Film Director Martin Scorsese's new documentary, "George Harrison: Living in the Material World", was given an exclusive preview in October 2011 before an audience of 500 Meditators in the town of Fairfield, the home of Maharishi University of Management, USA. The screening was held to support the David Lynch Foundation's initiatives to teach Transcendental Meditation to veterans, inner-city school children, homeless people, prisoners, Native Americans and other at-risk populations.
The documentary is now available as a DVD and was shown on BBC 2 in November 2011. It includes detailed coverage of the story of how The Beatles met Maharishi and learnt Transcendental Meditation.
In an article about the documentary posted in October on the HuffingtonPost.com, Jeanne Ball writes: "Although George Harrison was a spiritual eclectic, ever exploring various disciplines and traditions, one element that remained consistent for him over the years was the meditation technique he learned from Maharishi, which he practised throughout his life."
The article continues by pointing out that Scorsese's connection to Harrison is through more than love of music – the award-winning Director also practises Transcendental Meditation. Describing the benefits of meditation in his own life, Scorsese says: "I can only mention a few words: calm, clarity, balance and at times a recognition. It has made a difference."
Scorsese's film shows how the quest for enlightenment was always a priority in Harrison's life and portrays his efforts to achieve a balance between the spiritual and material – something that the former Beatle drew attention to in the title song of his 1973 album, "Living in the Material World".
Ball comments in the Huffington Post article: "For stability amid the turmoil, Harrison always returned to meditation. 'I still practise Transcendental Meditation,' said George in his later years. 'Maharishi only ever did good for us, and though I have not been with him physically, I never left him.'"
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have also spoken of the benefits of Transcendental Meditation and they performed at the 2009 benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York, in aid of the David Lynch Foundation. Yoko Ono attended the concert and told Rolling Stone Magazine that John Lennon would have been the first one now, if he had been here, to recognise and acknowledge what Maharishi has done for the world.
Article by Sue Johnson, editor of Transcendental Meditation News