Let Dr Lenz's Music Teach
"I asked the Zen Master."

1989 Mystery School - Internal Release

"1994 Tape with No Artwork
Same as 1989 Tape and CD Release"

Sun Worship

'Sun Worship' was a one-time occurrence on that first 'Mystery School - Internal Release' album, and it never appeared elsewhere. Why? Well, that particular version of the album was produced in-house, with no outside input from record companies. When the album was re-released on Terra Nova Records a few years later, the record company execs had favorite songs that they wanted to be included from both the 'Mystery School' and 'Atlantis Rising' albums. Those are two pretty long albums. With only 72 minutes available on a CD for programming, there was too much material and not enough space for all the tunes; certain songs had to be excluded and 'Sun Worship' was one of them. If there was room on the CD, I'm sure it would have been included. But when it came down to a choice, Terra Nova decided they would rather have Atlantis Rising and Telepathy instead of Sun Worship. And there you have it...

Egyptian Mysticism

Why Mystery School? Well, Rama was into revisiting past lives, and the Egyptian lifetimes were important ones to him. He wanted to revisit them in musical form, so even though he had touched on the material (in a sense) a few years previously, he felt that music could bring a fresh approach to the subject matter. Also, though he did discuss mysticism a few years previous to the album's release, that level of discussion was really more Castenedian than Egyptian. He was referencing Don Juan more so than the ancient Egyptian mystery schools, who practiced a distinctly different form of mysticism than the sorcery in Carlos C.'s books that Rama was primarily drawing on.

You'll notice that there's a series of Zazen albums that all directly deal with past (and occasionally, present) lives:

Samurai - Japan
Urban Destruction - America (L.A. specifically)
Atlantis Rising - Atlantis
Mystery School - Egypt
Tantra - India, China, Tibet, 20th century America

Steve Kaplan

"He didn't answer.
Or perhaps, he did."