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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Remembering Bob Marley, Who Died 30 Years Ago, Today.

Thirty years ago, Bob Marley died. It was a life cut far too short. He was so much more than a musician and icon of the popular musical style, reggae. He was a visionary, a healer and an inspiration to the down-trodden, listless American kids drowning in the chaos of modernity and especially to those of African heritage who have been oppressed. He was a rebel but one who eschewed violence in favor of radical love. I say radical, because it's easy to respond with violence to the problems Bob described in his songs. But, his answer was to trust in a higher power--love, which unites all beings. As the Dalai Lama says, no being wants to suffer.

Marley, woke up a sleepy, middle-class America to the injustices of the black man but his lyrics spoke to anyone facing a struggle against the corrupt powers of man poisoned by greed, hatred and delusion. In other words, the three poisons that Buddha warns us about. Come to think of it, I hear a lot of spirituality in his songs that Buddhist would agree with; along with his over-all energy of peace, love and simplicity. Unfortunately he wasn't with us that long but the sheer weight of what he has inspired in countless people spanning many generations shows that it doesn't take a lifetime to positively change lives forever. So, let us take inspiration from his example and be the change we want to see the world--today.

I will leave you with this quote, from then Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga about Bob Marley, said at his funeral:

"His voice was an omnipresent cry in our electronic world. Bob Marley was never 'seen.' He was an 'experience,' which left an indelible imprint with every encounter. Such a man cannot be erased from the mind." He certainly changed my life forever when I began my life-long love of his music at the age of 13. If you're a fan, let's take a moment to listen to his music and rededicate ourselves to his vision. May his legend live long and strong!! One people, One heart, One love. The video below is of musicians from around the world singing Bob's classic song, "One Love." For lyrics in English, click here. Enjoy!!

~Peace to all beings~

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Uku said...

Thank you for this post! Mr. Bobby has truly been one of the inspirational human beings for me! His words, music has helped me a lot and are helping a lot in my Buddhist path. Never give up the fight!


Belinda G. Farage said...

I like your blog! And this is a fantastic video - i always wonder how they organize such a feat!

Thanks for sharing with us...



Anonymous said...

Hey guys,

Have you ever heard of/seen/tasted a relaxation drink called Marley's Mellow Mood??

It's an amazing tasting drink with all natural ingredients. The cool think about it is a percentage of the profits from the drink go to so it's for a good cause.

I love the stuff and would definitely recommend it to all of you! Look out for it. They're sold it loads of convenience stores :)

Peace and Love


Sandra said...

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