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How the Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge University Inspired George Harrison to Publish ‘The Interior Light’

George Harrison started his religious journey in 1966 right after conference his musical guru, Ravi Shankar. The legendary sitar participant gave the Beatle spiritual books and taught him valuable musical lessons. Quickly, George was deep in some of the most popular Hindu texts. His readings motivated his songwriting. He wrote tunes like “Within just You With no You,” which finally bought the awareness of a scholar, the Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge University, Juan Mascaró. The Spanish translator then encouraged George to write “The Internal Light.”

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Professor Juan Mascaró motivated George Harrison to compose ‘The Interior Light’

George defined what motivated him to write “The Internal Light” in his 1980 memoir, I Me Mine. It all came down to a reserve that Mascaró despatched him and a selected passage.

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