The Christ in Prophecy Journal

Escaping from Hinduism: The Beatles

Caryl Matrisciana


What did The Beatles have to do with Hinduism invading Western culture?

Dr. Reagan and I on our ministry’s television show Christ in Prophecy had the pleasure of asking this question of our special guest Caryl Matrisciana. Caryl is a best selling author and filmmaker and is a recognized expert on Eastern religions, contemporary cults, paganism and the occult. She has been involved in the production of more than 60 documentaries over the past 30 years. Her biographical testimony Out of India explains how she grew up under Hinduism in India and lived it in England and the U.S. as a New Ager before accepted Christ as Savior. She joined us warn us of the dangers of equating Yoga with Christianity.

Caryl Matrisciana: The Beatles were very important in packaging eastern religion to be acceptable in the West. The Beatles of course were out of North England. They were a group of young kids who played their band in a garage in Liverpool. They were discovered by Radio Luxemburg and promoted by English titles that suddenly swept across to America.

The Beatles songs seemed so innocent at first. They were sweet little love songs. I think the point when they changed was when they got rich very quickly from a garage in Liverpool to suddenly having adulation worldwide. It can go to one’s head. For example, John Lennon said that they were “more famous then Jesus.” That was his quote.

I know from my own personal experience in the swinging 60’s as I rose very quickly to being a top model and went from England to America that when you get fame and money so quickly that life becomes kind of empty because you have no value on the richness that you have acquired and so you then start looking for spiritual things. Unfortunately, the spirituality that was around in those days was Eastern Mysticism because these gurus from the East were flooding into the West. Everybody came under their influence.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi figured an incredible marketing ploy. He used the Beatles and all of the Hollywood celebrities that were involved with them and flew them out free to Rishikesh which is the northern part of India where the goddess flows with all of her energy and powers out of Rishikesh to the whole of India. There they got the indoctrination of these celebrities who are trend setters for the world and they are being filmed all of the time. When they came back to the West they returned indoctrinated.

Dr. Reagan: In fact, the Beatles then put out a new album, Sergeant Pepper’s Band, I believe it was called in which they had an album cover where they were standing in front of a grave for the Beatles. It was symbolic of them burying the old Beatles and becoming the new ones who were very much involved in Eastern religion.

Sergeant Pepper's Band Cover

Caryl Matrisciana: Every one of their songs after that as you looked more and more into the lyrics of their songs became darker. They started off with sort of sweet little love songs.

Nathan Jones: Such as, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Caryl Matrisciana: Yes, and then as you got involved in their lyrics through the transformation of lyrics and music we became Eastern devotees whether we liked it or not. Whether we even understood it, “imagine,” “I am you, you are me,” “he is she,” these were all words in the songs which teach that god is everywhere and that we are all divine.

In the next part of this series “Escaping from Hinduism” with guest Caryl Matrisciana, we’ll hear how she came to shed her Eastern spirituality and know Jesus as her savior.

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Dr. Nathan E. Jones

As the Internet Evangelist at Lamb & Lion Ministries, Nathan reaches out to the over 4.5 billion people accessible over the Internet with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He also co-hosts the ministry's television program Christ in Prophecy and podcast The Truth Will Set You Free.

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  • The music of the Beatles and others of the 60's is innocent compared to the lyric of today. The difference is the 60's hid their 'intent','message','agenda'; today it is never hidden and there is no mistake what is being said. The sad thing is society is so bombarded with so much 'filth' that it is just part of the subconscious and just an everyday "oh well". It is terrifying to think what is next. It certainly is a fallen society we live in. God Bless!

  • I always wondered what happened during that era in this country. The differences between the 50's and 60's seem staggering. I know everyone was not saved but still, society had reverence for God Almighty. At the same time, the seeds had to have been planted for years for the beatles to just come in and takeover the way they did.

    I also read that John Lennon came close to accepting Christ? I don't remember the details but he supposedly wrote an inquiring letter to a preacher looking for answers and started to enjoy things of God but I guess Yoko Ono pulled him back to their new age/occult bubble. Only God knows 🙁

  • Hello Debbie,
    I was there the day that Oral Roberts gave the speech to students detailing the famous letter John Lennon had written to him. In many young people's mind it was very questionable whether or not he had written it but we all believed we could write to him to help him in some way. The fact is that Oral Roberts was obsessed with Lennon after the controversial "Jesus" statement was made so I dont know how real the letter was. As per the article above our comments there are some things that should be noted here. Eastern mysticism never flooded into the west, rather it was the west going towards it. The famous "Jesus" quote was taken out of context by those in the Bible belt. I dont remember anyone else in the country feeling that he meant they were bigger then Jesus but rather "its sad that kids today feel that we are bigger than Jesus." His songs of course showed he was very much an atheist but definitely not a believer. The seeds that you mention that were planted began in the 50's among American youth disullisioned with Civil Rights issues in the south and the link to Christianity, poor Economic conditions in Europe and the link to the Church and of course the wars fought in Korea and most notably Vietnam. Please look for more varied sources of info regarding these topics and you will be surprised.

  • Many people, including me, think that the Beatles changed because the real Paul McCartney died, or was killed, and replaced by a 'double'. If you check out the "Plastic Macca" blog, you can see some very convincing information. One reason that Paul could have been killed is that he was anti-drug, as well as being against the war in Vietnam. Given how influential the Beatles had become, it makes sense that those who wanted to promote drugs, etc., would have gotten Paul out of the way. To make it worse, his replacement had connections to the satanic 'process church'. Not enough room to give all the evidence here, but you can go to the blog page I listed for more information, or just google it.


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