George Harrison quotes and sayings
February 25, 1943
November 29, 2001
Why should God be limited? Even if you get Him as Krishna, He is not limited to that picture of Krishna. He can be the baby form, He can be Govinda and manifest in so many other well-known forms. You can see Krishna as a little boy, which is how I like to see Krishna. It's a joyful relationship.
To tell the truth, I'd join a band with John Lennon any day, but I couldn't join a band with Paul McCartney, but it's nothing personal. It's just from a musical point of view.
People are simply screwing up when they go out and buy beef steak, which is killing them with cancer and heart troubles. The stuff costs a fortune too. You could feed a thousand people with lentil soup for the cost of half a dozen filets. Does that make sense?
So it's the unwinding of your nervous system. The corresponding experience to what winds you up comes out in your dreams. To write a song then, even one like Don't Bother Me, helps to get rid of some subconscious burden. Writing a song is like going to confession.
The Beatles will exist without us.
Give me love Give me love Give me peace on earth Give me light Give me life Keep me free from birth Give me hope Help me cope, with this heavy load Trying to, touch and reach you with, heart and soul.
No truth could ever fear me.
To the best of my knowledge, none of the Beatles can read music.
It doesn't really matter what chords I play, what words I say or time of day it is, as it's only a Northern Song.
If I go to someplace 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.
Prayer is to vibrate, do the devotion, whatever it is, to whoever you believe in, Christ or Buddha or Krishna or any of them. You get the response depending on how much you need it.
Yesterday, today was tomorrow. And tomorrow, today will be yesterday.
We're trying to impress ourselves in a way. That's why we keep trying to do things better... we never get satisfied.
The world is ready for a mystic revolution, a discovery of the God in each of us.
There are those superstars who refuse to give anything of themselves to the public except what they see on-screen. In movies and on records, it's easy to insulate one's self from the public; that's why I think I wouldn't care to be a television performer, particularly in the States, where TV stardom is so intimate.
The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad place - but at other times it is all such a joke.
I used to think that having many material things would increase one's stock of happiness. I found that to be completely untrue. The trappings don't make the man at all.
The Concert for Bangladesh was just a moral stance.
If God is unlimited, then He can appear in any form, whichever way He likes to appear.
George: 'Ringo would always say grammmatically incorrect phrases and we'd all laugh. I remember when we were driving back to Liverpool from Luton up the M1 motorway in Ringo's Zephyr, and the car's bonnet hadn't been latched properly. The wind got under it and blew it up in front of the windscreen. We were all shouting, 'Aaaargh!' and Ringo calmly said, 'Don't worry, I'll soon have you back in your safely-beds.
I don't think the Beatles were that good. I think they're fine, you know. Ringo's got the best backbeat I've ever heard... Paul is a fine bass player... but he's a bit overpowering at times.
Down through the ages, there has always been the spiritual path. It's been passed on - it always will be - and if anybody ever wants it in any age, it's always there.
Man can become purified, and with divine vision he can see God. You get pure by chanting, then you see Him.
I know chances are if I don't give an interview or make a public appearance or statement from time to time, they'll invent one. Every so often, I suppose people ask, 'Whatever happened to that other Beatle, George Harrison?' And someone comes around with a ready answer, no matter how preposterous it seems. It's possibly the worst price one has to pay for what they call stardom.
One of the main differences between silent meditation and chanting is that silent meditation is rather dependent on concentration, but when you chant, it's more of a direct connection with God.
Food is less important to me because I've learned to control my appetite to a great extent, simply by having my mind elsewhere. I find when I'm busy meditating on other aspects of my life I go without eating and I don't miss it.
Muhammad Ali was quite cute.
A mind that wants to wander around a corner is an un-wise mind. Now, is, be here now.
Everybody is worried about dying, but the cause of death is birth, so if you don't want to die, you don't get born!
Been stuck in airports, terrorized; sent to meetings, hypnotized; overexposed, commercialized. Handle me with care.
George Harrison and John Lennon were the ones most against touring ... I'd been trying to say ..Ah, tourings good and it keeps us sharp .. but finally I agreed with them.
Prabhupada's definitely affected the world in an absolute way. What he was giving us was the highest literature, the highest knowledge. I mean there just isn't anything higher.
No matter how good you are, you still need grace to get out of the material world. You can be a yogi or a monk or a nun, but without God's grace you still can't make it.
So it's really a process of actually having a realization of God, which all becomes clear with the expanded state of consciousness that develops when you chant.
The best slide solo I ever played was on... what's her name? That girl singer who used to be with that all-girl band? ... Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's! That's who it was. I played on one of her albums.
I'm sick of all these young people just boogeying around, wasting their lives, you know.
Hare Krishna, Peace and Love.
The adulation or the superstardom is something I could leave out quite happily.
We used to send up the idea of getting to the top. John would shout, "Where are we going, fellas?" We'd shout back, "To the top, Johnny!
Hallelujah and Hare Krishna are quite the same thing.
That's what the whole Sixties Flower-Power thing was about: 'Go away, you bunch of boring people.
Some things take so long But how do I explain When not too many people Can see we're all the same And because of all their tears Your eyes can't hope to see The beauty that surrounds them Now, isn't it a pity.
Sometimes I feel like I'm actually on the wrong planet. It's great when I'm in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think, 'What the hell am I doing here?
Dear one, near me, truth assessed, reborn worldwise, mind at rest. True heart sow you, God has blessed, your soul whispers, love confessed.
He George Harrison told me he really, really admired John Lennon. He probably wanted John's acceptance pretty bad, you know?
My life belongs the Lord Krishna now. I'm just the servant of Krishna. I've never been so humble in all my life, and I feel great!
If there's a God, I want to see Him. It's pointless to believe in something without proof, and Krishna consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain God perception. In that way you can see, hear and play with God. Perhaps this may sound weird, but God is really there next to you.
The saddest thing was actually getting fed up with one another. It's like growing up in a family. When you get to a certain age, you want to go off and get your own girl and your own car, split up a bit.
The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.
The more people wake up spiritually, the more they'll begin to realize the depth of what Prabhupada was saying - how much he gave.
Barney Kessel is definitely the best guitar player in this world, or any other world.
I am part of the cycle, rebirth death, rebirth death, rebirth death.
Chanting doesn't stop you from being creative or productive. It actually helps you concentrate. I think this would make a great sketch for television: imagine all the workers on the Ford assembly line in Detroit, all of them chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna while bolting on the wheels. Now that would be wonderful. It might help out the auto industry, and probably there would be more decent cars too.
I'd rather be a musician than a rock star.
Throughout much of our lives, our association with the temporary has risen. This transitory body, a sack of bones and flesh, is considered erroneously as our true body and we have accepted this temporary condition as conclusive.
I fell in love, not with anything or anybody in particular but with everything.
Stop thinking that if Britain or America or Russia or the West or whatever becomes superior, then we'll beat them, and then we'll all have a rest and live happily ever after. That doesn't work.
I don't believe in telling all to the public, but I feel a certain gratitude to them for having provided me with a fine material base that enables me to do pretty much what I want, possibly, for the rest of my life.
Rap bores me, and all the glamour rock groups like Bon Jovi just amuse me. They obviously have a place, but they all sound like they use the same guitar player to me.
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 Guru and Disciple relationship is where the person has a 100% belief in the Guru and that way you put your trust in the Guru, that he's going to get you out of this mess. If you are a Christian, then Christ is your Guru, and they're all disciples of Christ.
I hope somebody does this to all my crap demos when I'm dead, making them into hit songs.
This song ain't black or white and as far as I know it don't infringe on anyone's copyright.
Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by Nature.
Whatever you've done, you get it back, so you can either go on, or you can blow it.
I keep stacks of Autobiography of a Yogi around the house, and I give it out constantly to people. When people need 'regrooving,' I say read this, because it cuts to the heart of every religion.
Even one moment in the company of a divine person, Krishna's pure devotee, can help a tremendous amount.
Krishna is God, so He's absolute: His name, His form, prasadam, it's all Him.
In one way, I'm never going to get out of this material world unless it's by His grace but then again, His grace is relative to the amount of desire I can manifest in myself.
The Beatles are now history, and it would be unhealthy to try to make my way as a former member. I must admit I occasionally listen to our records, but usually it's not deliberate. I'm more concerned with the present, with working out my own individual style and producing something new and worthwhile.
Krishna consciousness was especially good for me because I didn't get the feeling that I'd have to shave my head, move into a temple, and do it full time. So it was a spiritual thing that just fit in with my life-style. I could still be a musician, but I just changed my consciousness, that's all.
If a car comes past me in a traffic jam with a boom box going, I jump out of my skin. Those big booming basses. I'm just more sensitive to noise these days.
The best thing you can give is God consciousness. Manifest your own divinity first. The truth is there. It's right within us all. Understand what you are.
Having played with other musicians, I don't even think The Beatles were that good.
Sometimes, you release an album and the record company just about ignores it, and so many people don't even know it's out. And I'm not about to jump up and down shouting, Hey folks, look at me! I'm cool and groovy! That's not what George Harrison is all about.
My son looks more like George Harrison than I do.
Didn't want to be a star, wanted just to play guitar in this cockamamie business.
There's a fire that burns away the lies, manifesting in the spiritual eye.
Create and preserve the image of your choice.
Basically, I feel fortunate to have realized what the goal is in life. There's no point in dying having gone through your life without knowing who you are, what you are, or what the purpose of life is. And that's all it is.
I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands.
When people come up to me expecting me to be just like what they thought a Beatle would be, they're disappointed. I never was a Beatle, except musically. I don't think any of us was. What is a Beatle anyway? I'm not a Beatle or an ex-Beatle or even the George Harrison. I'm just a man. Very ordinary.
The aim is to get as much going out the back as is coming in. You've got to do that because for everything you get in you've got to give something out.
Music should be used for the perception of God, not jitterbugging.
Love one another.
The "intellectuals" will always have problems, because they always need to "know." They're often the most spiritually bankrupt people, because they never let go; they don't understand the meaning of "to transcend" the intellect.
Julie Anne Peters
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