May 292011

“I was typing one day when this head popped in the door and with a nice English accent said, ‘Is Shyamasundar here?’ I looked over and said, ‘No, he’s not.’ And then I did a double take — it was George Harrison. So I got up and told him that Srila Prabhupada was here and would be happy to see him. When I went to Srila Prabhupada’s room and told him that George had come, Prabhupada said, ‘Bring him in.’

“George was so sweet and humble. He went in, offered dandavats, and recited all the appropriate prayers. Then he sat back by the door. Srila Prabhupada told him to come closer, and George moved a few inches forward. Srila Prabhupada said, ‘No, here,’ and patted the seat beside him. So George came around, and Srila Prabhupada pulled him close, put George’s head by his heart, and mussed his hair, asking, ‘How are you? How is Pattie?’

“George inquired, ‘Srila Prabhupada, I have been reading your books, and I understand the philosophy. I want to know if I should move into the temple? I am prepared to do that.’ Srila Prabhupada replied, ‘No. You have been blessed with musical talent. Continue what you are doing, and make your music Krishna conscious.’ Srila Prabhupada asked me to get Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s songbook, and he started giving George ideas. That’s where the song ‘My Sweet Lord’ and many other songs came from.”