Paul McCartney and George Harrison had very different experiences at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India. In 1968, the leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement invited The Beatles to come to the retreat he held annually for Westerners who wanted to learn about the movement.

It was peaceful and quiet inside the ashram bubble — perfect conditions for writing songs, however, not for George. He had to remind Paul that they weren’t in India to write the next Beatles album. They were there to meditate. Telling Paul not to write songs was like telling him not to breathe, though.

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