Interesting Song – Interesting Lyrics

I have been listening to a bit of John Mayer lately – having discovered him (yeah, I know, right!) on one of my channel-surfing jaunts….

Below are the lyrics of one of his songs called ‘Belief’ from the album ‘Continuum’… really interesting….

Is there anyone who ever remembers

Changing their mind from the paint on a sign?

Is there anyone who really recalls ever breaking rank at all

For something someone yelled real loud one time?

Oh everyone believes

In how they think it oughta be

Oh everyone believes

And they’re not going easily

Belief is a beautiful armor

But makes for the heaviest sword

Like punching underwater

You never can hit who you’re trying for

Some need the exhibition

And some have to know they tried

It’s the chemical weapon

For the war that’s raging on inside

Oh everyone believes

From emptiness to everything

Oh everyone believes

And no one’s going quietly

We’re never gonna win the world

We’re never gonna stop the war

We’re never gonna beat this

If belief is what we’re fighting for

We’re never gonna win the world

We’re never gonna stop the war

We’re never gonna beat this

If belief is what we’re fighting for

Is there anyone who you can remember

Who ever surrendered with their life on the line?

We’re never gonna win the world

We’re never gonna stop the war

We’re never gonna beat this

If belief is what we’re fighting for

We’re never gonna win the world

We’re never gonna stop the war

We’re never gonna beat this

If belief is what we’re fighting for

Na na na na…

What puts a hundred thousand children in the sand?

Belief can, belief can

What puts the folded flag inside his mother’s hand?

Belief can, belief can.

So, if you want to listen to this song….

Message or Messenger: What is Important?

These days, watching the news seems to be more of a crime.. everywhere one watches, there are crimes committed in the name of religion. Thousands of innocent people being bombed, massacred and killed – and the reason – Religion.

I have always shied away from making any kind of ‘bold’ statements on this blog for fear of being profiled as a fundamentalist or a fanatic. Let me assure you that I am neither. I am just a plain ‘old’ writer and a citizen of this world, watching TV and trying to gobble down my dinner. And what I see on the news usually makes my stomach churn. So, for the past so many days, I simply changed the channel.

See, that is what most of us actually end up doing when we OD on these killings and wars. We simply change the channel. Watch Comedy Central instead. Hmmm…. Easy way out, right?

But here’s a thought that has never left my mind. Does changing the channel mean that the reality has changed for those people whose houses and lives are being destroyed? And the answer is: not really.

While I do not claim to be an authority on world religions, I do know for a fact that no religion tells us to kill people. Not a single one. But then religious fanatics do kill people in the name of their religion. And in this entire heedless killing, who really wins? Honestly, from where I stand, the only winners are the politicians. And the losers are all of us. Yup. We are all the biggest losers in this silliness.

And why are these wars being fought?

Bottom line: Each religious fanatic thinks: (1)his / her religion is the best / oldest / wisest / truest religion; and (2)his / her people have been hurt / hated / discriminated against / treated unfairly by the people of the other religion.

So, again, let me say what I feel here: As far as I know, no religion tells us to kill people, or to hate people belonging to other religions. In fact, as per my understanding, each religion tells us to love other people, to be compassionate and caring towards our fellow human beings.

And yet, so many of us, religious fanatics or not, end up not even following these most basic principles of our religion: compassion and love for our brothers and sisters across the globe. And we call ourselves believers? Really? Are we?

Why can’t we all live in peace? Why does the phrase ‘World Peace’ become a joke from a movie? While a part of the world enjoys a nice life, why do so many of our brothers and sisters perish in unnecessary wars?

What kind of a world are we living in?

All this disgusts me to no end.

Does it matter whose God / Prophet is the best / truest / wisest / oldest? Does it really matter that much? In this silly debate are we not turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the actual message of this God / Prophet?

What is important to you? The Message or the Messenger?

If the Message is what matters, then you won’t be out there killing people…. and if the Messenger is the important part, then buddy, you need to really take a good look at yourself in the mirror and see where your head’s at.

Killing in the name of Faith is defeating the purpose of Existence itself. Because Existence is about Life and Love and Happiness and Compassion. Existence is about being good to people no matter what Belief-System they follow. Existence is about ‘Live and Let Live’. Not about ‘Kill and Kill Some More’.


Another Original Thought…

So, after a pretty long time, here is another original thought of mine:

मांगने के लिए, हर कोई अपने लिए मांग ले चांद, सितारे, और सारा आसमान ।

पर मुझे मालूम हैं, कि हैं मेरे नाम पर सिर्फ थोडीसी जमीन, और थोडासा आसमान ।

या तो मैं इस बात का गम कर सकती हूँ कि मुझे वो सब कुछ नही मिला जो मैं चाहती थी, या तो मैं इस बात पर खुश हो सकती हूँ कि मेरे पास सच में क्या है ।

और मैं खुश रहना ज्यादा पसंद करती हूं ।


If anyone can ask for something, he / she can ask for the moon, the stars, and the entire sky.

But I know, that I have only some a bit of land earth and some a bit of sky to my name.

Either I can be sad that I haven’t got all that I wanted, or I can be happy about what I do have.

And I choose to be happy.