, along with her actress sister, Mia Farrow, travels with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi from New York City, USA, to India, Asia, where she begins studying the Maharishi's transcendental meditation techniques at his Ashram in Rishikesh. When The Beatles
arrive at the ashram in mid-February, they notice that Prudence has become obsessed by her meditative practice, and virtually never leaves her room. John Lennon
and George Harrison
of The Beatles
undertake to help her return to something closer to normality. Inspired by her dilemma, Lennon writes the song Dear Prudence
, encouraging her to realise that there is more to life than meditation.
Prudence Farrow : I would always rush straight back to my room after lectures and meals so I could meditate. John, George and Paul would all want to sit around jamming and having a good time and I'd be flying into my room. They were all serious about what they were doing, but they just weren't as fanatical as me.
(Source : PopHistoryDig.com)
John Lennon : A song about Mia Farrow's sister, who seemed to go slightly barmy, meditating too long, and couldn't come out of the little hut that we were livin' in. They selected me and George to try and bring her out because she would trust us. If she'd been in the West, they would have put her away. We got her out of the house. She'd been locked in for three weeks and wouldn't come out, trying to reach God quicker than anybody else. That was the competition in Maharishi's camp: who was going to get cosmic first. What I didn't know was I was already cosmic.
(Source : All We Are Saying)
Prudence Farrow : I was flattered. It was a beautiful thing to have done.