Akbar’s Aphorisms #5 – Change

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010 in Akbar Lightning, Philosophy, Spirituality

the radio played Across the Universe by the Beatles as I turned off my windshield wipers. i looked up at the lustful summer storm clouds that had lightened their burden and spread themselves to reveal the caress of sunshine…with the soothing glare on my moist forearms I drove through the intersection mindful of my daughter in the backseat. present in my body was the warmth of gratitude for her, and as i heard the lyrics ‘nothing’s gonna change my world’, i thought about the gravity of the outward human condition, and how easy it is to become paralyzed by some of the more tragic aspects of existence…

Akbar’s Aphorisms # 5 – Once you accept that you cannot change anything about the world and discover however that you may change much about yourself and in doing so change everything about the world the paradox of personal empowerment replaces the insidious search for outside forms of spiritual satisfaction with an internal growing enthusiasm for play.

After writing this I discovered this version of Across the Universe by Fiona Apple, and i fell completely in love at 1:55…

click below for lyrics

Across the Universe

Words are flying out like
endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass
They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Images of broken light which
dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as
they make their way across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life
are ringing through my open ears
exciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which
shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Jai guru deva
Jai guru deva

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12 Comments

  1. Logocentric
    June 8, 2010

    WOW! thanks be to the Beatles. . . and to Fiona Apple. and to Akbar Lightning, a lifter of veils, the minister of peace, the gentleman in the Pantheon.

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  2. globatron
    June 9, 2010

    i have recently found that the more you want something the less of a chance of it to happen. i was even thinking that i could begin to visualize everything i want in life and in this world then try and visualize the opposite. that seems to work for me lately.

    but i feel you Akbar. I have only every felt like my doing anything was good because it could help me deal with my situation and offer it to others in hopes that it might help them as well. So basically I have attempted to change the world but from the inside out.

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  3. Kevin
    June 10, 2010

    Akbar, what if you stopped eating animals and using animal products. I think that changes both you and the world. K<

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  4. Logocentric
    June 10, 2010

    i always forget that i’m a vegetarian and start eating animals again. then the guilt.

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  5. Akbar Lightning
    June 10, 2010

    well kevin…i have started only eating humanely raised animals and produce from local farms, which i think helps decrease our dependence on factory farming and industrialized food.

    i’m not sure what this has to do with the post, or why you would assume i was not a vegetarian…

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  6. Logocentric
    June 10, 2010

    c’mon, Akbar. can’t the post be about vegetarianism? i mean, it’s clearly something that interests Kevin, and if your post spoke to that, then some connection was made, right?

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  7. Akbar Lightning
    June 10, 2010

    well, i guess i should take responsibility since i included the video with Fiona ‘Apple’…

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  8. Logocentric
    June 10, 2010

    are you working against the opposition to your premise that Kevin introduced when he suggested that perhaps something could change the world?

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  9. Akbar Lightning
    June 10, 2010

    i just find his injection of that political issue kind of obnoxious…it’s somewhat dismissive of the more universal aspect of what i was talking about…

    i agree with him on some level, but the injection of a specific political issue is kind of contradictory to my claims, since his is trying to change me, instead of sharing how the post mirrors changes he has made in his life, and how that agrees with the claims i have made, which would unifying rather than divisive.

    does that make sense?

    damn, i want a hamburger now!

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  10. Logocentric
    June 10, 2010

    it does make sense. i can see how it could be obnoxious. however–not to be argumentative–for many, the only universal thing is the tendency toward the political. i.e., the very act of being socially engaged is a political act, under any circumstance. i don’t know if i believe that for myself anymore, and i’m not necessarily ascribing it to Kevin either. but there is that perspective.

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  11. Akbar Lightning
    June 10, 2010

    i hear that logos, i do…but in this virtual space, i am trying to point to what feels like negative engagement, when my instincts tell me so…

    because his comment has in internal logical contradiction, since on some level it agrees with my premise as a means of arguing against it…and such contradictions have become the most glaring means of recognizing the desire to contradict our work here, from a purely emotional perspective.

    so, i try to respond emotionally, on some level, to show that i am no longer ‘playing the fool’ in a socratic way, giving people the benefit of the doubt…when in fact, i don’t really have a lot of doubt. in this way i am honest about my internal truth, so that i do not fracture my true relation with people.

    if this is all clear, it represents what i consider a higher form of respect…if Kevin, is in fact, passionate about these ideas, he will engage more fully and flesh out what it is he is trying to achieve by commenting..

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  12. Akbar Lightning
    June 10, 2010

    as an aside, i found my use of this tactic with greg to be surprisingly powerful…and by surprise, let me be forthcoming in saying that i was not conscious of this ‘tactic’ that time, but understand it only in hindsight of seeing how my deepest honesty with him, actually led us to a deeper respect.

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