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Learn about George Harrison from people who knew him and his admirers part 20/25
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Ravi Shankar: All this what we call mantras of chance, these are thousands of years old, they had been handed down by person to person they call our art form and kept it secretively to the families through the-- at different occasions, whether it could be marriage or ceremony or any special occasion or for the harvest, a lot it.
And that these are mostly the same for our well being peace and good health, physical as well as mental as well as spiritual. So I choose this particular mantra--we call them and they’re all pertain to this mode of living to peace.
George Harrison: It was just a great excuse to be able to surround myself with these great musicians and the great words that are being said in the Sanskrit because it was called a blessing really. And so it is a spiritual experience, but it’s all down to the individual what you can manifest within yourself as to value anything, really the whole of life should be a spiritual experience because we’re all spirits who just in case in bodies. People forget and think that it just this body but are actually spirits in bodies.
Ravi Shankar: I felt like it was my duty to do the best, and make them understand the greatness of music and that’s how I started in 1956, 10 years before I met George and I was already performing al over Europe. But it was more or less like a classical musician you know, but it was something else than George and we got connected in ’56, it was like wild fire and all the younger generation, the radios covered me and it was something that which I can’t believe what was happening.
George Harrison: Well its a beautiful record, it’s something which I was proud to be able to contribute a little bit towards and like with anything, in this world there is so much material, whether it be books, films, records whatever. And in order to get it across the public that there is something there that we’d like them to hear, you know it’s the only way of doing it is come to come out and go and then do some interviews, but I think it’s a worldly thing, it goes beyond the profit motive of the record companies or us an individuals, it’s something which I think has a value and I think a lot of people can benefit by having this kind of music in our lives, so help out to balance towards a more peaceful daily life.
Ravi Shankar: Oh he listens to me.
George Harrison: Sometimes I feel like he is dad as well. Well you see with my past with the Beetles and stuff, we we're – and heavily in to the music business whereas Ravi was doing his performances in the classical context and so, in some respect I’ve been able to try to help protect him from a vicious world, in terms of contracts or different things. I mean in that respect I feel almost like I have kind of guardian type of attitude towards him but most of the time I just feel like friends, and he just feel kids really. It’s just our bodies that are old, inside we’re like six years old.