My Life As 'a George'


George Harrison was the patron saint of every smart, mopey, and spiritually directed person I knew. "You're 'a George,' aren't you?" I'd say to people when I felt the unmistakable connection. My own identity as 'a George' had crystallized by the time I was fifteen, growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, staring into the Harrison photo that tumbled out of The White Album. Paul was cute, well-meaning but plastic. John was an intellectual, but a blowhard too. Ringo seemed affable and little more.

When Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass" was released in 1971, I studied the liner notes looking for clues. I wish now I had sat down with my parents and said, "Look, he's religious," but I didn't. They saw the hair and thought he was all about drugs.

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So I quietly followed him. I started yoga, got a book on India, went to a Ravi Shankar concert, gazed sadly at photographs of the deformed bodies of children in Bangladesh. In 1975, I found a vegetarian restaurant in a section of Washington D.C. run by Sikhs. The walls and ceiling of the place were painted in blue sky and clouds. I got interested in teas, herbs, natural health. I read the early books of Andrew Weil, thought about drugs and the illusion that they might teach me something about consciousness. Later still, there was Krishnamurti and a Shambhala meditation seminar. By that time, I was off and running.

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