>From my understanding, Lennon started heroin, in the beginning of the 
relationship with Ono.
He had left her, and was living in Los Angeles, for several years, 
and was pretty much an alcoholic, during that time.
It was more than a lost weekend; it lasted several years.
After they got back together, in around 1975, they had a son 
together; and he pretty much he became a recluse in NYC.
He was pretty much just getting his act together again, musically and 
personally, when he was killed.
I'm not sure how John could have been a regular meditator, during 
those years.
I'm not sure Ono, wanted any Guru in John's life, besides herself.

> She didn't.
> She threw him out on his ass, remember?
> Remember his lost week-end with mai-pei?
> >    
> >       Maybe, Yoko Ono was the one who introduced Lennon to 
> Heroin.??  Maybe Heroin toned him down.??  or was it Maharishi.??
> >   
> > 
> > Robert Gimbel <babajii_99@> wrote:
> >   Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 11:21:34 -0700 (PDT)
> > Subject: [FairfieldLife] New Book- by Cynthia Lennon
> > 
> >     Cynthia Lennon shares John's story from her side  FLINT 
> >     FLINT
> > Sunday, April 02, 2006   By Rose Mary Reiz
> > rreiz@ • 810.766.6353 
> >         QUICK TAKE    JOHN   
> > Cynthia lennon   
> >   
> > Crown, $25.95, 32   
> > Review by Rose Mary Reiz   
> >    
> >   Like the woman who helps put her young husband through college 
> only to be abandoned once he's become a success, Cynthia Lennon was 
> there for husband John when he was a struggling musician trying to 
> get his 1950s Liverpool band, the Quarrymen, noticed. 
> >   Then John and three friends formed a little group called the 
> Beatles. 
> >   For the next 10 years - from "Love Me Do" to LSD, from Ed 
> Sullivan to the Maharishi - Cynthia Lennon was there. And then she 
> was gone, consigned, in her own words, "to a brief walk-on part in 
> John's life." 
> >   "John," a memoir about her years with the legendary Lennon, is 
> Cynthia's attempt at setting the record straight. 
> >   "Only I know," she writes in the introduction, "what really 
> happened between us, why we stayed together, why we parted, and the 
> price I paid for having been John's wife." 
> >   The price was steep. Lennon was creative, complex and sometimes 
> cruel, a brilliant, generous but needy man who preached world peace 
> while often failing at the domestic variety. 
> >   Cynthia became besotted with Lennon when both attended the same 
> Liverpool art school in the 1950s. 
> >   John was witty, aggressive and rebellious; Cynthia was timid 
> eager to please. 
> >   He, damaged by the early loss of his parents, alternately 
> and abused those he loved. She, like the good co-dependent she was, 
> withstood his tantrums, determined to love him out of his bad 
> behavior. 
> >   Cynthia's story is not new, but her vantage point is 
> fascinating. In straight-forward, unaffected prose, she shows 
> readers what it was like to be, first, John Lennon's secret 
> girlfriend (Beatles manager Brian Epstein wanted Cynthia hidden, 
> of fear fans wouldn't like one of the Fab Four being "taken"), and 
> later, his wife and the mother of their son, Julian. 
> >     Many of her early memories are sweet recountings of John's 
> bewilderment at Beatlemania. In one scene, she describes the end of 
> the flight as the Beatles arrive for the first time in America. 
> >   "'We can always turn around and go home again if no one likes 
> us,' John joked, but any ideas about going home again were rapidly 
> forgotten when we looked out the windows of the plane as it taxied 
> to a halt. 'Oh my God, look at that!' John spoke for us all, as our 
> jaws dropped at the side of over ten thousand teenagers 
singing, 'We 
> love you, Beatles, oh yes, we do.'" 
> >   The world loved the Beatles, and Cynthia loved John. And still 
> does. She writes with compassion about his troubled upbringing, and 
> his confusion in dealing with a level of fame that made normal life 
> all but impossible. 
> >   Cynthia still admires John's humor, talent and generosity 
> fans, speculating the latter may have contributed to his 1980 
> assassination by a crazed admirer he had spoken with earlier in the 
> day. 
> >   She defends her him against some of his critics, but doesn't 
> from describing the humiliating pain of watching him pursue drugs 
> a strange artist named Yoko Ono pursued him. 
> >   Most heartbreaking was John's neglect of son Julian, a confused 
> little boy who mostly had to learn about his father's whereabouts 
> from newspaper clippings. 
> >   At one point, Cynthia describes 6-year-old Julian's confusion 
> while watching a television broadcast of his father and Yoko lying 
> in bed during their famous "bed-in" for peace. 
> >   "'What's Dad doing in bed on the telly?' he asked. 
> >   'Telling everyone it's very important to have peace,' I 
> through gritted teeth.'" 
> >   Cynthia Lennon is to be commended for "John." It is a 
> read that avoids the pitfalls of most tell-alls and tributes. 
> >   Some have criticized the book for being as much about Cynthia 
> it is about John. True enough - and even more interesting as a 
> result. 
> >   *** 
> >    
> >    
> > 
> > 
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