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Saturday, December 14, 2019

George Harrison and ultimate reality


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Eric Koch (Anefo)


George Harrison (1943-2001) was an English musician and member of the Beatles. Wikipedia says,


"Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group included, 'Taxman', 'Within You Without You', 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', 'Here Comes The Sun' and 'Something'." (Wikipedia: George Harrison, 8.15.21 UTC 13:50)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Harrison.


The Beatles


"I had no ambition when I was a kid other than to play guitar and get in a rock 'n' roll band. I don't really like to be the guy in the white suit at the front. Like in the Beatles, I was the one who kept quiet at the back and let the other egos be at the front." (Interview with Selina Scott, 1987)


"It just annoyed me that people got so into the Beatles. 'Beatles, Beatles, Beatles'. It's not that I don't like talking about them. I've never stopped talking about them. It's 'Beatles this, Beatles that, Beatles, Beatles, Beatles, Beatles.' Then in the end, it's like 'Oh, sod off with the Beatles' you know?" (Interview with Selina Scott, 1987)




"You can be standing right in front of the truth and not necessarily see it, and people only get it when they're ready to get it." (Quoted in The Beatles Anthology, 2000)


Ultimate reality


"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." (Quoted in Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)


"If there's a God, I want to see him. It's pointless to believe in something without proof, and Krishna consciousness and mediation are methods where you can actually obtain God perception. In that way you can see, hear and play with God. Perhaps this may sound weird, but God is really there next to you." (Quoted in Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)