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Happiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

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Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

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You want grace?
Well, ask God, maybe he'll give it to you
And the theologian will tell you, "Yes, God, gives his grace freely. He gives it to all because he loves all. It's here, like the air. All you have to do is receive it."
Or a more orthodox, a Catholic Christian would say, "All you have to do is to be baptized, to take the holy sacrament of the altar, the bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, and there is the grace right there
And it's given by these simple physical means so that it's very easily and readily available
Well, a lot of people got baptized
And it doesn't always take
People fall from grace
Why do they?
You see, we're just talking about the same old problem, but we've put it a step up
But it's the same problem
How can I improve myself?
Was the first problem
The second problem is

[Chorus]
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey

How can I accept grace? They're both the same problem
Because you've got to make a move
Which will put yourself out of your own control
Into the control of a better
If you don't believe in the Christian kind of a God, you can believe in the Hindu kind of a God
Who is your inner self
You see, you've got a lower self, which you can call your ego
That's that little scoundrelous fellow, who's always out for me
But behind the ego, there is the Atman, the inner self
The inward light, as Quakers would call it, the real self, the spirit
Which is substantially identical with God
So, you've got to meditate in such a way that you identify with your higher self
How do you do that?
Well, you start by watching all your thoughts, very carefully, watching your feelings, watching your emotions, so that you begin to build up a sense of separation
Between the watcher and what is watched

[Chorus]
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey
You want grace? I want grace, we want grace, hey

So that you are, as it were, no longer carried away by your own stream of conscious
You remain the witness, impassively, impartially
Suspending judgment, and watching it all go on
That seems to be something like progress
At least you're taking an objective view of what is going on
Of what is going on
You're beginning to be in a position to control it, but just wait a minute!
Who is this self behind the self, the watching self?
Can you watch that one?
It's interesting if you do, because you find out, of course, that this is, just as the problem of grace
It is nothing more than a transposition of the first problem
How am I to be unselfish by my own power?
It becomes how am I to get grace by my own power?
[Chorus]
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve

And if only I could be the right person
Is this man going to tell me something that will help me to change myself
So that I will be a more creative and cooperative member – of the human race?
I would like to improve

[Chorus]
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve

So in so many people's minds, and from so many different angles, there is this urgent feeling that I must improve me
And this is critically important
Because it's obvious, at least, it's superficially obvious
That the way things are, we are going to hell fast
Now, in this question
Can I improve me, there is the obvious difficulty
That if I am in need of improvement, the person who's going to do the improving is the one who needs to be improved
There, immediately, we have a vicious circle

[Chorus]
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve

[Chorus]
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve
It's me that's wrong
It's me that's wrong
I would like to improve
I would like to improve
So, it all comes down to this basic question
That human beings have, for a long, long time been concerned about transforming their minds
Is there any way in which one's mind can be transformed
Or is it simply a process which is nothing more than a vicious circle?
I could ask

[Chorus]
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?

Would it be too presumptuous of me to say that you were looking for help?
That you hoped you would hear somebody who had something to say
That would be of help and relevance to you, as members of a world
Which is running into the most intense difficulty?
A world beset by a complex of problems, any one of which would be bad enough
But when you add together all, all the great political, social, and ecological problems with which we are faced, they are appalling
And one naturally says, "The reason why we are in such a mess is not simply that we have wrong systems for doing things, whether they be technological, political, or religious."
[Woman] Hallelujah!
But we have the wrong people
The systems may be all right, but they are in the wrong hands because we are all
In various ways, self-seeking, lacking in wisdom, lacking in courage, afraid of death, afraid of pain, unwilling, really, to cooperate with others, unwilling to be open to others
And we all think that's too bad
It's me that's wrong

[Chorus]
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?
Why have you come here? What were you looking for?

[Outro]
Yeah, boy!
Yeah, boy!
And so, that is a nice little tangle
If I put this in the language of oriental philosophy and religion
It would be something like this

[Chorus]
The Buddha said that wisdom
Must come only from the abandonment of selfish craving, or desire
The Buddha said that wisdom
Must come only from the abandonment of selfish craving, or desire

One who abandons that desire attains nirvana
Which is supreme peace
Liberation
Nirvana means, in Sanskrit
Blow out
That is, exhale the breath
Exhale the breath
The opposite, desire, is to breathe in
Now, if you breathe in, and hold it
You lose your breath
But if you breathe out, it comes back to you
It comes back to you

[Chorus]
The Buddha said that wisdom
Must come only from the abandonment of selfish craving, or desire
The Buddha said that wisdom
Must come only from the abandonment of selfish craving, or desire

So the principle here is if you want life, don't cling to it
Let go
Let go
But the problem is if I desire not to desire, is that not already desire?
How can I desire not to desire?
How can I surrender myself
When myself is precisely an urge to hold on
To cling?
To cling to life, to continue to survive
To survive
To survive

[Chorus]
The Buddha said that wisdom
Must come only from the abandonment of selfish craving, or desire
The Buddha said that wisdom
Must come only from the abandonment of selfish craving, or desire

I can see rationally
That by clinging to myself, I may strangle myself
I may be like a person who has a bad habit
As a result of which he is committing suicide
And he knows that
But can't give it up
Because the means of death are so sweet
And so as a result of there always being a kind of gap, that's the gap you know like where the electric spark jumps
That's the thing behind your head, behind your eyes that you can never get to look at, it's the gap. And because of that little gap, the circle doesn't just revolve in a dull way, just go around, and around, and around type of boring thing
It has rhythm
See if I say, “Yoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee;”
No rhythm, see, it's just one long sound
After a while you'd say, "Oh cut it out," or we just become insensitive to it
What we want to hear is the breaking you see?
And we want to hear and vanish, and come back again, and so on
And that sets up a rhythm, and that becomes interesting
That's putting gaps between, you see we need those gaps
We need those gaps. See?

[Chorus]
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
Rhythm doing a rhythm
Rhythm doing a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You'll find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
And behind that there's another rhythm doing a rhythm

Now you see it, now you don't, Now you see it, now you don't
Oh, that's pretty dull
So, now you see it, now you don't, now you see it, now you don't
Oh that's pretty dull
So, what we're gonna do is this, we're gonna have you see it three times, and then with a regular not see it between them
Then there's gonna be a longer not see it after that one
And then I'm gonna do something very complicated after that so that you don't really know when it's gonna come next
So, it's gonna be a surprise
You know how we all do that?

[Chorus]
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
Rhythm doing a rhythm
Rhythm doing a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You'll find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
And behind that there's another rhythm doing a rhythm

And interesting people are those who do this in very involved ways
Dull people, the sort of people who put their hats on absolutely straight
Are the kind of people for example who have the same meal every day, exactly the same thing, always, see?
See, have no inventiveness
They have the same routine, they go to the same office, they answer the same kind of letters, and that's that, see?
But then if they want to start up a more interesting kind of business and make more money
Take the people who make clothes
They figure out fashion, it's gonna be a new thing for ladies, a new style
We're gonna make them do long skirts instead of the short skirts
And they skirts go “wi-tchi-tchi tchi-tchi tchi-tchi,” like this
Then finally they thought about having topless women
They're gonna play around with that and have an absolutely scandalous ball
But, that's the whole thing you see?
It's this thing of rhythm
And yes you ask, „Well, I see that. What is doing this rhythm? Who, after all, am I?“
And as you explore deeper and deeper and deeper into the nature of yourself

[Chorus]
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
Rhythm doing a rhythm
Rhythm doing a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You'll find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
You find that you're a rhythm doing a rhythm
And behind that there's another rhythm doing a rhythm

Your vibrations and who who is doing all this
And who who is doing all this
Why? He came around, there it was, and we were looking for him and then he vanished
And who who is doing all of this
And who who is doing all of this
Why? He came around, there it was, and we were looking for him and then he vanished
(Who is doing all of this)
(Who is doing all of this)
(Who is doing all of this)
(Who is doing all of this)
And then just when we weren't looking for him again, there he is
But every time we try to see he isn't there
Now, do you see that?
That situation is what's called life

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