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Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 10, 1968

The Beatles meditating in India with the Maharishi

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 9, 1968

The Beatles are still back in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 8, 1968

The Beatles having fun in India

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 7, 1968

The Beatles are working on the White Album - In India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 6, 1968

The Beatles meditating and writing songs with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 5, 1968

The Beatles writing songs in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 4, 1968

The Beatles are still meditating and writing songs in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 3, 1968

Ringo Starr arrives back in England

Following the long drive from Rishikesh to Delhi, and the 20-hour flight from there to London Airport, Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen arrived back in London. Upon his return to England Ringo described the Rishikesh camp as "a bit like Butlins".
 
A lot of people are going to say that I left because I was disillusioned by it all but that just isn't so. The Academy is a great place and I enjoyed it a lot. I still meditate every day for half an hour in the morning and half an hour every evening and I think I'm a better person for it. I'm far more relaxed than I have ever been. You know, if you're working very hard and things are a bit chaotic, you get all tensed up and screwed up inside. You feel as if you have to break something or hit someone. But if you spend a short while in the mornings and evenings meditating, it completely relaxes you, and it's easier to see your way through problems. If everyone in the world started meditating, then the world would be a much happier place.

One of Ringo's first actions after getting home was to pack a number of 16mm cine film rolls, which he then sent out to the other Beatles in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 2, 1968

The Beatles excluding Ringo, are still in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 1, 1968

Ringo Starr leaves India

Less than two weeks after their arrival, Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen left Rishikesh to return to England.

The couple were unhappy at having to spend time away from their children. Additionally, Ringo found the spicy food disagreed with him - an intolerance caused by a childhood bout of peritonitis. He had brought a consignment of baked beans with him, and feasted on especially-prepared eggs while in Rishikesh, but found it not enough to entice him to stay.

It's all a bit hard to remember now. I was only there for two weeks, then I left. I wasn't getting what I thought I would out of it.

The food was impossible for me because I'm allergic to so many different things. I took two suitcases with me, one of clothes and the other full of Heinz beans (there's a plug for you). Then one morning the guys who were dealing with the food said, 'Would you like some eggs?' And I said, 'Oh yeah, sure,' and the next morning they said it again. I thought, 'Oh yeah, great - things are looking up.'

Then I saw them burying the shells. That was the first of several incidents that made me think that it was not what I thought it would be. You weren't supposed to have eggs inside this religious and spiritual ashram. I thought: 'What do you mean, you're burying the shells? Can't God see that too?'

We came home because we missed the children. I wouldn't want anyone to think we didn't like it there. I said it was like Butlins holiday camp, we had learnt by then that you could say anything and they'd print it. It was a good experience - it just didn't last as long for me as it did for them.