The Prodigal Band Trilogy Original Deleted Sections Series, Part One

I had said the previous weekend that I would be posting some sections of the original novels that would make up the three-novels-in-one The Prodigal Band Trilogy published by Lulu. I’m a bit late, though. Sorry.

 I will try to do this in chronological order as to the time-line of the trilogy. Since the trilogy starts (time-wise) in 1976 within the third novel The Prodigal Band, the first post in this series of posts will come from this novel, as will the next post.

Again, why were certain parts of the three trilogy books removed from the three-novels-in-one The Prodigal Band Trilogy? Mostly, because Lulu had a page limit over a bit over 700 pages and additional pages would pose an extra fee. So sections of the novels that could be removed without taking much away from the trilogy would be removed. Other sections were removed because they could for some readers only detract from the most important messages and were not necessary or could cause confusion…and the trilogy novel was already long enough! The posts in this series will only include sections that I would have like to have kept but I felt could be removed without taking away from the messages of the trilogy.

This post concerns the evil character Swami Negran and how he came to be associated with the evil societies run by the evil Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau and his Hellyon and Novordo Club ilk. Swami ran the satanic Church of the Circle of Unity whose god was the satanic entity known as Corion. Originally from Calcutta, India, Negran had set up a cult church in the American prairie mid-west.

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Snippets of Reality within The Prodigal Band Trilogy: The Red Crystal Amulets and Channeling Spirits

In this Snippets of Reality in The Prodigal Band Trilogy, I will discuss where I came up with the Red Crystal Amulets worn by the members of my fictional prodigal band, Sound Unltd. And why one or more members, mostly the drummer Tom, channeled spirits, with the crystal or not, often faking it. It is occultist practice, but various New Age cults or religions had a lot to do with my use of these themes.

As a late teen I dabbled some in tarot cards, Ouija boards, and séances, but (as I had stated before) the night in winter of 1970 when a friend of mine called up ‘demons’ (because they couldn’t be anything else with what happened, which was terrifying!) using a Ouija set up (without the board, we used paper with letters and numbers in a circle, and a glass as a pointer), I decided it was best to not dabble in the occult anymore! Yet, I had to include occultist themes in my books because various rock bands of my day used some occultist themes and practices in their music careers. See my previous post on this.

But in the late 80s before I started getting ‘called’ to write the books within the trilogy, I began to associate with various New Age ideas (I was vegetarian then) what with folks I had met, one of which was supposedly ‘taken’ by ‘aliens’ in a ‘UFO’ (Note: Regardless of what this person said or believed, I never bought into the UFO-extraterrestrial aliens philosophy. Why? I need empirical proof they exist!) and was a member of the so-called Ashtar Command   with Ashtar as leader and ‘Jesus Sandanda’ as another ascended master type! (Note: Ashtar sounds a lot like Ishtar, a false god/fallen angel type worshiped by ancient Mesopotamians.) I will not mention the man’s name, but he actually, in my presence, channeled some ‘god’ or other, and before doing so ‘cleansed his chakras.’

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Snippets of Reality within The Prodigal Band Trilogy: New Age Cult Recruitment of Celebrities

On the back cover of the printed edition of The Prodigal Band Trilogy is stated: “Take a fictional ‘road trip’ on a mystical mystery and spiritual tour as a fictional six-member 80s and 90s rock and roll band fashioned after the Beatles…”

The Beatles. That, folks, is why I had to make the notion of new age spirituality such a dominant theme of this trilogy. While all of the Beatles took part in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement  of India’s Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for a relatively short period of time, the Maharishi only influenced the Beatles toward looking into new age ideas as they never joined this religion or cult. Others that hung out with the Maharishi included various rockers while in San Francisco–the hippie days–and on this Wikipedia site is a picture of this Maharishi with various well known rockers. And then it is a fact that George Harrison was actually a member of the Hare Krishna cult from the late 60s onward and that he wrote a song dedicated to this Lord Krishna dude, “My Sweet Lord,” for Krishna is referred to as Lord Krishna. This Hare Krishna cult  was founded by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Swami? Now folks, I had no idea that the founder of the cult that most heavily influenced the “good vs. evil” notion of my trilogy had the title of ‘swami’ which is the title of a teacher within Hinduism. When I created my evil ‘Swami Negran’ character I had no idea of this–just one of several ‘coincidences’ that are rife in my books.

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