Cosmically Conscious

This is a throwback song Paul McCartney wrote in an ashram in Rishikesh, India in 1968. Interestingly, 5 of the performers where also there, including Ringo Starr (briefly), Donovan, Mike Love (of the Beach Boys), and flautist Paul Horn. Singing it together again over 40 years later.

The course was historical in that it brought huge attention to eastern thought and lead to millions learning to meditate. It also lead to a blossoming of music like the White Album, Paul’s Inside series, and Donovan’s Cosmic Wheels and Essence to Essence. One song was later broadcast Across the Universe.

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Another related song from 1972 is Cosmic Consciousness by the Natural Tendency (Rick Stanley and Paul Fauerso). It’s an old favorite as it beautifully described the then experience.
Davidya

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    1. Agreed. And it didn’t sit well either. They ended up balking and leaving.

      The ashram site was claimed by the government for a park and the jungle took over. But people kept coming in spite of it’s remoteness. The government has since turned the graffiti-covered ruins into an expensive tourist attraction.

      All rather ironic considering the relative brevity of their stay in the life of the ashram and that it was nearly 50 years ago. Yet it’s now called the “Beatles Ashram”.

    1. Hi Carl
      Yes, it was such a seminal event. They wrote something like 40 songs there. I’ve not seen Paul’s on the subject but have seen several books and interviews on the time.

      It was not without controversy and spending hours in the huts meditating could really cut loose some deep dreck.

  1. Gina

    This brought up a fond memory I have of Paul Horn, who’s playing the flute on stage. He was one of the first people from North America to go to Rishikesh and learn from Maharishi how to teach meditation. He taught my meditation teacher how to meditate. When I met him several years later and told him, he laughed and said, “So that makes me your grandfather!”

      1. Yes, apparently, he did the recording spontaneously, without permission, and they threw him out. But not before he’d recorded enough for the album. He went on to record a whole series of Inside albums. The last in the golden dome on Fairfield, IA. He was pretty frail by then but still still skilled.

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