Dad is George Harrison

On this day in 2001, former Beatle George Harrison died from cancer.

Our family loves The Beatles, and Pedro, my son, finds a lot of similarities between George Harrison’s ideas and mine. He recently sent me a video of Katie Couric interviewing Olivia Harrison after her husband’s death, and wrote, “Papai é o George. (Dad is George)” We, then, engaged in a brief exchange of messages about life, death, the pursuit of an expanded consciousness during our lifetime, and about learning how to die before we die.

Pedro – Papai é o George. (Dad is George)

Papai – Aceito a comparação e fico feliz. (I accept the comparison. It makes me happy)

Pedro – Adoraria ver você e o George caminhando num jardim. (I would love to see George and you walking in a garden)

Papai – Eu adoraria também. Eu te amo Pepito querido, filhote do pai. (I would love that too. I love you Pepito, my dear son)

Pedro – Também te amo, papis (I love you too, papis)

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While watching the videos posted here, many things resonated with me. What caught my attention and invited me to a deeper reflection are findings and questions that have been part of my journey. That’s probably why Pedro says that I am like George…

He had a great sense of humor, and he was also very serious; he aspired to higher consciousness, a higher life. He reflected about life’s essential questions: “Who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing here? What should I be doing here? Where am I going?”

He appreciated the simple things in life. It’s nature really that he loved. He felt closest to God in nature. He loved people who would appreciate a leaf on the ground, and say, “Wow! Look at that!” 

He said, “Sometimes I just feel I’m actually in the wrong planet. I feel great when I am in my garden, but the moment I go out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?'” 

He faced death with no fear, no regrets. He never really felt in control. He gave his life to God a long time ago. He wasn’t trying to hang on to anything. He was fine with it. He went with what was happening. He said. “You can’t just, at the end of your life, start thinking about God. It’s not just something you stumble upon. Consciousness and self-realization… you have to work for it.” George dedicated a lot of his life to attain a good ending, and I don’t have any doubt that he was successful.

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Papai – Heed the advice and don’t wait until the end of your life. Work on the attainment of a higher consciousness every day. Immerse yourself in moments of silence and solitude, however brief, and live mindfully, paying attention to the here-now. This must become your diligent daily discipline. I don’t have any doubt that that was what George did, and that he achieved success!

Pedro – É você. Eu te adoro. (It’s you. I adore you)

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Here are the lyrics of two of George’s songs that, in my opinion, clearly show the spiritual path he was on, his understanding of Oneness and of the inevitable impermanence of all things, and his readiness for calmly undertaking the transition from this dimension to another:

Within You Without You
by George Harrison

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
And life flows on within you and without you

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Art Of Dying

by George Harrison

There’ll come a time when all of us must leave here
Then nothing sister Mary can do
Will keep me here with you
As nothing in this life that I’ve been trying
Could equal or surpass the art of dying
Do you believe me?

There’ll come a time when all your hopes are fading
When things that seemed so very plain
Become an awful pain
Searching for the truth among the lying
And answered when you’ve learned the art of dying

But you’re still with me
But if you want it
Then you must find it
But when you have it
There’ll be no need for it

There’ll come a time when most of us return here
Brought back by our desire to be
A perfect entity
Living through a million years of crying
Until you’ve realized the Art of Dying
Do you believe me?

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All things must pass
Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day

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Suffering and death are inevitable. I will not make my own suffering and my own death, my enemies.

 


 

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