Beware of Darkness

Wed, Mar 17, 2010

Beware of Darkness, Spirituality

George Harrison 1943 - 2001

George Harrison 1943 - 2001

George

George

George Harrison

George Harrison

Beware of Darkness

“Why live in the past? Be here now.” ~◈~George Harrison

“It is one of our perennial problems, whether there is actually a God. From the Hindu point of view each soul is divine. All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn’t matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One’s values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.” ~◈~George Harrison

This is a story of a man named George Harrison, one of the infamous Beatles, who was born in Liverpool, England and attended his first school off a street called Penny Lane (remember the song?). He attended Liverpool Institute that was a school for smart children, and he was thought to be a poor student. It is said that he would “sit alone in a corner” and little did they know he was on a path to enlightenment and he was happy and content “being” by himself.

George met Paul McCartney at Liverpool Institute and they started a band which eventually ended up being called “The Beatles”.

During the time of the Beatles’ popularity, George was known as the “Quiet Beatle”, because of his quiet inward manner along with his growing interest in the Hindu philosophy. He began playing the sitar (a stringed instrument used in Hindu music), which affected the sound of the Beatles music in songs like “Norwegian Wood,” “Love You To”, and “Within You Without You”. He met sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who became a close friend and mentor.

George met with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and began meditations. In 1969, the Beatles produced a single called “Hare Krishna Mantra”; performed by Harrison and the enthusiasts of the London Radha-Krishna Temple that topped the 10 best-selling record charts throughout UK, Europe, and Asia. He and John Lennon met Swami Prabhupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Soon after, Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition and remained devoted to it until his death.

After the Beatles officially dissolved in 1970, Harrison continued his solo career, which he had begun in 1968 with the electronic sound collage soundtrack Wonderwall Music. He released his three-record set All Things Must Pass (was #1), produced by Phil Spector and featuring guests like Eric Clapton and Traffic’s Dave Mason, which included the #1 hit single, “My Sweet Lord.”

It is likely that because of his path to enlightenment and his higher level of consciousness,  Harrison organized a major charity concert event for Bangladesh. There were over 40,000 people who gathered in New York’s Madison Square Garden for his Bangladesh concert on August 1, 1971. (Bangladesh is bordered by India.) The concert raised millions of dollars in aid for the starving refugees of Bangladesh. Popular musicians like Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Badfinger and Billy Preston performed, and classical sitar maestro Ravi Shankar opened the event.

With his solo career stalled since Cloud Nine, he expertly and skillfully revised “All Things Must Pass” which was released January 2001 as a reissue; this included “My Sweet Lord 2000,” and featuring his son, Dhani.

In 2001, George Harrison died from cancer at the age of 58. “Brainwashed”, which he had been working on with Dhani just before his death, was released one year later in 2002 and loved by all. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame two times for his place in the Beatles in 1988 and then for his solo work in 2004.

After his death, his family issued a statement saying, “He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death and at peace, surrounded by family and friends. He often said, ‘Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.’”

“Love one another (His last words).” ~◈~George Harrison

Les Beatles

Les Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles

“My Sweet Lord”

“I wanted to be successful, not famous.” George Harrison

God, path to enlightenment, Beatles, Hindu, Krishna

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