The Beatles: The Truth Behind Some Of The Songs Which Made The Group Famous


 Across the Universe

Sounds of laughter, shades of life
Are ringing through my opened ears
Inciting and inviting me.
Limitless undying love, which
Shines around me like a million suns,
It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai Guru Deva, om.
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

The initial inspiration behind this song had nothing to do with Hindu religion. The lyrics came to Lennon as he lay awake one night in 1967, after arguing with Cynthia Lennon. However, he later added Hindu spirituality within the lyrics and completed the song.

You might already know that the Beatles had taken a trip to India for a spiritual sojourn to become disciples of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968 that was a popular thing to do in the 60s.  Their time in India greatly influenced their music at the time.

The refrain “Jai Guru Deva Om” is a mantra intended to lull the mind into a higher consciousness. The words are in Sanskrit, and they mean “I give thanks to Guru Dev,” who was the teacher of The Maharishi. The ‘Om’ at the end is the drawn out ‘oooohm’ used in meditation to relate to the natural vibration of the universe.