The famed Beatles singer – George Harrison was born a Christian but adopted Hinduism in the early 60s. George initially travelled to India to learn Sitar from Pandit Ravi Shankar and later met Maharshi Mahesh Yogi who inspired him to take up meditation and give up LSD.
Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition and became a lifelong devotee. A pure Vegetarian, George was into a Japa chanting on beads. In the summer of 1969, the Beatles produced the single “Hare Krishna Mantra” which was performed by Harrison and the devotees of the Radha-Krishna Temple, London. It topped the 10 best-selling record charts throughout the U.K., Europe, and Asia.
George and fellow Beatle John Lennon met Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the global Hare Krishna Movement, at Tittenhurst Park, England. This meeting was ‘life-changing’ for him which opened the doors of his subconscious. He continued visiting India and gained faith in the simple message of Love of Lord Krishna. His compositions in the 70s were amongst the most beautiful and spiritual.
In George’s own words –
“Through Hinduism I feel a better person,I just get happier and happier.”
After Harrison died in 2001, his ashes were scattered in the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.