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The Beatles’ trip to India in 1968 cast a bright light on their spiritual guide, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and helped popularize the practice of Transcendental Meditation in the West. But who was the Maharishi? Here are eight fast facts about the guru who first captivated so much of the world 50 years ago.Haynes Archive/Popperfoto via Getty Images His name literally means “great seer.” Haynes Archive/Popperfoto via Getty Images He came to meditation by way of physics. NY Daily News via Getty Images He brought Transcendental Meditation to millions. Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty Images He was known as the “Giggling Guru.” Keystone Features/Getty Images He inspired the Beatles song, “Sexy Sadie.” mark peterson/Corbis via Getty Images Deepak Chopra once brought him back to life. Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images He claimed he could teach his followers to “fly.” Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images You can study yoga in the same place the Maharishi taught the Beatles.