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(CNN) Wed March 4, 2009: Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite on stage next month to raise money to teach transcendental meditation to children around the world to "help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world," McCartney said. The star-studded list of performers who will join them include two musicians who were with the Beatles when they journeyed to India's Himalayan foothills in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

"In moments of madness, it has helped me find moments of serenity," McCartney said in the concert announcement. Profits from the April 4 show at New York's Radio City Music Hall will fund the David Lynch Foundation's program, which has already taught 60,000 children around the world how to meditate, foundation spokesman Steve Yellin said.

The goal of the projectwhich is called "Change Begins Within"is to teach the meditation technique to a million at-risk children so they have "life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives," Yellin said.

Schools across the United States have asked the group to bring the classes to their students, he said. "I would like to think that it would help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world," McCartney said.

Singer-songwriter Donovan and musician Paul Horn, who studied at the Maharishi's ashram with the four Beatles, will also perform in the show. "How great to be playing with Paul, Ringo, and Paul Horn againas we did in India in 1968," Donovan said.

"It's a real reunion, after 40 years, of Donovan, Paul Horn, Ringo and Paul McCartney," Yellin said. "It's quite an interesting thing that they are still talking about transcendental meditation." The list of performers also includes Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Bettye LaVette and Jim James.

TBC: Transcendental Meditation was originally named The Spiritual Regeneration Movement by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who changed it to TM when it was barred from schools for what it isHinduism. Furthermore, the words of Jesus need to be heeded here: "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" (Matthew:18:6-7)]