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.

On YouTube

Another related song from 1972 is Cosmic Consciousness by the Natural Tendency (Rick Stanley and Paul Fauerso) This site has the lyrics and a link to the song itself. You may need to download it to play it. It’s an old favorite as it beautifully described the then experience.

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7 Responses to Cosmically Conscious

  1. Jnana says:

    The Beatles and Rishikesh… strange bedfellows!

    • Davidya says:

      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”.

  2. Jnana says:

    The east pah! Letting me down again and again.

    • Davidya says:

      But you cannot be let down unless your expectations are too high. Who has done that? 🙂

      The trick is discrimination. Taking what is valuable and leaving the rest.

  3. Davidya says:

    I took the words from the second song and talked about the qualities through the varieties of awakening

  4. Carl Smuda says:

    Paul Mason’s book has a fabulous chapter in there about the Beatles in Rishikesh. His book on Maharishi.

    • Davidya says:

      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.

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