My Sweet Lord

I credit my belief in God to my dear departed wife, Laura, to the miracles I have witnessed (and continue to witness) in my life and to the life and messages of George Harrison. Here’s one of those messages from “My Sweet Lord” (from Wikipedia):

…In response to the main vocal’s repetition of the song title, Harrison devised a choral line singing the Hebrew word of praise, “hallelujah”, common in the Christian and Jewish religions. Later in the song, after an instrumental break, these voices return, now chanting the first twelve words of the Hare Krishna mantra, known more reverentially as the Maha mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama

These Sanskrit words are the main mantra of the Hare Krishna faith, with which Harrison identified, although he did not belong to any spiritual organization. In his 1980 autobiography, ‘I, Me, Mine’, Harrison explained that he intended repeating and alternating “hallelujah” and “Hare Krishna” to show that the two terms meant “quite the same thing”, as well as to have listeners chanting the mantra “before they knew what was going on!”

Following the Sanskrit lines, “hallelujah” is sung twice more before the mantra repeats, along with an ancient Vedic prayer.[23] According to Hindu tradition, this prayer is dedicated to a devotee’s spiritual teacher, or guru, and equates the teacher to the divine Trimurti – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (or Maheshvara) – and to the Godhead, Brahman.

Gurur Brahmā, gurur Viṣṇur
gurur devo Maheśvaraḥ
gurus sākṣāt, paraṃ Brahma
tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ.

Former Krishna devotee Joshua Greene translates the lines as follows: “I offer homage to my guru, who is as great as the creator Brahma, the maintainer Vishnu, the destroyer Shiva, and who is the very energy of God.” The prayer is the third verse of the Guru Stotram, a fourteen-verse hymn in praise of Hindu spiritual teachers

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