South Walton Woman Remembers Time Abroad With Beatles

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Prudence Farrow Bruns is a product of the sixties. She, along with her sister, actress Mia Farrow, were always searching for the next big thing. During a visit with family in California, prudence found something that would change her life.

"So I was looking into meditation when I was very young. I read the book Sid Hartha and it left a real mark on me because I saw that from mediation you could become more peaceful, you could deal with stress better ,you could become a better person" said Prudence Farrow Bruns.

In early 1968, the Farrow sisters went to India to study Transcendental meditation with Maharishi Yogi. Little did they know they would be studying with four of the most famous people on the planet.

"The Beatles came about two weeks later and the only Beatles taking the course were John and George. The other two came for brief moments” said Prudence.

Bruns got to know the Beatles during their time at the Ashram.

"So they lived within proximity to where I was living and that's how they got to know me and I got to know them and that's how the song really came about" said Prudence.

But she was so serious about meditation; others in the group began to worry about her. John Lennon was so concerned, he wrote her a song. The result "Dear Prudence", which the Beatles released on their "White Album".

Bruns has continued to follow the teachings and philosophy of meditation her entire life. Now she wants to share meditation with the world through her dear prudence foundation.
“Now I’m ready to give back and so my way of giving back now I can use dear prudence to my advantage. So I’ll raise money with the foundation and all of the money will go toward scholarships for the programs that have to do with TM" said Prudence.

Bruns and her husband are raising money by shooting a documentary of the international Kumbh Melah festival centered on the art of meditation.

"It's where people all over India who are interested in yoga or meditation or actually almost any kind of spirituality for thousands of years" said Albert Bruns.

The Bruns hope the proceeds from the documentary will raise awareness of the Dear Prudence Foundation and the practice of meditation.

"There are a lot of people in the west who are interested in this kind of thing but they don't know much about it and so it's kind of to inspire and educate those people" said Prudence.

Prudence says meditation takes complete control of the mind and body and can provide a lifetime of inner peace and contentment.

"If I were to say what makes it special besides all of these other things I’ve said is that you love doing it" said Prudence.

The Bruns are hoping to take three photographers with them on their journey to India to document the festival.