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Apparently written at the end of 1967, this response to a fan's skepticism of the Maharishi shows how deeply committed John was to the guru's teachings: "The point is change the situation which causes starvations, disease, etc - the cause is people - governments, politics - you - me - everything must be changed so that the less fortunate aren't. Theres enough food etc for everyone in the world - so where is it? People destroy it for 'economical reasons.'"
Lennon even hints at the Maharishi's notorious self promotion, though he is not yet judgmental of his guru: "I believe Maharishi wants publicity - why shouldn't he? The only way to get a message over to everyone is to publicise it - that is the 20th century. If Jesus were here now don't you think he'd be on T.V.?" John was still a true believer in the virtues of the Transcendental Meditation Technique: "Try it - it can't harm you - you do not need to be rich to do it - you do not need to go to India to do it - you just DO IT."
John and the Beatles had a legendary falling out with the Maharishi when their friend Mia Farrow hinted that he had made inappropriate sexual advances. In response, John decamped early from Rishikesh and separated himself entirely from the fraudulent "Giggling Guru." Fearing a public relations nightmare, the Maharishi begged for a reason as to why his biggest supporters were leaving. John responded "If you're so cosmically conscious, as you claim, then you should know why we're leaving" (Spitz 757).