A Tale of Two Georges: Part 2

Part Two: George Lucas

Introduction

In the first part of this two-part series on the ‘two Georges’–Harrison and Lucas–who have played roles in infusing Hindu themes and thought into Western popular culture, I focused upon George Harrison, whose Hindu connections and commitments were quite open and well known.  Starting with the brief sitar passages in the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” then moving on to the reflections found in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’s “Within You Without You,” and culminating in the Krishna devotion of “My Sweet Lord,” from 1970’s All Things Must Pass, and continuing to the end of his life, the evidence of Hindu influence on Harrison is abundant, and has become one of the most distinctive features of this artist (although the other Beatles were not without these influences, as one can find in Lennon’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Across the Universe,” and mo

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