The Beatles famously spent a long stretch at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Swarg Ashram, where they, too, ate vegetarian and wrote most of the White Album. I would guess this is where they started diving into the funkier spiritual side of things, but I make this assumption based on the fact that I don’t think anyone can spend a significant amount of time in India and NOT start diving into the funkier spiritual side of things. But for the real Beatles story, Craig is the person to ask.
Beatlemaniac or no, it was hard not to get swept up in the magic of the ashram, which is now abandoned and returning to the jungle. Twisted into the vines are mossy statues and tiny shrines, and the empty, ramshackle bungalows seem to melt into the trees. It is ghostly, and beautiful. You can almost feel the faint images of former ashramites meditating and making music.
If you need a soundtrack for the visit, Gabe spent our week at the ashram humming My Sweet Lord.