Los Angeles-George Harrison has probably done more than any single popularcultural figure during these past few decades to spread spiritualconsciousness around the world.
He transferred his perceptions of a state of being beyond and higher thanordinary consciousness into the words and music that altered millions oflives.
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Along the way he became the friend and devoted servant of A.C. BhaktivedantaSwami Prabhupada, founder of the Hare Krishna movement. George'srelationship with the Hare Krishnas was deep and long abiding since he metthem in the late sixties.
During his last days, Krishna devotees were by his side and he left his bodyto the sounds of the Hare Krishna mantra.
The devotees of Prabhupada are eternally grateful to George Harrison for hisboundless services to all living beings.
From Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON's National Communications Director:
George Harrison was a deeply private and spiritually committed person. He hada very close friendship with the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, SrilaPrahupada, and he maintained personal friendships with several Hare Krishnadevotees for over 30 years.
Krishna devotees around the world are very saddened by George Harrison'shis passing away. Many communities worldwide will be holding specialmemorial services for him this weekend.
George had great appreciation for eastern philosophy including the Vaishnavatradition (devotion to Lord Krishna).
The Krishna society, or the International Society for Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON), is very grateful for the many contributions offered by George. Hismusic enthused millions around the world to seek God and Truth, and heintroduced whole generations to the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, orprayer. In the 1970's he donated to Krishna devotees the BhaktivedantaManor, the main Krishna temple in the UK. And, he served as a personal modelof quiet integrity throughout his life.