In March of 1968, Lennon received a missive of the alphabet from a fan named Beth, asking for clarification on how Transcendental Meditation fits amongst the major religious traditions. He responded inwards a thoughtful in addition to detailed two-page letter, which ends amongst the words jai guru dev, translated equally “I give thank you lot to the Guru Dev” — a phrase that appears equally a refrain inwards the Lennon classic “Across the Universe.”
Thank you lot for your missive of the alphabet in addition to your sort thoughts. When you lot read that nosotros are inwards Bharat searching for peace, etc, it is non that nosotros demand faith inwards God or Jesus — nosotros cause got sum faith inwards them; it is solely equally if you lot went to remain amongst Billy Graham for a brusque fourth dimension — it simply thus happens that our guru (teacher) is Indian — in addition to what is to a greater extent than natural for us to come upwards to Bharat — his home. He likewise holds courses inwards Europe in addition to America — in addition to nosotros volition in all probability operate to to a greater extent than or less of these equally good — to larn — in addition to to hold upwards close him.
Transcendental meditation is non opposed to whatsoever organized faith — it is based on the basic truths of all religions — the mutual denominator. Jesus said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is inside you” — in addition to he meant simply that — “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” — non inwards to a greater extent than or less far distant fourth dimension — or after boot the bucket — but now.
Meditation takes the heed downward to that score of consciousness which is Absolute Bliss (Heaven) in addition to through constant contact amongst that land — “the peace that surpasses all understanding” — i gradually becomes established inwards that land fifty-fifty when i is non meditating. All this gives i actual sense of God — non past times detachment or renunciation — when Jesus was fasting etc inwards the desert xl days & nights he would cause got been doing to a greater extent than or less shape of meditation — non simply sitting inwards the sand in addition to praying — although me it volition hold upwards a truthful Christian — which I seek to hold upwards amongst all sincerity — it does non foreclose me from acknowledging Buddha — Mohammed — in addition to all the corking men of God. God bless you lot — jai guru dev.
A calendar month later, he received a missive of the alphabet from an Indian fan, who described himself equally a misfortunate clerk in addition to asked Lennon to ship him coin for a public trip thus that he tin terminate expose the “huge treasure” necessary for achieving inner peace. (The history of celebrity is strewn amongst such requests, ludicrous though they may seem — Mark Twain was i of their earliest targets in addition to fielded them amongst his feature wry wit.) Lennon politely refused the asking in addition to recommended that the human being instead seek transcendental meditation equally a gateway to inner peace:
Dear Mr. Bulla,
Thanks for your letter. If every asking similar yours was granted — at that spot would hold upwards no “huge treasure” equally you lot telephone telephone it. You say “peace of heed minus all other things on public is equal to nothing” — this doesn’t brand sense. To cause got peace of heed i would cause got to cause got all that i desires — otherwise where is the peace of mind?
Even a “poor” clerk tin terminate go the public — equally many people produce — including friends of mine to a greater extent than or less of whom are at this university now, all equals “poor.” All you lot demand is initiatory — If you lot don’t cause got this I propose you lot seek transcendental meditation through which all things are possible.
Jai guru dev
Complement The John Lennon Letters amongst Lennon’s illustrated verse in addition to prose, his handwritten to-do list, his philosophy on music in addition to life, in addition to his animated conversation amongst Yoko Ono almost love, thus revisit Jack Kerouac on how to meditate.