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When he said to go with the flow, he meant cash flow.

He once inspired the Beatles and hippies around the world with his spiritual teachings, and spawned a global craze for transcendental meditation.

But whatever happened to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi?

Bright can now reveal that what once started out as a spiritual path for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has become a worldwide business empire, estimated by many to be worth billions of dollars.

Mahesh, now an octogenarian with a flowing white beard, leads a reclusive life in the Netherlands where he communicates with his network of supporters, institutions and companies around the world by cell-phone and e-mail.

His assets include listed buildings in Europe, a housing loans corporation, a construction and real estate business, and a company that manufactures and sells ayurvedic medicine (what ever that is) and cosmetics.

Perhaps he was inspired by The Beatles who said: "I want money, that's what I want."

What a superstitious lot you are out there. One in four people in the Midlands carry lucky charms - from necklaces to lucky pennies - although charm bracelets appear to be the most popular.

And according to psychologist Dr David Lewis more people will be turning to lucky charms as we approach the millennium.

"Many people believe that the end of the year will trigger many natural and unnatural disasters. With so much uncertainty and apprehension in the air, it is inevitable that people with lucky charms will cling to them even more tightly while many without charms will rush out to find one," he said.

Well you won't find me being superstitious - touch wood.

Seen emblazoned in white on the back of the leather jacket sported by a burly biker undertaking the Brightmobile on the M42: "If you can read this, my girl friend has fallen off."
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Bright, John
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 30, 1999
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