According to Henry Lewy and his wife Brian had been some sort of certified TM instructor since late 66 with a ceremony and certificate and everything.
Makes sense since Brian mentioned in a 1968 interview that he'd previously been introduced to tm but than had forgotten about it till the bbs took him to nyc in January 1968 to meet Maharishi
I think there are some pieces of information getting mixed up or misstated here regarding Henry Lewy, Brian, and meditation. This is taken from Michael Vosse's fall 1966 Teen Set article on Brian:A long and arduous session is underway at Western. A brief break is called and as the musicians file out for coffee, Brian huddles in a corner talking to engineer Henry Lewy who is on a break from Association's session down the hall. In a few weeks Henry will leave for India for six months of study under a great religious teacher. Brian has been attending discussion classes at Henry's house.
"Meditation is an important part of my life now. It is a great source of peace and energy." Brian has recently built a meditation tent filling a whole room of his large house. The tent is an oval with a puffed ceiling all made from a beautiful red and gold Indian print fabric.
Henry and his wife Nadine were in fact followers of TM and the Maharishi and would hold discussion groups in their home, as Vosse described. But how does Brian attending discussion classes at Lewy's house turn into Brian becoming a certified TM instructor complete with a ceremony? Brian was also interested in Subud at the same time, and one gossip-column blurb at the time even mentioned him working on Subud prayer music, and the article notably mis-spelled Subud and called the group "the Subdubs".
Keep in mind as well that in 1966 and 1967 there are published reports of Brian entertaining and investigating any number of spiritual pursuits, philosophies, and religions, among them astrology, numerology, the I Ching, the Christian Bible, the Bhaghavad Gita, the Tibetan Book of The Dead, Zen Buddhism, Subud, various Eastern forms mysticism and philosophical writings, various Western forms of mysticism and philosophy, and the more traditional method of he and Carl holding prayer sessions before recording songs like God Only Knows. Not unlike any number of college-age or early-20's guys in 1966 exploring many different forms of philosophy/spirituality and their practices seeking enlightenment.
If Brian Wilson had attended a discussion on meditation at fellow producer Lewy's house, it would be in line with any number of lectures and discussions or gatherings he may have attended that focused on any of the areas mentioned above, but that's a whole different scene than saying he was qualified to teach any of those things.
I guess I'm asking two things:
Objectively to Cam, what is the source of Henry Lewy thinking Brian got certified as a TM instructor with ceremony in 1966?
Subjectively, does it make sense logically if Brian in 1966 had learned and studied TM to such a degree that he was certified to teach others the practices and methods, that he would only have gotten his own "eye-may-mah" personal mantra in January 1968 when he and the band flew to New York to attend a lecture? I'd suggest a follower of any spiritual or religious practice would receive one of the key elements of that spiritual practice and ritual, especially if he/she were a certified instructor, well before they were certified to teach others. So your meditation teacher tells you to meditate and repeat a personal and private mantra, and that teacher himself hasn't received one of his own and won't for over a year? That doesn't make sense. Or maybe it does and I'm just too logical sometimes.