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George Harrison: "You don't need a horoscope....to see the mess that you're in."

By January 25, 2013

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George Harrison, a Pisces Sun, was called the mystical soul of the band by fellow-Beatle John Lennon. I just saw the 2011 documentary about him, Living in the Material World -- a real treat with a lot of never-seen footage and Harrison's own photos and home movies.

It includes an early version of the song Awaiting on You All with the lyrics:

You don't need no love in
You don't need no bed pan
You don't need a horoscope or a microscope
To see the mess that you're in
If you open up your heart
You will know what I mean
We've been polluted so long
Now here's a way for you to get clean

That way to get clean is to chant mantras. The documentary follows his path as a seeker, as it intertwined with music. He had a mentor in Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player (shown here), who passed away at 92 in December (2012). There's a scene where Ravi says it's through music, that you can touch the heart most directly.

I found a critical couple of comments this morning on the site, one on Scorpio: Keeping Your Own Secrets. Reader unknown says, "stop saying everything about Scorpios it's not a secret anymore just leave us alone !! we need to keep it a secret please every Scorpio need to understand how much important is this ....."

But let me assure you unknown, that astrology is just a tool to understand yourself and others better. And it's just one way to think about who you are, and it has its limits. I like this critical quote from Sri Chinmoy, "Before one accepts spirituality, astrology is very powerful, like a lion. Then when one enters into a deeper spiritual life, astrology becomes a tiny household cat."

It's a stepping stone, a way to see your energies with some distance. It's an incredible tool on the path, but I don't think it's the most profound way to know yourself and be known. As this documentary makes clear, music when expressed through the soul, is a step beyond.

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Comments
January 26, 2013 at 1:33 am
(1) Liz says:

Molly, I find that when astrology is done by people like you, who are following a spiritual path, it’s an amazing companion, and often echoes profound phases I’m going through on my own spiritual journey – it is also really supportive and comforting when the going is tough.
I love that George Harrison documentary – I saw it at the cinema when it came out, and was so moved by it,

January 26, 2013 at 2:09 am
(2) Liz says:

And thanks for the song! Here’s one of my favourites,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vW867TrVHA

January 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm
(3) Molly says:

Thanks Liz – just got to seeing this. The Christian imagery is testament to how his songs appealed to all people who sense the spiritual side of life. I think one of my favorites is My Sweet Lord, which has the Hallelujia and the Hare Krisna mantras.

December 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm
(4) suresh says:

My sweet lord . I very much take this as the most touching song. Listened to is it a pity. Guitar gently weeps.
A great singer. God bless

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