On September 30, 1967, I started Transcendental Meditation, 47 years ago today in Montreal, Canada. I would meet TM founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi nine months later on a course at Chateau Lake Louise. The CBC were there making a documentary film, The Guru, for their TV series, Telescope, the first show to broadcast in color the year before. Watch the 1968 film of Maharishi at Lake Louise
Richard Day, a friend I would later meet, said he had been working on the hotel staff of Chateau Lake Louise at the time we were there and the film was being made. The staff was given an introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation and a number of them learned, my friend-to-be included. He said “Maharishi met with those of us who had been instructed. What a great time that was.” He said he remembered bringing his parents downstairs in Toronto that September to watch Telescope’s first program of the new season: The Guru. Same with me and my family in Montreal.
Richard shared a story he had heard many years later about the director of the film who told Maharishi that he wanted to film him saying something that would encapsulate all his teachings. Maharishi said, “I’ll walk by the lake, you walk with me, and I’ll tell you everything about spiritual development!” He did it in one take. That’s the part I had transcribed and posted in Maharishi describes the nature of inner life: bondage and liberation, and gaining bliss consciousness through Transcendental Meditation.
Most of you may not know it but I’ve retired from MUM since the summer and have been enjoying the freedom of not having to work. It’s been a very fulfilling career for me, especially being a part of the Media Team with Bob Roth. We accomplished amazing publicity together, and I continued on my own, globally publicizing our MUM researchers and their TM studies, among other things. Will continue to keep you posted on TM news and other things as they become available. There are some exciting new projects coming up!