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May 21st, 2008

Children of the Sixth Root Race – Songs from the Source

This is probably what Chuck Manson’s cult would’ve become if the darn fool had just been more interested in health food than murder. Just sayin’.

The mystical sages over at Drag City have gotten their delightfully idiosyncratic hands onto a lost (or at least shelved) recording of Father Yod’s Children of the Sixth Root Race. The album, Songs From the Source, was apparently recorded in 1973 as a rehearsal for a show they’d booked at the Whisky in Los Angeles. DC will be dropping the album on June 17. If you’re not familiar with the YaHoWa13 story, it’s certainly an interesting one. Although, in my opinion, this was just another example of how human beings are amazingly capable of infusing ego/dominance games even in the context of “utopian” communal living. Journey to the woods (or your own bedroom) and learn to love and understand your own consciousness if you want to melt into the universal. You are your own guru. Sorry for the rant. This bio was taken from YaHoWa’s website:

“In 1969 To Baker, a middle aged follower of the Yogi Bhajan a Kundalini yoga master and health food prophet who came to the US on the heels of the Maharashi. When Bhajan declared that he was not God, Baker assumed the mantle himself. He gathered a group of acolytes who became known as The Source and opened a health food restaurant, The Aware Inn, in Hollywood’s Laurel Canyon. Eventually dubbed Father Yod (later changed to Yahowa), Baker espoused a philosophy dictating kindness to animals, a raw fruit and vegetable diet, wearing the white cotton clothes, and sex without orgasm. Apocryphal stories about The Source’s practices abound. The most persistent was based on the similarity of the spelling between god and dog. Among the faithful who toiled at the Aware Inn were a number of musicians, whose talents Yod enlisted when the tapes began spooling.”

[download] “Godmen” from Songs from the Source, out June 17 on Drag City

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