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Sing at George Harrison Memorial Concert
By Arjunanath dasa
On Sunday 24th February, Hare Krishna devotees joined musicians, fans, and Sir Paul McCartney in commemorating the life of George Harrison at a special concert at the Liverpool Empire.
The concert sold out within hours of its announcement and was held on what would have been George's 59th birthday. Amongst various big names from the music business, the gig included many contemporaries, tribute bands, and friends of George and the Beatles such as Pete Waterman, "Hari Georgeson," members of Cockney Rebel, Thin Lizzy, the Bootleg Beatles, and the Mighty Wah! The devotees were billed as members of the Hare Krishna Temple.
"My Sweet Lord"
from Ananta Sesa Naga das
This record by George Harrison has now reached number 1 in the UK top ten best selling records after its re-release.
A Story about George
and Srila Prabhupad
by Nanda Kumar Das
I would like to share a story about their connection on one occasion in London. I was traveling with Srila Prabhupad, as well as Syamasundar Das and Pradyumna Das, in 1972 (I have a poor memory for dates. I believe this was the year). Syamasundar was instrumental in connecting George with Srila Prabhupad and our movement and had a lot of association with him. They were close friends.
I was in the secretary's office, which was more like a large closet off of Prabhupad's quarters, typing letters, when a head popped in the door, and in a very British accent, someone said, "Hello, is Syamasundar here?"
and Chanting for George
On Sunday, December 23rd, the ISKCON temple in Tucson, Arizona, hosted a special memorial service for George Harrison. The event was advertised by the local news media and at our Govinda’s restaurant, which has earned a lot of acclaim over the ten years that it has been operating.
Harrison: A Link to Our Future
For many of us, George Harrison was our first Siksha Guru, or Vartmana Prakarshaka Guru, the person from whom we first heard the chanting of Hare Krishna, the holy names of the Lord. So even though we may not have realized it then, he was a link to our future. And though many may mourn the loss of his presence, I feel that he is still a link to our future....
Glories To Bhakta George Harrison!
I always thought that if I ever had the good fortune to meet you in person, I would like to bow down and offer my obeisances to you. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving and transforming my life by introducing me to our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
"We are most disappointed in several untrue statements published in the media about our dear friend, the late George Harrison. Many of these have been unsubstantiated, unauthorized and disrespectful to George’s family and closest friends," said Ramai Swami, the chairperson of the Krishna Movement’s Governing Body Commission.
to George Harrison
I would like to offer my respects to George Harrison, who was more than instrumental in bringing me to Krsna Consciousness. I first heard the Radha Krsna Temple album in the late 60s, when it went to the top of the hit parade in England. I saw his Krsna Books presented to Srila Prabhupada the night they came off the press in Kensington Town Hall, London, in 1970. I bought his album Living in the Material world (which really finished me off and that’s when I went to Bhaktivedanta Manor and surrendered to Srila Prabhupada, at that point.
Washington, D.C.—Hare Krishna communities around the world observed memorial services over the weekend for George Harrison, the former Beatle whose personal spiritual search and devotionally inspired rock music helped to introduce millions of young people to Indian spirituality.
Reports about George Harrison’s Estate
Several days ago, media reports appeared in major media sources worldwide stating that George Harrison’s family was already on their way to India to put George’s ashes in the sacred rivers. Now we know from the same media sources that those stories were untrue and that his family is still in California.
George Harrison Dec 8th
Here, in Eugene, Oregon, we are having a festival in his honor. In accordance with Vedic tradition, we are having a festival nine days after his passing, on Dec 8th. I pray and encourage all devotees and temples to do the same thing. Let’s show our gratitude and honor this great Vaishnava.
Glories to Srimad Bhakta George!
So I picked up the original two-volume hardbound edition of Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead (which I still have!). When I saw George Harrison’s introduction I immediately thought: "If George is into this stuff, it must be right! Let’s check out this Hare Krishna thing..." So George, you’re the actual one who made me a devotee! All glories to you!
My Sweet George,
Thank you forever for the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. I didn't even know what it was when I would sing along with you.
Clearly, the most potent song on the album was "My Sweet Lord," in which George Harrison introduced millions of people to the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. The kirtan on that album is unbelievably beautiful. Also it must be noted that how he transitioned from Halleluyah to Hare Krishna and the song’s title was a brilliant way of introducing people to the personal conception of God. And the lyrics "It takes so long, I know" reflects the mood of separation given by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
George Prabhu, With Gratitude
To my vartma pradarsaka guru,
Journey to His Spiritual Home
LONDON: Former Beatle George Harrison was secretly cremated within six hours of his death, before the world even realized he was gone.
The spiritual explorer and Krishna devotee, who had a long association with India, chose to be cremated and the simple funeral service held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Crematorium was in all secrecy, so as to ensure that finally in death the star would elude the Beatle-mania.
Harrison: A Personal Appreciation
It was October 1974 and I was only fourteen years old. However, I had already listened to The White Album, All Things Must Pass, and The Concert for Bangladesh so many times that I probably knew all the lyrics by heart. I was a sophomore in a Catholic high school in Augusta, Georgia, and many of the kids there knew that I was curious about Krishna Consciousness because of the Beatles and specifically George Harrison.
We all in Cobham Yatra (Kent), U.K, pray to Lord Shri Krishna to give Shelter to George Harrison (great messenger of Lord Shri Krishna ) at His lotus feet and give strength to his family and friends at this time of sadness.
You, George Harrison
For the inspiration you have given me and countless others over the years by the example of spirituality in action in your own life I want to thank you. Even though we never met, I want to thank you for all you have done to help ignite the Krishna movement in the West.
I met George Harrison only once. We went through the F.A.T.E. museum in L.A, then sat on the floor eating samosas. I remember thinking, here is such a famous man, eating on the floor with great humility. I was originally attracted to Krishna Consciousness through the Radha Krishna album, which I had purchased from my college record store.
"Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait." —George Harrison
Did George help you come to Krishna
consciousness? Post your thoughts,
appreciations, and memories to share
with others around the world.
George Harrison has probably done more than any single popular cultural figure during these past few decades to spread spiritual consciousness around the world.
He transferred his perceptions of a state of being beyond and higher than ordinary consciousness into the words and music that altered millions of lives.
Hare Krishna devotees mourn the passing of George Harrison and extend their deep symphathy and affection to his family....
George Harrison donated Bhaktivedanta Manor, Hertfordshire, UK, to the Hare Krishna devotees in 1973, and ISKCON feels greatly indebted to him for his generosity. The Manor has since served as one of the most important Hindu temples in Europe.
George Harrison Ki Jai!
George was instrumental in helping devotees establish Krishna Consciousness in England. He arranged the recording of some highly successful and classic records around 1970, providing huge publicity for Hare Krishna and an income for the early devotees such as his great friend Mukunda Swami.
Harrison Leaves His Body
Today, 30 November, the famous ex-beatle and ISKCON supporter George Harrison left his body at the age of 58, due to a throat cancer.He passed away in Los Angeles. It is a very sad day not only for the Beatles' fans but also for the ISKCON devotees.
Srila Prabhupada once said (1976 in Bhaktivedanta Manor) that he considered George Harrison his disciple although he was not initiated.
Dear Maharajas, Prabhus, and Matajis,
Yesterday at 1:30 pm in Los Angeles, California, Sriman George Harrison — a sincere and gentle friend of the worldwide Hare Krishna movement — left his body. He was 58 and had been suffering from cancer. He is survived by his wife Olivia and son Dhani. Most of the world will remember George as a member of the most influential and popular musical group of all time, the Beatles. George was often called "the quiet Beatle."
George Harrison Passes On
Former Beatle guitarist George Harrison has died in Los Angeles at age 58, after an arduous battle with cancer. Sriman George Harrison will be fondly remembered by the Hare Krsna movement for his selfless devotion to Srila Prabhupada's cause during the establishment of his mission here in the United Kingdom.
Chanting my rounds, I heard the breaking news...The Son of Hari has departed from this world. He was very dear to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; without the Son of Hari, the Krishna Consciousness movement would not be what it is today.
The Son of Hari has given the world Prabhupada's Krishna Book, boldly saying, "Everybody is looking for Krishna. Some don't realize they are but they are...All you need is Love (Krishna) Hari Bol."
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