George Harrison lent rent money to his friend, rock journalist Al Aronowitz, and his wife, who was battling cancer. Aronowitz never forgot George’s kindness. However, the journalist wasn’t the only person to experience George’s generosity.
George Harrison grew up with kindness
Harold and Louise Harrison taught their four children many important lessons. Although they didn’t have much money, the Harrisons made sure that Peter, Harry, Louise, and George knew they could do whatever they wanted as long as they were honest citizens and valuable members of society. Friendliness was also a priority.
At Joshua M. Greene Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George HarrisonGeorge’s sister, Louise, said: “Although there wasn’t much money, Mum made sure we knew we weren’t farmers, that we came from educated tribes and had great potential in life.
“She taught us to think, to question things, to always be kind, never to bow to big animals or rule over the lowly. We should never flinch in fear, but neither should we become tyrants to anyone. And we looked out for each other. If there was only one apple, everyone would get a quarter.”
With Graeme Thomson George Harrison: Behind the locked doorLouise said George was “always the one trying to please. When the fire needed more charcoal, he would always say, “Mommy, I’ll do that. Let me get the shovel.” Or if we went to church, George would shine everyone’s boots.”
George’s first wife, Pattie Boyd, said the Harrisons “were very close. They were a very close family and very loving. He was very secure in himself, and that security comes only as a child from a very close and loving family.”
At school, however, George wasn’t so nice. He was naughty most of the time, but maybe that was because he hated school. It was when the “darkness” began. George recognized that his teachers were barely qualified to teach, but knew he wasn’t qualified to say so either.
Even so, his teachers and principal could not entirely quench George’s goodwill. Thomson wrote, “Even at that early age he ‘did not tolerate fools well,’ but he already possessed a sharp moral compass when it came to what he viewed as mistreatment of others.”
“When he saw someone being bullied, George was more likely to step in,” said a classmate, Rod Othen. “He didn’t like it when people bullied people.” George was glad to be sitting next to the smelly kid.
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George loaned Al Aronowitz and his wife money for the rent
The kindness in George’s heart never failed; it only got stronger. As he became famous and wealthy, he made greater sacrifices for those he loved. His intentions were always honorable. George didn’t show kindness to others to make himself feel good.
Once the money came in, George repaid his parents for everything they had done for him by giving them enough money for Harold to retire. George liked the money and lived like any other rock star, but by the mid-1960s he realized there was something better than fame and fortune.
George took LSD, which opened the door to God Consciousness. Then he met Ravi Shankar who became his musical and spiritual guru. Suddenly George just wanted to connect with God. Everything he did, from making music to being kind to people, reflected his love for God.
In 1970 George simultaneously recorded his first post-Beatles album, All things must passwhile traveling back and forth to the hospital where his mother was being treated for cancer.
That same year, for Thanksgiving, George and Boyd visited their Aronowitz and his wife, who was slowly losing a painful five-year battle with cancer. Despite her illness, she cooked the rock star and his wife a full turkey meal. Greene wrote that the least she could do was thank George for “lent” them the money to rent their home.
“Al wasn’t sure if George gave the money because his own mother died of cancer earlier that year, or because he was grateful Aronowitz introduced him to his hero, Bob Dylan. Whatever George’s reason, Al said the house money was ‘a demonstration of holiness unmatched by any rock superstar I’ve known,'” Greene wrote.
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The Beatle’s kindness was not for his own benefit
All George knew was kindness, and he didn’t preach about it. He wasn’t generous, pleasant, and kind to people for the wrong reasons.
“Part of George’s charm is that he always feels so inadequate to repay the world for what the world has given him,” Aronowitz said. “Kindness has become an art with him.”
George’s sister added: “An art, yes, that’s how it was with him. He would pay people’s hospital bills and do other random acts of kindness – not so that people would think well of him, but simply because he believed that kindness should be done in the world.
“Okay, he was on a spiritual quest, but he was a good person. Our mother always taught us to be careful about judging good or bad. Her criterion was: ‘Does this harm anyone?’ If so, then it was wrong and George lived by it.”
George never stopped being generous and kind. He made sure that devotees of the Hare Krishna temple could build a temple in London. Before that, he let her stay at Friar Park. To spread their cause to the world, George produced the devotees’ album, The Radha Krishna Templeand published their guru, Bhaktivedanta Swami, also known as Prabhupada’s book, KRSHNA book.
When Shankar came to him for a humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, George immediately organized the Bangladesh concert. In the late 1970s, George rushed to the aid of his friends in Monty Python after their producers pulled out of production life of brian. George financed the entire film.
George didn’t always have to throw the first benefit concert of his kind, produce a controversial film, or send someone tons of money to be kind and caring to those he loved. Small gestures of gentleness went a long way.
After Boyd left him for Eric Clapton, George responded with gracious dignity, allowing him to continue his friendships with both. Rather than bickering with his The Beatles bandmates for constantly overlooking his talent, George withdrew from the equation and calmly and nonchalantly quit. When his friend and idol Bob Dylan was losing confidence in the late 1960s, George made him feel better by asking him to write a song with him.
As for his fans, George wanted to make songs that would hopefully speak to them and remind them of God. There was nothing George wasn’t willing to do to be kind, and that generosity lives on in his music.
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