Deepak Chopra on his Friend George Harrison
According to his friend, 'the quiet Beatle' had a personal relatitionship not only with Eastern religion but with Jesus Christ.
BY: Interviewed by Steve Waldman
No it would not. I'm being very honest with you, it would not have happened. What they did was overnight, they made the world aware of Indian spirituality--overnight. I remember I was in medical school when they came to India and it was in every newspaper all over the world--it was really an overnight awareness that people didn't have before.
And when did you meet him?
I met him in 1986 or 87 and we've been friends since. When my book "Ageless Body, Timeless Mind" came out he actually collaborated with me on doing the audio version of that where I read from the book and he sang lyrics that he had never published before.
And you stayed in touch.
Right, I was with him at the Mayo Clinic when he had his treatment, I went to visit him in England a few months ago. They were very private people-Olivia, George, and Danny.
And you said that he seemed to be approaching death.
He had totally accepted his death, and was at peace with it, and unafraid of it.
...He was very aware of mortality and of death at a very young age, he was totally comfortable with that. He always would say that when I die I want to be fully conscious of God, I want to be totally at peace, and I don't want to have any fear of death. And believe me, being close to him, I know that he died very conscious of God and in peace and not afraid of death.
I've read that he believed in reincarnation, I'm not sure if that's accurate.
No, it's true.
Did you ever talk to him about what he expected or hoped his next life would be?
No, we talked more in trying to figure out scientifically whether there is any validity in the concept and how would he explain the survival of consciousness after death.