When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi made the press, almost invariably they’d mention the Beatles and that period in 1968 when they joined him in India. It was a productive time for them, resulting in the double “White” album and more*. Donovan, Paul Horn, and Mike Love were also there and collaborated.
Another there was Prudence Farrow, now Bruns, who went on to become a Sanskrit scholar (PhD UCLA Berkeley) and film producer. She was the neighbour of the Beatles in the ashram and the inspiration for the song Dear Prudence.
She more recently said “I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I’d be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren’t as fanatical as me” A little more context here.
Recently, Prudence has been speaking about that time again in talks and interviews. An hour long Souljourns interview:
It’s interesting to reflect on how far we’ve come since the 60’s.
*Across the Universe also came out of this period, but was on the later Let it Be album, as discussed in the article.
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