Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hope Within Light & Darkness

Inspired by this knew knowledge about Mother Theresa of Calcutta: Her struggle with her faith in crisis and darkness for half a century.


Photo by: Mark Galasso
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I have a song called “Di is Dead” from the CD "Spirit Play". It is about the fanaticism that surrounded the death of Princess Diane. It was amazing to me. One of the strangest things I'd ever seen in the media. And Then there was the the O.J. Simpson Trial. But Princess Di transcended the world it seemed to so many. I was working on "Di is Dead" during Diana's Funeral and in that same week Mother Theresa died. It was very "hope Taking" to see that they hardly mentioned it in the news. So I made one of the choruses of "Di is Dead" a dedication to Mother Theresa. It's the 3rd Chorus. Words are:

So Princess Di is Dead what was that Nun to you
Was she not pretty enough to get her face on the news
She tried to save the world, something nobody could do
The purest soul is gone, it seems like something is wrong
But I got my money

Below is an iTunes link of the song, "Di is Dead":

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I was once able to be in Mother Theresa’s presence publicly within arms reach. I went to hear her speak in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when she came to open a house for unwed mothers. She left some nuns here. I wanted to be close enough to feel what her spirit felt like. She did seem far away to me...in her own world. Focused, preoccupied.

When she spoke it was shockingly brief to me. Only these words I clearly remember. She said:

"We live in a world full of selfishness. We are very selfish people. We should all strive to be less selfish".

My reaction was We all know that?

But it was about ten years later in a bowling alley music bar in New Orleans (The Rockin’ Bowl) when I realized what Mother Teresa meant. She meant that people are selfish not only with their money, but their very selves, their sharing of souls, of compassion and kindness.

So, after all of my own questions and inner battles I come to find the torment within Mother Teresa. And as of now it's not at all unusual. What else could she have felt. How could any kind of really tangible god allow what she had to work with everyday, her whole life; and not have her experience emptiness. When you know you are living within the middle of a vacant, deceitful world that would let people die, kill them outright, let them suffer and be sick, create wars for profit and power. We've been reading, learning and repeating the same things forever as the people of "earth".

Will this cycle of suffering, "samsara" ever be broken? Thus, the "hope" within Light & Darkness.

When you look at the history of sires and profits they all had these spiritual dichotomies going on. And perhaps that is the lesson to learn from Mother Theresa. It exists, it always will and yet you move on and within this varied existence between Dark and Light. Something I’ve always thought a lot about. There were periods in the universe we live in where for millions of years there was nothing but darkness. No movement of anything. No light.

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