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Brown Bag Lunch: Doris Duke Finds Her Yogi

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Southwest Regional Library

In the fall of 1952 Doris Duke created an international uproar. The heiress who was dubbed “the richest girl in the world” had apparently fallen under the influence of the self-described “poorest man in the world,” an Indian yogi named L.S. Rao. For a short period of time under the instructions of Yogi Rao, Doris Duke practiced yoga and meditation daily, followed a yogic diet, and even washed dishes in her teacher’s tiny Hollywood bungalow apartment. Almost as quickly as he arrived, Yogi Rao left the country with several signed blank checks given to him by Duke.

Illustrated with numerous photographs, this talk will give the fascinating story of the relationship between Doris Duke and Yogi Rao, including Yogi Rao’s background as a street magician who would eat glass and drink acid for spectators in India, Duke’s later connection to other healers and spiritual teachers, and a general overview of the early history of yoga in America.
Bring your lunch and enjoy this program.