and dated letters she wrote him.Read more ›
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I have, now, read both editions of Judith's well-balanced book. I spent a couple of years living with Mahesh as part of his traveling circus called, ever so grandly, The... Read morePublished 7 months ago by one of the many
Found it difficult to understand her sequence of thought. The content was uninteresting and really quite dull, was unable to finish the book. Felt I was wasting my time.Published 15 months ago by Patricia Metten
I worked closely with Maharishi for more than five years, and he was nothing like the person described in this account. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Amazon Customer