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The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family Paperback – October, 2007

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"Though the group was short-lived—dispersing in 1977, two years after Yod died unexpectedly in a hang gliding accident—its legacy of meandering psych-rock, exuberant sexuality and long robes continues to reverberate in the worlds of style and music alike, thanks in large part to the massive archive of photos, posters, hand-written ephemera, sound recordings and film footage that Aquarian compiled and captured. By 2007, with the help of “brother” Electricity Aquarian, she’d folded its contents into a published book, and this spring, she’ll debut The Source Family, an engrossing documentary full of interviews with former Family members, which she co-produced with directors Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos." -Fader Magazine

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Isis Aquarian was one of Father Yod's 13 "women" and designated Keeper of the Records at the commune. Her massive photographic archive and close relationship with Father Yod and the other Source family members give her a unique and intimate perspective to tell the story of the Source Family. Electricty Aquarian was a "Sun of Yahowha" and Source Family brother to Isis Aquarian.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Process; Paperback with CD edition (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976082292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976082293
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maria Demopoulos on September 24, 2007
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It's the story of judo master, bank robber, and accused murderer, Jim Baker, who experiences an intense yogic conversion and one day reinvents himself as the charismatic leader, Father Yod. (You couldn't make this stuff up.) As spiritual 'Father', he plays host to a bevy of beautiful Sons and Daughters who collectively form the Family. This book challenges your preconceived notions of cults and digs deeper into the nuanced meanings of living in a grand social experiment. The photographs alone make this book well worth the purchase. Written and photographed meticulously by one of Father's polyamorous wives, Isis Aquarian, it's a treasure trove of memoir writing, memorabilia, recipes, meditations, and CD.
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I came across this material by one of those strange, synchronistic “coincidences” which feel like they are not coincidences at all.

Some time ago, I had a girlfriend who had been involved with Yogi Bhajan’s 3HO and another offshoot group which ran a restaurant in Los Angeles, and whose leader, “Father,” had died in a hang gliding accident in Hawaii. I didn’t know much more about the group, other than a few of the names of those involved, and never gave it much thought, given the number of communes which sprang up in the 60s (I know other people from various groups from those days).

I haven’t had much occasion to think about all this for some time, as I lost touch with her decades ago.

Then, the other day, I just happened to be looking up the Yogi’s name to make sure I got the spelling right on a quote. My eye was drawn to the list of his famous students and a certain Father Yod jumped out at me from the list. I suddenly was struck by the thought that this might be the person my friend had mentioned. Boy, howdy, was I right. I had no idea the group was as famous or as significant as they were.

I immediately ordered the DVD and a few books to learn more and to see if I could find pictures or mention of her. It was a real trip down memory lane, for while there was no mention of her, in the book I did find others she had mentioned: a picture of one of the women she sang with on a tape she shared with me, and mention of the other women she sang with, as well as mention of the the father of her son (I had the opportunity to speak to both her son and his father once on the phone).
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This is a great parable about the seventies that you could not make-up. The story of a man that you either loved or hated. His charisma enabled him to entice others to follow him on a journey that inspired some to achieve great things. He brought out great admiration in some and great hatred in others. He believed he could do anything and almost did.

The story is written by one of his early followers and historian. She includes the good and the bad and although she admits her devotion, she leaves it up to you to form an opinion.
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Oh how good it is to have a refreshing, honest reflection of a time when pushing the limits, opening the senses and growing past traditional norms was a way of life. This book presents beautiful photographs and true accounts of a unique period of our history.

Beyond judgements and discussions of this "family" being a cult, are woven in truths which have become mainstream in our society today. Father, Jim Baker was a revolutionary, visionary, luminary who opened the door for healthy living.

Thank you so much for creating this body of work. It just goes to show that The Secret and those who we look to today for enlightment have roots in a time which was not as receptive as we are today. It is truly an amazing reflection and a breath of fresh air.
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What more can be said about this book? If you liked the Source Family film you'll love this. Isis and Electricity lay out the entire story, from beginning to end. Fascinating, thoroughly enjoyable and hard to put down. CD has two radio interviews, the whole Beverly Hills High bit, partial lesson and some decent music. Curiosity won out on this one and man am I happy it did.
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Wow. I am almost without speech. I would have loved to have met YaHoWha in person. Although in the end I believe his teacher was correct and Father Yod was a liiiiiittle bit stuck in the sex Chakra. After studying many different cults and belief systems now I think the common thread besides a touch of mania and megalomania is the urge to bang everyone in your tribe. I really can't believe I never fell prey to one of these guys as I tend to be slightly suggestible and grew up Mormon.
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I was intrigued by the documentary and decided to purchase the book as well. To me, I don't view The Source Family a cult like some have referred. It doesn't appear that anyone in their family was forced to join or leave. In my opinion, they were a community of like-minded believers way ahead of their time regarding healthy eating. The author did an excellent job describing what it was like to be a member of The Source Family through her personal testimony, pictures, and stories from the other members of the family. Like within any family there are ups and downs, and I liked that the author shared the good and the bad times that the family experienced. It was refreshing to read about a commune that practiced what they believed. P.S. I'd love to be invited to the next Source Family Reunion. That would rock my Christian world all up!
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