Showing posts with label Transcendental Meditation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transcendental Meditation. 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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jenny Boyd remembers the Beatles' India trip

Jenny Boyd, sister of George Harrison's former wife, Pattie, recalls her trip to Indian in 1968 to study Transcendental Meditation.

What are your favourite memories of the trip?

They include sitting in the early morning sun on the roof of our bungalow with Pattie and Cynthia while we listened to George, Paul and John sharing their latest songs. Another memory is sitting in the freezing cold River Ganges with some fellow meditators, happy and playful. I remember one day when everyone from the ashram, including Maharishi, walked down to the Ganges while George, Paul and John, looking like minstrels, sang and played their guitars. We all sat together on the sand, singing to the music.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beatles Bits: Weekly news update

An exhibit opening Feb. 16 at Liverpool's Beatles Story attraction will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's visit to India to study Transcendental Meditation.

A sitar used by the legendary Ravi Shankar will go onto display within the new immersive area, loaned to The Beatles Story by the Ravi Shankar Foundation.
 The exhibit will also include photography from Paul Saltzman, a sound engineer for the National Film Board of Canada at the time, who photographed The Beatles during their stay. 

...Pattie Boyd, former wife to George Harrison, and her sister Jenny Boyd, who were amongst the star-studded list of attendees in India, will be providing their personal insight into the time. 


Meanwhile, in the actual India, an anniversary yoga fest will take place on the grounds of the ashram where the Beatles studies TM with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi back in 1968.

The three-day The Beatles Festival from March 5 will be held at Chaurasi Kutiya, once the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and now turned into a tourist spot by the government. Rock bands and other musicians are expected to perform at the festival.

It has been decided that the entry fee at the International Yoga Festival, the annual event of the state government from March 1 to 7, will be reduced to Rs 300 from Rs 600 for foreigners and to Rs 100 from Rs 150 for Indians during the three days of The Beatles event.


Paul McCartney is backing a proposed law to protect music venues from closure.

According to Sky, alongside Sir Paul other musicians to back the proposed legislature include Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Craig David, Ray Davies, Billy Bragg, Chrissie Hynde, Sandie Shaw and Feargal Sharkey.

In a statement, Sir Paul said: “Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues my career could have been very different.”

...“If we don’t support music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Paul and Ringo performances for Transcendental Meditation charity set for DVD release

A DVD featuring Paul and Ringo's performances at the 2009 David Lynch Foundation benefit concert is set for release Sept. 1.

Lynch, director of "Twin Peaks" and numerous films, is a longtime practitioner and advocate of Transcendental Meditation, which the Beatles espoused during the late 1960s. His foundation works to teach the practice to at-risk youth as a way to prevent violence.

While the Beatles - in particular, John Lennon - fell out with TM guru Maharish Mahesh Yogi back in 1968, George Harrison remained friendly the cause and Paul and Ringo apparently still support it, too.

While the "Change Begins Within" concert includes performances by Donovan, who studied TM with the Beatles in India, and more, it's mostly a Beatles-themed show, featuring several songs each from Paul and Ringo, and the both of them on "With A Little Help From My Friends."

Here's the complete song lineup:
‘Natural Blues’ (Moby, Betty LaVette, Transcendental Meditation Choir)
‘Rise’ (Eddie Vedder)
‘Under Pressure’ (Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper)
‘My Sweet Lord’ (Sheryl Crow)
‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ (Donovan and Jim James)
‘Isle Of Islay’ (Donovan and Paul Horn)
‘It Don’t Come Easy’ (Ringo Starr)
‘Boys’ (Ringo Starr)
‘Yellow Submarine’ (Ringo Starr)
‘Baby You Can Drive My Car’ (Paul McCartney)
‘Jet’ (Paul McCartney)
‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ (Paul McCartney)
‘Let It Be’ (Paul McCartney)
‘Here Today’ (Paul McCartney)
‘Band On The Run’ (Paul McCartney)
‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr)
‘Cosmically Conscious’ (all members)
‘I Saw Her Standing There’ (all members)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Beatle Bits: Tigers, Shins and Welsh Streets, oh my!

A campaign to save Livepool's "Welsh Streets" area, including the childhood home of Ringo Starr at 9 Madryn Street, has triumphed over city plans to demolish older homes to make way for new ones.
 A spokesman  for Liverpool City Council said : “We still regard the Secretary of State’s decision as unreasonable and illogical. However, our priority, rather than engage in protracted legal arguments, is to regenerate the Welsh Streets area and our objective all along has been to provide a sustainable and deliverable housing scheme. We will continue to consult with the residents on how best to achieve that.”

The Shins' cover of Paul McCartney's "Wonder Christmastime" has dethroned Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as the most-played holiday tune in American stores.
Strangely enough, the cover ranks higher than the original, which comes in at a very low number 17. The Shins’ cover is also not new. It first appeared on the 2012 Holiday Rules compilation featuring music from Sir Paul himself as well as Sharon Van Etten and Calexico, among others.

Here's an interview with Paul Saltzman, a Canadian filmmaker who met the Beatles while they were studying meditation in India.
They practiced only once in front of me but it wasn’t practicing. They were fooling around. When I heard them singing, I was walking past the entryway and I could see them at their threshhold through the chain link fence. I went back to my tent for my camera and when I came back they were singing some stuff I had never heard. That’s when they paused and they started working with Ob-La-Di and it was the joy. I was sitting next to Ringo, and under Paul’s toe on his right foot, there’s a little piece of paper and I lean over and I see these lyrics in his handwriting “Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra, La la how the life goes on.”
And he’s looking down singing it, so he did not know any of the other words yet. He just sang it over and over and over for 10 minutes and they were playing with it, bending it, faster, slower, laughing…they were so happy. In one of the pauses, right after I clicked a picture of them at this moment, Paul looked up at me and said “That’s all there is so far, we don’t have any of the words yet.”

Speaking of India, tiger advocates are concerned that the re-opening of the ashram in Rishikesh where the Beatles studied with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi interferes with a nearby tiger refuge.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Video: Beatles' ashram now open to tourists

The abandoned spiritual retreat in the Indian town of Rishikesh where The Beatles learned to meditate is now open to the public.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Video: Ringo and friends "Peace Rocks" ad

Ringo and other famous drummers are featured in this video promoting a new campaign that helps raise money for Ringo's Peace and Love Fund.

 The Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund was established to support the non-profit David Lynch Foundation which provides Transcendental Meditation to at-risk students in under served schools, women who are survivors of domestic violence, and veterans with post-traumatic stress. The fund was inaugurated on David Lynch's birthday at the Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace & Love concert on January 20, 2014, in Los Angeles, honoring Ringo's tireless commitment to spreading peace and love throughout the world.