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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Y stands for Yogi,

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, (Yogi means great Seer) was a great Seer and travelled the world teaching Transendental meditation.




 'Transendental meditation'.....has been described as both religious and non-religious and mainly rooted in Hinduism. The meditation practice involves the use of a Mantra (especially in Buddhism and Hinduism). It is a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power.

 A personal Mantra is sometimes repeated as an aid to meditation or prayer. 



   Association with the Beatles.


 The Beatles went to study with him in Bangor North Wales, before travelling to Rishikesh in India (1968) to devote themselves fully to his instructions.

 Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen left after ten days, Paul and his girlfriend Jane Asher left after five weeks and John and Cynthia Lennon, George Harrison and Patti Boyd, left sixteen days later . During their stay they were led to believe that the Marahishi Yogi had made unwanted advances to the actress Mia Farrow it is widely believed that instigated their return home, In 1968 the Beatles renounced their association with him.

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Years later George Harrison accepted that nothing improper had taken place with the actress and gave a benefit concert for him and his Natural Law Party;

 He later apologised for the way the Mararishi Yogi had been treated by saying "We were very young in believing the alleged attack had taken place but it was total 'bull shit'!

 Cynthia Lennon later wrote that she hated leaving on a note of mistrust when the Mararishi Yogi had been so kind to the Beatles.

 Later the Mararishi was asked if he had forgiven the Beatles he answered, "I could never be upset with angels.

Some of the Beatles music inspired by Indian strengths are illustrated in ,

'Across the Universe' which has Indian influence and especially John Lennon chanting "Jai  Guru Deva".

 Then there was 'Within You Witout You' another mystical sounding piece.

 My particular, favourite song  written by George Harrison was 'My sweet Lord' this had hints of Indian chants where George expressed his love for Indian gods.... 'Hare Krishna Guru Brahma.'


RIP. George Harrison. 

I firmly believe that the spiritual guidance of Marahisi Yogi upon George inspired him to write the famous songs  mentioned in the above paragraph.


Wishing you all a peaceful and happy New Year.

My sincere thanks to the ever YOUTHFUL Denise who cleverly devised Abcw and to the Administrator Roger who has read his way through many a fine YARN, along with his deputy leslie who is frequently YRAPT  with interest at the wonderful tales of yore.
 Finally thanks to the team of helpers who YARELY  visit YOUR  sites too!

Best wishes for 2017,
Di,
Abcw team. 

 


30 comments:

  1. I;ve heard of it because but I do know far to little about this to be able to say something sensible about it.

    I do like it as an entry for the prompt though.

    Thank you for your sweet wishes, wishing you the same in all of luck, happiness and love

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-123-19y/

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    1. Hi Melody,
      I thimk all of the Beatles lives were enhanced by knowing The Mararishi Yogi, I think he opened their eyes to the spirital side of life, which can't be a bad thing.
      All best wishes for 2017,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  2. New things learnt through this post.

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    1. Hi there KVVS< good to hear from you again, My husbband reckons that I'm full of useless information, so at least I have imparted some valuable information to somebody !
      best wishes,
      Di.
      Abcw team.

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    1. Thanks , glad you found it interesting,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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    1. Hi PC,
      glad you liked it, Thanks.
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  5. Wow! I knew there was a connection to the Beatles but had never heard that "story" before. Glad it wasn't true! Hope you and Ian have a very Happy New Year, leaving all your worries behind.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Hi Leslie, it's amazing the stories one can pick up 'on the grapevine'. I will be less worried when ian has had his operation xx
      Have a wonderful 2017....Who knows what's around the corner..
      Love to you and Tegan, she's a great companion for you xx

      Di. Abcw team xx

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  6. What a wonderful and informative post for Y ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ~ ^_^

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    1. Hi Carol,
      I'm so pleased you liked my piece of trivia,
      Best wishes to you and you cute little doggie, for 2017,
      From Di,
      ABCW team.

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  7. A great tribute to the Yogi and Beatles both! What I liked most about your post is the unbiased and unprejudiced nature of it, though I'm not a follower of the Yogi and am a die hard fan of the Beatles:)
    The meditation technique TM is popular the world over..
    His ashram has been converted into a memorial and is now known as 'Beatles Ashram', I go visiting it whenever I'm in Rishikesh.
    May I add 'Sexy Sadie' to the list mentioned by you, which was written on him by Lenon and sung by the group..
    You can listen to it here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDqgOoX8Ii4&index=1&list=RDhDqgOoX8Ii4
    Thank you Di for the lovely post:):)

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    1. Hello Amrit,
      Thank you so much for your kind words which are really appreciated. That's great to know that the Yogi's ashram has been named 'Beatles Ashram, a great accolade to the 'Fab Four' Oh how I wish I could travel to Rishikesh and pay homage to the Yogi and the Beatles.
      I can't recall 'Sexy Sadie' but I will check it out via your link, There was another mystical sounding piece that George wrote was 'Something in the way she moves' which was recorded by many famous singers, including, of course, The Beatles.
      Best wishes Amit to you and yours for 2017...Peace Love and Harmony is all that I pray for,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  8. Good choice for Y!
    I love the Beatles!
    Best Wishes for the New Year!

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    1. Hi Lea, thanks for dropping by and your kind comments.
      The Beatles played ahuge part in my life, such heady
      days in the 60's, just so pleased you love The Beatles..
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  9. Interesting ! Somehow I missed this episode of their lives, because I was freshly married, lol !

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    1. Hi Gatina, I was about eighteen when they really hit the head lines so just about the right age, to go to The Cavern with parental approval so we got to see a lot of The beatles just when they were on the cusp of fame...heady days indeed..
      I remember the joy of being newly wed and having our own apartment and being able to come and go as we pleased without getting nagged at for staying out later...golden days !
      Good to hear from you, I hope all your lovely pussies are well and not bringing too many rodents in !
      Best wishes for 2017,
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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  10. Very interesting post, - all sorts of things I didn't know, but then the Beatle Time was my 'having children' time, and I missed a lot!!!!

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    1. hello Hildred, thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you found my post interesting. I was so blessed in being 'there' at the best time Liverpool was just buzzing then, and I had met the guy who I was to marry and have 3 lovely daughters with. Sadly it didn't last..C'est la vie !
      Every good wish for 2017,
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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  11. Good info and the Beatles are always interesting.
    Ann

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    1. Hi Ann,
      It never fails to delight me when I realise just
      how famous and revered they are, world wide, I'm so proud
      of them.

      Best wishes for 2017.
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  12. Thank you for all this information about the Beatles, which I didn't know. I like the songs which were created under the influence of the Yogi!

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    1. Hi Wil,
      Good to hear from you again. The Yogi then, was regarded as a 'con man' and for a while the press had a real witch hunt on him, which was a shame because he genuinely adored The Beatles and was truly devout in his spiritual pursuit of transendential meditation also his genuine pleas for world peace.If you scroll up to A comments there is some interesting information there.
      This is the beauty of Abcw, it's amazing how we all can find something in common to talk about!
      I forgot to mention that beautiful piece by George Harrison 'Something' which the band recorded any many other leading vocalists covered; The most sensational recording of it in the UK was by Dame Shirley Bassey. truly amazing and so dramatic a la Bassey style.
      All good wishes for 2017;
      Di,
      Abcw team.

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    2. PS. Wil,
      I mean't to say 'If you scroll up to Amit's comments',
      Di. xxx

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  13. The trip to India generated a lot of music for the white album

    ROG, ABCW

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    1. that's one album I didn't buy Roger, I'm not sure why
      maybe I was newly married and had moved on to Simon and
      Garfunkel, Josie Feliciano etc.
      Happy New Year, Di.xx

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  14. I knew about the Beatles going there but never read up about it. Quite interesting. Must go listen to My Sweet Lord now. Big hugs to you, Di.

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    1. Hi Susie,
      I think later on George Harrison became my favourite
      Beatle,he really was an accomplished musician.
      I went off john Lenon when he dumped his wife for Yoko.
      Happy New year.
      Hugs Di xxx

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  15. I have a book of quotes, and have found several from Yogi very inspirational when working on my art journaling. Blessings!

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I always try to reply to each comment on an individual basis so please pop back, when you have time, as there may be more to learn from either side, i.e. myself and commenter Thank you, Di x

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