Nowadays it seems everyone is getting spiritual. Meditation and mindfulness in particular are booming, with courses and classes available all over every city. We tend to think of meditation as a silent practice, but there is one meditation method which is anything but silent.
Mantras are repeated phrases, chanted or sung as part of various religions to induce a feeling of connection with the divine.
The person chanting a mantra isn’t thinking about anything; the chanting stops the flow of thoughts and allows them to find a beautiful, calm place inside and a feeling of ‘oneness’ with the universe.
This approach has had a small but significant influence on rock and pop culture.
In the late sixties, George Harrison became interested in Hinduism, and started to reflect it in his music with the Beatles and then in his solo work.
In “My Sweet Lord” from 1970, George celebrates…
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