Showing posts with label Maharishi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maharishi. Show all posts

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Pattie Boyd on introducing the Beatles to meditation

Read a recent interview with Pattie here:

I had already visited India and had found it incredibly spiritual and moving. I was keen to take up meditation and saw an advert for TM classes at Caxton Hall in London. A friend and I duly went along and, over a long weekend, we were initiated and given our mantras. I loved it and found that it worked for me on a number of levels—I felt “energized”, so I told George (Harrison) all about it at the earliest opportunity. He was interested and agreed to come along to see the Maharishi in London in August 1967. In fact, all four Beatles came along.

... I believe that George may have started work on Something whilst there and probably his songs which appeared on The White Album later in 1968. In its embryonic stages, While My Guitar Gently Weeps was a slower song with just George on his acoustic. I clearly remember Dear Prudence being sung by the boys to Prudence Farrow to try and entice her from her room at the ashram.

Monday, July 6, 2015

"Dear Prudence" -- New book explores story behind the song

Issued June 26, 2015.

“The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you…”
Those simple lines from the Beatles’ ballad, “Dear Prudence,” are easily recognizable by anyone who lived through the 1960s, as well as by the millions of people who continue to enjoy the Beatles’ music today.

But who was Prudence? Did she ever come out into the sunshine and greet the new day, as John Lennon beseeched her to do? What’s the real story behind the song?

Prudence Farrow Bruns, a daughter of the prominent Farrow family that includes sister and actress Mia Farrow, finally sets the story straight. Her memoir speaks to her three-month self-imposed meditative seclusion in India in 1968, while also carefully examining the universal experience of the 1960s youth movement.
Farrow honestly and unflinchingly explores how music, drugs, the Vietnam War, and eastern mysticism and philosophy changed millions of young people’s worldviews during one of America’s most tumultuous decades. She also touches on her own famous family’s heartaches and triumphs, even as she voices the experiences of an entire generation through a single iconic song.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Abandoned Indian temple where Beatles studied meditation has become a Fabs shrine

The Daily Mail has a story and photos of the now-abandoned ashram in Rishikesh where the Beatles learned meditation from Maharish Mahesh Yogi back in 1968.
It's clear though that this is still a place of pilgrimage. A sign outside points passing visitors to the 'Beatle's Ashram'. On the stone walls, a fan has spray painted the lyrics 'I get high with a little help from my friends', next to another piece of graffiti reading 'Make love not war'.