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How he transformed the Beatles
by Jeanne Ball
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4 October 2011
On 4 October 2011 The Huffington Post reported:
Martin Scorsese's stunning documentary, ''George Harrison: Living in the Material World,'' will air on HBO Oct. 5-6. Among the locations selected for preview, Scorsese and Olivia Harrison chose a small town in Iowa, USA, whose theatre audience was comprised of 500 meditators. Why? asks writer Jeanne Ball.
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''The exclusive screening—held Sunday evening in Fairfield, Iowa—was a gift supporting the David Lynch Foundation's initiatives to teach Transcendental Meditation to veterans, inner-city school kids, homeless people, prisoners, Native Americans and other at-risk populations,'' she explains in the Huffington Post.
The article explores many threads of the connection between George Harrison, the new film, Mr Scorsese, and Fairfield—all stemming from Transcendental Meditation. She explains that Fairfield ''boasts a community of over 2,000 meditators, and is home of the university founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who taught meditation to The Beatles.''
Ms Ball also explains that renowned filmmaker Scorsese ''is a meditator, too.'' Last year at a benefit gala in New York City for the David Lynch Foundation, he expressed his support for the Foundation's programs, and described his own good experience with meditation: ''I can only mention a few words: calm, clarity, balance and at times a recognition. It has made a difference.''
Although George Harrison was a ''spiritual eclectic'', as the article puts it, ''one element that remained consistent for him over the years was the meditation technique he learned from Maharishi, which he practiced throughout his life.'' The article recounts how, after the Beatles' journey to study with Maharishi in India, George's music increasingly reflected his ''spiritual yearning and awakening'' through ''transcendence—the experience gained during meditation when the mind goes beyond thinking to experience pure awareness.''
''For stability amid the turmoil'' that sometimes arose in trying to balance the spiritual and material aspects of his life, ''Harrison always returned to meditation.''
Many news articles have featured a quote from George in his later years: ''I still practice Transcendental Meditation. Maharishi only ever did good for us, and though I have not been with him physically, I never left him.''
''It is fitting that in a town where meditation is used not as an escape, but as a tool to propel students into their careers with greater creativity and clarity, the 'quiet Beatle's' legacy continues to support and inspire 'Quiet Time' meditation programs,'' the Huffington Post article concludes, adding another well-known quote from George in 1974:
''Everybody's looking for something . . . . We don't have to look anywhere—it's right there within ourselves.''
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