Without going out of my door
I can know all things on earth
Without looking out of my window
I could know the ways of heaven
The farther one travels
The less one knows
The less one really knows
Without going out of your door
You can know all things on earth
Without looking out of your window
You can know the ways of heaven
Arrive without travelling
See all without looking
Do all without doing
"After having... so much success in The Beatles and realizing that this wasn't the answer to
everything, the question came... What's it all about? And then, purely because of the force-fed
LSD experience, I had the realization of God... [After] I had read enough from the Vivekenandas
and Yoganandas to comprehend how to see God: by using the Yogic system of transcending through
relative states of consciousness (waking, sleeping, dreaming) to get the most subtle level
of pure consciousness. It is in that level that the individual experiences pure awareness,
pure consciousness, the source of all being. We said it in Tomarrow Never Knows"
We were talking about the space between us all,
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion.
Never glimpse the truth; then it's far too late, when they pass away.
We were talking about the love we all could share,
When we find it to try our best to hold it there with our love,
With our love we could save the world; if they only knew.
Try to realise it's all within yourself; no one else can make you change.
And to see you're really only very small, and life flows on within you and without you.
We were talking about the love that's gone so cold,
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul,
They don't know, they can't see. Are you one of them?
When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.
And the time will come when you see we're all one & life flows on within you & without you.
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by Joshua M. Greene
A book that explores George's spiritual quest and how his mystical evolution influenced his music and his life, written by a friend who knew George well. Out of the insanity, claustrophobia and estrangement that came with being a member of the Beatles, Harrison emerged an affected man, in search of God and peace. Mr. Greene portrays his friend as introspective and modest, inspired by an experience with LSD ("From that moment on, I wanted to have that depth and clarity of perception," Harrison told Rolling Stone.) Harrison reached beyond intoxicants into the bliss of yoga and cosmic chants, a buzz that took him "into the astral plane." He wanted others to share his contact with the mystical and some of his best music was inspired by his spiritual beliefs. Though he spent considerable time exploring the Hindu religion, writes Greene, the musician was a restless quester, always looking for ways to put his spiritual house in order. Greene writes of a newfound "levelheaded dispassion" as Harrison moved into his sixth decade, a sense of liberation from the material world coupled with an affirmation of nature and a personal recognition of his place in the scheme of things. Greene presents a man deeply engaged in the world he longed to transcend.
George was perhaps the most secretive of all the Beatles and the least interested in publicity. Most Harrison fans know that even George didn't know the date of his own birth. A good deal of confusion as to his real birthday was solved when a family birth record noted him as being born shortly before midnight around 11:50 P.M. on February 24th, 1943. He had believed his birthday was February 25th for his entire life!
He loved guitars & when he wasn't playing one, he was drawing them. As legend has it, George joined the band through Paul McCartney, by playing a perfect rendition of "Raunchy" for John Lennon on the upper deck of a bus they were all riding. And the rest, as they say, is history.
He met model Pattie Boyd on the set of A Hard Day's Night, they fell in love and married in 1966. After a very unconventional marriage (you can read about it in her book Wonderful Tonight ) they separated in 1974 and divorced in 1977. Around the same time, George met & fell in love with Olivia Trinidad Arias who worked at A&M Records. She gave birth to George's only son, musician Dhani Harrison in August 1978. Olivia and George married in a private ceremony in September 1978. George went on to make music on his own, with the Traveling Wilburys and others, and collaborated on The Beatles Anthology Project.
In December 1999 a deranged man broke into Harrisons' Friar Park home and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, puncturing a lung and causing head injuries before Olivia Harrison incapacitated the assailant by striking him repeatedly with a poker and a lamp. Following the attack, Harrison was hospitalized with more than forty stab wounds. He released a statement soon after regarding his assailant: "[he] wasn't a burglar, and he certainly wasn't auditioning for the Traveling Wilburys." A fan of Monty Python, he was known for his dry & sometimes dark sense of humor. In May 2001 it was revealed that Harrison had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous growth from one of his lungs, and in July, it was reported that he was being treated for a brain tumour at a clinic in Switzerland. In November 2001, he began radiotherapy at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City for lung cancer that had spread to his brain. On 12 November, the three living former Beatles met for the last time at Harrison's hotel in New York for lunch. George Harrison died on 29 November 2001, aged 58, from metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. He was cremated at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers near Varanasi, India, by his close family in a private ceremony according to Hindu tradition. He was mourned and will forever be missed by many but we will always have his music and memories of his fascinating personality and droll humor. George finally found his Inner Light.