Instant Karma

Friday, February 15, 2008


In February of 1968 the Beatles traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritual leader who died early this month. New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn says that – despite its abrupt ending – the trip was a creative inspiration for the Fab Four.

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Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

The only two close friends of mine whom had been Hare Krishnas for a short time both died exceedingly young, one while my roommate (I discovered his corpse when arriving home from out of town), the other after claiming he was a victim of a mind control experiment by our friends at the local medical school.

While both deaths were reported as results of medical problems (heart attack, brain tumor), I found them suspect but, most of all, the pair of deaths left me ill at ease with the Krishnas.

Feb. 20 2008 01:34 AM
Harry Seldom from Washington D.C.

My understanding is that it wasn't Mia but her sister who, having attracted the Maharishi's unwanted attentions, took to hiding from him during her stay. Hence the song "Dear Prudence". And lest anyone be confused, the shaven-headed gentlemen pictured here with George are his friends from the Hare Krishna movement, a spiritual relationship that endured throughout the remainder of his life in contrast to his brief relationship with the Maharishi.

Feb. 19 2008 06:19 PM
Michael Kraus from Washington, DC

Love your show. Listen every week.

Allan Kozinn is incorrect when he states that The Beatles spent "most" of 1967 recording "Sgt. Pepper". The album was started in late '66 and done by May 1, 1967. It was released n the UK June 1.

Thanks, Michael Kraus

Feb. 16 2008 07:04 PM

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