The world mourns George Harrison (18 articles)

''Quiet Beatle'' Harrison Dies Aged 58

USA, Dec 1 (VNN) - By Paul Majendie
LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - ''Quiet Beatle'' George Harrison has lost his battle against cancer, closing another sad chapter in the history of the world's most famous pop group. The soft-spoken guitarist died at a friend's home in Los Angeles at the age of 58 on Thursday with his wife Olivia and son Dhani at his side, succumbing to the cancer that overshadowed his last years. A long-time devotee of Hare Krishna, Harrison was always in search of religious meaning in his life.
''He died with one thought in mind -- love one another,'' said long-time family friend Gavin De Becker on Friday. Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney mourned ''my baby brother.''
Yoko Ono, whose husband John Lennon, McCartney's songwriting partner, was gunned down outside their New York apartment in 1980, said Harrison had woven magic. For pop fans around the world, it was the end of an era. Outside the Abbey Road studio in London made famous by the Beatles, tearful fans paid tribute to the lost icon who strodeacross the pedestrian zebra crossing in one of the group's legendary record covers. ''He'll be on my mind today. I'm going home. I'll light a candle, say a little prayer,'' said Jade Funk. Fellow fan Geraldine Scott said: ''Goodbye George. God bless.'' An album of their 27 number one hit singles topped music charts around the world last year, 30 years after the break-up of the group that shaped the 1960s and revolutionized music.


Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles, put official flags at half mast. A book of condolence was opened for the guitarist who wrote ''All Things Must Pass.'' His songs played all day at Liverpool's Beatles Museum. McCartney, whose wife Linda died of cancer, paid tribute to Harrison's courage in battling the disease. ''He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a wonderful sense of humor. He is really just my baby brother,'' he told reporters outside his London home. McCartney said he had last seen Harrison, a life-long smoker, a few weeks ago: ''He was obviously very unwell but he was cracking jokes like he always was and he'll be sorely missed. He was a beautiful man.'' Ono said Harrison had brought magic to all who knew him.
''George has given so much in his lifetime and continues to do so even after his passing, with his music, his wit and his wisdom,'' she said. ''My deep love and concern goes to Olivia and Dhani. The three of them were the closest, most loving family you can imagine.'' Harrison, whose many compositions included ''While My Guitar Gently Weeps,'' first disclosed in 1998 that he had been treated for throat cancer.


''It reminds you that anything can happen,'' said Harrison, who cheated death when stabbed by an intruder at his English country home in 1999. He always shunned the limelight. His image was perfectly summed up in the first Beatles song he wrote: ''Don't Bother Me.'' Like Lennon, he soon grew weary of Beatlemania as the group rushed from concert to concert in stretch limousines, dogged at every turn by screaming, hysterical girls. Harrison was just 27 when the band split in 1970. The youngest member of the world's most famous pop group will be remembered for his devotion to Oriental mysticism. It was he who persuaded fellow Beatles to fly to India and sit at the feet of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. A long-time devotee of Hare Krishna, Harrison was always in search of religious meaning in his life. ''When you have had all the experiences, met all the famous people, made some money, toured the world and got all the acclaim you still think -- is that it? Some people might be satisfied with that -- but I wasn't,'' he once said. Fellow pop star Bob Geldof said: ''He wasn't a reluctant Beatle. He knew that his place in popular culture was absolutely secure. He was very curmudgeonly about the fame thing. But he was very gentle.'' Reuters/Variety REUTERS


George Harrison Died Amid Chants Of Hare Krishna

USA, Dec 3 (VNN) - AFP (Los Angeles, December 1)
Former Beatle George Harrison died amid chants and prayers of Hare Krishna practitioners with whom he had been close since the 1960s, a source from the Hare Krishna Movement said. The spiritual musician was surrounded by old friends from the Hindu-based religious movement, which he embraced at the height of his fame in the 1960s, Gauda Chandra of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness said "He had some close friends that he has known since the 1960s with him at the end. There was chanting and praying and he was at peace," he said. The Hare Krishna followers at his bedside in the home of a Los Angeles friend of Harrison were Shyamasundar Das and Mukunda Goswami. "During his last days, Krishna devotees were by his side and he left his body to the sounds of the Hare Krishna mantra," they said in a statement obtained here. "Harrison probably did more than any single popular cultural figure during the past few decades to spread spiritual consciousness around the world," they said. The two came from Britain and New Zealand to be with Harrison during his final days until he lost his four-year battle with cancer on Thursday, they said. The bodies of Hare Krishna devotees are usually cremated and their ashes scattered in the holy rivers of the Ganges and the Yamuna, but Gauda Chandra Das said the Los Angeles temple did not know whether Harrison had been cremated or not. "It's up to the wishes of the family and the individual," he said. "We do not know what Harrison and his family decided." Media reports said the family had held a private funeral on Thursday night. Gauda Das said the movement was "deeply saddened" by Harrison's death. Harrison led the other three Beatles to dabble in eastern religion in the 1960s after he and Jo-hn Lennon met Krishna founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Harrison paid for the printing of the movement's Krishna book in 1970 and wrote its foreword.


George Harrison's Death a Great Loss to the Krishna Community

ISKCON UK Media Release
Hare Krishna devotees mourn the passing of George Harrison and extend their deep symphathy and affection to his family. George Harrison met Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) in 1969, in England. George Harrison developed a close and affectionate relationship with Srila Prabhupada, and their association certainly influenced his music and his spirituality. 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 was an intensly private person in all aspects of his life, including his spirituality, but he was loved and admired by many devotees of Krishna who respected his attitude of humility and service. There will be a memorial services for George Harrison to be held at Bhaktivedanta Manor and temples around the world during over the next week.
CHAKRA 1 December 2001


Sriman George Harrison Passes On

by Rama Kesava das
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. It was alone due to George that ISKCON secured Bhaktivedanta Manor, now one of the leading ISKCON centres around the world. George will also be sadly missed in the music world. His guitar work helped shape the group's influential sound, with writing credits including "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." Former Beatle Paul McCartney said he was "devastated and very, very sad."
(c) CHAKRA 1 December 2001


Bhakta George Harrison Ki Jai!

by Arjunanatha dasa
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. He then donated his stately home, now known as Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of ISKCON's main international centres. Srila Prabhupada only ever had praise to give of George, and dissuaded him from joining the movement full-time, saying that putting Krishna into his music and providing an example of a famous Krishna-conscious musician was the best service he could render to Krishna. Bhakta George Harrison Ki Jai!
Your servant,
Arjunanatha dasa
(c) CHAKRA 1 December 2001


Sriman George Harrison- by the Grace of Krishna, Fortunate

from Vyenkata Bhatta Dasa
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 first came into contact with the Hare Krishna mahamantra in India in the mid 1960s. He and fellow John Lennon soon acquired Srila Prabhupada's first record album, Krishna Consciousness, and began to chant along to it. All of this was before he had even met a single devotee of ISKCON! Soon enough, George's path crossed with Gurudasa Prabhu, Syamasundara Prabhu, Mukunda Prabhu (now Maharaja), and the other young devotees sent by Srila Prabhupada to start the fledgling Radha Krishna temple in London. Quickly striking up a friendship with these devotees, George became an invaluable source of support in their early struggles to establish Krishna consciousness in the U.K. The devotees took great pleasure in introducing their famous friend to their spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada took an immediate liking to the young musician and encouraged him to chant, associate with devotees, and help spread the sankirtana movement. It is difficult to overestimate the service rendered by George throughout ISKCON's early history. He co-signed the lease to the first temple in London and personally donated the marble for Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara's first altar. He produced the Radha Krishna Temple record album- arguably, ISKCON's most well known musical achievement. He also performed on the album, playing harmonium, guitar, and bass guitar on the world-famous "Hare Krishna Mantra" song. George played those now all-too-familiar guitar chords that start off "Govindam" and announce the greeting of the deities in ISKCON temple worldwide. The Radha Krishna Temple album soared to the Top 10 in record charts all over the world, and helped popularize the chanting of Hare Krishna internationally. George also supported the preaching efforts of Srila Prabhupada, whom the Beatle came to regard as a genuine saint, scholar, and good friend. He donated substantial funds towards Srila Prabhupada's publishing the Krishna Book. In fact, at Srila Prabhupada's request, he humbly penned a short introduction to the book. These "Words from George Harrison" attest to his strong faith in Prabhupada's teachings and in the Holy Names. Srila Prabhupada appreciatively wrote of George in the preface of the Krishna Book: "My grateful acknowledgement is due to Sriman George Harrison, now chanting Hare Krishna, for his liberal contribution of $19,000 to meet the entire cost of printing this volume. May Krishna bestow upon this nice boy further advancement in Krishna consciousness." George continued his support of ISKCON over the years. In 1973, he gifted a palatial estate to ISKCON, to be used as a Krishna consciousness center in England. The Bhaktivedanta Manor is today a thriving beacon of Krishna consciousness and one of ISKCON's most successful temples. George would continue to visit the Manor, especially when Srila Prabhupada was present. George immensely enjoyed his friendship with Srila Prabhupada and his disciples. Srila Prabhupada reciprocated with George's eagerness by encouraging him to use his music as a medium for spreading Krishna consciousness, and by maintaining a warm friendship with the introspective celebrity. Prabhupada would often gleefully instruct his disciples to fill up George's plate with more and more prasadam, which he was very fond of. George's deep and sincere relationship with Krishna and the devotees was nowhere more evident than in his own popular music. Unafraid of public opinion, George unapologetically expressed his spiritual views in his songs. In "Awaiting On You All," George requested his listeners to chant the Holy Names. In one of his most popular (and most controversial) hit singles, "My Sweet Lord," George openly chanted Hare Krishna. Less well-known, but equally devotional, was his 1974 release "It is He (Jai Shri Krishna)." George would also often adorn his album covers and liner notes with pictures and glorifications of Krishna. His popular album Living in the Material World features a color photo insert of Krishna and Arjuna on the chariot, along with the caption "From the cover of the Bhagavad-gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami." When asked why he included the picture, he humbly responded, "I wanted to give them all a chance to see Krishna, to know about Him. I mean that's the whole idea, isn't it?" While George never took formal vows and while he certainly had his share of ups and downs in spiritual life, Srila Prabhupada always encouraged him and glorified him as a "very good boy." In Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna promises: "Whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt." (Bg. 8.5) When George was brutally attacked in 1999, he cried out "Hare Krishna" as he was being stabbed. Likewise, he may have chanted Lord Krishna's Holy Names as he left his body yesterday afternoon. In any event, we have firm conviction that all the chanting, preaching, prasadam-eating, and service he rendered to the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna and Srila Prabhupada are eternally to his spiritual credit. They will carry him forth to his next destination. As George himself said, "We die and go on to a new life where we try again, to get better all the time. That's life. That's death." Dear devotees, let us take a moment or two to remember this great soul and his wonderful service to Srila Prabhupada. Sriman George Harrison will be sorely missed and will be fondly remembered as a very dear friend of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Thank you, George. Hare Krishna!
Your servant, Vyenkata Bhatta dasa
(disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami)

Further Reading: Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta, Volume IV: In Every Town and Village (BBT); Chant and Be Happy: the Power of Mantra Meditation (BBT); Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead (BBT) {}

"He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death, and at peace, surrounded by family and friends. He often said, 'Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.'" (the Harrison family, statement to the press)
"I have always felt at home with Krishna... I think its something that's been there from my previous birth." (George Harrison)
"John and I, with banjos, went sailing through the islands chanting Hare Krishna. Our jaws were aching from singing. We felt exalted: It was a very happy time for us." (George Harrison)
"Mr. George Harrison appears to be a very intelligent boy, and he is, by the Grace of Krishna, fortunate also." (Srila Prabhupada)
"Humility means not to think less of yourself, but to think of yourself less." (H.H. Varsana Swami)
(c) CHAKRA 1 December 2001


Great Humility

by Ambarisa dasa (A. Ford)
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. I was attracted by the picture of the deities, but I bought the album because it said "Produced by George Harrison." I am sure there are many stories like mine. Sriman George was a humble and blessed instrument of Srila Prabhupada, and his passing is a great loss for the world.
Ambarisa dasa
(c) CHAKRA 3 December 2001


George Harrison Leaves His Body

by Krishna Kripa Dasa (Spain)
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. Among other contributions, George Harrison paid for the first printing of the Krishna Book, and he also wrote the foreword. He produced the Govinda and Radha Krishna Temple in 1969 with the London Devotees. He donated the famous Bhaktivedanta Manor. In 1996, during the campaign to save the Manor, he came to the temple and led kirtan, playing the harmonium. In his biography A Dark Horse, he said this about Srila Prabhupada: "He was the best musician that I ever heard." In Spain we use to distribute huge quantities of the booklet George Harrison and the Mantra, and Interview with H.H. Mukunda Maharaj, who was also his personal friend. I saw both of them in Vrindavan in 1996. He also introduced many people to the mahamantra with the number-one hit "My Sweet Lord" in 1970. I request all the Vaisnavas that we must pray for the soul of Sriman George Harrison, as Srila Prabhupada used to call him. I am sure that Lord Krishna and Srila Prabhupada will remember all the service that this humble devotee did for Them. Sorry for my poor English.
Krishna Kripa Dasa
(c) CHAKRA 1 December 2001


George Harrison

by Shyamasundar das and Mukunda Goswami
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. Along the way he became the friend and devoted servant of Bhaktivedanta Swami ("Prabhupad"), founder of the Hare Krishna movement. George's relationship with the Hare Krishnas was deep and long abiding since he met them in the late sixties. During his last days, Krishna devotees were by his side and he left his body to the sounds of the Hare Krishna mantra. The devotees of Prabhupad are eternally grateful to George Harrison for his boundless services to all living beings.
CHAKRA 1 December 2001


Hare Krishna To Honor Spiritual Beatle

ENGLAND, Dec 4 (VNN) - By Karen Matusic
LONDON (Reuters) - The Hare Krishna religious movement said Friday it would honor "Quiet Beatle" George Harrison in a memorial service to pay homage to its most famous devotee. For the gentle guitarist, whose death was announced Friday, Hare Krishna was far from a passing fancy. This was a decades-long commitment that imbued his music and his life.
I'd rather be one of the devotees of God than one of the straight, so-called sane or normal people who just don't understand that man is a spiritual being, that he has a soul...
''I'd rather be one of the devotees of God than one of the straight, so-called sane or normal people who just don't understand that man is a spiritual being, that he has a soul,'' the former Beatle said in a 1982 interview.
Harrison first embraced the Eastern religion in the 1960s, along with fellow Beatle John Lennon, after meeting Krishna founder AC Bhaktivedanta Swami. He remained a follower until his death to cancer Thursday. ''The community are deeply shocked and very saddened to hear about the passing away of George Harrison who had a long-standing relationship with the movement,'' said Varsana Devi-Dasi, a spokesman for the movement.
Harrison featured the movement's mantra, based on the repeated chant ''Hare Krishna, Hare Rama'' in his Top 10 ode to Hare Krishna, peace and love ''My Sweet Lord'' and repeatedly chanted it during a terrifying knife attack in his English home in 1999 to try to distract his attacker. Devi-Dasi told Reuters the movement would honor their celebrity son Wednesday at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the movement's British headquarters. The Hertfordshire manor, near London, was a gift from Harrison in 1973: testimony to his devotion to the movement that does not believe in sex outside marriage or drug-taking. ''He had been in our prayers because he had been ill for some time but his death still comes as a shock,'' she said. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, commonly known as the Hare Krishnas, is a Hindu-based movement founded in America in 1966. The movement's shaved-headed, saffron-robed disciples are still seen in the world's cities and airports, chanting and preaching peace, love, vegetarianism and self-denial. In a 1982 interview with the Prabhupada Hare Krishna News Network, Harrison said he always ''felt at home with Krishna'' and found calm in yoga and chanting. ''You see it was already a part of me. I think that it's something that's been with me from my previous birth,'' he said, sticking close to the Hare Krishna belief in reincarnation. Harrison told the news network that he once chanted the mantra as he drove non-stop 23 hours from France to Portugal. He re-recorded My Sweet Lord in 2000 to remind himself of the life that exists outside the material world.


Harrison's Ashes Arrive For Immersion In The Ganga

LONDON, ENGLAND, Dec 3 (VNN) - by Vijay Dutt
George Harrison's widow Olivia and his 24-year-old son Dhani secretly flew to India to immerse the former Beatle's ashes in the Ganga at Dashaswamedh ghat of Varanasi. They flew from London in a private jet along with some devotees of the Hare Krishna sect. Sources told the Hindustan Times that his ashes were to be scattered at the sangam in Allahabad as well. A former devotee of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and a Krishna-devotee till his death, Harrison had visited Varanasi for a dip in the Ganga three months ago when he realised that his end was not too far. A report says, He decided to make a secret pilgrimage to his spiritual 'birth place' to prepare for death. Pale, thin and losing his hair, Harrison returned to Benares, where he discovered eastern mysticism in the 1960s, to bathe in the sacred waters and pray in the temples. Harrison used a pseudonym and no one was aware of his visit till he left. At the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna temple near Watford, an hour's drive from London, a sombre atmosphere prevailed. It was Harrison who donated his manor on a multi-million pound complex to the Hare Krishna movement and kept close contact with ISCKON over the years. The temple will hold a special prayer service on December 5. The Indian community here has been touched by the fact that two senior members from the Hare Krishna sect performed the former Beatle's last rites. The body, clothed in dhoti and kurta, was cremated amid Hare Krishna chants. He was more Hindu than many of us, said some students in Southall. Fans lined up at shops to buy his records. The demand was so great that sales zoomed by 200 per cent, according to the manager of the biggest HMV shop in Oxford Street. Harrison's first solo album, All Things Must Pass, was in much demand. Harrison had left behind a musical legacy in the shape of an album he worked on during the last months of his life. He planned to call the CD of 25 tracks, some old and some new songs, Portrait of a Leg End - a pun on his celebrity status and a reference to the squashing foot graphic in the Monty Python television series.


Harrison's Ashes 'To Be Scattered'

USA, Dec 3 (VNN) - The family of George Harrison are believed to be preparing to scatter his ashes on a river in India, in accordance with his final wishes. The ex-Beatle was cremated in a cardboard coffin without a ceremony just hours after his death, as his Eastern faith required. According to reports Harrison, 58, was secretly recording an album provisionally called 'Portrait of a Leg End' before his death and had put down 25 tracks. It is also claimed he healed a rift with his 70-year-old American sister in the days before his death, probably at the request of his wife Olivia.

Simple prayer

Funeral directors Hollywood Forever were called to the Los Angeles home of Harrison's friend Gavin de Becker just 20 minutes after he died there. He was taken to a crematorium after his family held hands around his death-bed and said a simple prayer over his body. His wife Olivia and son Dhani were given the ashes after the service, which cost less than #350. A member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness suggested Harrison's ashes may be scattered on the River Yamuna in India, which runs through Harrison's favourite spiritual retreat. He said: "He would stay there for several days at a time. It was a place he could worship with peace of mind for no-one knew who he was in India. "George wanted to keep his death a private matter, just like his life."

New album

The final George Harrison album was referred to as 'Portrait of a Leg-end' as a joking reference to his celebrity and his involvement with Monty Python's Flying Circus. Dr Gil Lederman, of the Staten Island University Hospital in New York, the last doctor treat Harrison for cancer, said: "One (of the songs) was called, 'Brainwashed', about government and people." California-based musician Jim Keltner, who played drums on some of the tracks, was quoted in the Sunday Times as saying: "Some of the new songs are very poignant, concerning his life in the past few years. "The CD is very close to finishing."

Healed rift

In America the New York Daily News said Harrison healed a long-standing rift with his sister Louise before his death. They fell out when she opened a bed and breakfast in her home in Illinois called Hard Day's Nite - a project which reportedly "appalled" him. It is thought Louise drove 1,000 miles from her home to New York to see her brother, who she had not spoken to in four years. A source close to the family said: "He was very clear about what he wanted and what he didn't want. He didn't want to see his sister. "But finally, probably because his wife Olivia encouraged him, they spent a half hour together. They reconciled."


Last Journey to His Spiritual Home

from the New Indian Express Daily, Bangalore, India, December 3, 2001
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. His ashes will be brought to India to be immersed in the Ganges in accordance with his wishes, a spokesman of Hare Krishna movement to the Daily Mall. Harrison, who died of cancer on Thursday at a rented house, in the presence of his wife Olivia and son Dhani amid chants and prayers by the Krishna devotees, was dressed in traditional dhoti and kurta before being taken for cremation in an unadorned white van. Two of his closest friends, Shyamasundar das and Mukunda Goswami, chanted quietly until the end. The two Hare Krishna movement activists sprinkled holy water from the Ganges on Harrison's head. They placed a Tulsi leaf between his lips and a wreath of Tulsi leaves around his neck, humming verses from the Bhagavad-Gita. Three months ago, Harrison realized he was likely to die and he decided to make a secret pilgrimage to his spiritual birthplace Varanasi to prepare for death, the Mall said. Pale, thin and losing hair, George Harrison came to Varanasi, the place where he discovered Eastern mysticism in the 1960's, to bathe in the sacred water and pray in the temple.

Harrison's Swansong

LONDON: former Beatle George Harrison was secretly recording a last album in the months before he died, according to British media reports on Sunday. The Sunday Times newspaper said Harrison played tracks from the album to his family at a Los Angeles hospital last Sunday, four days before his death from cancer at the age of 58. Harrison gave the album the working title Portrait of a Leg End, a jokey reference to his uneasy relationship with fame, the paper said.
CHAKRA 5 December 2001


Living in the Material World No More

For Immediate Release Date: December 3, 2001 Contact: Anuttama Dasa
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. "George Harrison has probably done more that any single popular cultural figure during these past few decades to spread spiritual consciousness around the world," said Shyamasundar dasa, a Krishna devotee and personal friend who was with Harrison in Los Angeles during his last few days. A long time friend of the Hare Krishnas, George was inspired to do his part to spread spiritual consciousness. His 1970 song, "My Sweet Lord" introduced millions to the Hare Krishna mantra, which he gently interspersed between choruses of the Biblical praise, Hallelujah. "Hare Krishna has a mystical side to it," Harrison said in a 1982 interview published in the book, Chant and Be Happy. "It's more than glorifying God; it's asking to become His servant." Harrison first met His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1969, in England. They developed a close and affectionate relationship and their association influenced George's music and spirituality. In a 1982 interview, Harrison said that his song, "The Lord Loves the One that Loves the Lord," from the Living in the Material World Album, was written about Srila Prabhupada. Harrison also made significant contributions to support Prabhupada's work. In 1969, he financed the first hard bound printing of the Krishna Book, an English translation by Srila Prabhupada of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, that describes Lord Krishna's lila, or pastimes on earth 5,000 years ago. In 1973, George Harrison donated Bhaktivedanta Manor, a 23-acre estate outside of London, to the Krishna society. The Manor has since become one of the most important Hindu shrines in Europe. "When George gave us the Manor, he gave us more than a few buildings," said Varshana devi dasi, ISKCON's UK spokesperson. "He provided a facility for many thousands of people to come for spiritual instruction and to worship God. Each year, over 15,000 British public school students visit the Manor to learn about Vaishnava Hinduism," she said. For many individual Krishna devotees, the music and lyrics of George Harrison opened the door to a spiritual experience, and the monotheistic philosophy of Vaishnava Hinduism. "I remember looking at the picture of Krishna and Arjuna on the cover of the Living in the Material World album, and wondering who are these divine beings?" said Bhaktimarga Swami, of ISKCON Toronto. "That led me to Krishna devotees, and for that I am eternally grateful to George." "He was an inspirational figure for many of our generation," said Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON Communications Director. "Knowing that a Beatle was saying publicly that fame and money do not bring happiness gave my search into eastern mysticism more validity," he said. Weekend services at ISKCON temples included readings about Harrison's meetings with Prabhupada and excerpts from his lyrics glorifying Lord Krishna. Many temples put aside their traditional bhajans for the day to listen to George's rock renditions of the Hare Krishna mantra and other devotional songs.

"If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We've been polluted so long
But here's a way for you to get clean
By chanting the names of the Lord and you'll be free
The Lord is awaiting on you all to awaken and see"

- "Awaiting On You All" from the album All Things Must Pass
CHAKRA 7 December 2001


Memories Of My Sweet George

USA, Dec 10 (VNN) - by Mukunda Goswami
George Harrison, a very dear friend and one of the four Beatles, was one of the few musical stars to fully embrace the principles of transmigration of the soul, karma and many other elements of Indian philosophy. I first met George in 1968 and he immediately remembered the letter that I had written to him before we actually met regarding the 300 copies of the Hare Krishna mantra records, made by Srila Prabhupada in 1966, that the Beatles had ordered. We struck off instantly. He was so humble despite being part of the world's most popular musical group. What endeared me to him was his spiritual commitment. George has probably done more than any single popular cultural figure in history to spread Indian culture around the world. He became a dear friend of India. His friendships with Ravi Shankar, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Hare Krishna Movement's founder Bhaktivedanta Swami became part of his lifelong quest to improve the quality of his life on earth. In fact, some of his songs, All things must pass, The Lord loves the one who loves the Lord, Living in the material world, The art of dying, Here comes the sun, contain the essence of Vedic knowledge in their lyrics. He included the Hare Krishna mantra in his hit record, My Sweet Lord, a song that sold millions of copies and was one of the largest selling records of all time. Thanks in large part to George's music the Hare Krishna mantra became known in every part of the world. I was a professional musician from 1960-66 and so enjoyed discussing music with him and even exchanged records. George believed in the transmigration of the soul. He saw death not as the end, but yas the same old mob going round and round and round.> His perceptions of a state of being beyond and higher than ordinary consciousness entered into his songs and altered millions of lives. Many times George said, yEverything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait, nor can love for one another.> He was first treated for lung cancer in the late '90s. He had sounds of mantras playing all the time. I met him several times, and his mood was one of thanks that devotees were with him in his last days. I remember the time he visited Vrindavana in April, 1997. He made a parikrama and stayed with me there in the house of friend for about ten days. He toured Vrindavana several times and was very inspired by the ISKCON Krishna-Balarama temple and Srila Prabhupada's samadhi there. The writer is emeritus member of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission and was with George Harrison during his last moments, chanting quietly.


'My Sweet Lord' To Be Released

ENGLAND, Dec 9 (VNN) - Harrison song to be released for charity
Record chiefs are to re-release George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' as a tribute to the late Beatle. A record industry source says the song is expected to be rushed into shops following the death of the Liverpudlian music star a week ago, although no date has been set for its release. The song became the first solo No.1 hit for any of the former Beatles when it originally topped the charts in January 1971. It was one of the most successful releases of Harrison's career, taken from his successful album 'All Things Must Pass'. The deeply-spiritual Harrison was a follower of the Hare Krishna faith, even including a section of their mantra on the track. A source at EMI records, which handles releases on the Beatles Apple label, confirmed that the track would be re-issued. However, further details of tracklisting and even the charity that will benefit from the single have yet to be announced. Harrison was taken to court for copyright infringement for the song because of similarities to The Chiffons' track 'He's So Fine'.
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Remembering Bhakta George - Hari's Son

EDITORIAL, Dec 1 (VNN) - Dear Prabhues and Maharaja's,
Yesterday this world lost one of the main preachers of Krishna Consciousness of our times - George Harrison. His contributions to the spreading of Lord Chaitanya's message were unparalleled. Recording the devotees and releasing the "Hare Krishna" single and the "Radha Krsna Temple Album", financing the printing of Krsna Book for Srila Prabhupad, chanting the mantra on "My Sweet Lord", puchasing the marble slab for their Lordships Sri Sri Radha London Iswara, and his purchasing of Bhaktivedanta Manor, were some of the highlights of his service. 'You know where the real temple is don't you?', then he poked me hard in the chest with his index finger and said, 'It's in your heart!'
The first time I met George, I asked him how he liked our temple room. He said, "You know where the real temple is don't you?", then he poked me hard in the chest with his index finger and said, "It's in your heart!" We went out to his house in spring 1969 and spent the afternoon. After prasadam, we had a three hour kirtan with George playing electric Bass and Billy Preston playing an organ. Yamuna led the singing and the rest of the devotees played various instruments and percussion. A week after this, George came around to visit and said, "I wrote a song about you guy's, its called "Here Comes the Sun". George had given me the Tablas that I played at his house, at the time I was studying with Pandit Trickha - an Indian sitar master. George called up two weeks after the visit to his house and said that he wanted to add more percussion to the kirtan tape from his house that he had recorded on an eight track that he had built into his living room. He requested for me to overdub this tape at Apple Records, so I went to Apple with Shyamsundar and Gurudas and got to sit alone with George in a sound room at Apple with both of us wearing headphones and overdub the whole three hour tape. It was quite a 'heavy' meditation experience for me as a new devotee! This tape was the inspiration for George to produce the Hare Krishna Single. We were going to record the "B" side to the Hare Krishna single in Abbey Road after the Beatles had finished their work for the day, as we had done three weeks earlier with the "A" side. That day I was hanging out at Apple Records on Saville Row, where my service was to preach to the various rock musicians that came through. Tery Nolan, George's personal assistant came up to me and asked what I was doing. I said that I was just hanging out until it was time to go to the studio, he said "How would you like to go over early?" So we went to Abbey Road Studio's in George's stretch Mercedes. When we got to the front gate there were about 60 girls outside hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the band. They climbed all over the car like a swarm of bees, and pressed their faces against the glass to see who was inside, when they saw it was a devotee, they all started chanting Hare Krishna! It took us ten minutes to go from the outside to the inside of the gate. Once inside I was introduced to Ringo who was sitting on the side with his wife and two friends. I sat down on the floor next to them, George was in the middle of the studio sitting on a bar stool playing an electric guitar through a leslie amplifier, he waved to me. John and Yoko were laying on a King sized bed in the corner, as they had recently had a car crash in Scotland and were not feeling well. Paul was in the mixing room running the board. He came out once and after adjusting the microphones in the middle of the room, he came over to where I was sitting and said, "I saw it on the news last night - Hairy Krishna! Hairy Krishna!, because of the long-hairs at the Isle of White Woodstock Festival. You know George flew down there on a helicopter with Bob Dylan and took a pressing of your Hare Krishna single and played it for four hours solid before the concert!" So I got to spend the afternoon alone with the Beatles while they recorded "She came in through the bathroom wIndow". After they had finished, the rest of the devotees arrived and Yamuna and Malati went around and put tilak on everyone including George and George Martin, and then we recorded the "Prayers to the Spiritual Masters" that became the "B" side. It is hard to estimate how many lives George Harrison touched and changed with his musical preaching. He wanted to surrender and become a regular devotee, but Srila Prabhupad told him that he could do more good outside of the ashram. He most certainly did a whole lot of good and will be remembered by millions for his message about "My Sweet Lord" - Krishna.
Sri Sri Guru & Gouranga Jayate!
Your servant, Kulasekhara das.


Son Of Hari

EDITORIAL, Dec 2 (VNN) - 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 AC 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." Everybody is looking for Krishna. Some don't realize they are but they are... All you need is Love (Krishna) Surely Prabhupada will never forget. The Son of Hari made the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra a number one hit in England. Surely, he did not have to do that, being one of the biggest rock star to have ever lived. But he did it for Prabhupada. Surely, Prabhupada will not forget. Before, thousands of teen-aged girls deafingly screamed at the Son of Hari, and the others of the classic fabulous foursome, as they sang "She loves you, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" But, the Son of Hari was not satisfied. "Everyone is looking for Krishna. Some don't realize they are, but they are..." He went to India, found a guru with his fab friends, but still, no satisfaction. Only Prabhupada could melt his heart. Now, the Son of Hari knew he was on his way back home to his Divine Father. All he could do was sing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra for the whole world..."My Sweet Lord. I really want to see you. I really want to be with you, it's been so long, my Lord. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare." Surely, Srila Prabhupada will never forget.
Thank you, Bhakta George Harrison. You are on your way Home.


The Horoscope Of George Harrison

EDITORIAL, Dec 1 (VNN) - George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943, at ten minutes after twelve. This gives us a rising degree of 29* Virgo. Some suggest that Georges rising sign was just entering Libra, but the Libra chart would not have anywhere near the strength necessary to give the type of results which correspond to George's life. The ascendent lord would occupy the sixth house, an evil one, and the Beatle karma of the Jupiter years would have taken place under the aegis of the lord of the third and sixth houses, evil lordships for sure. Virgo rising would put the ascendent lord in the wonderful fifth house, with exalted ninth lord Venus aspecting the ascendent. Therefore, the rising sign would have to be Virgo. And Virgo does seem to correspond well to George's personality. The maternal, caring instincts of the Virgo have always been out front with George. The way he helped the Hare Krishna movement during the late 60s and early seventies, what to speak of the huge altruistic effort he made to orchestrate charity for the hungry in Bangladesh, certainly bears this out. Even on a smaller, everyday level, stories about Georges giving nature abound; he is known for giving $50 bills to beggars, big tips to cab drivers, and once, for example, he gave the ring off his finger to a waitress, just as an act of kindness. The artistic and musical skills of the Virgo-born found expression in his horoscope, too. But not every person with Virgo rising has George's abilities; these are due, more than anything, to exalted Venus in the seventh, wherefrom Venus aspects the ascendent itself. It is mainly this placement which confered a high level of musical skill and technical ability on George. Also of note is the placement of Jupiter, a very benefic planet, in the house of actions and profession in a musical sign, Gemini, part of whose symbol is a stringed instrument. And how about the Moon in a Venusian sign, Libra? A bright Moon in Libra suggests some very natural mental enthusiasm for music. It is this Moon, as well as the central placement of the emotional Venus, which has seen George follow his feelings into the world of music, as opposed to his musical career being the result of some logical or calculating conclusion. Another thing suggested by the Moon in a sign related to music is that some of his compositions may have been awarded to him on a subtle, psychic level. George's intense religious involvement is indicated in several ways, but mainly by exalted Venus in a quadrant. Venus is a pious planet in the first place, being the preceptor of the materialists, specifically of the Daitya race/clan. In this chart, Venus becomes the lord of the ninth house, something which enhances the spiritual nature of Venus. The exaltation of Venus takes place in the brahminical and religious sign of Pisces, something that further enhances the religious significance of Venus. It is this Venus which aspects the ascendent directly. In addition, Jupiter, the karaka ( indicator ) of spiritual understanding and guru of the pious beings ( devas ), occupies the tenth house, the most expressive house of a horoscope for a planet, after the ascendent. From there, Jupiter aspects the Moon as well as the Sun, indicating a pious birth on an emotional as well as a soulful level. Events Let us now see how well the planetary periods corresponded to Georges the life events. When George was 13 years old, his mother bought him his first guitar, a rather simple one, and George began to develop his musical skills. This corresponded to the major planetary period of Rahu, sub period of Venus. Venus being the planet of art and music, this makes sense. When George was 15, he joined the Quarrymen, a rock and roll group which was a forerunner of the Beatles. During the remainder of the major Rahu period, he played music with the Beatles in relative obscurity and without much success, results which might be expected of Rahu, an evil planet placed in an evil house. In the sub period of Rahu-Mars, George traveled to Germany to perform with the Beatles. Mars is a malefic, even in terms of the houses which he owns, and Mars occupies the fourth house, which rules ones homeland and residence. A malefic planet with evil lordship typically separates one from ones homeland when it occupies the fourth house, and this is how Mars acted during its planetary sub period. Mars is also indicative of the police, for obvious reasons. George ran into trouble with the police during the Martian sub period because he was working as a minor and had no work visa. The police even deported him, something which really created an interruption because it stopped his music for a while. The major period of Jupiter began in December of 1960. Of course his karma improved because he left the major period of Rahu, an evil planet in an evil house. Jupiter is a benefic planet occupying a quadrant house, a house in which benefics give positive results. The sign which Jupiter occupied was Gemini, a musical sign. Little wonder then, that Georges guitar playing notably improved, the Beatles coalesced very much as a group, and their popularity increased so much that they became one of their regions most well-known groups. Not only had Georges karma improved, but the natural buoyancy of Georges chart had begun to manifest, now free of the effects of the major planetary period of Rahu, in whose grips Gearge had been since his very birth. The Saturnian sub period of Jupiter operated from February of 63 until August of 1965. During this time, the full-blown Beatle karma manifest. From the ascendent, Saturn is the lord of a good house from the ascendent, and occupies the house of fortune and luck, the ninth, the most benefic house in any horoscope, which is a nice placement. But from the Moon, Saturn enjoys a unique position. The planet is the unsullied owner of purely positive houses, the raj-yoga karaka, and occupies the tenth house, also a great house for Saturn. For these reasons, Saturn was strong enough to express the raj yogas of the chart, too. George was also exposed to marijuana and psychodelic drugs during this sub period, which is not a surprise from Saturn in Taurus. Taurus is a sensual sign belonging to Venus, the planet of intoxication. From August of 1965 until November of 1967, the sub period of Mercury was in vogue. Mercury is a benefic planet in a trinal house, so the strong Beatle karma continued. That Mercurys results were decidedly musical are due in large part to the fact that Mercury occupies his own navamsha ( zodiacal subdivision ) of Gemini, a musical sign. Otherwise, Mercury in the serious sign of Capricorn in a pious house involved George in meditation and exposed him to Vedic philosophical thought. Jupiter Ketu ran from November of 1967 until October of 1968. This sub period was rather uneventful, not a surprise as Ketu occupies an evil house. Specifically, the sixth house is the house of obstacles and debts. The film Magical Mystery Tour, for example, released in December of 67, was a financial flop. The Jupiter Venus years, from October of 68 until July of 71, were extremely strong years for George in terms of musical karma. George became recognized as a top guitar player in the world of rock and roll during this Venus period. Some of the best Beatle material of all time was released during this period. As soon as it started, the White Album was released; it is often considered the best Beatle album of all time, and one of the best rock and roll efforts of all time also. Abbey Road and Let it Be were two other huge successes of which he was a part, and George personally composed the song Something in 1969. Frank Sinatra called it the most beautiful love song ever written. In the latter part of 1970, George recorded a solo effort All Things Must Pass, which was a huge success and maybe the best material of the post Beatles period. During this same Venusian sub period, George became a convert to Gaudiya Vaishnavism, in other words, a devotee of Krishna. He recorded some material with chanting on it, and his album All Things Must Pass had a tremendous amount of philosophical content in it, along the lines of chanting and reincarnation. This was due to the influence of the sub lord Venus in a pious sign, which we mentioned earlier. In spite of all the positive gifts of Venus, the reader may note that Venus occupies a marakasthan, a death-inflicting house, and that Venus is the dispositor of the Moon. In other words, Venus contains the maternal planet, the Moon, in its sign. Georges mother passed away during July of 1970, in the middle of the Venus sub period. And Paul Mc Cartney filed suit against the other Beatles in December of that year, thus bringing about the break up of the Beatles. During both of these unfortunate events, Saturn was transiting the seventh house from Harrisons Moon in its debilitation sign of Aries. Saturn is by nature an evil planet, indicative of sorrows and frustrations. From the seventh house Saturn aspects the house of mothers, the fourth, and the seventh itself is the house of partnerships. The transit of Saturns goes a long way towards explaining how such unfortunate events could come to pass during such a positive subperiod as the Venusian one. The Jupiter Sun ( July /71 April /72 ) period saw George organize the concert tour for the starving masses in Bangladesh. The Sun is the lord of the house of expenses, the twelfth, made altruistic and religious in nature thanks to Jupiters benefic and pious aspect on the Sun. During the Lunar sub period of Jupiter ( April /71 August/73 ), the album Living in the Material World was released. Its feature single, Give Me Love, ( Give Me Peace ), was a number one song. The Moon is strong in brightness in Harrisons chart, occupies the musical sign Libra, and owns the eleventh house, a financial one. Needless to say the album was a financial success. The Beatle karma had been continuing unabated. Jupiter Mars saw marital strife, culminating in estrangement by the end of the sub period, as Georges wife Patty left him permenently. Notice that Mars, as a natural malefic planet and a lord of evil houses, occupies the house of hearth and home, and aspects the house of marriage as well. This sub period lasted from August of 1973 until July of 1974. The last sub period of the Jupiter major belonged to Rahu, from July of 74 until December of 1976. Rahu has already been seen to be a rather negative planet, none of the powerful results of the chart having manifest until the Rahu period was over. And the results given in Rahus sub period, even though the lord of the major period was Jupiter, seems to confirm this. Starting in November of 74 and continuing on until Early 75, George went on a world tour called Harrison and Friends. It was a financial flop and not very well received by the critics. Even among the fans George lost popularity; one of the main problems seemed to be Georges involvement with Indian ( Hindu ) music. His refined tastes just werent popular with the masses, and it was perceived that he was forcing his tastes and even his philosophical outlook on the public. The albums Dark Horse, Extra Texture, and 33 1/3, all released during the Rahu sub period, were not successful at all. George was sued for plagary during the subperiod, and the legal hassles were a source of irritation for him. George also experienced serum hepatitus. Both of these results are directly indicated by Rahus aspect on the sixth house. Depression reared its ugly head during this sub period- that is also a typical result of an evil Rahu. After sixteen years of superstar-millionaire karma, the major planetary period of Jupiter came to an end. True to Jupiters form, the period had been expansive. Although Georges Saturn isnt as powerful as Jupiter-the-benefic in a quadrant, the natural strength of the horoscope basically continued to manifest through Saturn. In the sub period of Saturn itself ( December/76 December/79 ), Georges only son, Dhani, was born to him.This is easily explained as Saturn is the lord of the house of children from both the ascendent and the Moon. Saturns influence is overwhelming in this regard because Saturn also aspects the house from the Moon. Well, as Saturn is the planet of time and delay, the boy was born to George rather late in life. And as Saturn is a planet of limitation, George was blessed in life with one issue only. Saturn in the musical and artistic sign Taurus continued to see George involved along artistic lines. For example, an album was released, George Harrison, which was deemed to be well done. And George became involved in films; he founded a production company called Hand-Made Films. But in spite of many positive developments, Saturn is still a malefic planet; he owns an evil house and sits in the house of father. Georges father passed away under the influence of Saturn-Saturn. The Saturn-Mercury periodextended from December of 1979 until September of 1982. During the first year of the subperiod, George worked on an album called Somewhere in England. It had a very popular song on it called All Those Years Ago which rose to number two on the charts. Right as the sub period of Ketu began ( September/82 October/83 ), George released a disaster of na album called Gone Troppo. It was released in October of 82. During the same sub period, a movie was released, Bullshot, which flopped. We have already mentioned that Ketu occupies the house of debts and obstacles, an evil one. George was said to be rather depressed during 1983; this makes sense as Ketu occupies the sign of Saturn and Saturn was the lord of the major period, too. Saturn is the planet of sadness and melancholy. The subperiod of Saturn-Venus continued from October of 1983 until December of 1986. George continued his involvement in film-making, most notable working with Madonna in his movie Shanghai Surprise. In October of 1985 he appeared in a television special called Blue Suede Shoes, which was a tribute to and with his boyhood rock Idol Carl Perkins, who penned some classic rock tunes in the 1950s. These positive artistic results are par for the course for someone with exalted Venus in a quadrant. Once again, George was involved with charity concerts in June of 1987 because, once again, George came under the influence of a Solar sub period ( December/86 November/87 ). The reader will recall that the Sun is the lord of the house of charities and aspects it as well. The sub period of Saturn-Moon( November/87 June/89 ) did not fail George musically. George came out with a hit CD, Cloud Nine, as soon as it started. The CD contained a re-make of an old standard called Got My Mind Set on You. It became a number one song for George. Shortly afterwards, he was indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then, in October of 1988, he had another hit CD as a member of the group The Traveling Wilburys. It contained the original hit song Handle with Care. It was a really big success. So the Lunar sub period saw George successfully involved in music with one thing after the other. The major planetary period of Mercury dawned on December 19, 1995. Right at that time, George and the remaining Beatles had gotten together and released a lot of old material which had never been made public. Much of it was alternate versions of different songs which were already known. But an old John Lennon song which had been saved for a rainy day was recorded by the three, with a touch up on the lyrics by Paul. The effort was a huge, huge musical success. Mercury, as a benefic in a trine and the lord of the ascendent as well, saw George right on top of the music world once again. It was rumored that the effort also provided a much needed cash infusion for George. A cancerous lump was removed from George's throat in August of 1997. It seems that this might have been a left over from the Saturn major period as Saturn is the planet connected with cancer and Saturn aspects the third house, the house of the throat. But Mercury does occupy a sign of Saturn and owns the third sign of the zodiac. ( Again, the third is the throat, whether sign or house ). So this explains its culmination in Mercury's period. Since we cannot have exact assurance as to the birth time, the sub period of Ketu might have started by the time the cancer was found andremoved. Ketu also sits in a sign of Saturn, he does so in the house of illness, and aspects the second house, which rules the area of the mouth right above the throat. In the Mercury-Venus sub period George was stabbed by an intruder. His wife helped him to overcome the assailant. Even though Venus is a well-positioned, natural benefic, this should not surprise us. Venus acquires death-inflicting powers due to its ownership of the second, a maraka house, and due to the fact that Venus sits in the seventh, another maraka house. In addition, Venus receives an aspect from Mars, a planet corresponding to sharp-pointed weapons. Mars sits in the forth house, the house representing one's home, where the attack took place. In the ultimate issue, though, the very beneficence of Venus indicated the final outcome, that George survived. Why? Well, Venus is a tremendous benefic in George's chart; Venus sits in the house which stands for his wife and is the very karaka of wife, too. It was his wife's role in his defense which turned the tide and beat off the assailant. George Harrison passed away on November 29, 2001, in the planetary period ( vimshottari ) of Mercury-Sun. The Suno wns thelast house of the horoscope, representing the end of life, and sits in the house of disease with the evil Rahu.

Hare Krishna in the name of George Harrison!
By Dharmapada Dasa/Dean De Lucia
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