Every so often, he drove to a nearby nursery to purchase trees and plants. The owner, Konrad Engbers, remembered the first time George came in. "How are things going?" George asked.

"A little slow," Engbers said.

"I'll give it a little push for you," George replied, and then bought almost every tree Engbers had in stock.

From time to time, George walked down the hill from Friar Park to the market where Engbers had a stall. He would wait in the queue and take his turn, not expecting any preferential treatment. Seeing his friend, Engbers would take a break and the two would sit in a nearby coffee shop in their dirty overalls and talk about herbs and plants.

"Such a kind man," Engbers recalled, "with no airs and graces--a man with a truly big heart."

From the beginning of his spiritual journey, George knew that his frame of mind at death would determine where his soul would be reborn. "Whatever state of being one remembers when quitting the body," he read in the Bhagavad-gita, "that state one will attain without fail." From that time on, he was rarely without the holy names of God on his lips. "Om Hari Om," he prayed walking down the street. "Govinda jaya jaya, Gopala jaya jaya," he sang driving in his car. "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna," he chanted on beads when traveling by plane or sitting in his garden.

Because thinking about God was his life, George never needed to make separate arrangements for death. Liberation was not some place he would go later, but a way of being now. To stop judging, to stop racing, to stop wishing for something grander than this moment--to manifest divinity at every second: that was the real yogi life. Living this life and living the next had become one and the same for him. There was no fear of leaving his body, no concern for what would happen next, only selfless love and the anticipation of going on with selfless love in some other place.

Having recognized the immortal, indestructible nature of his soul, he had transcended death's tragic dimension. He needn't have been concerned about giving up the missionary stage of his spiritual journey. Throughout his life, George Harrison conveyed spirituality as effectively by example as by precept.

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