Marilyn turned me onto Ravi Shankar. We would make-out to Sitar music in 1963. Marilyn would later turn Jeff Pasternak on Yogananda who I followed for a while before I became a Baba Lover. Jeff and I have gone to temple together. I saw Krishnamurti in person as did not grandmother when he first came to America. She used to hang out with Bisset when she lived in Ojai. Above is a photo of Marilyn taken by Jeff on a boat to France. This is a Bollywood script.
Bryan’s parents were in the Hollywood crowd. His father was a good friend of Robert Stack who had an affair with Liz Taylor. Bryan learned to swim in her pool, and dated Liza Minneli. They sang show tunes together on the piano at their parents parties.
While living in our tent, I gave Rena lessons on the Indian religion and Baba. Then she met her personal ascetics trainers. Meher Baba as a god-realized being begat Bollywood. His work with Christine and Rena came through me.
Rena would do well to gain trust in this lifetime, something she lacks. She is the Woodstock Generation. She should bring the Indian and Tibetan culture to Montana and connect foreigners with her mountains.
At Marilyn’s suggestion, several years ago I am chanting with Tenzin who brought the Dali Lama to Eugene last year.
November 26, 1970
Meher Baba on the cover of Rolling Stone.
I first heard about Meher Baba from Mike McInnerney in Autumn 1967. Mike later became very involved in the development of my own work on Tommy, and it was in the knowledge that he was a Baba lover, and able to grasp the needs of the evolving album, that I asked him to do the art work connected.
I was at his house with my lady (now my wife), and he and his partner were finishing the proofs for a shop window decoration for a Kings Road tea shop called The Dragon.
I was ranting and raving about, talking too much, and finding in Mike someone who talked just as much as I did (although he’ll never admit it. I had to make a tape to prove it). I was heavily into flying saucers, believing them to hold a key somehow to the future of humanity. At the time I sincerely believed I had seen several in the Florida area, today I don’t really care.
It seemed that between freaks at the discovery of my first John Fahey record and someone who could out-rap me, I was getting stabs of infuuriating condescension from Mike.
Every time I came up with a worldwise theory that had taken me years of thought to get clear he would say, “That’s such a coincidence man, this guy Meher Baba said something similar to that in this book, The God Man.” After I had heard my very last precious revelation hit the dust at the sound of Mike’s voice declaring that Baba had already said it I just had to look at the book. What I saw apart from a photo in the front cover of a strange and elderly man, was shattering.
Sure enough, each theory that I had expounded, many to do with reincarnation and its inevitability when considered in the light of law of averages, were summed up in one sentence. (I know it will irritate most people when I say that I’ve forgotten the sentence.)
What was so sneaky about the whole affair was the way Baba crept into my life. At first his words were encouraging, his state of consciousness and his claims to be the Christ exciting and daring, later they became scary. I began to read his words, read of his astoundingly simple relationship with his disciples (Mandali) and of his silence for 40 years. It became clear that the party was over. If I read any more lines like “What I want from my Lovers is real unadulterated love, and from my genuine workers I expect real work done,” I would have to decide once and for all whether the whole thing was really for me or not.
Bryan MacLean’s mother was an artist and a dancer, and his father was an architect for such Hollywood luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor and Dean Martin. Neighbor Frederick Loewe, of the songwriting team Lerner & Loewe, recognized him as a “melodic genius” at the age of three as he doodled on the piano. His early influences were Billie Holiday and George Gershwin, although he confessed to an obsession with Elvis Presley. During his childhood, he wore out show music records from Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, South Pacific and West Side Story. His first girlfriend was Liza Minnelli and they would sit at the piano together singing songs from The Wizard of Oz.
At seventeen, Bryan heard The Beatles: “Before the Beatles I had been into folk music. I had wanted to be an artist in the bohemian tradition, where we would sit around with banjos and do folk music, but when I saw A Hard Day’s Night everything changed. I let my hair grow out and I got kicked out of high school.”
Baba was particularly interested in the film industry. Accordingly, he spent one week in Hollywood, California beginning on May 29th, meeting with a number of people connected with that industry and visiting the Paramount and Goldwyn Mayer film studios. He met a number of film stars including Boris Karloff, Cary Grant, Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier, and gave private interviews to some. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford arranged for a private reception at their mansion, “Pickfair”. Ms. Pickford had Baba sit on a sofa and she sat on the carpet at his feet. Her husband and the rest joined her, and Baba explained:
The whole universe and its structure, I have created. The universe is my cinema. But just as an audience becomes absorbed in witnessing a drama on the screen, and the film engages their emotions and sways their feelings by its influence, causing them to forget that it is not real–in the same way, the spectators of the world are charmed by this worldly film show, forgetting themselves and taking it to be real!
e Wizard of Oz. He learned to swim in Elizabeth Taylor’s pool, and his father’s good friend was actor Robert Stack. Bryan appears in the 1957 Cary Grant film An Affair to Remember singing in the Deborah Kerr character’s music class.
BEIJING – China is lashing out at President Obama for a meeting he is to have today with the Dalai Lama in its continuing attempt worldwide to marginalize the Tibetan spiritual leader for his support of greater autonomy for Tibet.
The Dalai Lama, 78, has been in exile from his Himalayan homeland since 1959, when he fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Chinese troops killed hundreds of Buddhist monks, and destroyed thousands of temples, in its takeover of the country.
Within hours of the meeting being confirmed Thursday, China’s foreign ministry issued a statement that warned the meeting “will grossly interfere in the internal affairs of China, seriously violate norms governing international relations and severely impair China-US relations.”
Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reiterated those remarks at a regular press conference today in Beijing.
Beijing remains determined to limit the Dalai Lama’s international influence and pressures governments worldwide not to meet the Buddhist monk it has called a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
China responded to a visit granted the Dalai Lama in the United Kingdom by putting diplomatic relations into cold storage for over a year after Prime Minister David Cameron met him in May 2012.
Countries next in China’s firing line over Tibet include the Netherlands and Norway, which the Dalai Lama will visit in May.
Beijing has given Norway years of diplomatic and business grief after the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize award to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. His wife Liu Xia, held under effective house arrest ever since, and never charged with any crime, was hospitalized this week, reported Reuters.
Obama has met the Dalai Lama twice before in February 2010 and July 2011 despite criticism from China. But supporters of the Dalai Lama were also unhappy, saying Obama accorded him less respectful treatment to mollify China.
In 2010, Obama sat down with his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate for a brief meeting in the Map Room rather than the Oval Office, where presidents usually visit with international leaders. Their talks were held out of view of cameras and the public. Reporters were not permitted to enter the room or ask questions.
The Dalai Lama left the White House through an a exit used largely by household staff. A photograph of him being ushered past bags of trash generated anger among some of his supporters.
The White House said Obama told the Dalai Lama that he supported preservation of Tibet’s culture and human rights for Tibetans.
In the 2011 visit, Obama again refused requests from China that he disinvite the Dalai Lama but again met him in the Map Room. The White House issued a single photo of the two leaders in which Obama is seated next to the Dalai Lama tieless.
On Friday, Obama will host the Dalai Lama again in the Map Room. To reinforce the unofficial nature, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama meets the Dalai Lama “in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader.”
Hayden also reassured Beijing with remarks that the U.S. government recognizes Tibet as part of the People’s Republic of China, and does not support Tibetan independence. But she also raised long-standing U.S. concerns about “continuing tensions and the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the same issues with Chinese leaders in Beijing last week on a trip dominated by two more pressing and equally tough topics: how to persuade Beijing to apply more pressure on North Korea, and how to get Beijing to stop pressuring other neighbors on multiple territorial disputes.
In Dharamsala, northern India, the seat of Tibet’s government-in-exile, spokesman Tashi Phuntsok said Friday he was “happy” Obama was meeting the Dalai Lama again, “even at the cost of Chinese displeasure.”
Many countries “are aware of how much pressure China applies with regards to the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his schedules in different countries and even his lectures at colleges and universities,” said Phuntsok, secretary for information and international relations at the Central Tibetan Administration.
China’s long-term goal is to “stop Tibetan engagement in the international arena,” he said. “We are strongly confident that this will not come true.”
Phuntsok welcomed repeated U.S. calls for Beijing to begin unconditional talks with Dharamsala on Tibet.
“Despite the frustrations and difficulties today, we believe the situation will have to be resolved through dialogue and negotiation,” he said.