"John Lennon never claimed to be a prophet nor a model of virtue yet his work for world peace and his gift of music will remain an inspiration for generations to come."  Dave; http://knowsis.webs.com/greatspiritualteachers.htm

 

                                          Like The Beatles said;

 "love is all there is" now we just have to "Imagine" that the "No Where Man" can find his way home. We just have to "Let it Be" and hope and trust that everything happens for a reason.

Maybe its time for a different heart felt awareness of what the message is as a whole.

Soooooo…as I look at all the lonely people “Eleanor Rigby,” "I want Hold To Hold Your Hand" and give you some “Help” if your feeling down. Don’t be part of “SGT. Peppers Lonely Heart Club” I can help get your feet back on the ground and now your life will change in so many ways. “Get Back” to where you once belonged. “Come Together” because “Here Comes The Sun” with “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” So do we live in “Yesterday” or today in our own self-realization of who we are. Are we programmed to love like “Michelle” and other people in our lives? Can we acknowledge it in a heart felt way; “and I love her” or “She Loves You.” Is there “Real Love” and what about “Something” in the way she moves attracts me like no other, will my love grow? “In My Life” what do I need?

Maybe all I need is some “Norwegian Wood.”

Can The Beatles still “Help” us to find this love through music. Some people say "Hello Goodbye" to this love. Can you ever really say good bye to love when one of you still loves you? “She Loves You” What do I want “In My Life”?

Can we express this love as sung in song to her/she, he/him to God and even if it’s just a line out of the song, can we say “Wow God, that’s how I feel about you.”

“All You Need Is Love” was written by John Lennon for “Our World.” The Our World TV Show
was the first live, world-wide satellite programme. It was broadcast on the 25th June 1967 (7.55pm to 10.00pm) to an international audience in excess of 350 million. The programme was divided into sections with people contributing from all over. The Beatles performed "All You Need Is Love" which was broadcast from a crowded Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios; they had invited many friends including The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull to join in the chorus and add to the atmosphere. They really wanted to give the world a message, said Brian Epstein.

Ringo says this about “Real Love,” “…there’s nothing more we can do as The Beatles.”

Music can bring out the best in love, if we allow it.

Michael

  Apathy isn’t it.   We can do something. So flower power didn’t work.  So what.        We start again.  John Lennon (1940 - 1980 )                                               &

 View Image"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong." John Lennon

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"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all." John Lennon


  "If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal." 

                                                        John Lennon

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 "I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people." John Lennon 
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 "Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow."  John Lennon

  

                 "All you need is love."
                              John Lennon

 

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    "You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate." John Lennon

                 

 "If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it."  

                                                       John Lennon

                   

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

 

 

  Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.


Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.

    

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"Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited"  Yoko Ono

               

  "The 1960s were about releasing ourselves from conventional society and freeing ourselves." Yoko Ono

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View Image Yoko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ, Ono Yōko?, kanji: 小野洋子; born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist, musician, author and peace activist, also known for her marriage to John Lennon and her groundbreaking work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking.

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Ono brought feminism to the forefront through her music, and is also considered a pioneer and major influence of the 1970s new wave genre.

         

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She is a supporter of gay rights and is known for her philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace and AIDS outreach programs.

    

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  "People make music to get a reaction. Music is communication." Yoko Ono

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  "We are all dreamers creating the next world, the next beautiful world for ourselves and for our children." Yoko Ono

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 Let me count the ways how I love you,
Its like that gentle wind you feel at dawn,
Its like that first sun that hits the dew,
Its like that cloud with a gold lining telling us softly
That itll be a good day, a good day for us.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  Let me count the ways how I miss you,
Its like that oak tree in my childhood garden,
Its like that first summer I spent in egypt,
Its like that warm evening you read to me
Both knowing deeply that its a good time,
A good time for us.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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   Let me count the ways how I see you,
Its like that lake in the mountain you heard about,
Its like that autumn sky that stays so blue,
Its like that air around me that holds me so gently,
Whispering strongly
That youre always there, always for me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yoko Ono
                          Let Me Count The Ways lyrics

           

Yoko Ono
Even When You're Far Away lyrics

I wonder why
I could never hate you
Even when you look away,
I always love you in my soul.
Its just the way we happen to be,
Its just the way it happens to be.
We dont know how to love, love without fear.

I tell you why
I could never hate you
Even when youre far away,
I know you love me in your soul.
Its just the way we happen to be,
Its just the way it happens to be.
We dont know how to love, love without fear.

Part of me will always be with you,
Part of you is growing in me.
Its just the way we happen to be,
Its just the way it happens to be.
We dont know how to love, love without fear.

We dont know how,
How to tell each other,
Theres nothing we can do.
I saw your soul and you saw mine.
Its just the way we happen to be,
Its just the way it happens to be.
We always know inside our soul that love is there.

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  Yet another quote that may sum up the musician's approach to life and his continuing appeal to peoples worldwide actually isn't one of his quotes.

 It's what wife Yoko Ono [b. February 18, 1933] said the day after her husband's unexpected death:

' John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him'. Yoko Ono

 

 

 

 

 

"You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate." John Lennon        

                      

 "You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are.

You are what you are!"
John Lennon

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  There has been a long-standing rumor that John Lennon was gay or bisexual. (Read comments posted by snope.com)

There are the testimonies of several people that point in this direction.

One is that of his step-mother, Pauline Jones Lennon, who married his estranged father when she was 19 in '69. She said that when he was relaxed, there was definitely something feminine about him.

Another is that of his friend, Pete Shotton, who was a member of one of the original Beatles line-ups. To explain his testimony, in April of 1963, John and the Beatles' homosexual manager Brian Epstein went on a vacation in Barcelona, Spain. It has long been rumored that John and Brian became lovers during this trip, or they at least had gay sex.

This testimony is quoted from his 1988 book, "John Lennon In My Life:"

"I visited John at Aunt Mimi's a few days after his return to England, and when he started in about how much he enjoyed Spain, I could hardly resist taking the piss out of him. 'So you had a good time with Brian, then?' John didn't so much as crack a smile. 'Oh, fuckin' hell,' he groaned. 'Not you as well, Pete! They're all fucking going on about it.' 'Actually, Pete,' he said softly, 'something did happen.' John then went on to confide the particulars to me. 'Eppy just kept on and on at me. Until one night I finally pulled me trousers down and said to him, --Oh, fuck it, Brian! Just stick it up me arse then.-- And he said to me, --Actually, John, I don't do that kind of thing. That's not what I like to do.-- I said to 'im, --Well, then, what do you like to do, what kind of thing do you do?-- He said, --I'd like to just hold you.-- So I let him toss me off (Liverpool slang for "make love to me").' 'That's all?' I said. 'Well, so what? What's the big fucking deal, then?' 'Yeah, the poor bastard. He's having a fucking hard enough time anyway. He got roughed up some by a dockworker in a loo because Brian tried to get him to toss him off. So what harm did it do then, Pete?' John asked me. 'The poor bastard can't help the way he is.' 'What's a fucking wank between friends?' I said."

Another is that of Tony Manero, the inspiration for the New York magazine story that later became Saturday Night Fever.

In May 1974, Manero was walking alone through Greenwich Village when he spotted John, singer Harry Nilsson, and another fellow strolling down the street.

"John was my idol. I walked up to him and said, 'I know a lot of people hassle you, but I just want to thank you for your music. You've helped me through a lot of bad times.' Outside Jimmy's Bar, he said, 'Why don't you come inside for a drink?' After we ordered, John switched seats to sit next to me. He said to me, 'Are you gay?' When I told him I wasn't, he looked really disappointed. He could have been joking, but he wasn't. My initial reaction was fear. And yet I wouldn't leave because it was John Lennon. I said to him, 'No, man, I don't go that way.' 'Are you sure?' he said, 'give me head.' I remember Harry was 'borrowing' $100 bills off him. At one stage I went out and when I came back, he was talking to this woman and he said, 'Pauly.' I thought he meant Paul, meaning McCartney. So John turns around and says, 'No, he's much prettier than Pauly. He's got a nicer mouth than McCartney. Paul's got a small mouth.' Then he turned to me and said, 'Let's go out and get some chicks.' This man was giving me a dream to pay millions for. John almost admitted his gay tendencies. So anyway, we went out walking and he put his arm around me. He said, 'It feels good to hold someone. You know what I mean?' Prior to that, he said, 'There is nothing wrong in being gay. Two people exchanging feelings is not wrong. Did you ever try it?' People were following us. We were wasted, and he put his arm around one girl and said, 'Suck my cock.' He stuck his tongue down her throat. We were loaded. Somebody stole the hat right off his head."

Lennon and company meandered over to the Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue, where he and Nilsson shared three adjoining suites, rooms 1608, 1609, and 1610.

"There was Harry's bedroom, John's, and a living room with a keyboard. He gave me a guitar, but it was later stolen. After we returned to the hotel he propositioned me again. After he died, I wished I'd done it. He tried to kiss me. He put his arm around me. John was making moves on me like a guy would a chick. When I said 'Halt,' it was finished, and we laid down together on the couch. I love the guy. I never asked him if he'd had sex with a man, but it was obvious to me he had. I stayed at the hotel sleeping on a spare bed next to his for about a week, but he never attempted it again. There were feelings and looks, though. He was very loving, like when a guy is very lonely. The man was bisexual. There are no two ways about it. He was feeling me out."

We turn to Pete Shotton again for the testimony. The two of them dropped acid one night in 1967, they ended up in his attic, and they both passed out on the floor. The next morning, they were awakened by the maid trudging up the attic stairwell. John woke up and on hearing her footsteps, suddenly shot to his feet saying, "Oh Christ, she'll think we've been fucking!"

A famous British radio and television broadcaster, Gloria Hunniford, was a guest at a London bash in 1965 when she and a friend happened to pass by a bedroom door. They peeked inside and what should they find but John Lennon passively engaged in anal sex with a well-known male celebrity photographer. They quickly shut the door and the secret was kept for a long time. (Read comments posted by snope.com)

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   "We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it. John Lennon

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             "Thanks for being you!"  Michael=God

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                          Can you feel their love?

 

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 "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry." John Lennon

 Throughout the ages there have been many wonderful spritual teachers who have served as a guide for many people on earth, often at the expense of their own physical safety.  What makes a great spiritual teacher great, I feel, is a heightened AWARENESS that they are no better nor than anyone else.  They are aware that we are all one with God- limitless, pure love, joy, truth, freedom peace.  A spiritual master need not sit high on a mountain nor flit around in flowing robes nor sport a perpetually beatific smile.  A great spiritual teacher will exhibit 3 things in abundance: 

 Wisdom, Articulation and Compassion.  He or she has no desire to form his/her own religions or cults  but only to encourage others to embrace his or her own inner spiritual master.

 JOHN LENNON                                    

Strawberry Field, Central Park 

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John Winston Ono Lennon, (October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980) was a British songwriter, singer, musician, visual artist and peace activist. He was born in Liverpool, England to Julia (Stanley) and Alfred Lennon during a German air raidn in World War II.  Both his parents sang and played the banjo though neither pursued this as a career. Being a merchant marine, his father went AWOL for 3 years but returned in 1944 in time for his wife to give birth to another man's baby.  The baby girl was given up for adoption and during his life John never new of her existence.  Julia eventually became involved with another man who move in with her and John.  Due to family objections over this arrangement, John was sent to live with his mother's sister Mary "Mimi" Smith.  In 1956 John's father returned (again) and secretly tried to take John off to New Zealand but Julia found out and followed them.  The parents forced 5 year old John to choose between them.  John ended up spending the rest of his childhood and adolescence with his Aunt Mimi and her husband George who were childless. His mother did visit regularly and taught him how to play the banjo.  She also introduced him to Elvis Presley records.

Thoughout his school days, John showed a flair for drawing humorous cartoons but soon found his "salvation" in the form of American Rock 'n Roll particularly Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly.  His mother bought Lennon his first guitar in 1957, an inexpensive Gallotone Champion acoustic. Aunt Mimi was sceptical of Lennon's claim that he would be famous one day, and often told him, "The guitar's all very well, John, but you'll never make a living out of it." Years later, when The Beatles were successful, John presented Mimi with a silver platter engraved with those words.

John's Uncle George died in 1955.  In march of 1957 Lennon started The Quarrymen, a skiffle (British dance pop) band, while attending Quarry Bank Grammar School.  Their first engagement was on June 9, 1957 at an audition for impresario Carroll Lewis, known as "Mr. Star-Maker." On July 6, 1957, Lennon and his band met guitarist Paul McCartney. McCartney's father later allowed the Quarrymen to rehearse in his front room.  Lennon and McCartney became great friends and played many practical jokes on the band members and on their teachers.   They soon began writing songs with each other and separately. The first song that John completed was "Hello Little Girl" when he was eighteen years old. McCartney convinced Lennon to allow George Harrison to join the Quarrymen.  After Harrison played at a rehearsal in March 1958. he joined the group as lead guitarist.  

On July 15, 1958 John's mother Julia was struck by a car and killed.  This traumatic event cemented his friendship with Paul McCartney who has lost his mother to cancer in 1956.  Lennon named his first son Julian after his mother and later wrote the song "Julia" in her honor.

Lennon was a poor student but he was accepted into the Liverpool College of Art with help from his school's headmaster and his stubborn Aunt Mimi.  While at art school he met his future wife, Cynthia Powell.  Lennon failed his exams and was disruptive in  class.  Most teachers refused to admit him into their classes.  John took to bullying anyone he deemed an easy target with his caustic humor.  He finally dropped out of of college with one year to go.

Stuart Sutcliffe (a friend of Lennon's from art school) later joined The Quarrymen as bassist.  The band switched from skiffle to playing rock 'n' roll, using the name 'Johnny and the Moondogs', but Lennon soon changed the name back. In mid-1958, the Quarrymen made their first recordings: a cover of "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and a McCartney-Harrison original called "In Spite Of All The Danger".

In 1960, the band changed its name five times before finally settling on "The Beatles". Lennon was considered the leader of The Beatles, as he founded the original group.

Allan Williams started to manage The Beatles in May 1960 and booked them in clubs in Hamburg, Germany.  Pete Best joined the Beatles on drums.  On March 21, 1962, the group played their first concert at Liverpool's Cavern Club- then returned to to Hamburg in April to record "My Bonnie".  On November 9 Brian saw The Beatles at the Cavern Club and signed to a management contract.  They auditioned for Decca Records but were rejected.  In 1962 The Beatles returned to Hamburg where they learned that Stuart Sutcliffe had just died.

The Beatles finally signed with  Parlophone Records (EMI).  Label Director George Martin replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr on drums.  They released "Love Me Do" on Oct. 5, 1962. During this time, Cynthia Powell discovered that she was pregnant and she and John married on August 23, 1962. On April 8, 1963, Cynthia gave birth to Julian Lennon.  Later that year, The Beatles released heir first album was Please Please Mer.  In the U.S. Beatlemania was reaching it's peak when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in New York City.

In November of 1963, Brian Epstein booked the Beatles onto the Ed Sullivan show for February of 1964. The show was a complete success, with an estimated 72 million viewers, setting new records for entertainment broadcasting.  The Beatles popularity kept growing and in March of 1966 John remarked to a journalist friend Maureen Cleave that The Beatles were, "bigger than Jesus." This statement nearly destroyed the Beatles even though some religions leaders admitted the statement was probably true.  

John soon began to experiment rather heavily with LSD and became involved in the art world. In 1967, Brian Epstein died and The Beatles began to be run by Paul McCartney, which John resented.  In May of 1968, John and his friend, avant guard artist Yoko Ono became a couple after  for divorce. On March 20, 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono weremarried n Gibraltar, near Spain. Between March 25 and March 31, John and Yoko spent their oneymoon t the Amsterdam Hilton staging their famous "Bed-In" for peace. John Lennon stated, We're taying in bed for a week, to register our protest against all the suffering and violence in theworld."  On August 22, 1968, Cynthia filed

The couple continued to create experimental music, films and performance art pieces and most importantly to promote world peace.  In 1970, John and Yoko recorded John's "Give Peace a Chance" with the help of a few friends and visitors. That same year, Paul McCartney left the Beatles.  In 1971 John moved to New York City.  His second solo album "Imagine" was released and the single became one of the best known recordings of all time inspiring many anti-religion and peace groups.

In late February of 1972, John and Paul met in New York reconcile.  Soon after the FBI, spurred on by the Republican Party, started to track John's every move due to his outspoken views peace and ending the Vietnam War.   Deportation hearings were held against him.  

In April of 1973, John and Yoko moved into the Dakota building on  the upper west side of New York. On October 7, 1975, a court appealed the deportation  order against John and two days later, on John's birthday, Yoko gave birth to Sean Taro Ono Lennon. On July 27, 1976, John was granted permanent residence in America and his immigration worries were over. 

In 1980, Yoko and John began work on their album Double Fantasy.  Meanwhile, a mentally ill man from Honolulu named Mark David Chapman read a book about John called "John Lennon: One Day at a Time" and came to New York with the intent of killing John.  On December 8, 1980, around 5PM, John was approached at Dakota by the sick man and asked to autograph a copy of "Double Fantasy".  Chapman remained outside the Dakota for several hour and as John and Yoko returned home again, the man called out, "Mr. Lennon" and shot John five times.  John died upon arrival at the hospital. 

John Lennon never claimed to be a prophet nor a model of virtue yet his work for world peace and his gift of music will remain an inspiration for generations to come.

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