Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn


Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer


Unchained Melody by Robson & Jerome

Both of these guys have gone on to acting careers of some merit...

....No one could accuse Jerome Flynn of predictability.

 Jerome’s own career took off — his single Unchained Melody remains one of the top-ten selling British records of all time, and is said to have earned Simon Cowell his first £1million — he was always more inclined to escape to the country than to spend his nights dining in The Ivy or attending industry awards ceremonies.

The red-carpet lifestyle left Jerome cold, and he yearned to find meaning in his life. When an actor friend introduced him to the works of the American spiritual guru Andrew Cohen, his life changed almost overnight.

That friend was Linus Roache, the son of Coronation Street actor William Roache and a leading light in Cohen’s so-called Enlightenment movement.

Controversy: Andrew Cohen's organsiation has been condemned by critics

Jerome was fascinated by Cohen’s spiritual teachings, essentially a reworking of Hindu mysticism and Tibetan Buddhism dressed up for Western consumption, and at the height of his fame fled to Rishikesh in India on a two-week retreat.

On his return to Britain in 1996 he threw everything in with Cohen’s sect, abandoning his career and moving into a commune in North London with a group of fellow believers, including his long-standing girlfriend, Anna Jacobs.

It was, in Jerome’s own words, ‘a very intense spiritual life ... equivalent to being a monk for eight years’.

Inspired by his new spiritual leader, Jerome made Cohen’s teachings his life’s work, travelling the country to give readings from Cohen’s texts and embarking on grand plans to make plays and films based on the Enlightenment message.

Not everyone has been so enamoured with the movement, however.

Critics condemn Cohen’s organisation, now known as EnlightenNext, over allegations it has broken up families and gained financially from vulnerable devotees.

Jerome’s involvement in the movement was seized upon by sections of the Press ...

The couple had been together for two years before joining Cohen’s movement. Together they became totally immersed in his teachings, spending every day meditating and studying with fellow converts.

Four years later, however, Anna became disillusioned and moved out of the movement’s retreat in London’s Belsize Park.   She was convinced Jerome would share her disillusionment and follow her example, but that didn’t happen for two more years.

Their relationship foundered soon after she left, but they remain on good terms.

‘I appreciate there’s a lot of controversy around Andrew Cohen which I think can be largely justified, but at the time we were very committed to the path we were on,’ says Anna.

‘If you want to be serious about spiritual life, you give up a huge amount of your time and attention.’

In the end, however, Jerome, like Anna, reached the end of the road with Cohen. He has admitted he became convinced Cohen was ‘a Christ-like figure’ and has criticised his former guru because ‘he didn’t discourage that in a way that I think he should have’.

After his relationship with Anna ended and he left the organisation, Jerome spent 18 months taking stock of his life as he renovated the Georgian farm he had bought in Pembrokeshire.

This is more gossip than normally gets posted on this blog. Jerome has acted in a number of British television shows we watch..Looking up his name on Google produced this article which is quite not what was expected...

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