John Lennon autograph letter advocates transcendental meditation
A superb autographed letter from John Lennon was written during his trip to India
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Sunday 16 September 2012
A letter autographed by John Lennon is to feature among the highest-selling items in an upcoming online sale, which closes September 25.
The letter was written by Lennon on his visit with the Beatles to Rishikesh, India, where they were enrolled on an advanced transcendental meditation training session at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He writes in response to a mysterious request from a fan:
"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.''
Written on headed paper from the Spiritual Regeneration Movement Foundation of India, the letter provides a fascinating insight into one of the most transitional eras of The Beatles' history. It was during this period that they wrote over 30 of their most experimental songs, many of which featured on the White Album and Abbey Road. It is currently selling with a minimum bid of $1,000.
PFC Auctions has a brilliant selection of memorabilia from the Cavern Club, which saw most of the earliest gigs in the Beatles' career. Highlighting the collection is an original Reslo ribbon microphone which was used by many of the bands that played there throughout the 1960s and therefore, almost certainly the Fab Four.
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