was a mystical community which flourished at the end of the 1960s as part of the London hippie
/underground movement, running a shop and a magazine of the same name. It emphasised the mystical interests of the period, and advocated meditation in preference to drugs. Muz Murray
was prominent and editor of the magazine (and is now a world-travelling Mantra Master).
The shop was based in World's End
, at what was then the unfashionable end of Chelsea and a fair walk from Sloane Square
tube station, passing the Chelsea Drug Store (where the record shop scene from A Clockwork Orange
was filmed) and across the road from a clothes shop named "Granny Takes a Trip," distinguished by the mini car protruding from its first floor level. GG was directly opposite the World's End pub.
The shop promoted a peaceful "vibe" and large cushions were provided on the floor for customers to "hang out" and drink honey-flavoured tea. The basement provided not only a toilet but also an area for a "shrineroom" where homeless street people crashed during the day and spiritual meetings were held every evening. It was the first popular centre to invite teachers, gurus, monks, researchers, etc., from every spiritual tradition and practice and gained worldwide recognition.
Magazine 'Gandalf's Garden'
The magazine emerged in 1968 and ran to 6 issues. It was part of the then-current Underground press
, following the lead of the......