George Harrison on Spirituality

“Just certain things happened in my life which left me thinking ‘What’s it all about, Alfie?’ and I remembered Jesus said somewhere ‘Knock and the door shall be opened’ and I said (knock, knock) ‘Hellooo!’ It’s very difficult. From the Hindu point of view each soul is potentially divine, the goal is to manifest the divinity. The word yoga means union and the union is supposedly between the mind, the body, and the spirit, and yoga isn’t lying on nails or standing on your head. I mean, there’s various forms of yoga and they’re all branches on one big tree. The Lord, or God, has got a million names, whatever you want to call him, it doesn’t matter as long as you call him, Jesus is on the mainline, tell him what you want. Going back to self-realization, one guru said he found no separation between man and God, saving man’s spiritual unadventurousness, and that’s the catch, everybody’s so unadventurous. We’re all conditioned, our consciousness has been so polluted by the material energy it’s hard to try and pull it all ways in order to really discover our true nature. Every one of us has within us a drop of that ocean and we have the same qualities as God, just like a drop of the ocean has the same qualities as the whole ocean. Everybody’s looking for something and we are it. We don’t have to look anywhere–it’s right there within ourselves.”

–Press Conference, Los Angeles, 1974

“As they say ‘to be in the world, but not of the world.’ You can go to the Himalayas and miss it completely, and you can be stuck in the middle of New York and be very spiritual. I mean, I noticed in certain places, like New York, it brings out a certain thing in myself. If I go to some place like Switzerland, I find a lot of uptight people because they’re living amongst so much beauty there’s no urgency in trying to find the beauty within themselves. If you’re stuck in New York you have to somehow look within yourself–otherwise you’d go crackers. So, in a way, it’s good to be able to go in and out of both situations. Most people think when the world gets itself together we’ll all be okay. I don’t see that situation arriving. I think one by one, we all free ourselves from the chains we have chained ourselves to. But I don’t think that suddenly some magic happens and the whole lot of us will all be liberated in one throw.”

–Press Conference, Los Angeles, 1974

“So there is the little ego–the little ‘i’ which is like a drop of the ocean. Swami Vivekananda says “Each soul is potentially divine, the goal is to manifest that divinity’. We have to realise that we are potentially divine and then manifest that divinity-which is to get rid of that little ‘i’ by the drop becoming merged into the big ‘I’ (the ocean).”

–From “I Me Mine,” Harrison’s autobiography

“I must say there’s a state of consciousness which is the goal of everybody. I haven’t sat down and done meditation for some time, but at the same time I constantly think of the Lord in one fashion or another. My thing is just to remember and to try to see him within all of you and that feeling itself is a meditation.”

–Press Conference, Los Angeles, 1974

“Chanting Hare Krishna is a type of meditation that can be practiced even if the mind is turbulent. You can even be doing other things at the same time. In my life there’s been many times the mantra brought things around. It keeps me in tune with reality. The more you sit in one place and chant, the more incense you offer to Krishna in the same room, the more you purify the vibrations.”

–Interview, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, 1982

“[Paramahansa Yogananda]’s probably been the greatest inspiration to me though I never met Yogananda personally, but he’s had such a terrific influence on me for some very subtle reason. A lot of my feelings are the result of what he taught, and is still teaching in his subtle state.”

Source: In His Own Words: George Harrison on Spirituality


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