There in your heart . . .
Something that’s never changing;
Always a part of . . .
Something that’s never aging,
That’s in your heart . . .
— From Love Comes to Everyone, George Harrison
It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years since the death of George Harrison. He died of cancer on Nov. 29, 2001 at the tender age of 58.
While some people consider him “the quiet Beatle,” I see him as one of the great sages and gurus of our era, especially in his solo years after the breakup of the Beatles.
He turned me on to Eastern spiritualism, and led me out of the hell and damnation of fundamental Christian mythology. While George settled into Hindu spirituality with the Hare Krishna organization, I ended up gravitating to Theosophy — embracing something I already knew deep in my heart, if you will. But it was thanks in large part to George and his solo music that I got there.
And I have no doubt he contributed to the spiritual awakening of many people on this planet, and that his music will continue to do so for generations to come.
I doubt that George considered himself to be a guru or a sage or an angel, because souls of that sort work selflessly. But there is no doubt in my mind that he was a messenger of truth, of peace, of love.
So, I miss him today, even though his music lives on, and by extension he is still here, in the hearts of so many of us.
And I have no doubt he will be back again some day, continuing his mission . . .
“Always a part of something that’s never aging . . .”
Rest in peace, George.
A la prochaine . . .
Photo credit: Trade ad for George Harrison’s album Dark Horse. (Source: Apple Records/Wikimedia Commons)