John stopped by and told me he wanted me to remind you all of the spiritual messages he was trying to share with an earlier generation.
The Beatles weren't so much transcendental and spiritual until they infamously began ingesting a certain substance in their later years.
Each and every song has its own deeper messages that can be found, but the Beatles made many of theirs quite explicit in all their profundity. Here
is a list of several songs from their later years with a brief comment as to its subject matter:
Across the Universe - Transcendental imagery; references to Hinduism; includes the mantra "Jai guru deva om" which roughly translates to "Victory
to God divine"
All You Need is Love - Speaks for itself.
All Together Now - Contains a self-referencing pun in the chorus. Self-reference has been identified (by AI researcher Douglas Hofstadter, for
example) as the identity-/ego-building function of the human mind, or the very shape of the "neuron circuit" that is the ego: that which
constantly compares and contrasts in the name of this mysterious "I." Eastern meditation practices are very introspective of this self-reference,
thus instructing us to self-self-reference. Peeling back layers of ego is all about this, and realizing that we are all together and part of a
Baby You're a Rich Man - Transcendental references to spiritual wealth.
Back in the U.S.S.R. - This one isn't so much spiritual, but just the intent behind it was noble enough to be worth mentioning I thought. This was
done by the Beatles during the Commie-hating paranoia of the Cold War, and was a parody of both "Back in the USA" and US pop phenomena the Beach
Boys. Showing love for Soviets when no one else in the West seemed to want to.
I Me Mine - All about our sense of self, and thus inherent selfishness.
Your Mother Should Know - Opens with "Let's all get up and dance to a song that was a hit before your mother was born, though she was born a long
long time ago, your mother should know." There is a famous Zen koan, that goes roughly, "Can you show me the expression on your face before your
mother was born?" This song plays on that koan.
I could go on, but enough reading! Watch and listen to some of it yourself!
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