12 - An Esoteric View of The Beatle Legacy
12 - An Esoteric View of The Beatle Legacy
From the very early days The Beatles were one entity - but with an established order: John, Paul, George and Ringo.
That order needs to be revised as it relates to the role and impact each of them had on their historical legacy.
Lennon was the one with the most character faults. Often violent - including against women - he was very arrogant. He had no concern whatsoever if his actions hurt people or their feelings. In short - he was the epitome of a “bad person.” (When asked, McCartney and Ringo said they chose the people on the cover of Sgt. Peppers because they admired and respected them; the collection of 87 photos was comprised from all of their individual choices. Lennon said that the “whole idea of The Beatles” was what the British occultist/devil worshiper Aleister Crowley called “do what thou wilt.” Crowley was Lennon’s hero. Most people, especially in 1967, didn’t even know who Crowley was — but Lennon certainly did, and he must have been the one to request that his picture be put on the cover.
George was the complete opposite of John. If Lennon was the epitome of “bad” George was of “good.” “Bad” is everywhere in John’s character. Goodness is everywhere in George’s legacy. He was called “the quiet Beatle” not because he never gave his opinion, but because it was given thoughtfully - and never with bad intentions. This was the complete opposite of Lennon.
Unlike his three other band mates, Harrison never agreed to commercially exploit his Beatle identity. In the late 1980s, he remarked: “Every Beatles song ever recorded is going to be advertising women’s underwear and sausages. We’ve got to put a stop to it in order to set a precedent. Otherwise it’s going to be a free-for-all. It’s one thing when you’re dead, but we’re still around! They don’t have any respect for the fact that we wrote and recorded those songs, and it was our lives.”
George was the soul
George’s role in the music was to provide the “oneness” of their sound. He backed up both Lennon and McCartney, vocally and musically.
While his musical and vocal contributions are unfortunately still largely ignored and unrecognized, his more important role was in the general Beatle legacy.
He represented man’s most basic needs: to sincerely search for a higher meaning and purpose to life - our soul - the “goodness” in us all. He was a truly holy person who had reached a very high level of spiritual awareness and understanding. His quest for “oneness” and “holiness” is what the Beatle ideology (and music) is about. The result was that he almost singlehandedly bridged East and West by introducing the religious practices of Hinduism to the Western world.
He was a supreme example of how a human being should act. Unlike John, he didn’t mock the Beatle fame and try to tell the public they were wrong for thinking The Beatles were so great. Instead, he put it into perspective and confronted the public in an honest and thoughtful manner, saying: “I always had a problem with being famous. I was so happy when it was over.”
His modesty and humility was a stellar example for all people who acquire fame and fortune - and how to deal with public adoration in a respectful manner. He not only survived the usual trappings and downsides of fame, but would go on to have the most prolific solo career of the four. His legacy was an integral part of the entire Beatle legacy. Spiritually, he served as a role model for an entire generation.
He was our “Shaman.” Lennon was the red herring. George was the real thing.
Paul represented love, peace, joy and happiness
Paul represented the physical side of George’s spirituality - the good nature of humans: i.e., love, peace, etc. His words were much deeper than anyone appreciated. It could even be that he was the most inspired of them all. His lyrics had to appear shallow for them to be absorbed by the masses. They are in fact much more complex and meaningful than is recognized.
McCartney’s (and The Beatles) ideological premise was based on the German philosopher, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: love your neighbor, contribute to the welfare of your community, etc. Of their music, he said: “Nearly all of our songs were about love, peace and understanding."
Today he is entrusted with the task of keeping the Beatle legacy in the public’s attention. His purpose is to keep it alive so that it can enter into its next phrase.
Ringo is the deeper meaning of their legacy
At the top of the pyramid is Ringo.
He represents the perfect state - happy, content, loved by all, always happy and smiling. His lack of intellectual pretension frees him from the possibility of upsetting anyone. Ringo showed it’s not more knowledge that man needs - but more humility.
He is in a complete harmonious state with everyone around him. He knew how to express gratitude. He was the most grateful of them all – but not for the money, success or fame.
In Anthologies he remembers: “There were some really loving, caring moments between four people: a hotel room here and there - a really amazing closeness. Just four guys who really loved each other. It was pretty sensational…..I loved them. They were the brothers I never had.”
For him the “closeness” to these three other human beings is what remains the most important to him. He is telling us what is really important in the world: our bond to our fellow human being - our love and dependence on them.
With his basic drum beat creating the core backbone of their signature sound, he also provided the necessary balance for blending the Beatles’ personalities into one cohesive entity. Both his musical contributions and his personality created the “oneness” of their sound - and the group’s unified persona.
Ringo is the physical mode of perfection that George was in the spiritual state. He practiced the brotherly love McCartney sings about. He is our heart - George our soul; Paul is our ideals - John, the “bad boy - the "yetzer hara" in us all - our “evil inclination".
While the mainstream view of the Beatle legacy is focused on the songwriting partnership of McCartney and Lennon, it is Ringo and George who are the most important figures in their historical legacy. McCartney and Lennon did their job in attracting the attention of the world to their music. That music was merely a vehicle to bring us to the deeper meaning of what George and Ringo represented.