Saturday, April 13, 2013

UBC 13 - AtoZ - My Sweet Lord

Day 13  of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge
The letter L  for the  AtoZ Blogging Challenge
"My greatest hits" for the Writers' Post Blog Hop hosted this week by Cairn Rodrigues


L is for .... My Sweet LORD


22 years ago one afternoon while we driving down to do our grocery shopping, the song "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison was playing on the radio and I was singing along.

This has always been one of my favourite songs, and the words always meant a lot to me but until recently I never really understood how much they meant to me.

My sweet Lord
I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you Lord
But it takes so long, my Lord
My sweet Lord
I really want to know you ...

So back to that afternoon ...

My daughter was quite little then. (This was before my son was born). Little miss independent and mischievous had removed her seatbelt. Something kept nagging at me to turn around and check. So glad I did.  btw I wasn't driving in case you're wondering how I turned around!

That must've been less than half a minute before the song ended and the car had a complete mechanical meltdown. The steering wheel locked, the accelerator jammed, the brakes failed and we were on a curve on the motorway. There was nothing we could do but to let the car go. It kept veering fast, crossed 2 lanes, crashed into a high bank and flipped over 3 times.

As we were racing towards that bank, I heard this voice, loud and clear, that we should relax and roll with the car not resist the roll, and that all will be well. I remember saying calmly to my daughter "We're having an accident, roll with the car. We'll be ok".

The car was completely smashed and if you had seen it you never would've believed we came out of it alive let alone without a scratch on us. And it amazes me to this day how calm I was through the whole thing. I actually counted the rolls.

I always believed that there was someone with me that day who saved us - who, I had no clue. But something took place recently (about 3 weeks ago) that made me sit up and think about this. And I truly believe that the Lord himself held us in His arms, protected us, reassured us and comforted us and kept me calm in what were the most terrifying moments of our life.

I really want to see you Lord,
I see Him now

I really want to know you
I know Him now

I really want to be with you
I am with Him


After the accident whenever I heard "My Sweet Lord", I used to be terrified - as if it were a bearer of bad news. But in the last 3 weeks, the song takes on a completely new meaning for me. It is the song that truly connects me with my Lord. It's like a communication channel with Him.


But it takes so long my Lord
It has taken over 20 years for the penny to drop


George Harrison was hugely influenced by Hinduism and was a great friend of Pandit Ravi Shankar who said the Lord had given him the perfect name Hari-son (Hari pronounced as hurry = God). In "My Sweet Lord" he blends East and West together. But for me this song merges my consciousness with my sweet Lord.

So grateful to George Harrison who wrote and sang one of the most awesome songs ever. And exceedingly grateful to all the wonderful strangers who stopped and helped us, who comforted us and gave us strength, and to the doctors, nurses and paramedics who attended to us at the scene.

But most of all I am eternally grateful to my sweet Lord who came to me, loved me unconditionally, asked for nothing from me, gave me the gift of life again, and quietly and patiently guided me over the years to reach Him. I am truly born again.


Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo, Maheshwara
Guru Sakshat, Parabrahma,
Tasmayi Shree, Guruve Namah


O Master; You are the Creator, the Sustainer, the Divine, the Destroyer
And the true embodiment of omnipresent, transcendental Divinity.
To You, glorious and supreme Master
I humbly and reverently bow.


My sweet Lord
Hare Rama, Hare Krishna

By whatever name you call Him
Know that He is with you and that He comes!


And where, you ask, does "My greatest hits" fall into this?. It is the moment 3 weeks ago when the penny dropped and I looked up and thanked my sweet Lord for His Grace and  Blessings, that moment when He made my daily prayer take flight:

"To see you more clearly, to love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day".


Enjoy this awesome song.

My Sweet Lord - George Harrison  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kNGnIKUdMI


May you always feel His presence, as I did then, and as I do now, every moment of every day.

Blessings to you. Namaste.

Warm Regards
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61 comments:

  1. That's an amazing story; however, I have a cousin who had a similar experience. I truly believe we are not alone in this life.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. So true Joyce, we are not alone in this life.

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  2. Close call that one. Its the faith that does the trick


    PhenoMenon
    http://capturedalive.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/let-me-be-free/

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    1. It sure was PhenoMenon. With faith, one must also have devotion.

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  3. Thank God you were all OK. He was with you that day. Wonderful inspirational post.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy. He sure was and I'm so grateful to Him. Thank you for your concern. As always you are so sweet.

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  4. feels so good to read this !
    the song doesnt mean the bearer of bad news may be it is a sign to wipe off the bad every time !
    Cool suzy
    May lord be with you alwyas :)
    Good day

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    1. Thanks Afshan and may He be with you too always.

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  5. Lovely story, thanks for sharing. We have blogged about our "Lords" today - My affinity with Christ probably dates back to many births, this was soul stirring. Cheers, Laxmi

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    1. Thanks Laxmi. It is soul satisfying to blog about our Lords. My devotion to my Lord Rama also probably dates back many millennia and many births.

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  6. Truly hair-raising post, Suzy and yet, I can believe every word. God is truly our Protector and Guide. I've experienced Him saving me - mostly from myself! George Harrison is my favourite Beatle!

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    1. Thanks Corinne. I cannot imagine a life without God. George Harrison is also my favourite Beatle - he looked great and the songs he wrote were soulful.

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  7. Suzy, i got goosebumps reading this. Initially i thought it's a fiction. Glad you all came out safe. Truely Lord is the kindest.

    I loved this post of yours to the core.

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  8. What a wonderful story. We are not alone.

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    1. Thanks Talya - and it is so comforting to know that.

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  9. Miracles do happen, dont they :)

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  10. You touched my heart today, by this post, thanks for sharing your experience, which strengthened my faith in the Lord, and so true, we are never alone with the Lord !

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    1. Thanks Angela. I hope my post will strengthen faith for many especially those whose faith is failing. Thanks for your very kind comment.

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  11. Wow, what an amazing story. I love that you're not afraid of the song anymore, how you draw strength and courage from it now.

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    1. Thanks Cairn. The song really touches my soul now. Thanks for a great prompt.

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  12. Wow this is an amazing post about an amazing experience. You totally kept your head and how significant about the song you had been listening too. WOW.

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    1. Thanks. So true - I don't think that (the song) was coincidental either.

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  13. Many years ago, my husband and I were driving on a two-lane road in rural Oklahoma on our way home from a Native American powwow, when we rounded a curve and there was a car in our lane coming straight towards us! My husband veered the car right to try to avoid the collision, hit the shoulder, and the car started to spin across the road. We ended up in other lane, facing the wrong way, and if there had been a vehicle there I would not be commenting now, probably. As the whole chain of events started, a voice told me not to worry, that everything would be all right. Your post touched me deeply and I am going to share it.

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    1. Thanks Bookworm. So glad you both were okay. Amazing how similar our stories are. Thanks for sharing yours. Blessings to you.

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  14. We should experience these to believe it...I am so glad that you experienced something that made you feel HIS presence. Lovely song.

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  15. Wow..what an amazing story Suzi! I love that song and have long appreciated George Harrison's spiritual thirst for depth and meaning which he found much of it in the East, from Hinduism, as you mentioned. I love that the mahamantra is in that song. :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica. That mahamantra is just awesome. A complete and perfect prayer - asks for nothing and salutes the Almighty. If you listen with intent, you can feel that connection that George Harrison made with God. Namaste to you lovely Jessica.

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  16. What a perfect post, Suzy. Thank you for sharing your powerful experience with that song with us, and also for providing a translation of George's closing prayer. I've listened to the song for years without really knowing what that prayer meant.

    Take care,

    Casey

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    1. Thanks Casey. That is such a powerful prayer. Most times we pray to receive something, all this does is venerate the Lord. It's beautiful. George was a genius.

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  17. Wonderful, Suzy! What a scary accident to come out of and what a revelation for you after that!

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  18. This is one of my most favorite songs! Your story about the accident is just inspiring! Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. Thanks Mel. I thought about it a lot before sharing, but when one is guided to share, one must. Thanks so much for dropping by.

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  19. Suzy,
    Those of us who feel that presence....know that presence are so lucky. My life's passion is to help other people find that for themselves. Thanks for this beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks Dina - it is my mission too. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  20. Moving, beautiful, perfect! I have always loved this song, I feel the same connection to it that you do, it is an anthem of love, longing, and belonging... it is a powerful prayer.

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    1. Thanks Josie - You summed up the song so beautifully. I'm glad you have that connection too - it is so powerful. I think the Lord Himself put the words and melody into George's head.

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  21. That was quite an experience and a miracle! While listening to the song (glad you included a link), I can picture you in communion. Life is beautiful. :-) ~ Luchie C.

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    1. Thanks Luchie. Life is beautiful.

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  22. What an amazing story and thank you for sharing a piece of your life with us. I am so glad that the Lord was with you and your daughter that day. I know the song well and it is a great one!

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    1. Thanks Beth for your nice comment and for visiting.

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  23. Amazing story! Thanks for the post!

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  24. Suzy, your experience proves that God is always at hand to protect us; all we have to do is rely on HIm completely. Who knows how many disasters we are saved from every day of our lives?
    Lovely, soulful post.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. That's so true - to rely on Him and have faith.

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  25. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  26. Glad you all came out of it unscathed. Amazing experience.

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  27. Ohhh...scary incident and glad that you guys are safe. Thanks for sharing the song..... and stay blessed :)

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    1. Thanks Nibedita. Blessings to you too.

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  28. You are blessed. Miracles do happen, glad you all were fine. Stay safe and happy.

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    1. Thanks Sulekha. Thanks goodness miracles happen. Happiness to you too.

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  29. It sure is Shilpa and thank God for his power!

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  30. That's really something. What an experience!! And it's true God does watch over us.

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