George Harrison to Have Hare Krishna Funeral
George Harrison's family plans to immerse his ashes in the sacred Ganges River following a private ceremony, a spokesman for the Hare Krishna movement said on Monday. But spokesman Mahamantra Das said Harrison's widow, Olivia, and their son, Dhani, wish to make the visit to India and the ceremony in the holy city of Varanasi "very private." Harrison died of cancer Thursday, at the age of 58, at a friend's home in Los Angeles. "They don't want disclose their identities," Das told Reuters. Das also said Hare Krishna members worldwide have been praying "for the soul" of the musician who became a follower of the sect and believed in reincarnation. (According to the tenets of Hare Krishna, which is a Hindu sect, the immersion of the ashes is symbolic of the soul's journey toward eternal consciousness.) Meanwhile, Harrison's family, speaking through a family friend, announced on Saturday, "We are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and compassion from people around the world. The profound beauty of the moment of George's passing -- of his awakening from this dream -- was no surprise to those of us who knew how he longed to be with God. In that pursuit, he was relentless." The statement went on to say, "Olivia and Dhani invite you to join them in a minute of meditation in honor of George's journey, wherever you are on Monday at 1:30 p.m. PST."
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