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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Be Here Now - George Harrison


George tells it like it as [at the end]. Its all about love. 

God is love, Krishna is Love [being God], and the love you give is the love you get, or the love you get is the love you give? Both. :)

We need to be a loving society, which can be a balancing act since we still need to tell the truth - but we can learn to tell it politely. 

Additionally, here George speaks of an experience some may not know of [and some may] -

"Once I was on an airplane that was in an electric storm. It was hit by lightning three times, and a Boeing 707 went over the top of us, missing by inches. I thought the back end of the plane had blown off. I was on my way from Los Angeles to New York to organize the Bangladesh concert. As soon as the plane began bouncing around, I started chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The whole thing went on for about an hour and a half or two hours, the plane dropping hundreds of feet and bouncing all over in the storm, all the lights out and all these explosions, and everybody terrified. I ended up with my feet pressed against the seat in front, my seat belt as tight as it could be, gripping on the thing, and yelling Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare at the top of my voice. I know for me, the difference between making it and not making it was actually chanting the mantra. Peter Sellers also swore that chanting Hare Krishna saved him from a plane crash once."

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George: "I think it's better that it is spreading into the homes now. There are a lot of 'closet Krishnas, you know. There's a lot of people out there who are just waiting, and if it's not today, it will be tomorrow or next week or next year.
 

Back in the sixties, whatever we were all getting into, we tended to broadcast it as loud as we could. I had had certain realizations and went through a period where I was so thrilled about my discoveries and realizations that I wanted to shout and tell it to everybody. But there's a time to shout it out and a time not to shout it out. A lot of people went underground with their spiritual life in the seventies, but they're out here in little nooks and crannies and in the countryside, people who look and dress straight, insurance salesmen types, but they're really meditators and chanters, closet devotees."
 

~ George Harrison, both quotes from: Chant and be Happy, Chapter 1

A special soul, he was. Pete Sellers too!  

Circling back to love..... 



Quotes from George about his memories with Srila Prabhupada: 

"I liked Prabhupada’s humbleness. I always liked his humility and his simplicity The servant of the servant of the servant is really what it is, you know. None of us are God—just His servants. He just made me feel so comfortable. I always felt very relaxed with him, and I felt more like a friend. I felt that he was a good friend. Even though he was at the time seventy-nine years old, working practically all through the night, day after day, with very little sleep, he still didn’t come through to me as though he was a very highly educated intellectual being, because he had a sort of childlike simplicity. Which is great, fantastic. Even though he was the greatest Sanskrit scholar and a saint, I appreciated the fact that he never made me feel uncomfortable. In fact, he always went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. I always thought of him as sort of a lovely friend, really, and now he’s still a lovely friend."

VINYL RECORD 45 RPM COLLECTOR'S ITEM: Produced by George Harrison: Hare Krishna mantra / Prayers to the Spiritual Master. Current $49 plus $3.99 at Amazon, if you're a collector this is a great one to have! Please get it thru my link here.


More quotes from George, here.



Related Post: 

Ravi Shankar teaches sitar to George Harrison.

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