“And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain
Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.”
– Hey Jude (lyrics), The Beatles
1st October, 2018, 2:20 P.M.
Did you wonder why this post has been titled Hey Jude? Of course, it’s the Beatles song. But then why Hey Jude and why not Here Comes the Sun, Let it Be or I Want to Hold Your Hand?
Well, the thing is when we reached the meditation and activity hall at the Beatles Ashram, in Rishikesh; this intensely beautiful song was blaring on a boom box. It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life, and a visual treat to boot..
If you are thinking; is there a Beatles Ashram in India? Well there is! The Beatles spent the winter of 1968 learning Transcendental meditation from Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, in his ashram, in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The ashram got popularised as the Beatles ashram over the years, as the Beatles recorded one of their albums here as well – The White Album or The Beatles. The ashram has been abandoned for years now, but more recently being developed into a heritage site, as part of Rajaji National Park.
Coming back to Hey Jude, when we entered the massive hall, a bunch of German girls sat in the middle of the hall, blaring this soul-stirring song. We were transported to another world; a world where the Beatles would be playing live, and their images towering over the façade of the walls.
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