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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Yogi and Yogi

There are two Yogis'  that came to mind whilst I was pondering a subject to write about that included the letter Y  for  abcWednesday.

The first is The Maharishi YOGI,  a highly regarded seer who developed the art of Transcendental  Meditation.
 He came to the fore in the 'sixties',  influencing many artistes including, The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India.


With the Beatles.

This was quite a turning point in the career of one of The Beatles, George Harrison. He was already quite an accomplished  musician and highly influenced by The Maharishi's mystic teaching, went on to learn the Sitar and wrote some of his best works ever (in my opinion), including,

 My Sweet Lord

Something (in the way she moves)

then there was the mystical and moving,

Within you without you.

Here Comes The Sun 

My Sweet Lord.

Who can forget Eric Clapton's version of George's stirring,

'While my Guitar Gently Weeps'

'Eric's son Connor tragically died after a fall from a window in a high storey building in New York about 29 years ago. I think he was 4 at the time .

He wrote 'Tears from Heaven' in memoriam to Connor and somewhere in my memory box he sang this along with 'While My Guitar Gently weeps' at one of his concerts.

 I was gently weeping too on hearing this most evocative recording!

As an ardent Beatles fan I can never thank enough,

 The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 

 for having such a profound effect upon The Beatles and particularly, my favourite Beatle George, who wrote his best music ever....

.I truly believe The Maharishi Yogi, cast a wonderful spell on George, stirring his creative mystical talents, thus allowing him to write such lovely music.

 RIP George.

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi left his physical body in 2008 at Vlodrop in the Netherlands.

 He died in a sitting position which is considered to be very sacred..

RIP  Maharishi M Yogi guru to The Beatles and many more faithful followers.


On a lighter note who can forget the incorrigible YOGI BEAR ?


Yogi's main purpose in life was to filch as many picnic hampers that he's able from unsuspecting campers in the mythical Jellystone Park, where he lived alongside his sidekick......  Boo Boo  the baby bear. 



Yogi and his little chum Boo Boo. 



However,  Park Ranger Smith did all he could to stop the naughty bears from upsetting the campers by stealing their picnic hampers.


Whenever Yogi managed to scamper off with his contraband Park Ranger Smith would usually be in hot pursuit!


Yogi also had a sweet little girlfriend called Cindy bear who disapproved of Yogi's antics! 


Yogi wasn't the brightest bear in the woods but he truly believed he was 'Smarter than the average bear'....Hey there Boo Boo.....


'Hello Mr Ranger Sir' just one of YOUR average bear days!

That's all folks ! 

My sincere thanks to the Yummy  Denise Nesbitt for devising abcw and also to the never yielding youthful Roger for being such a tenacious administrator.   


  1. You brought back memories from the first Yogi and made me grin with the second! Happy day to you!

    abcw team

  2. What a lovely post! I didn't know that George Harrison was inspired by the yogi in such a way that he wrote all those beautiful songs.
    Thanks! I hope you'll join us next round.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  3. Hi Leslie, I'm glad I stirred some memories for you with the first YOGI, I do hope they were good ones? The second YOGI, as in Bear was hilarious, our girls loved him and his friends...
    My dad used to call two of my teenage friends Yogi and Boo Boo, for a good reason too!
    The first friend was always trying to be 'smarter than the the average teenager and the other one was cute and cuddly just like Boo Boo!

    Happy days Leslie lol Di.xx

  4. Hi Wil,
    Being a Liverpool lass in the sixties was just the best place to be.
    I shall write more about that when I have the right letter!
    Yes George was a very spiritual person, he was the youngest Beatle and I think, in the beginning he was a bit overawed by the other three, When he matured he started to write a lot more music, he could play guitar better than any of them.
    Ican't wait for the next round Wil I never always know what I'm going to write about until I sit at my PC.
    Thanks to all the abcw team for giving me the opportunity to start writing again,
    love Di.x

  5. Scrobs (on another PC)!2 July 2014 at 22:55

    Hi Trubes!

    Lovely post - as always!

    Just to let you know that clicking on 'The Lakelander's view' (an old chum - now not blogging), brings up a dreadful spam message! I thought he might have started up again!

    You can get rid of it by taking his blog name down of course!

  6. Hi Roger, thanks for dropping by.

  7. Hi Scrobs (Michael), good to hear from you,
    glad you enjoyed my post.
    I did see the Lakelander thingy but didn't understand all the gobbledygook with I shall take down.
    No doubt he will reappear when he's ready.
    Have you e-mailed him about this?
    I'm pretty sure you will have done

    love Di..xx

  8. Yogi the cartoon one I know but not the other.

    Both my hubby and I have never been into the Beatles, I did hear their music when I was 9/10 , when my mum and dad played it . We like Eric Clapton and the Beach boys though.

    I know that George Harrison used to live in Henley on Thames at one time, not far from where we lived.

  9. Di, at the beginning of the post I was wondering if you'd include Yogi Bear…and was not disappointed! I didn't know those facts about George Harrison. I love the Beatles!

  10. Hi Anne, thanks for dropping by and your comments,
    I'm surprised you haven't heard of The Maharishi Yogi his fame spread right through the 60's to the 80's particularly his powers of Transcendental Meditation.
    Never mind we all have our particular fortes !
    I loved Yogi Bear and used to sit and watch his antics on TV with our 3 Girls...Cherished moments,

    love Di xx

  11. Hello Lisa, thanks for stopping by and your comments.
    As I have already mentioned that I was a teenager in Liverpool during the 60's..Heady days!
    The Beatles were just like Family, we saw a lot of them round the clubs and dance halls before they were famous.
    I had to mention George and his talent, which was enormous and quite understated.
    love Di..xx

  12. Wow! And I thought that Yogi was how we call a person that does yoga. :) Nice post!

  13. Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla:
    Thank you for visiting my Blog and your kind comments.
    One of the good things about abcw is getting to talk to people from all over the world.
    There's so much to learn about other cultures, music and so on, Best Wishes,

  14. Your wonderful post reminds me of my visit to the Yogi's ashram some 20yrs back!

  15. Helllo AmitAag, lovely to hear from you again and thanks for your kind comments.
    Glad you liked my post, I really enjoyed writing it, particularly about the Beatles and George Harrison who he was a wonderful sitar player, he was taught by Ravi Shankar.
    I used to eat in a small family run Indian restaurant and they always played Ravi Shankar's music in the background.
    Perhaps one day you will write about your visit to Yogi Ashram...Perhaps the letter A on abcw ?

    Best wishes,

  16. 2That was a blast from the past!

  17. Hi Cheshire Wife,,, Thanks for dropping by, I thrive on the 'oldies', and anything about The Beatles is very special to me for obvious reasons and I really loved Yogi bear he was so lovable !


  18. Flowerpot....A definite YES then ?

  19. Nice post. Thanks for sharing information . I am learning yoga at AYM (Association of yoga and meditation) Mahesh yogi center in Rishikesh. Great Experience.


I usually like to reply to your comments but for some reason when i do post a reply it just diappears, any advice would be most welcome,Thanks Di x

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