Agreed. I've never gotten the impression that Anderson had any kind of substantial background in Hindu spirituality. He used that footnote as a creative jumping off point, but it's not as if reading the Autobiography of a Yogi is going to unlock the puzzle box of Tales for fans. Though I don't have a problem with the basic idea of using Hindu texts as the basis for a concept album, I think that it did open them up to charges of pretentiousness (i.e. affecting greater spiritual knowledge than was actually possessed). My problem with the drum battle is a little different than yours. I can understand what they were going for in the context of the piece--a dramatic climax, an primal showdown between good and evil--but to me, it just comes off like a damp squib on the studio album, totally underwhelming. I guess some of the live versions were more effective in this regard.