Within You Without You

This song was reflecting the spiritual pilgrimage journey of George Harrison, the writer of this song. He went to India during his career with The Beatles to learn what they called as  “Transcendental Meditation”  from his  late guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Beside that, he also learned to play sitar from the famous Ravi Shankar. In this song he seemed to practice what he had learned from Ravi Shankar. And since then, some songs of The Beatles sometimes also  used sitar and sound like Indian song or at least a little bit like Indian song. Beside this song, there also some several songs that sound like Indian song.

This song is included in the album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. This song was also sung by another artists, Patti Smith and Oasis. For me, I like this song because it’s ethnic and maybe mistical. The sound of sitar itself. The string instruments  and Indian percussions that accompanied formed that atmosphere.  A very good music background for contemplation and meditation with lyrics that supported.

We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it’s far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking about the love we all could share when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love we could save the world if they only knew.
Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you_____
We were talking-about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul….
They don’t know they can’t see-are you one of them?
When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there….
And the time will come when you see
we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

I want to underline some parts of the  lyrics :

the people, who gain the world and lose their soul. It’s the same as a verse in the Bible from Mark 8:36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul ?

They don’t know they can’t see. It’s  the same as Isaiah 44:!8 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

For George Harrison, may you find peace in above there.


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