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TWO LETTERS FROM JOHN EXPLAIN WHY HE MEDITATED

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While staying in the Himalayas, John Lennon would write several letters to fans, expressing the value of their newfound meditative practices. Many of these letters were published in The John Lennon Letters, find two of them below.

 

Dear Beth:

Thank you for your letter and your kind thoughts. When you read that we are in India searching for peace, etc, it is not that we need faith in God or Jesus — we have full faith in them; it is only as if you went to stay with Billy Graham for a short time — it just so happens that our guru (teacher) is Indian — and what is more natural for us to come to India — his home. He also holds courses in Europe and America — and we will probably go to some of these as well — to learn — and to be near him.

Transcendental meditation is not opposed to any religion — it is based on the basic truths of all religions — the common denominator. Jesus said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you” — and he meant just that — “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” — not in some far distant time — or after death — but now.

Meditation takes the mind down to that level of consciousness which is Absolute Bliss (Heaven) and through constant contact with that state — “the peace that surpasses all understanding” — one gradually becomes established in that state even when one is not meditating. All this gives one actual experience of God — not by detachment or renunciation — when Jesus was fasting etc in the desert 40 days & nights he would have been doing some form of meditation — not just sitting in the sand and praying — although me it will be a true Christian — which I try to be with all sincerity — it does not prevent me from acknowledging Buddha — Mohammed — and all the great men of God. God bless you — jai guru dev.

with love,

John Lennon

 

Dear Mr. Bulla,

Thanks for your letter. If every request like yours was granted — there would be no “huge treasure” as you call it. You say “peace of mind minus all other things on earth is equal to nothing” — this doesn’t make sense. To have peace of mind one would have to have all that one desires — otherwise where is the peace of mind?

Even a “poor” clerk can travel the world — as many people do — including friends of mine some of whom are at this academy now, all equals “poor.” All you need is initiative — If you don’t have this I suggest you try transcendental meditation through which all things are possible.

With love,

John Lennon
Jai guru dev


WATCH: PAUL SINGS “MAGGIE MAE” IN PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN BTS CLIP

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Footage has emerged of Paul singing behind the scenes on the set of Pirates Of The Caribbean, while Johnny Depp completely fangirls over him.

Paul made a cameo in Dead Men Tale No Tales, and the clip sees him serenade the crew with Maggie Mae, which features on their 1970 Let It Be album.
The song is actually a traditional Liverpudlian folk song or sea shanty about a prostitute who robbed a sailor.

Huge Beatles fan Johnny Depp looks on in amazement during the candid clip, which the filmmakers describe as “the most emotional moment of the day”.


PAUL ARRIVING AT SHERATON HOTEL IN PORTO ALEGRE

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Paul McCartney arrives at Sheraton Hotel, in Porto Alegre.

The Band: Abe Laboriel Jr, Brian Ray and Rusty Anderson, with fans in Porto Alegre.

 


ICONIC MARYLEBONE TOWN HALL NOW OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

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Iconic Marylebone Town Hall now open for bookings

The diary is now open for bookings at one of London’s most recognisable civil wedding venues, The Old Marylebone Town Hall, a celebrity favorite for weddings including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Reopening in January 2018, the Town Hall will offer intimate ceremonies for four people to larger weddings for up to 100 guests.