THE BEATLES SPIRIT
Concerning their God|Love-Within Vision
(Lennon and Harrison)
Compiled and Arranged
Considering the apostle John's statement, "God is Love.", and Christ's teach- ings of human and spiritual love, and my final statement in this book that the "God within" principle is transformational to "God is Love," accordingly, it is appropriate to update, modernize, Christ's gospel of the kingdom/God within to our times worldwide. And it is my contention that the foremost medium to do so, is through music, pop/rock music, specifically; and even more specifically, through the music and wisdom of John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles. This statement can readily be affirmed through my studies on this phenomenon in the folloowing desktop published books:
Revolution and the Beatles
Of Love and the Man (in three volumes)
o The Lennon Testament:
o Of Love and the Man: A Commentary
o Christ and Lennon: Our Kingdom Within
John Lennon as the Mystic-Humanist
ON THE BEATLES' INFLUENCE
 Changing the lifestyles and appearance of youth throughout the world didn't just happen. We [The Beatles] set out to do it. We knew what we were doing.
 We've [the Beatles] got our own subtle way of getting our beliefs over. The message is there all right, man.
 All our [the Beatles] messages were subliminal. We were sending mes- sages out all right. . . . We made things like "All You Need Is Love." It was a change in attitudes. We're part of that psychedelic stuff.
 The whole point of it [The Beatles music and lifestyle] is communication. We've got a chance to smile, like "All you need is love."
 The one thing the Beatles did was affect people's minds.
 I think the Beatles were a kind of religion.
 If The Beatles or the 60's had a message, it was 'Learn to swim. And once you've learned, swim!"
 Interviewer: Do you plan to record any anti-war songs?
Lennon: All our songs are anti-war.
 The Sixties saw a revolution among youth -- not just concentrating in small pockets or classes, but a revolution in a whole way of thinking. The youth got it first and the next generation second. The Beatles were just part of the revolu- tion, which is really an evolution, and is continuing. We were all on this ship in the Sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
 [Regarding a possible reunion of the Beatles] If they didn't understand the Beatles and the Sixties then, what . . . could we do for them now? Do we have to divide the fish and the loaves for the multitudes again? Do we have to get crucified again? Do we have to do the walking on water again because a whole pile of dummies didn't see it the first time, or didn't believe it when they saw it? You know, that's what they're asking: 'Get off the cross. I didn't understand the first bit yet. Can you do that again?' No way. You can never go home. It doesn't exist."
Q: [Interviewer: "Are you deliberately using the power of the Beatles to spread the word about transcendental meditation?:]
JOHN: Yes, because we've never felt like this about anything else. We want the younger generation, especially, to know about it. It's for everyone. For 'house- holders' as the Maharishi calls them. Just for ordinary people. You don't have to be some sort of freak to meditate. We've got to convince people we are not mystic . . . get through our million images to show people that what we can do, anyone can do.
 We [the Beatles] want to learn the meditation thing properly, so that we can propagate it and sell the whole idea to everyone. This is how we plan to use our power now. They're always called us leaders of youth, and we believe this is a good way to give a lead.
 There is no other time but the present. . . . The whole Beatles' message was Be Here Now. What I'm saying is "You are here. What are you going to do about it."
 If I smile at you, you're liable to smile back; and what we're [the Beatles] trying to do is to smile for the world, and hopefully they'll smile back.
 This [the Beatle phenomenon] isn't show business. It's something else. This is different from anything anybody imagines. You don't go on from this. You do this, and then you finish. 
 [Interviewer: What do you think is the one single thing that most contribu- ted to your phenomenal, unprecedented success? Any single thing?]
John: (slight pause) "Umm, God."
Paul: "I'll second that."
HIS MYSTIC EXPERIENCE
I:1 I've been aware of soul.
I:2 I've been aware of the Power . . . There is a Power which people tap and they use it for whatever ends they use it.
I:3 You come out of a [pure experience] and you know "I've been there," and
it was nothing, it was just pure; and that's what we're looking for all the time, really.
I:4 I've been through it; the eye of the needle [nirvana, pure conscious bliss] and back few times.
I:5 You could say it [the mystic experience] was overwhelming, that I actually felt out in the universe, you know, disconnected.
Limitless undying love, which
Shines around me like a million suns,
It calls me on and on across the universe
- Across the Universe
I:7 I remember an incident in my life when I was walking in the mountains of Scotland, up in the north. I was with an auntie who had a house up there; and I remember this feeling coming over, you know, I thought: This is what they call poetic, or whatever they call it. When I looked back, I realized I was kind of hallucinating. You know, when you're walking along and the ground starts going beneath you and the heather, and I could see this mountain in the distance, and this kind of FEELING came over me – I thought, This is SOMETHING. What is this? Ah, this is the one they are always talking about, the one that makes you paint or write, because it's so overwhelming that you want to tell somebody, and you can't describe it, you can't say, "There's this feeling that I'm having and the world looks like . . . and it's sort of glowing . . . and there's a . . ." So you have to try and paint it, right? Or put it into poetry or something like that. Well, it was that same kind of thing. But it was recognition that the thing had been with me all my life…The feeling was with me before the Beatles and with me after-the feeling is something you either recognize or don't recognize. Everybody has it, but most people just won't allow it to come in.
I:8 It was my first time at sea: three thousand miles, seven days. There [were] four of us on this forty-one foot boat, and it was the most fantastic experience I had ever had. I loved it! A storm started one afternoon and lasted three days. The captain was sick and so were his two cousins, the other guys on the boat. There was no reference point. Wherever you would look, we were the center of a circle. There was no land to be seen. They were sick and throwing up and the captain says to me, "There's a storm coming up. Do you want to take over the wheel?" I said, "Do you think I can?" I was supposed to be the cabin boy learning the trade; but he said, "Well, you have to. There's no one else who can do it." I said, "Well, you had better keep an eye on me." He said he would. Five minutes later he goes down below to sleep and says, "See you later." No one else could move. They were sick as dogs. … Once I accepted the reality of the situation, something greater than me took over and all of a sudden I lost my fear. . . . So I was there driving the boat, for six hours, keeping it on course. I was buried under water. I was smashed in the face by waves for six solid hours. It won't go away. You can't change your mind. It's like being on stage once you're on, there's no getting off. A couple of waves had me on my knees. I was just hanging on with my hands on the wheel. It's very powerful weather and I was having the time of my life! I was screaming sea chanteys and shouting at the gods! I felt like the Viking, you know, Jason and the Golden Fleece. The captain found our way with a sexton. . . . I arrived in Bermuda. Once I got there, I was so centered after the experience at sea that I was tuned in, or whatever, to the cosmos. And all these songs came! [for the albums Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey].
THE MYSTIC SOURCE AS ONENESS
II:1 We're all one, aren't we.
I am he
As you are he
As you are me
As we are all together
- I Am the Walrus
We all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
We all shine on and on and on
- Instant Karma
The wind is low the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
- Dear Prudence
Hold on world, world hold on
It's gonna be alright
You gonna see the light
When you're one
You get things done
- Hold On
THE MYSTIC SOURCE AS THE GOD WITHIN,
"WITHIN ALL OF US"
III:1 I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right; it's just that the translations have gone wrong.
III:2 If there is a God, we're all it.
III:3 God is a world Power we can all tap.
III:4 There is a power which people tap, and they use it for whatever ends they use it. And God is a power which we're all capable of tapping. We're all light bulbs that can tap the electricity. We can use the electricity to kill people or to light the room. And God is that: neither one nor the other, but everything. And we use Him to our best ability. And there's no good blaming God for war, because you can use atomic power throughout the world, or you can use it for a bomb. And God is that.
III:5 We all have a temple, and we can visit it any time we like. You can't organize God like that. You can't sort of say, "This is how we get in touch with God," because how do plants and animals get in touch with God, or a tree? They're just as in touch with God as us.
III:6 We all feel almighty some days and we all feel no-mighty other days. Sometimes you look in the mirror and "oh isn't it wonderful?" And other times "what is that, I hate it!" I don't know anybody who isn't like that. Sometimes you love yourself, sometimes you hate yourself, and as I believe that we all contain God and we are all God; so the fact that I think I'm God almighty, some days, it's fine, because I think we're all God almighty. I'll compare myself with any creature living or dead; the potential is in me just as it's in any one of us to be God or the devil.
III:7 You're just left with yourself all the time whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.
III:8 I believe the universe is in your head, literally in your head.
III:9 It's all in your mind.
III:10 I don't believe in death; I think it's just getting out of one car and getting into another.
I don't expect you to understand
The kingdom of heaven is in your hand.
- a demo of "Real Love"
India, India, take me to your heart
Reveal your ancient mysteries to me
I'm searchin' for an answer, but somewhere deep inside
I know I'll never find it here - it's already in my mind
- India, India
III:13 Freedom is in the mind.
Sean [Lennon's 5-year-old son]: When people melt after they melt, and they finished, and the melting is…finished. Did they die after they melted?
John: Oh yes. Well, your body dies, but then you go into the spirit body, the one we were talking about before, made of light. Looks just the same, but it's all . . . can go through walls and everything.
Sean: You don't need to see with the other body?
John: Ah, well, you do see, but you just don't need these kind of eyes to see. You have a different kind of seeing ? where you can see in the back of your head, and all around, all at once [author's italics for emphasis].
THE MYSTIC SOURCE AS THE VOID
IV:1 Everything is the opposite of what it is.
Well now east is east and west is west
The twain shall meet
East is west and west is east
Let it be complete
- You Are Here
IV:3 Everything is true and not true about everything.
IV:4 Everywhere is somewhere.
Early in the evening
I'm giving you the feeling
And nothing to lose
- impromptu singing
Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.
Always know sometimes think it's me,
but you know I know and it's a dream.
I think I know of thee, ah yes, but it's all wrong.
That is I think I disagree.
- Strawberry Fields Forever
I told you about Strawberry Fields
You know the place where nothing is real
Well here's another place you can go
Where everything flows.
Looking through the bent backed tulips
To see how the other half live.
Looking through a glass onion.
Well here's another place you can be
Listen to me
Fixing a hole in the ocean
Trying to make a dove-tail joint, yeah
Looking through a glass onion
- Glass Onion
Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream,
It is not dying, it is not dying
Lay down all thought, surrender to the void,
Is it shining? Is it shining?
That you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being
- Tomorrow Never Knows
IV:9 I have found out personally not for the whole world that I am responsible for it, as well as them. There's no separation; we're all one; so in that respect, I look at it all and think, "Ah, well, I have to deal with me again in that way. What is real? What is the illusion: I'm living or not living? And I have to deal with it every day. The layers of the onion. But that is what it's all about."
IV:10 I believe in reincarnation. I believe that I have been black, been a Jew, been a woman. … I believe all that jazz about coming back started from the fact that we're all one in that sense. We're all joined together – dust to flesh to dust again. So when I die, my body crumbles to dust, and it might come back as a bit of cabbage that is digested by some woman as she's having a baby, so it becomes another human being. In that way we go on and come back.
Here we go again
Here we go again and again
Wondering how it all began
Wondering will it ever end
Round and round we go
Where it's going nobody knows
Well I know I've seen this place before
Someone keeps on moving the door
Here we go again, here we go again...
So I say hello again
And nobody gives a damn
And nobody wants to hold your hand
Everyone's an also-ran.
Round and round we go
Where it's going nobody knows
Though I know I've seen this place before
Someone keeps on moving the door.
Here we go again, here we go again...
- Here We Go Again
IV:12 Sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder. I know we make our own reality and we always have a choice, but how much is preordained? Is there always a fork in the road and are there two preordained paths that are equally preordained? There could be hundreds of paths where one could go this way or that way there's a choice and it's very strange sometimes.
IV:13 It's fear of the unknown. The unknown is what is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around in circles chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate; all that it's all illusion. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown and it's plain sailing. Everything is unknown, then you're ahead of the game.
V:14 The whole universe is a wheel, right? Wheels go round and round. They are my own wheels mainly. But, you know, watching myself is like watching everybody else. And I watch meself through my child, too. Then, in a way, nothing is real, if you break the world down. As the Hindus or Buddhists say, it's an illusion; meaning, all matter is floating atoms. Right? It's Rashomon. We all see it, but the agreed-upon illusion is what we live in.
I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
I really love to watch them roll,
No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
I just had to let it go.
I'm just sitting here doing time
- Watching the Wheels
The deeper you go the higher you fly
The higher you fly the deeper you go
Come on is such a joy
Your inside is out and your outside is in
Your outside is in and your inside is out.
So come on come on
Come on is such a joy.
- Everybody's Got Something to Hide except Me and My Monkey
Some kind of happiness is measured out in time
What makes you think you're something special
when you smile
Child-like, yeah, no one understands
Some kind of innocence is measured out in years
You don't know what it's like to listen to your fears
You can talk to me [your inward Love divinity]
You can talk to me
You can talk to me
If you're lonely you can talk to me (yeah)
Some kind of solitude is measured out in you
You think you know it but you haven't got a clue.
You can talk to me
If you're lonely you can talk to me (yeah)
- Hey Bulldog
THE MYSTIC SOURCE AS LOVE
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
- In My Life
V:2 It sort of dawned on me that love was the answer. The first expression of it was a song called "The Word."
Say the word and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love.
It's so fine, it's sunshine,
It's the word love.
- The Word
V:4 The word is love. It seemed like the underlying theme to the universe, to everything that's worthwhile. It got down to this love, love, love thing; and it was the struggle to love, to be loved, and to express that love. There's something fantastic about love.
Limitless undying love which shines around me
Like a million suns,
it calls me on and on across the universe.
- Across the Universe
Because the world is round it turns me on.
Because the world is round
Ah! love is old, love is new,
Love is all, love is you.
That you may see the meaning of within
it is being, it is being,
that love is all and love is ev'ryone,
it is knowing, it is knowing.
- Tomorrow Never Knows
Love is you
You and me
Love is knowing
We can BE
Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needing to be loved.
V:9 "Love," I wrote it in the spirit of love.
V:1O You know what love is but you can't define it.
V:11 I don't know what it [love] is. I tried to say it in a song called "Love"; I said it about the best as I can in the song.
V:12 I tried to define love in my own way, like "Love is real, real is love." I mean it's a very simple lyric, or even simplistic.
V:13 All those bits from religion about love being all-powerful is true, you know.
V:14 Love is eternal.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
All you need is love, all you need is love.
- All You Need Is Love
V:16 All you need is love. That's really my ultimate political belief. We all need more love.
V:17 I really thought love would save us all.
Love is the answer and you know that for sure.
- Mind Games
V:19 I think if you get down to basics, whatever the problem is, it's usually to do with love. People's neurotic need for love. So I think "All You Need is Love" is a true statement. I'm not saying, "All you have to do is . . ." because "All You Need" came out in the Flower Power Generation time, it doesn't mean that all you have to do is put on a phony smile or wear a flower dress, and it's gonna be all right. Love is not just something that you stick on posters or stick on the back of your car or on the back of your jacket or on a badge. I'm talking about real love, so I still believe that. Love is appreciation of other people and allowing them to be. Love is allowing somebody to be themselves and that's what we do need.
Well we were caught with our hands in the air
Don't despair paranoia is everywhere
We can shake it with love when we're scared
So let's shout it aloud like a prayer
- Bring on the Lucie (Freeda People)
HIS PERSPECTIVE ON MYSTICISM
VI:1 I'm trying rather badly to explain the inexplicable. I don't think that this kind of introspection is the luxury of the "artist" (rich or poor) . . . I just never be- lieved in waiting till death's door before facing (or at least trying) the eternal mysteries … (a rose by any other name etc. .)
VI:2 I was talking to Helen (well, at Helen, really), and as usual I found myself on the defensive about "mystics". I didn't get too frantic for a change. Anyway, I found myself saying something like the following – that many, if not all, great men and women were "mystics" in a sense. Einstein, who at the end of his life remarked that if he had to do it over, he would have spent more time on the spiritual. Pythagoras and Newton were mystics. But the main point I was getting at was the fact that in order to receive the "wholly spirit," i.e. creative inspiration (whether you are labeled an artist, scientist, mystic, psychic, etc.), the main "problem" was emptying the mind. … Hard work, I grant you, but easier than killing yourself ["by trying to break out of the straightjacket of (your) mind" through drugs and alcohol and those around you. … It's the same with the Christians (so called). They're so busy condemning themselves and others, or preaching at people or worse, still killing for Christ. None of them understand- ing, or trying in the least, to behave like a Christ. It seems to me that the only true Christians were (are?) the Gnostics, who believe in self-know- ledge, i.e., becoming Christ themselves, reaching the Christ within. Christ after all, is Greek for light – (We all recognize that the accepted translation of Christ is "the an- nointed one." We [Yoko and he], however, were told that in the original Dead Sea Scrolls it is revealed that the true translation of Christ is "light," which to us made more sense.) – The Light is the Truth. All any of us [Lennon and all others of his persuasion] are trying to do is precisely that. Turn on the Light. All the better to see you with, my dear. Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, Moses, Milarepa, and other great ones spent their time in fasting praying, meditation, and left "maps" of the territory of "God" for all to see and follow in our own way.
VII:1 [impromptu utterance during the "Let It Be" sessions]
Me, the mystic … She, (Yoko) the nudie.
VII:2 There was the competition in Maharishi's [meditation] camp: who was going to get cosmic first. What I didn't know was I was already cosmic.
VII:3 The lesson for me is clear. I've already "lost" one family to produce what? "Sgt Pepper"? I am blessed with a second chance. Being a Beatle nearly cost me my life, and certainly cost me a great deal of my health – the drinking and drugs having started before we were professional musicians – all in an effort to d reach "out there." I will not make the same mistake twice in one lifetime. This time around, inspiration will be called down by the ancient methods laid down for all to see. If I never "produce" anything more for public consumption then "silence." So be it. Amen
VII:4 People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine.
VII:5 If there is such a thing as [a genius], I am one. [When was about twelve] I used to think I must be a genius but nobody's noticed. I used to think whether I'm a genius or I'm mad, which is it? I used to think, well, I can't be mad be- cause nobody's put me away; therefore, I'm a genius. I mean genius is a form of madness and we're all that way...If there is such a thing as genius, which is just what ...what the f**k is it, I am one, you know, and if there isn't, I don't care. I used to think it when I was a kid, writing me poetry and doing me paintings. I didn't become something when the Beatles made it, or when you hear about me. I've been like this all me life.
VII:6 I was different all my life. It's not a case of, "Then he took acid and woke up," or "Then he had a marijuana joint and woke up." It's not that at all.
VII:7 Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity that if it was insane, then I belonged to an exclusive club that sees the world in those terms. Surrealism to me is reality. Psychedelic vision is reality to me and always was. When I looked at myself in the mirror at twelve, thirteen when you become very conscious as a teenager of your appearance, and spend a lot of time combing your hair, I used to, lit- erally, trance out into alpha. I didn't know what it was called then. I only found out years later that there is a name for those conditions. But I would find myself seeing these hallucinatory images of my face changing, becoming cosmic and complete. I would start trancing out and the eyes would get bigger and the room would vanish. I read the same description years later by a famous person who took opium.
VII:8 I always was so psychic or intuitive and poetic, or whatever you want to call it, that was always seeing things in a hallucinatory way that always saw beyond the mask. And it's scary when you're a child, because there is nobody to relate to. Neither my auntie nor my friends nor anybody could ever see it! And it's very, very scary. The only contact I had was reading something about Oscar Wilde or Dylan Thomas or Vincent Van Gogh of the suffering they went through because of their vision. They were seeing and being tortured by society for trying to express what they were ... that loneliness and seeing what is. ... It isn't egomania. It's a fact. If somebody gave me a pair of glasses that makes me see through walls, I can't help it. It doesn't make me better or any- body else; I just see and hear differently from other people the same way musicians hear music differently from non-musicians. And there's no way of explaining it.
VII:9 The second lines goes, "No one I think is in my tree." Well, what I was trying to say in that line is "Nobody seems to be as hip as me, therefore I must be crazy or a genius." It's the same problem I had when I was five: There's something wrong with me because I seem to see things other people don't see. Am I crazy, or am I a genius?" I don't think I'm either: crazy and genius don't really mean anything anymore. I don't literally mean genius as the things we deify, but as the spirit of genius that can come through anybody at any giv- en time. And if there is such a thing, well, I'm going to be one. It was like, "If there is a leader of the Beatles, I'm it." If there ain't, then it's a democracy. It sort of covers all angles.
VII:10 "No one is in my tree" yeah, well that was imagery, and because I was more self-conscious then and paranoid. It was that, but about not knowing "Am I crazy or what?" The eternal questions.
VII:11 I dream in colour, and it's always very surreal. My dream world is com- plete Hieronymus Bosch [Dutch fantasy-reality painter (15th-16th century), and Dali [French surrealistic painter (20th century)]. I love it. I look forward to it every night.
VII:I2 Language and song is to me, apart from being pure vibrations, just like trying to describe a dream. And because we don't have telepathy or whatever it is, we try and describe the dream to each other, to verify to each other what we know, what we believe is inside each other. And the stuttering is right, because we can't say it.
VII:13 The real music comes to me, the music of the spheres, the music that surpasses the understanding, that has not to do with me; that I'm just a channel ... So for that to come through, which is the only joy for me out of the music, is for it to be given to me and I transcribe it like a medium. But I have nothing to do with it other than I'm sitting under this tree and the whole damn thing comes down and I've just put it down. That is the only joy for me.
VII:14 My joy is, when, like, you're possessed like a medium. I mean, I'll be sitting around, and it'll come in the middle of the night, or the time when you don't want to do it. That's the exciting part. So, I'm lying around, and then this thing comes as a whole piece, you know, words and music; and I think, "Well, you know, can I say I wrote it? I don't know who the hell wrote it; I'm just sitting here, and this whole damn song comes out." So you're like driven, and you find yourself at the piano or guitar, and you write it down, because it's been given to you; or whatever it is that you tune into.
VII:15 I suppose you could put me aside Gogh, Renoir and Shakespeare. That's always been my hangup trying to be Shakespeare. . . .
VII:16 [Letter July 1975] I am currently going through one of my 18 months or so retreats…a la primal therapy…meditations in the Himalayas…something which I have been doing even as a child. . . . At the ripe old age of 34. I find myself going back to the age old questions …."WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?"...."WHY ARE WE HERE?"…AM I DOING WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO…OR SIMPLY DOING WHAT I'M SUPPOSED TO DO?!!!
VII:17 My search for the Grail (the oneness of nirvana, bliss, satori, etc.) has been life-long. Clues were many but subtle.
VII:18 If I am on my own for three days, doing nothing, I almost leave myself completely. I'm just not here… I can see my hands and realize they're moving, but it's a robot doing it. I have to see the others to see myself. I realize then there is someone else like me, so it's satisfying and reassuring. It's frightening really, when it gets too bad.
VII:19 I'd lie in bed all day [in Tokyo], not talk, not eat, and just withdraw. And a funny thing happened. I began to see all these different parts of me. I felt like a hollow temple filled with many spirits, each one passing through me, each inhabiting me for a little time and then leaving to be replaced by another.
VII:20 Every time I put my finger on it, it slips away. I think that's one of the truths of life; not my life; that's just my version of how to say it. The fact is, the things one learns in life, or the magic of life if I can use that word are so subtle, it's so subtle; it's like it's always in peripheral vision. And you turn your head towards it, it goes away. And I, like many, many people maybe all of us either consciously or unconsciously; but I consciously look find that I whip my head around, and I banged it into a wall. When actually I was seeing what I wanted to see, but it was at the corner of my eye; and that's how it's supposed to be possibly, you know.
VII:21 Every time I put me finger on it, or try to grasp for it – bang! It's gone.
VII:22 I don't believe in death; I think it's just getting out of one car and getting into Another.
Without any doubt I believe in it." [When asked what experiences he's had that makes him believe in life after death so convincingly, he replied] "In meditation, on drugs, (LSD in particular) in contrast to his mystic experiences] on diets; being aware of soul, and being aware of the Power..."
VII:23 The only time we took drugs was when we were without hope and the only way we got out of it was with hope and if we can sustain the hope then we don't need drugs, liquor or anything. But if we lose hope, what can you do? What is there to do?
VII:24 Well it [LSD] was only another mirror, it didn't . . . it wasn't a miracle. It was more a visual thing, and a therapy, that "looking at yourself" bit, you know. It did all that. I don't quite remember, you know; you don't only hear the music; but it didn't write the music; neither did Janov [his temporary primal scream therapist] or Maharishi [his temporary Indian guru] in the same terms. I write the music in the circumstances in which I'm in, whether it's on acid or in the water.
VII:25 That [LSD] was more associated with finding out about yourself and your ego. It's more psychological than anything else. Meditation is a bit more gentle and much deeper.
VII:26 God isn't in a pill, but LSD explained the mystery of life. It was a reli- gious [as distinct from a spiritual, or mystic experience] experience.
VII:27 We found out very early on that if you played it stoned or derelict in any way it was really shitty music; so we would have the experience and then bring that into the music later.
VII:28 Gogh's "going crazy," Dylan Thomas's "drinking himself to death," etc. were just efforts on their behalf to break out of the straightjacket of their own minds. I include myself and my generation's so-called "drug abuse." Self-abuse would be a more apt expression.
VII:29 I've never claimed divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answer to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can, but only as honestly as I can no more no less.
VII:30 Part of me is a monk, and part of me is a performing flea. Knowing when to stop is survival for me. It's like breathing in and out for me.
VII:31 I cannot live up to other people's expectations of me, because they're illusionary.
VII:32 I haven't perfected the art of life-I'm learning, but I'll probably go to the grave learning it. If one spends time concentrating on a problem, that's all you do! But if one puts one's mind on the solution, the problem tends to go away. I found this out by trial and error and I can't do it on call (snaps his finger).
VII:33 Although … [I try to be] … a true Christian – which I try to be with all sin- cerity – it does not prevent me from acknowledging Buddha-Mohammed-and all the great men of God.
VII:34 If I could do what Christ did, be as Christ was, that's what being a Chris- tian is all about. I try to live as Christ lived. It's tough, I can tell you.
VII:35 I don't have any perfect image that I should live up to: whether it be Jesus Christ, or Buddha, or Mohammed...I am, you know, just part of the whole thing. So I don't have anything to live up to: only the best that I can conceive of.
VII:36 I think I'm Jesus Christ. I'm back again. I think this is it. This is my reason for being here on earth. I am Jesus Christ come back again. This is my thing.
VII:37 We're all Jesus and we're all God. He's inside all of us and that's what it's all about. As soon as you start realizing that potential in everyone, well, then you can change it [humanity] and the person themselves [sic] can change it. That's the whole bit. Jesus wasn't God come down on earth any more than anybody else was. He was just a better example of a good guy.
VII:38 We're all God. I mean Christ said, "The kingdom of heaven is within you," and that's what it means. And the Indians say that. It's a basic thing of religion. We're all God. I'm not a god, or the God, not the God. but we are all God, and we're all potentially divine and potentially evil. We all have everything within us. And the kingdom of Heaven is nigh and within us. And if you look hard enough, you'll see it.
VII:39 If this scene is (around) in 2012 … the masses will be where I am today [in transition toward a human-transcendent wisdom] and I should be as groovy as Jesus then.
Christ! You know it ain't easy
You know how hard it can be.
The way things are going,
they're going to crucify me.
- Ballad of John and Yoko
VII:41 Oh, my soul, it's so hard!
VII:42 There's high, and then there's high; and to get really high – I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that high; that's where I'm going.
VII:43 I will not make the same mistake twice in one life-time [attempting to achieve self freedom and reach nirvana through drugs, art, self-esteem, and the like]. This time around, inspiration will be called down by the ancient methods laid down for all to see.
AS MESSENGER OF LOVE
Spread the word and you'll be free
Spread the word and be like me
Spread the work I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is love?
It's so fine, it's sunshine
It's the word, love
Now that I know what I feel must be right
I'm here to show everybody the light
- The Word
VIII:2 I had decided at sixteen or seventeen that whatever I did I wanted everybody to know it.
VIII:3 I sort of wanted to bring a new message to the public, at least new to me.
VIII:4 I'm concerned all right; I'm concerned with people.
VIII:5 I'm interested in concepts and philosophies. I am not interested in wall paper, which most music is. . . . I'm interested in things with more of a world-wide ... I'm interested, what's it called? something that means something for everyone, not just for a few kids listening to wallpaper. I am just as interested in poetry, or whatever, or art, and always have been. That's been my hang-up, you know continually trying to be Shakespeare or whatever it is. That's what I'm doing. I'm not pissing about. I consider I'm up against them. I'm not com- peting myself against Elvis. Rock just happens to be the media which I was born into, it was the one, that's all. Those people picked up paint brushes, and Van Gogh probably wanted to be Renoir or whoever went before him just as I wanted to be Elvis or whatever the s**t is. I'm not interested in good guitarists. I'm in the game of all those things: of concept and philosophy, ways of life, and whole movements in history; just like Van Gogh was or any other of those f**kin' people they are no more or less than I am or Yoko is they were just living in those days. I'm interested in expressing myself like they expressed it, in some way that will mean something to people in any country, in any lang- uage, and at any time in history.
VIII:6 If it was another age I would be called a philosopher. But because I manifest as a rock-and-roll singer, therefore that word doesn't gel.
VIII:7 I just want to be a musician and transit some love back to the people.
VIII:8 I'm everyone's spokesman . . . I'm a representative of the human race. I'm speaking for all of us.
VIII:9 What I'm trying to do . . . is influence all the people I can influence. All those who are still under the dream and just put a big question mark in their mind. The acid dream is over, that is what I'm trying to tell them.
VIII:10 I'm trying to do something different. I'm trying to change people's minds, to change their attitudes to things.
VIII:20 As we get beyond the dream [of Beatlemania] this should be easier: that's why I'm putting our more heavy statements now [in his solo albums] and trying to shake off the teeny-bopper image. I want to get through to the right people, and I want to make what I have to say very simple and direct.
VIII:21 We [he and Yoko] want to spread awareness.
VIII:22 Yoko and I [want] to change the balance of energy power – on earth, and therefore, in the universe.
VIII:23 You can change people. You can change their heads. I've changed a lot of people's heads. A lot of people have changed my head just with their records, apart from anything else they do. I believe in change. That's what Yoko and my scene is: to change it like that.
VIII:24 My role in society is to try and express what we all feel; not to tell people how to feel, not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
If you want to be a hero then just follow me.
- Working Class Hero
VIII:26 I've changed a lot of people's heads.
VIII:27 I'm only an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.
One thing I can tell you is
you got to be free
Come together right now over me
Come together right now over you - [from a live performance]
- Come Together
God is a concept
by which we measure our pain
I have a message from above,
and I'm here to tell you that this message
concerns our love,
The angels must have sent me
to deliver this to you
now here me now
brothers and sisters:
God is a concept
- God (alternate unreleased version)
VIII:30 I always had the plan, but I never had the power. I thought I did. Big star, big deal. No one listens when they don't have to. It's too much work.
SELECTIONS OF HIS TRANSCENDENT SONGS
with Brief Interpretations
WITH THE BEATLES
IN MY LIFE
[Memories of loved ones are endearing for Lennon, but he has a vision of Love that transcends, yet inheres, in human sentiment]
[Transcendent Love is the light and freedom and joy of our life, and we keep in touch with It by sounding the word Love like a mantra]
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
[how to live love in this temporal reality in relation to Love in its timeless reality.]
AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING
[All material and personal attachments will eventually pale for us; and when they do, we can turn to our inward God for solace and fulfillment]
[Change your state of mind, or your attitude, and you can change yourself.]
SHE SAID SHE SAID
[On being told that someone had experienced death, Lennon feels himself drawn into that same "reality" of death - "You're making me feel like I've never been born."]
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
[Don't be fearful of surrendering our ego-sensuality to the meaning within us, which is pure Love-Being.]
BABY YOU'RE A RICH MAN
[Our treasure is within us however poor we may be, or whoever we are, outwardly]
I AM THE WALRUS
[a surrealistic swirl of seemingly meaningless words to make the point that we are all essentially one]
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
[It could be that he - we - is living in a dream and that the real "he" is somewhere else, in some other reality.]
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
[Surrealistically, Lennon plays with images that evoke the infinite capacity of the mind to alter ordinary perceptions of reality]
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
[Lennon's poetic images evoke the multiplicity of eternal Love in its perpetual play of energy forces and forms, and contrasts this multiplicity of eternal Love with the unifying still, void, of eternal Love - where nothing changes. (It ]
[Lennon sings to Prudence not to be so engrossed in meditation that she can't enjoy the play and beauty of life which is as much a part of nature as the cosmos on which she is meditating.]
EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE EXCEPT ME AND MY MONKEY
[Opposites cancel each other out when it comes to essential Reality; There is only Oneness there. Down you go is where you are up; your mind inside is Mind outside; though you are moving, you are really still; you are here, there, and everywhere at the same time.]
[We are essentially measureless, timeless, limitlessly beyond our fearing, lonely, ego selves; so let's get to that "beyond" here and now.]
[Another image of Love as a glass onion whose layers flow like a tulip enfolding into one another; yet when peeled completely reveal nothing - the nothingness of Being, of Love. ]
[Though he knows his essential universality, he still suffers for the need of his life's mate.]
[Yes, nature is beautiful; but the Love that underlies nature is sublime, is sacred to the receptive mind.]
THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO
[He identifies his soul's predicament with Christ's; yet knows that, as with Christ, in the end, his soul is immortal.]
[Our karma - personal consequences – is here in this life as well as beyond; so let us keep in mind our shining eternality even though our ego-self belongs to our life here and now.]
[Love is everything and a reconciliation of opposites how to live love in this temporal reality in relation to Love in its timeless reality.]
[God reasoned as a concept results from our psychological fears of the unknown beyond life. Our reality in this life is foremost the integrity of our self-identity accompanied with our loved ones.]
[We are to strive to will our consciousness toward more consciousness, toward the ultimate consciousness: Love]
[He has experienced pure Love-consciousness; but he's not sure whether it was a dream or not; yet through music, symbols, and images he can be in touch with It at least aesthetically.]
WATCHING THE WHEELS
[His life presently revolves around experiencing the eternal-infinite circles of life and death.]
HERE WE GO AGAIN
[He knows he's been here in life before; yet in a strangely different setting than before.]
[Though India is known as the spiritual place to find one's spiritual path; yet Lennon comes to realize that his spiritual place is in his mind immersed in life and the erotic.]
CHILD OF NATURE
[He loves nature humanly; but through the transcendence and freedom of his soul.]
HAPPY RISHIKESH SONG
[A parody in thinking that one can reach nirvana (pure-bliss -consciousness) through mind-altering substances.]
George Harrison as the Spiritual-Humanist
ON THE BEATLES' INFLUENCE
 The Beatles somehow reached more people, more nationalities, more parts, that other bands couldn't reach.
 I think we gave hope to the Beatle fans. We gave them a positive feeling that there was a sunny day ahead and that there was a good time to be had, and that you are your own person and that the government doesn't own you. There were those kind of messages in a lot of our songs.
 Looking back, we'd probably change everything that we did, right from day one. But it'll do the way it was; you can't change things [that have already hap- pened]
 We would have changed things. We would have had more control if we'd known what we know now. But we did pretty good considering we were just four Liverpool [lads]. We did not do badly coping. I think that was the main thing we did - cope. A lot of other people who had less stress, didn't cope as well. People would have one hit and be in some sort of strait-jackets and mental institutions. We just went on and on.
 We were put under the heaviest pressure. I don't think anybody had as much pressure as The Beatles, maybe in some way, Elvis, but it was not quite as intense as it was with us. Part of the pressure of the time was the mania that was going on, plus the drugs and the police, and then the politics --everywhere we went there was political upheaval and riots.
 It was a very one-sided affair. The people gave their money and they gave their screams, but The Beatles gave their nervous systems, which is a much more difficult thing to give.
 It's like Henry VIII or Hitler or any of these historical figures; they're always going
to be showing documentaries about; their name will be written about forever, and no doubt The Beatles will be too. But my life didn't begin with the Beatles and it didn't end with The Beatles. It was just like going to school. I went to Dovedale; then I went to Liverpool Institute; and then I went to The Beatles Uni- versity for a bit and then I got out of university; and now I'm having the rest of my life off.
 The world used us as an excuse to go mad, then blamed it on us.
 All this stuff about the Beatles being able to save the world was rubbish. I can'teven save myself. It was just people trying to put the responsibility on our shoulders. The thing about the Beatles is that they saved the world from bore- dom. I mean, even when we got to America the first time, everybody was run- ning around with Bermuda shorts on, brushcuts, and braces on their teeth. But we didn't really create any great change, we just heralded that change of con- sciousness that happened in the sixties. We went along with it, that's all.
 The Beatles were all those things that happened. It's a matter of learning that up and down are the same thing. Everything keeps changing, and there's always a balance, and whatever happens is what you cause yourself. The moral of the story is that you accept the high points you're going to have to go through the lows.
For the Beatles, were a very heightened version of that: of how to learn about love and hate, and up and down, and good and bad, and loss and gain. It was a hyper-version of what everybody else was going through. So, basically it's all God. Whatever happened is good so long as we've learnt something. It's only bad if we didn't learn. Who am I? Where am I going? Where have I come from?
 We were consistent, we were honest, had a sense of humor, and kind of looked quite good at the time, which always helps.
 The love people feel for us, we don't understand that. That's the mystic side to it, and that's the thing we should cherish, that aspect of it; to realize that.
 Our music is our religion. We're giving a lot of happiness to a lot of peo- ple. I'm sure that we're giving a lot more happiness to people than some people of those priests.
 The more I go into this spiritual thing, the more I realize that we, the Beatles, aren't doing it, but that something else is doing it.
 It's not just that it's us doing it or the Queen doing it, but that it's some great power that is doing it.
 I'd like to think that the old Beatle fans have grown up and they've got married and they've all got kids and they're all more responsible but they still have a space in their hearts for us.
 We made our money and fame, but for me, it wasn't it. It was good fun for a while, but it certainly wasn't the answer to what life is about.
 We're in a position to try things, to show people. We can jump around and try new things which others can't or won't. Like drugs. People doing ordinary jobs just couldn't give the time we did to looking into all that.
 We were in the happy position of not needing more money. So for the first times, the bosses aren't in it for profit. We've already bought all our dreams. We want to share that possibility with others.
 People have really come to understand the depth and seriousness of our music along with the entertainment part. That is there.
 There was a magic that happened between us and somehow it got into
the grooves on those records. Not every song we ever did was brilliant, but a lot of them are timeless, great songs that happen to have something in the grooves which appeals to each generation as it comes up.
 You can take the Beatles separaretly and analyze all their energy, but when you put them together astrologically and chemically, something stronger takes place that even the Beatles understood.
 It is one of our perennial problems, whether there is actually a God. From the Hindu point of view each soul is divine. All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.
 So, when you look at a tree, it's really a reflection of God. You see it in other people -- that's him too, you know?
 Religion and God are the only things that exist. I know that some people think I must be a nutcase. I find it hard not to myself sometimes, because I still see things in an ordinary way. But I know that when you believe it's real and nice. Not believing, it's all confusion and emptiness.
 Krishna is God, the source of all that exists, the cause of all that is, was, or ever will be.
 God has many names, and, while I've always believed in the existence of a God, I never knew what to call him. This [God named as Krishna] is just another way of finding spiritual communion.
 Well, if God is unlimited he can appear in any form, whoever way he likes to appear. This is one way. He's called Vishnu.
 When I first came to this house, it was occupied by nuns. I brought in this poster of Visnu [a four-armed form of Krishna]. You just see His head and shoulders and His four arms holding a conchshell and various other symbols, and it has a big om. This transcendental syllable, which represents Krishna, has been chanted by many persons throughout history for spiritual perfection, is written above it. He has a nice aura around Him. I left it by the fireplace and went out into the garden. When we came back in the house, they all pounced on me, saying, "Who is that? What is it?" as if it were some pagan god. So I said, "Well, if God is unlimited, then He can appear in any form, whichever way He likes to appear. That's one way. He's called Visnu." It sort of freaked them out a bit, but the point is, 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 rela- tionship. But there's this morbid side to the way many represent Christianity today, where you don't smile, because it's too serious, and you can't expect to see God -- that kind of stuff. If there is God, we must see Him, and I don't be- lieve in the idea you find in most churches, where they say, "No, you're not going to see Him. He's way up above you. Just believe what we tell you and shut up."
 I mean, the knowledge that's given in Prabhupada's books , the Vedic stuff, that's the world's oldest scriptures. They say that man can become purified, and with divine vision he can see God. You get pure by chanting, then you see Him. And Sanskrit, the language they're written in, is the world's first recorded language. Devanagari [the alphabet of the Sanskrit language] actually means "language of the gods."
 There's an underlying reality that we must discover and I think the blessing is the realization that there is actually something that exists other than our daily mundane life.
 Reality is God alone. Everything else is illusion.
 It [God] means all kinds of things to me – the first context was 'a man in the stars'. And I've gone back to it now. I think it is a man in the stars as well, if you like! Divine is in everything. Every aspect of creation is a part of God, an expression of it.
 We should try to see God in everything.
GOD WITHIN OR THE SOUL
 It's been about three years' thinking, looking for why we're here, the pur- pose of what we're doing here on this world, getting born and dying. Normally, people don't think about it, and then they just die, and then they've gone and missed it, because we do come here for some purpose.
 And I've found out the reason we come here is to get back to that thing God had, whatever you might call God, you know, that scene. The thing is everybody is potentially divine, every human being is potentially a Christ.
 I think the main thing that we have to do is try and train ourselves to remem- ber from moment to moment that God is living within us and within everybody else, and just trying to remember to see that.
 Through all ages, great saints have remained as living proof that this non-temporary, permanent state of God consciousness can be revived in all living souls.
 Consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain GOD perception . . . You can actually see God, and Hear Him, play with Him. It might sound crazy, but He is actually there.
 Everyone is potentially Jesus Christ, really. We are all trying to get where Jesus Christ got. And we're going to be on this world until we get there.
 Everybody is potentially divine. It's just a matter of self-realization before it will all happen.
 Ok, the physical body falls off, but the soul lives on, we're going to meet again.
 Every human soul is potentially divine: the goal is to manifest that divinity.
 Try to realize it's all within yourself.
 We all want to see him. And then, when you say, "Where is he?" they say, "Well, you can't see him. He's out there somewhere, but we don't know exactly where he is." Through the Indian philosophy and all that I came into contact with, it just showed me that it's actually inside. He lives in our hearts. It's a matter of turning your consciousness inward in order to then realize that it's in there, and then you can see him outside too. It's just a shift in attitude, really.
 I think it's much more acceptable, the idea of meditation or yoga, the idea of God trying to contact the soul within ourselves. Back in the '60s it was a bit like, you know, the hippies or the philosophers were the only people. I was brought up in the kind of Catholic situation up until I was about eleven years old, which was that "God is this thing that we're never going to see, we're never going to meet, but you still have to believe in what we say." It's like this blind faith in something that they can't show you.
 That's the whole thing why people have missed God. They haven't been able to see God because he is hidden in them. All the time people concentrate their energies and activities outward on this surface level that we live on, but it's only by turning your concentration and directing it inwardly, in a form of medi- tation, that you can see your own god in there. When you realize that, then you can realize a lot more things about the surface level, because you're now looking at it from a more subtle point of view.
 That's why I wrote in "My Sweet Lord," 'I really want to see you,' because
if there is a God, I want to see him. I don't want to just hear some Holy Roller shouting about him. And the same with the Pope, I want the Pope to say, "Okay, I would like the Christ consciousness." I don't want to just talk about him.
 It's really a process of actually having a realization of God, which all be- comes clear with the expanded state of consciousness that develops when you chant.
 I mean 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.
 One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality [or soul].
 Now I understand about ninety-year-old people who feel like teenagers. The soul in the body is there at birth and there at death. The only change is the bodily condition.
 Just certain things happened in my life which left me thinking 'What's it all about, Alfie?' and I remembered Jesus said somewhere 'Knock and the door shall be opened' and I said (knock, knock) 'Hellooo!' It's very difficult. From the Hindu point of view each soul is potentially divine, the goal is to manifest the divinity. The word 'yoga' means union and the union is supposedly between the mind, the body, and the spirit, and yoga isn't lying on nails or standing on your head. I mean, there's various forms of yoga and they're all branches on one big tree. The Lord, or God, has got a million names, whatever you want to call him, it doesn't matter as long as you call him, Jesus is on the mainline, tell him what you want. Going back to self-realization, one guru said he found no separation between man and God, saving man's spiritual unadventurous- ness, and that's the catch, everybody's so unadventurous. We're all conditioned, our consciousness has been so polluted by the material energy it's hard to try and pull it all ways in order to really discover our true nature. Every one of us has within us a drop of that ocean and we have the same qualities as God, just like a drop of the ocean has the same qualities as the whole ocean. Everybody's looking for something and we are it. We don't have to look anywhere -- it's right there within ourselves.
 The thing is, you go to an ordinary church and it's a nice feeling. They all tell you about God, but they don't show you the way. They don't show you how to become Christ-conscious yourself. Hinduism is different.
 I must say there's a state of consciousness which is the goal of every- body. I haven't sat down and done meditation for some time, but at the same time I constantly think of the Lord in one fashion or another. My thing is just to remember and to try to see him within all of you and that feeling itself is a med-
 Our normal walking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requi- site stimulus, and at a touch they are all there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation.
 If you can imagine your physical body being an overcoat on your true self, they get to the point where they can take that overcoat off and go wherever they want to go.
 We are all here to become Christ-like.
 I think individual love is just a little of universal love. The ultimate love, the universal love or love of God, is a basic goal. Each one of us must manifest our individual love, manifest the divinity which is in us. All individual love be- tween one person loving another, or loving this that or the other, is all small parts or small examples of that one universal love. It's all God, I mean if you can handle the word 'God.'"… Ultimately the love can become so big that we can love the whole of creation instead of 'I love this but I don't like that.' Singing to the Lord or an individual is, in way, the same. I've done that consciously in some songs.
 I wouldn't like to say that I'm absolutely God conscious. It's like everybody else. We're battling with the forces that are pulling us upwards and downwards at the same time. But basically we all want love, that's what I feel. And all love is really God's love. It's God's love manifest in this world through everything that's in this world, and all the people in the world. I think what the Krishna thing did for me was the Bhakti -- which is called Bhakti Yoga. ["pure spiritual devotion of Love for God, which is Love ... based on the doctrine 'Love is God and God is Love.'"] It's that method whereby you realize that the Lord is in everything that's in creation. So, when you look at a tree, it's really a reflection of God. You see it in other people -- that's him too, you know?
 I felt in love not with anything or anybody in particular, but with everything. Everything was perfect, in a perfect light, and I had an overwhelming desire to go around the club telling everybody how much I loved them – people I had never seen before.
 As long as you hate there will be people to hate.
 With our love we could save the world.
ON MORTAL AND IMMORTAL REALITY
 Life on Earth is but a fleeting illusion edged between lives past and future beyond physical mortal reality.
 It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain ex- perience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future,
but we don't know if there is one.
 Oh yeah. I'm living in it [the material world]. But people interpret it to mean money, cars, that sort of thing -- although those are part of the material world. The material world is like the physical world, as opposed to the spiritual. For me, living in the material world just meant being in this physical body with all the things that go along with it.
 Just all the groovy people are bramans, like the scientists, religious people and musicians, and all those. And then in the end, I'd like to become this myself. I'd just like to have this quality that these people have, which is a spri- tual thing. And I think with us having all the material wealth that we need ... you know, the average person feels that if they had a car and a telly and a house, and that's where its at. But if you get a car and a telly and a house and even, you know, a lot of money, your life's still empty because it's still all on this gross level. And what we need isn't material, it's spiritual. We need, sort of, some other form of peace and happiness. And so, that's why the Indian people all seem very peaceful and as though they have found something, because they haven't had the material wealth. They've had to look at themselves for some answer, and they've found it inside themselves.
 The material world is like the physical world, as opposed to the spiritual. For me, living in the material world just meant being in this physical body with all the things that go along with it.
 As they say 'to be in the world, but not of the world.' You can go to the Himalayas and miss it completely, and you can be stuck in the middle of New York and be very spiritual. I mean, I noticed in certain places, like New York, it brings out a certain thing in myself. If I go to some place 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. So, in a way, it's good to be able to go in and out of both situations. Most peo- ple think when the world gets itself together we'll all be okay. I don't see that situation arriving. I think one by one, we all free ourselves from the chains we have chained ourselves to. But I don't think that suddenly some magic happens and the whole lot of us will all be liberated in one throw.
ON THE EGO
 "I Me Mine" [his song] is the 'ego' problem. There are two 'I's': the little 'i' when people say 'I am this' and the big 'I'; i.e. OM, the complete whole, uni- versal consciousness that is void of duality and ego. There is nothing that isn't part of the complete whole. When the little 'i' merges into the big 'I' then you are really smiling!
 So there is the little ego -- the little 'i' which is like a drop of the ocean. Swami Vivekananda says "Each soul is potentially divine, the goal is to mani- fest that divinity." We have to realize that we are potentially divine and then manifest that divinity – which is to get rid of that little 'i' by the drop becoming merged into the big 'I' (the ocean).
 All that sort of Beatle thing is trivial and unimportant, I'm fed up with all this "me," "us," "I" stuff and all the meaningless things we do. I'm trying to work out solutions to the more important things inside.
 I looked around and everything I could see was relative to my ego. You know like "that's my piece of paper" and "that's my flannel," or "Give it to me," or "I am." It drove me crackers. I hated everything about my ego. It was a flash of everything false and impermanent which I disliked.
 I don't go around thinking, "I am George Harrison from the Beatles!" I try to balance my life with peace and quiet, because the other side is real rowdy. I am a Pisces. I am an extreme person. One half is always going where the other half has just been. I was always extremely up or down, extremely spiritual or extremely drugged. Now [I have] a bit of maturity. I've brought the two closer to the middle. I don't get too far up or too far down anymore and that feels good.
 There are so many people who don't understand the sentiments of Within you Without you [his spiritual song]. They can't see outside themselves, they are too self-important and can't see how small we all are.
 [I am now] comfortable with my spirituality. . . . No growth without pain is always the question and the answer. There is a lot of banging your head against the wall when you could be walking through the door. But that's what we all are - little human beings. God saved my life. I've always felt blessed, but there have been times when I've got crazier and crazier and forgot about that blessing.
 When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find; peace of mind is waiting there.
ON LSD AND TRANSCENDENCE
 The very first time we took LSD, John and I were together. And that exper- ience and a lot of other things that happened after that, both on LSD and on the meditation trip to Rishikesh, we saw beyond each other's physical bodies, you know. That's there permanently, whether he's in a physical body or not. I mean this is the goal anyway: to realize the spiritual side. If you can't feel the spirit of some friend who's been close, then what chance have you got of feeling the spirit of Christ or Buddha or whoever else you may be interested in? 'If your memory serves you well, we're going to meet again.' I believe that.
 It was shattering. It's as though someone suddenly wipes away all you were taught or brought up to believe as a child and says, 'That's not it.' You've gone so far, your thoughts have become so lofty and you think that there is no way of getting back.
 The nearest thing to salvation we're going to get. It should be a balance for all the other rubbish going on in the world.
 For me, it was definitely LSD. The first time I took it, it just blew everything away. I had such an overwhelming feeling of well-being, that there was a God, and I could see him in every blade of grass. It was like gaining hundreds of years of experience within twelve hours. It changed me, and there was no way back to what I was before.
 Out of the LSD madness (and there were a few horrors) there came a few 'zaps'. It made me laugh. I'd never thought about, couldn't even say the word 'God'. It embarrassed me, but it was so strange, GOD, and it washed away all these fears and doubts and little things that hang you up.
 [Taking LSD} was like opening the door, really, and before, you didn't even know there was a door there. It just opened up this whole other consciousness, even if it was down to, like Aldous Huxley said, the wonderful folds in his gray flannel trousers. From that smaller concept to the fact that every blade of grass and every grain of sand is just throbbing and pulsating.
 I think it [self-realization] was really after acid, because acid was the big sort of psychological reaction. It's really only after acid that it pushes home to you that you're only little, really. And there's all that infinity out there and there is something doing it, you know.
 After his first LSD intake] I felt in love; not with anything or anybody in partic- ular, but with everything. Everything was perfect, in a perfect light, and I had an overwhelming desire to go round the club telling everybody how much I loved them - people I had never seen before.
 With the realization that came about after the lysergic. It has a humbling power, that stuff. And the ego – to be able to deal with these people thinking you were some wonderful thing – it was difficult to come to terms with. I was feeling like nothing.
 All the panic and the pressure? Yeah! Absolutely, I think. Although up until LSD, I never realized that there was anything beyond this state of conscious- ness. But all the pressure was such that, like the man said, "There must be some way out of here."
 You can take it as many times as you like, but you get to a point that you can't get any farther unless you stop taking it.
 I don't drink alcohol personally, because . . . I mean, that's one reason why I smoked pot. When I started smoking pot a few years ago, I hope they won't edit this piece out, because I'm not really. . . . Ok, the thing was that, as soon as I smoked pot I gave up alcohol, because I realized the only reason I was drinking alcohol was to get high. So I got high much easier without any sickness after it. But the thing is now that to really have pure state of conscious- ness and good perception that is above the normal state of consciousness that we're aware of, then you must have a perfectly clear mind. So alcohol and any sort of drugs is out. But I haven't taken anything like that personally for a long time. In fact even before I got busted I never took it. It just happened that, you know, that they seem to bring it with them, that day. (laughs) . . . Anyway, yes I agree with that. Because to REALLY get high you've got to have a pure sys- tem. You know, your mind and body has got to be clear.
 LSD isn't a real answer. lt doesn't give you anything. It enables you to see a lot of possibilities that you may never have noticed before, but it isn't the answer. . . . lf you're really hip . . . you see the potential that it had and the good that can come from it, but you also see that you don't really need it.
 LSD can help you get from A to B, but when you get to B, you see C. You see that to get really high you have to do it straight. There are special ways of getting high without drugs – with yoga, meditation, and all those things.
 Although it's good in some respects, LSD isn't good because your mind isn't pure. My experience with LSD led me to look for something higher. I want whatever It is that's the highest high of all time. Something that surpasses LSD. And l found out that that is what God is. God is the biggest buzz of all time You don't need any acid; and also acid is not good for you. It's not good for your mind. It makes your mind rot after a while.
 Once you've taken it, you do have some sort of realization. I realized
that – yeh, that's it – but it's even more than that, and it's without the acid. I think Leary's [an American psychologist and writer, known for his advocacy of psychedelic drugs] just promoting it, trying to get more and more people to turn on. In actual fact, it's going bad because all the people who are on it are thinking, "Well from what he's said, this must be it. So they're staying on it. They're trapped. I don't doubt that he's doing it for the good and that he's basically good, but I can't really believe that he believes that this is it. lf he does believe that this is IT, then he's wrong. I'll be outspoken enough to say that he's wrong. But if he believes that it is a stepping stone to IT, then he's right.
 Nobody can be a drug addict if they're hip. It's obvious if you're hip that you've got to make it. The buzz of all buzzes, which is the thing called God, you've got to be straight to get it. . . . The thing is, if you really want to get it permanently, you have got to do it, you know … be healthy, don't eat meat, keep away from those night clubs and meditate.
 It [LSD] isn't the answer. The answer's in your own head, isn't it?
 I had this lingering thought that just stayed with me [after his first LSD exper- ience], and that thought was "Yogis of the Himalayas". I don't know why – I'd never thought about that [in my life /author's addition for clarification] for the rest of my life; but suddenly this thought was in the back of my consciousness. It was like somebody was whispering to me: "Yogis of the Himalayas".
 I haven't sat down and done meditation for some time, but at the same time I constantly think of the Lord in one fashion or another. My thing is just to re-member and to try to see him within all of you and that feeling itself is a medita- tion.
 I had a strange experience when I was in Rishikesh. I went on a meditation course, where the object was to meditate deeper and deeper and deeper for long periods; and the goal was to plug into the divine energy and to raise your state of consciousness and tune into the subtler states of consciousness. So it's hard to actually explain it, but it was a feeling of just the consciousness traveling. I don't know where to, and it wasn't up, down, left or right, but there was nobody there; and at the same time you don't feel as though you're missing anything. The consciousness is complete.
 Meditation is just a natural process of contacting it. [heightened energy] So by doing it each day you give yourself a chance of contacting this energy and giving it to yourself a little more. Consequently you're able to do whatever you normally do – just with a little bit more happiness, maybe.
 Christ said, "Seek the kingdom of heaven that lies within." Well, [meditation] takes you to that state which is the kingdom of heaven within. It's within everybody. It takes you to a level of consciousness that is absolute, that is not subject to the relative state of consciousness like good and bad, black and white, and all those things that are equal and opposite of each other.
 With drugs, you are still on the relative level. Just waiting and dreaming – all this is relative, only on this grosser level. Whereas when you meditate, it is all on a subtler level. So really you cannot compare them. With drugs you do have a glimpse of a few things, they heighten your experience. But if you take a drug and hope that it will bring the subtlety out of this grosser level – well, it will never work.
 Each person's individual life pulsates in rhythm, so they give you a word or a sound, known as a mantra, which pulsates with that rhythm. The whole idea is to transcend to the subtlest level of thought, so you replace the thought with the mantra, and the mantra becomes more and more subtle until finally you've lost even the mantra. Then you find yourself at that level of pure conscious- ness.
 Its [meditation] ultimate message is love for one another.
 The word 'Hare' calls upon the energy of the Lord. If you chant the mantra enough, you build up an identification with God. God's all happiness, all bliss, and by chanting His names we connect with Him. So it's really a process of actually having God realization, which becomes clear with the expanded state of consciousness that develops when you chant. Like I said in the introduction I wrote for Prabhupada's Krishna book some years ago.
 Chanting Hare Krishna is a type of meditation that can be practiced even if the mind is turbulent. You can even be doing other things at the same time. In my life there's been many times the mantra brought things around. It keeps me in tune with reality. The more you sit in one place and chant, the more incense you offer to Krishna in the same room, the more you purify the vibrations.
 Once I chanted the Hare Krishna mantra all the way from France to Portugal, nonstop. I drove for about twenty-three hours and chanted all the way. It gets you feeling a bit invincible. The funny thing was that I didn't even know where I was going. I mean I had bought a map, and I knew basically which way I was aiming, but I couldn't speak French, Spanish, or Portuguese. But none of that seemed to matter. You know, once you get chanting, then things start to hap- pen transcendentally.
 The response that comes from chanting is in the form of bliss, or spiritual happiness, which is a much higher taste than any happiness found here in the material world.
 It's [chanting] really the same sort of thing as meditation, but I think it has a quicker effect. I mean, even if you put your beads down, you can still say the mantra or sing it without actually keeping track on your beads. 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.
 Chanting Hare Krishna is a type of meditation that can be practiced even if the mind is in turbulence. You can even be doing it and other things at the same time. That's what's so nice. In my life there's been many times the mantra brought things around. It keeps me in tune with reality, and the more you sit in one place and chant, the more incense you offer to Krishna in the same room, the more you purify the vibration, the more you can achieve what you're trying to do, which is just trying to remember God, God, God, God, God, as often as possible. And if you're talking to Him with the mantra, it certainly helps.
 ["Those initiated into TM (transcendental meditation) received a secret man- tra supposedly chosen to fit the specific bodily impulses of each individual."] Your body is full of little pulses. These pulses act together to form a whole impulse. It depends what type of life you lead and what sort of things you do The instructor gives a mantra, the sound of which goes with this impulse and by thanking of it, or by turning it over and over in your mind, your thoughts become finer and finer until you arrive at a transcendental state.
You say it out loud at first and then you turn it down and keep repeating it until it's just in your mind Then you find you're not thinking of it as a word or a syllable, and the rhythm becomes fainter and fainter until you can hardly recog- nize it at all. Then it just fades out, but when it does that, you have reached the subtle state of thought . You're still conscious, but it's Just as if you're in a nice warm experience!
 It's just really simple when we can remember. I think the main thing that we have to do is try and train ourselves to remember from moment to moment that God is living within us and within everybody else, and just trying to remember to see that.
 The thing about the word 'Hare' is the word that calls upon the energy that's around from the Lord. Whichever Lord you like, really. But in this case it happens to be Krishna...which is like the words that Christ said became the Christian Bible. And the words that Krishna said became the sort of Hindu Bible called the Bhagwat Ghita. So it's just by merely the repetition of that. It's the same if you were just to go round chanting Christ, Christ, Christ, Christ. If you say it long enough then you build up this identification. Whatever you identify with, you become one with it. So it's really a method of becoming one with God."… It's just another process.
 The word "Hare" is the word that calls upon the energy that's around the Lord. If you say the mantra enough, you build up an identification with God. God's all happiness, all bliss, and by chanting His names we connect with Him. 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. Like I said in the introduction I wrote for Prabhupada's Krsna book some years ago, "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."
 You don't get it in five minutes. It's something that takes time, but it works because it's a direct process of attaining God and will help us to have pure consciousness and good perception that is above the normal, everyday state of consciousness. … In the life I lead, I find that I sometimes have opportunities when I can really get going at it, and the more I do it, I find the harder it is to stop, and I don't want to lose the feeling it gives me.
 It takes a certain amount of time and faith to accept or to realize that there is no difference between Him and His name, to get to the point where you're no longer mystified by where He is. You know, like, "Is He around here?" You realize after some time, "Here He is-right here!" It's a matter of practice. So when I say that "l see God," I don't necessarily mean to say that when I chant I'm seeing Krishna in His original form when He came five thousand years ago, dancing across the water, playing His flute. Of course, that would also be nice, and it's quite possible too. When you become real pure by chanting, you can actually see God like that, I mean personally. But no doubt you can feel His presence and know that He's there when you're chanting.
 It's [chanting]really the same sort of thing as meditation, but I think it has a quicker effect. I mean, even if you put your beads down, you can still say the mantra or sing it without actually keeping track on your beads. 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.
 It's really the same sort of thing as meditation, but this is the thing – it has more effect, I think. Or quicker effect, because music is such a powerful force. And it's like God likes me when I work, but loves me when I sing." (chuckles) But it's really the same end as meditation. The response that comes from it is in the form of bliss. The more you do it, the more you don't wanna stop it, because it feels so nice. Peaceful. I believe in the saying, 'If there's a God, we must see him.' And I don't believe in the idea like, in most churches they say now, you're not gonna see him, he's way above you. Just believe what we tell you and shut up. Well, their whole thing is a different way. It's a process of actually having that realization and direct God perception, which is the thing you can attain through chanting and through meditation. And then you don't have any questions. You don't have to ask the vicar about this, because it all becomes clear with the expanded state of consciousness. But you don't get it in five minutes. It's some- thing that takes a long time. So it's really...It's like to give peace a chance, or all you need is love. The thing is, you can't just stand there and say, love, love, love or peace, peace, peace and get it. You have to have a direct process of attaining that. Like Christ said, 'Put your own house in order.' Maharishi said, 'For a forest to be green, each tree must be green.' So the same for the world to have peace, each individual must have peace. And you don't get it through society's normal channels. And that's why each individual must tend to himself and get his own peace. And that way the whole society will have peace.
 It's [chanting] a matter of being open. Anyone who's open can do it. You just have to be open and not prejudiced. You just have to try it. There's no loss, you know. But 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. But an ordinary person's more willing to say, "Okay. Let me try it and see if it works." Chanting Hare Krishna can make a person a better Christian, too.
 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 chant- ing 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.
 Going to a temple or chanting with a group of other people – the vibration is that much stronger. Of course, for some people it's easy just to start chanting on their beads in the middle of a crowd, while other people are more comforta- ble chanting in the temple. But part of Krishna consciousness is trying to tune in all the senses of all the people: to experience God through all the senses, not just by experiencing Him on Sunday, through your knees by kneeling on some hard wooden kneeler in the church. But if you visit a temple, you can see pictures of God, you can see the Deity form of the Lord, and you can just hear Him by listening to yourself and others say the mantra. It's just a way of realizing that all the senses can be applied toward perceiving God, and it makes it that much more appealing, seeing the pictures, hearing the mantra, smelling the incense, flowers, and so on. That's the nice thing about your movement. It incorporates everything – chanting, dancing, philosophy, and prasadam. The music and dancing is a serious part of the process too. It's not just something to burn off excess energy.
 There is one problem I've found when chanting. I start beginning to relate less and less to the people I know. I suddenly found myself on such a different level where it's really hard to relate. It feels as though I'm at a point where I should slow down or pull back towards those people in order to take them with me. The building up of the mantra and its effect is so subtle. There's a point where I can't related to anyone anymore. Maybe you don't have that experi- ence.
 [Regarding the goal of human life] Each individual has to burn out his own karma and escape from the chains of maya (illusion), reincarnation, and all that. The best thing anyone can give to humanity is God consciousness. Then you can really give them something. But first you have to concentrate on your own spiritual advancement; so in a sense we have to become selfish to become selfless.
 Life is like a piece of string with a lot of knots tied in it. The knots are the karma you're born with from all your past lives, and the object of human life is to try and undo all those knots. That's what chanting and meditation in God con- sciousness can do. Otherwise you simply tie another ten knots each time you try to undo one knot. That's how karma works. I mean, we're now the results of our past actions, and in the future we'll be the results of the actions we're per- forming now. A little understanding of "As you sow, so shall you reap" is im- portant, because then you can't blame the condition you're in on anyone else. You know that it's by your own actions you're able to get more in a mess or out of one. It's your own actions that relieve or bind you.
THE FUTURE OF MANKIND'S SPIRITUALITY
 There are a lot of people who like us and they are influenced by us. So, you know, in small way I may be able to influence them in another direction.
 I've learned from the Bhagavad-Gita that it [the world as changing] is not something that's just this mystical baloney that doesn't relate to our lives now. What it is, is explaining this dual energy that is pulling us one way – upwards into higher consciousness – and its opposing energy which is just the nature of this physical world, trying to pull us down.
 What the Bhagavad-Gita says is that it's man's moral judgment from moment to moment as to which way we get pulled. We can go up or we can do down. I think generally the world is going on an upward swing. We're in a part of a cycle where people are discovering more. The communications are better. We're getting more into the subtle electricity that controls the universe. We don't, as a collective life on this planet, all get groovy together or all sink into ignorance together. One by one we liberate our souls, our individual souls, from the cycle by our own realizations. So, one by one, each soul gets "released from that Memphis Blues again," you know?
[4 It's deep down to each person. So in one way, we're on an upward swing, but at the same time there's still a lot of evil that goes on in the world. I think it's definitely heading in a better direction, but it seems to take so long for all the people with the power, who control the negative side of life and all the bad inventions they have like guns and bombs and hate. But there has to be a balance. We've got to all try harder to manifest more love in order to counteract all that.
 I think it's better that it is spreading into the homes now. There are a lot of "closet Krishnas," you know. There's a lot of people out there who are just waiting, and if it's not today, it will be tomorrow or next week or next year.
 Back in the sixties, whatever we were all getting into, we tended to broad- cast it as loud as we could. I had had certain realizations and went through a period where I was so thrilled about my discoveries and realizations that I wanted to shout and tell it to everybody. But there's a time to shout it out and a time not to shout it out. A lot of people went underground with their spiritual life in the seventies, but they're out there in little nooks and crannies and in the countryside, people who look and dress straight, insurance salesmen types, but they're really meditators and chanters, closet devotees.
 At that time, nobody was committed to that type of music in the pop world. There was, I felt, a real need for that, so rather than sitting and waiting for some- body else, I decided to do it myself. A lot of times we think, "Well, I agree with you, but I'm not going to actually stand up and be counted. Too risky."
Everybody is always trying to keep themselves covered, stay commercial, so I thought, just do it. Nobody else is, and I'm sick of all these young people just boogying around, wasting their lives, you know. Also, I felt that there were a lot of people out there who would be reached. I still get letters from people saying, "I have been in the Krishna temple for three years, and I would have never known about Krishna unless you recorded the All Things Must Pass album." So I know, by the Lord's grace, I am a small part in the cosmic play.
 If the Fab Four didn't get it, that is, if they couldn't deal with shaven-headed Hare Krishnas, then there would have been no hope! [Laughter.] And the devo- tees just came to be associated with me, so people stopped thinking, "Hey, what's this?" you know, if somebody in orange, with a shaved head, would appear. They'd say, "Oh, yeah, they're with George."
 There are a lot of people who like us and they are influenced by us. So, you know, in small way I may be able to influence them in another direction.
ON HIS PERSONAL SPIRITUALITY
 All that sort of Beatle thing is trivial and unimportant. I'm fed up with all this "me," "us," "I" stuff and all the meaningless things we do. I'm trying to work out solutions to the more important things inside.
 I am actually practicing to be more spiritual, to be a better human being. I try to do that more on a daily basis.
 Forget the bad parts [of himself]; you don't need them. Just take the music, the goodness; because it's the very best, and it's the part I give.
 Well, I am two-faced. But really, things serious and comical are like night and day, black and white, Yin and Yang. In order to be, comical, you have to be serious. You can't have one without the other. The world is very serious and, at times, very sad place – but at other times it is all such a joke.
 I was brought up in the kind of Catholic situation up until I was about eleven years old, which was that God is this thing that we're never going to see, we're never going to meet, but you still have to believe in what we say.
 I always felt at home with Krishna. You see it was already a part of me. I think it's something that's been with me from my previous birth. 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.
 As they say "to be in the world, but not of the world." You can go to the Himalayas and miss it completely, and you can be stuck in the middle of New York and be very spiritual. I mean, I noticed in certain places, like New York, it brings out a certain thing in myself. If I go to some place 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. So, in a way, it's good to be able to go in and out of both situations. Most people think when the world gets itself together we'll all be okay. I don't see that situation arriving. I think one by one, we all free ourselves from the chains we have chained ourselves to. But I don't think that suddenly some magic hap- pens and the whole lot of us will all be liberated in one throw.
 Basically, I feel pleased to have discovered this thing that's inside me, that's connected to the same thing that's inside everybody and everything.
 The first thing that made me really realize that it [God is within us] was available was a book on yoga that I got on one of my early trips to India. It was called Raja Yoga by the Swami Vivekananda. Right on the inside of that book cover he said, "If there's a God, we must see him and if there's a soul we must perceive it. Otherwise, it's better not to believe. It's better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite." Then, on reflection, I realized that the Christianity that had come in my life as a child was all this idea that you're never going to see him. It's like hypocrisy, in a way.
 If there's a God, I want to see Him. It's pointless to believe in something without proof. Krishna consciousness and meditation are methods whereby you can actually obtain God perception.
 Krishna is simply another name for God. He has many names and each of us is a part of the whole creation, and we all have a little quality Krishna in us; and so in the technique to awaken that awareness, it is recommended we repeat this mantra: "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Hare, Hare" Devotees chant that over and over. It makes one feel very good; and if you do all the time that then you have more knowledge
 I remember thinking I just want more. This isn't it. Fame is not the goal. Money is not the goal. To be able to know how to get peace of mind, how to be happy, is something you don't just stumble across. You've got to search for it.
 I think people who truly can live a life in music are telling the world, You can have my love, you can have my smiles. Forget the bad parts, you don't need them. Just take the music, the goodness, because it's the very best, and it's the part I give most willingly.
 That's why when we went to India in 1968, that was such a great thing, because it was to get rid of stress and people don't think of that.
 I still practice Transcendental Meditation and I think it's great. Marharishi only ever did good for us, and although I have not been with him physically, I never left him.
 The living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be. I am not really George, but I happen to be in this body.
 I used to have an experience when I was a kid, which used to frighten me. I realized (years later) in meditation that I had the same experience. I'd feel really tiny, and at the same time I'd feel I was a whole thing as well. It was feeling like two different things at the same time. And this little thing with this feeling would vibrate right through me ... and it would start getting bigger and bigger and faster and faster until it was going so far and getting so fast that it was mind-boggling, and I'd come out of it really scared." ... I used to get that experience a lot when we were doing 'Abbey Road' recording. I'd go into this big empty studio and get into a soundbox inside of it and do my meditation inside of there, and I had a couple of indications of that same experience, which I realized was what I had when I was a kid.
 The Beatles exist apart from my Self. I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion and until the end of my life people may see that shirt and mistake it for me.
 "You know, I read a letter from him to his mother that he wrote when he was twenty-four," his son Dhani said. "He was on tour or someplace when he wrote it. And it basically says, 'I want to be self-realized. I want to find God. I'm not interested in material things, this world, fame – I'm going for the real goal. And I hope you don't worry about me, mum.' And he wrote that when he was twenty-four! And that was basically the philosophy that he had up until the day he died. He was just going for it right from an early age – the big goal."
 ["He [Harrison] compared his need for daily meditation to a drinker's need to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous program. Meditation was something that had become necessary"] 'to keep myself focused and keep the buoyancy, the energy, and also to realize that all this stuff that's going on is just bull. It's hard to be able to not let that get next to you.'
 [On it being easy for Harrison being a vegetarian for years] Actually, I wised up and made sure I had dal bean soup or something every day. Actu- ally, lentils are one of the cheapest things, but they give you A-l protein. Peo- ple 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?
 I still feel like everybody else, that I'm just growing and learning. Basically, I feel pleased to have discovered this thing that's inside me, that's connected to the same thing that's inside everybody and everything. I think now it's just a matter of trying to hold onto it and manifest it more and more. If I feel love, I just want to feel more love. And if I feel a bit of peace, I want to feel more peace. But I don't really have any great ambitions. I feel very happy. I've got a lot of good friends. I just want it to be better and more of it, really. (Laughs.)
 I don't go around thinking, "I am George Harrison from the Beatles! I try to balance my life with peace and quiet, because the other side is real rowdy. I'm a Pisces. I am an extreme person. One half is always going where the other half has just been. I was always extremely up or down, extremely spiritual or extremely drugged. Now [I have] a bit of maturity. I've brought the two closer to the middle. I don't get too far up or too far down anymore and that feels good.
 I have this kind of strange thing, and I put it down to being a Pisces. Pisces is the sign of two fish. The way I see it is that one half is going where the other half has just been. I was in the West and I was into rock'n'roll, getting crazy, staying up all night and doing whatever was supposed to be the wrong things. That's in conflict with all the right things, which is what I learned through India - like getting up early going to bed early, taking care of yourself and having some sort of spiritual qualities to your life. I've always had this conflict.
 This impermanent body, a bag of bones and flesh, is mistaken for our true self, and we have accepted this temporary condition to be final.
 The most important thing is, who am I? What am I doing? Where am I going? Why am I going anywhere?
"MY SWEET LORD"
 I thought a lot about whether to do 'My Sweet Lord' or not because I would be committing myself publicly … Many people fear the words Lord and God … I was sticking my neck out on the chopping block … but at the same time I thought 'Nobody's saying it … why should I be untrue to myself?' I came to believe in the importance that if you feel something strong enough, then you should say it.
 I wanted to show that Hallelujah and Hare Krishna are quite the same thing. I did the voices singing 'Hallelujah' and then the change to 'Hare Krishna' so that people would be chanting the maha-mantra before they knew what was going on! I had been chanting Hare Krishna for a long time, and this song was a simple idea of how to do a Western pop equivalent of a mantra which repeats over and over again the holy names. I don't feel guilty or bad about it; in fact it saved many a heroin addict's life.
 Hallelujah" is a joyous expression the Christians have, but "Hare Krishna" has a mystical side to it. It's more than just glorifying God; it's asking to be- come His servant. And because of the way the mantra is put together, with the mystic spiritual energy contained in those syllables, it's much closer to God than the way Christianity currently seems to be representing Him. Although Christ in my mind is an absolute yogi, I think many Christian teachers today are misrepresenting Christ. They're supposed to be representing Jesus, but they're not doing it very well. They're letting him down very badly, and that's a big turn off.
 My idea in "My Sweet Lord," because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by "Hallelujah," and by the time it gets to "Hare Krishna," they're already hooked, and their foot's tapping, and they're already singing along "Hallelujah," to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into "Hare Krishna," and they will all be singing that before they know what's happened, and they will think, "Hey, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Hare Krishna!"
 People write to me even now asking what style that was. Ten years later they're still trying to figure out what the words mean. It was just a little trick really. And it didn't offend. For some reason I never got any offensive feedback from Christians who said "We like it up to a point, but what's all this about Hare Krishna?"
 Hallelujah may have originally been some mantric thing that got watered down, but I'm not sure what it really means. The Greek word for Christ is Kristos, which is, let's face it, Krishna, and Kristos is the same name actually.
THE HARE KRISHNA MOVEMENT
 [ Question: "Are you still a member of the Hare Krishna Movement?"] I was just friends with them. … I never actually joined. I just tried to help them out.
 It gives me pleasure, the idea that I was fortunate enough to be able to help at that time. All those songs with spiritual themes were like little plugs – "My Sweet Lord" and the others. And now I know that people are much more re- spectful and accepting when it comes to seeing the devotees in the streets and all that. It's no longer like something that's coming from left field.
 [having produced the hit record in many countries, "The Hare Krishna Mantra"] Well, it's just all part of my service, isn't it? Spiritual service, in order to try to spread the mantra all over the world
 [interviewer: "I'd like to know about your religious philosophy. Are you still promoting it or do you keep it to yourself these days?"] Well, I keep it to myself unless somebody asks me about it. But I still feel the same as I felt in the 60s. I lost touch with the Krishnas, maybe 10 years ago or something. I know one or two of them, but I don't really hang out with them anymore. … I'm still involved, but it's something which is more a thing you do inside yourself. You don't actually do it in the road. It's a way of just trying to get in touch with yourself. I still write songs with it in there in little bits and pieces, but lots of the songs that are unfinished say various things, but maybe I say it in different ways now.
 Ninety-nine percent of the people who go to church on Sunday think that if they don't go, God will get them.
 The thing with religion is that it's something you're forced to do on Sunday morning. It means very little to a lot people. Even if they do go to church they still don't get a great feeling from it. As I see it, religion should be how you handle yourself, how you act among other people, and what you give to other people. It's not what you receive. That's why religion is all screwed up. People think that you go to church on Sunday and God sees you going; and that's it. All is forgiven. But you know that's not it. People think that after Sunday they can go back to doing what they were doing before they went. So it's all back to normal, and they don't have to alter the way they act.
 All this bit about religion seems so idiotic to me because although I'm not Christian, I openly admit that, I'm not a Catholic, I'm not protestant. But the thing is, I'm very religious. I can see that the way religion is in the East is much easier. [I'm not agnostic] I do believe. I believe very much and that's the laugh because a lot of these people who are preaching [against us] don't believe. I'm convinced that they can't believe . . . you know. I believe not in God as a person who's up there doing it, but in infinity and the whole bit. . . . Man can't put label on anything that's going on because it's so much bigger. . . . Man's mind doesn't have the capacity to work what's going on. The thing is, to feel a part of all that.
 You're taught to just have a little faith, you don't have to worry about it; just believe what we're telling you. And this is what makes the Indian one such a groove for me, and I'm sure a lot of other people, because over there they say don't believe in anything…If there is a God, we must see him, if there is a soul, we must perceive it.
 When you're young, you get taken to church by your parents and you get pushed into religion in school. They're trying to put something in your mind. But it's wrong, you know. Obviously, because nobody goes to church and nobody believes in God. Why? Because religious teachers don't know what they're teaching. They haven't interpreted the Bible as intended.
 This is the thing that led me into the Indian scene, that I didn't really believe in God as I'd been taught it. It was like something out of a science fiction novel.
 For Christianity, it's the people who profess to be the religious teachers who screw the whole thing up. They're the people who create sectarianism the prejudices and the hate that goes on. You know, those people who are sup- posed to be propagating the Lord's word, they're screwing it all up.
 There's this morbid side to the way many represent Christianity today, where you don't smile because it's too serious; and you can't expect to see God; that kind of stuff. If there is a God, we must see him, and I don't believe in the idea you find in most churches where they say, "No, you're not going to see Him. He's way up above you. Just believe what we tell you and shut up." I mean, the knowledge that being given in Prabhupada's books – the Vedic literatures; that's the world's oldest scriptures. They say that man can become purified and with divine vision he can see God. You get pure by chanting; then you see Him. It's a matter of being open. Anyone who's open can do it. You just have to be open and not prejudiced. You just have to try it. There is no loss, you know. But the intellectuals will always have problems, because they always need to "know." They are often the most spiritually bankrupt people, because they never let go; they don't understand the meaning to transcend the intellect. But an ordinary person's more willing to say, "OK, let me try it and see if it works." Chanting Hare Krishna can make one a better Christian too.
 Interviewer: "What is your attitude towards spiritual life these days?"] It's the organization of [any] religion that turns me off a bit. I try to go into myself. Like Donovan popular pop singer during the sixties] said, "You've got to go into your own temple once a day." It's a very personal thing, spiritual life.
 I don't like to use the word 'religious' but when you get into whatever that is, when you go through yoga and meditation, it's just self-realization.
 The religion they have in India I believe in much more than anything I ever learned from Christianity. Their religion is not like something which Christianity seems to be, which is you turn it on Sunday morning and go to church because you're supposed to go rather than because you want to go. It's every second of every minute of their lives. It's them – how they act, how they conduct them- selves, how they think.
 Through Hinduism, I feel a better person. I just get happier and happier. I now feel for a fact that I am unlimited, and I am more in control of my own physical body. The thing is, you go to an ordinary church and it's a nice feeling. They tell you about God, but they don't show you the way. They don't show you how to become Christ-conscious yourself. Hinduism is different.
 I realized that Indian music was like a stepping stone to the spiritual path because I also had a great desire to know about the yogic path. I always had a feeling for that, and the music lead me there. I got involved with Hinduism because Ravi Shankar was a Hindu, and because it just happened that it came my way; and I went to India.
 I got to understand what Christ really was through Hinduism. Down through the ages there has always been the spiritual path; it's been passed on, and it always will be; and if anybody ever wants it, in any age, it's always there. It just so happens that India was the place where the seed was planted. The Himalayas were very inaccessible to people, so they always have peace there. The Yogis are the only people who can make it out there. It may be something to do with my past lives, but I just felt a great connection with it.
 In this age, the West and East are becoming closer and we can all benefit so much from each other. We can help them with our material attributes, and they can help us with their spiritual things. We need them both. You need the outer aspect of life as well as the inner because the outer is empty if you don't have any spiritual side to life, and visa versa. The Western people need to go through this material life; well, they've been through it now, and we've got so many material things. It's got to evolve into the other now, you know. We can give to each other; it's all a part of the evolution: taking the best from both sides. Not only do we have the yogis coming over here, but our business people are now going over there
ON SPIRITUAL ADVICE
 It's good to boogie once and a while, but when you boogie all your life away it's just a waste of life and of what we've been given. I can get high like the rest of them, but it's actually low.
 Like, we're the Beatles after all, aren't we? We have all the money you could ever dream of. We have all the fame you could ever wish for. But, it isn't love. It isn't health. It isn't peace inside. Is it?
 I think the first thing is that people have to have the desire within themselves to find out who they are. Who am I and what am I doing here and where am I going?
 So the thing is, if you really want to get it [spiritual enlightenment] perman- ently, you have got to do it, you know. Be healthy, don't eat meat, keep away from nightclubs, and meditate.
 There are members of this Radha Krishna Temple who are married and now have children. So all that means, you know, not raving around and knocking off everybody. You know, because that's then becomes a bit undisciplined. Be- cause all those emotions like that lust and greed are emotions that have got to be curbed. I believe in being a vegetarian, because meat's one of the worst things anybody can eat.
 There are a lot of people in the business that I love, friends, you know, who are really great but who don't have any desire for knowledge or realization. It's good to boogie once and a while, but when you boogie all your life away it's just a waste of life and of what we've been given. I can get high like the rest of them, but it's actually low. The more dope you take, the lower you get, really. Having done that, I can say that from experience. Whatever it is - you just need more, and the more you take the worse you get.
 Nobody can be a drug addict if they're hip. It's obvious if you're hip that you've got to make it. The buzz of all buzzes, which is the thing called God, you've got to be straight to get...The thing is, if you really want to get it perm- anently, you have got to do it, you know...Be healthy, don't eat meat, keep away from those nightclubs and meditate.
 I think basically people just approach it [changing oneself transcendently] any way they can. Sometimes you can't just force yourself, but there's a saying: "Knock and the door will be opened." I think the first thing is that people have to have the desire within themselves to find out who they are. Who am I and what am I doing here and where am I going? Those sort of basic questions. Even without picking up a book or anything, if they just ask themselves that sincerely, in the quiet of the night, the door will open. And whether it will be somebody who will come along and say, "Hey, have you read this?" Or, "Why don't you come and look at this?" – it happens in many different ways.
 It's how the Lord gives you, in the garden, all these differed kinds of flowers and trees because if there was only one kind of flower and you didn't like it, it would be bad. So, there's just an abundance of ways of approaching that which is within ourselves. I think that the basic answer to your questions is that it has to start within the individual. They have to have a desire within themselves to know who they are and the reason why they are in this body.
10] I think the main thing that we have to do is try and train ourselves to remem- ber from moment to moment that God is living within us and within everybody else, and just trying to remember to see that.
 It's a matter of turning your consciousness inward in order to then realize that it's in there, and then you can see him outside too. It's just a shift in attitude, really. It's a matter of turning your consciousness inward in order to then realize that it's in there, and then you can see him outside too. It's just a shift in attitude, really.
 I've learned from the Bhagavad-Gita that it is not something that's just this mystical baloney that doesn't relate to our lives now. What it is, is explaining this dual energy that is pulling us one way – upwards into higher consciousness – and its opposing energy which is just the nature of this physical world, trying to pull us down.
 What the Bhagavad-Gita says is that it's man's moral judgment from mo- ment to moment as to which way we get pulled. We can go up or we can do down. I think generally the world is going on an upward swing. We're in a part of a cycle where people are discovering more. The communications are better. We're getting more into the subtle electricities that control the universe. We don't, as a collective life on this planet, all get groovy together or all sink into ignorance together. One by one we liberate our souls, our individual souls, from the cycle by our own realizations. So, one by one, each soul gets "re- leased from that Memphis Blues again," you know?
 Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait.
 I'm quite happy to sit back and wait for whatever's coming next. I haven't found the answer to the question "what's life all about?" and I don't suppose I ever will. It would take millions of philosophers millions of years to sort that out.
 Everyone is a potential Jesus Christ, really. We are all trying to get where Jesus Christ got.
And we're going to be on this world until we get there.
 Each person has to find out for himself a way for inter-realization. I still believe that's the only reason we're on this planet. It's like going to school again: each soul is potentially the divine and the goal is to manifest that divinity. Everything else is secondary.
 Love one another (his last words before dying).
ON ILLUSION AND REALITY
 The more I got into it, the more you find out about the truth, then the more you can see this thing we call reality isn't reality at all, this is all an illusion.
 And this is the big drag because everyone lives their lives thinking this is reality and then say to people like us, 'Oh, you're just escaping from reality.
 They seriously term this scene of waking up, going out to work, going home again, going to sleep, waking up again and all that, reality! But in actual fact, you're into illusion, it's nothing to do with reality because reality is God alone. Everything else is illusion.
 Those people in the Himalayas, the Yogi who are very advanced spiritually, and all the ones on other planets, well, it's just a joke to them, all this that we do and call reality. I mean, it's even a joke if you just take yourself out of it and watch all the things going on.
 It's a joke. And the joke's on all the people who take it seriously. There's so much more to it. You see, every so often, somebody comes to Earth, like Jesus did, and they've been coming every so often, these people, divine incarnations, like Buddha, Jesus and all that. There's always these people coming and they are the truth, like God, this great force, whatever it is, manifesting itself into a physical form.
 There are quite a few people walking around on Earth this minute who have attained all that, all over the world, in the Himalayans, in America, everywhere.
ON OUR CONSCIOUS TRANSFORMATION
 It [the all-encompassing influence of the turbulent times of the sixties] made some young people, and older people as well, more conscious of the fact that you don't have to be particularly limited in your ideas. It opened up ideas, like everybody is asking me about Indian music and philosophy now. 15 years ago, at the beginning of the 60s, people would think you were of a freak if you did yoga exercises. But now a huge percentage of the world does yoga. I think the 60s did help to broaden understanding, you know. When someone liked longhair or didn't wear a tie people used to think they were from a zoo,; but now a lot of barriers have been broken. One thing, though, was a disappoint- ment. At the end of the 60s, the concept of "All you need is love," which was a good idea, disappeared and it all went back to disco and music for idiots. People started fighting again and all that. So I hope maybe the 80s may bring back "start planting flowers" again and having a bit more love, really.
 And the next world that is coming along is going to bring us into this age known as the Golden Age.
 You know that scene about the Iron Age, the Stone Age, and that's this thing of evolution, the cycles that it goes through, and the Golden Age is when everything is really nice.
 Miracles, like...That's why this whole thing is getting better and better. It's building up to a great peak. It's the cycle moving on. The majority of the people are going to believe and they'll be digging everything.
 It's deep down to each person. So in one way, we're on an upward swing, but at the same time there's still a lot of evil that goes on in the world. I think it's definitely heading in a better direction, but it seems to take so long for all the people with the power, who control the negative side of life and all the bad inventions they have like guns and bombs and hate. But there has to be a balance. We've got to all try harder to manifest more love in order to counteract all that.
 I believe what it says in the scriptures and in the Bhagavad Gita: "Never was there a time when you did not exist, and there never will be a time when you cease to exist."
 No matter how good you are, you still need grace to get out of the material world. You can be a Yogi, a monk or a nun, but without God's grace you will ... you still can't make it.
 [Interviewer: "If we're dependent on the grace of God, what does the ex- pression 'God helps those who help themselves' mean?"] It's flexible, I think. In one way I am never going to get out of here unless it's by His grace, but then again, His grace is relative to the amount of desire I manifest in myself. The amount of grace I would expect from God should be equal to the amount of grace I can gather or earn. I get out what I put in.
 Although we do have control over our actions right at this moment, I think what we are now is a result of our past actions, and what we're going to be is going to be a result of our present actions. So for certain things there's no way out. There's no way I wasn't going to be in The Beatles, even though I didn't know. In retrospect that's what it was, it was a set-up. At the same time, I do have control over my actions. I can do good actions or bad actions. Like I say, I can try being a pop star forever and go on TV and do concerts and be a celebrity. Or I can be a gardener.
SELECTIONS OF HIS TRANSCENDENT SONGS
With Brief Interpretations
WITH THE BEATLES
THE INNER LIGHT
[Knowledge of outwardness is attained through perception; wisdom of inwardness is attained through meditation.]
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU
[We normally live our life outwardly uncaring that life inwardly is Love - love within us.]
LONG, LONG, LONG
[It takes so long for us to find, and appreciate that find, the love of our life, whether the find be God or our soul mate.]
WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
[He is saddened that so many of us miss the joy and peace of love while being immersed in their humanness.]
He uses the beautiful city, Dehradun, in India as an image representing the many roads that lead to God.]
LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD
[He's caught in the web of self and desire and wants to free himself while here in this life.]
[Through the dark of his mind and life, realization glows through him of the spiritual potential of his being.]
[life's blows had blocked his spirit from the peace of love, which frees him from them.]
MY SWEET LORD
[He wants to be immersed in, be guided by, his soul: his God, Jesus, Krishna; but it takes so long.]
HEAR ME LORD
[He implores his Lord, who is everywhere and everything, within himself; to forgive his frail humanity for not striving to be closer to Him. In fact, he is imploring himself within himself.]
THAT IS ALL
[Aside from the interpretation of his love of a woman, he could be singing that all he really wants from life is to live in and for his Lord.]
GIVE ME LOVE (GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH)
[He is singing for the grace of his spirit to bear the burdens of life, to teach him love, and for this Love to impart peace in the world.]
THE DAY THE WORLD GETS ROUND
[He wants no part of those bent on destruction; but rather wants to be of the few who want to be part of the circle of Love.]
ISN'T IT A PITY
[It's too bad that our self-engrossment hinders us from seeing the fullness of humanity and the beauty of the world.]
ART OF DYING
[There is no escaping it that sooner or later we are to fade and die; so it would be wise for us to spiritually prepare for that event.]
DING DONG DING DONG
[A new year's resolution to seek the truth by dispelling falsehood]
WHO CAN SEE IT
[He's been through it all in this life of strife; now he wants to live to love for those who can appreciate his doing so.]
THIS IS LOVE
[Through the power of love we can come to see and understand so much more than ever before.]
YOUR LOVE IS FOREVER
[Earthly love is bound by time and circumstances; but God-Love is timeless, yet knowingly joyous and blissful.]
ALL THINGS MUST PASS
[Nothing is permanent in this life except faith in the Permanent.]
FAR EAST MAN
[He must keep his faith in his guru (sage/seer) that teaches that love will save him from the perils and unpredictability of life.]
THE LIGHT THAT HAS LIGHTED THE WORLD
[His life has changed from immersion in the sun's material world to aspiration for the infinite-eternal Light (Truth, Love, Meaning).]
BEWARE OF DARKNESS
[We must ever be alert to the temptations and suceptibilities of our frail humanness from others and ourselves.]
IF YOU BELIEVE
[ Believe in God as Love and in you as Love; support that belief with prayer and you will free yourself from your mundane troubles.]
BE HERE NOW
[Free yourself from your past thoughts that trouble and pain you to no end; trust yourself, because living in the present can free you to live in a different key.]
AWAITING ON YOU ALL
[You need nothing more to be free from "the mess we're in" than to chant the "names of the Lord."]
IT IS HE
[If you wonder what the meaning of the world is, it is God, which Harrison interprets as Krishna.]
TRY SOME BUY SOME
[He lived it all in the material world; but felt empty psychologically and spiritually until his eyes (soul) were opened to his spirituality.]
JUST FOR TODAY
[He is asking to experience an inner spiritual tranquility free from life's demands and emotions if only for a day.]
[Nothing gives him more heavenly joy, more "sweet serenity," than when his sense of the mystic (pure consciousness) pervades his mind.]
I LIVE FOR YOU
LOOKING FOR MY LIFE
STUCK INSIDE A CLOUD
[His final farewell to life and to his loved ones; but with the consolation that as he slowly sinks into death, he will there greet his Lord, his immortality.]