Complete (Invocation)

Lyrics

Everything comes from one perfect source
A unique force who keeps everything on course
The central point from which all gets its meaning
all the things we see, experience,
including what we’re dreaming
the universe
and that beyond the hearse
the words we converse, for better or for worse
things don’t make sense when we’ve built a fence
through ourselves and the complete
so we remain asleep
but We have full facility and the ability
to truly see, who we be
all forms of incompleteness
due to incomplete knowledge
of the Complete whole
so it burdens our soul
until we see the goal of life
to get free from the strife
cut with the wisdom knife
this temporary mirage like pleasure
and only endeavor
for the real treasure

oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate

The most Supreme is perfect and complete
He’s fully replete, there’s enough to eat
for every single person, food will never deplete
if we don’t let things worsen, ’cause of conceit
that “He with the most things wins”
but a huge imbalance means poverty stings
someone else, due to selfish forces
when distributing the world’s resources
the worlds not lacking
just we seem to be slacking
If we understand the Whole
we’ll understand the role
of each and every soul
not trying to fill the hole
in the heart
but while we remain apart
from acting in our natural position
we’ll always feel like something’s missing
fish out of water
cause we know we oughta
be swimming in love
we’re ALL sons and daughters

oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate

So much potency you wouldn’t believe
fully renounced but He’ll never leave
waiting for the day when we’ve
realized that we will never achieve
until to we turn to Him
whether we’re king
or a poor man in the street
no shoes on our feet
we’ll never feel satisfied if we’re full of pride
illusory energy helps Him hide
But He’s Ever existing, always uplifting
causeless mercy is what He is gifting
Complete in knowledge and full of bliss
sac-cid-ānanda, not a person dismissed
because of race or creed
but we feel incomplete because of hate and greed
so we need to be freed
of this bodily conception, that’s causing contention
taking our hearts to another dimension

oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
pūrṇam evāvaśiṣyate


Lyrics/Production/Video: Mike Jones

Found the original track untitled on my hard-drive so am unsure of the artist. A big thank you to the original singer whoever you are.

Inspiration

The inspiration behind this song comes straight from the yoga text Śrī Īśopaniṣad and the purport given by the great bhakti-yoga teacher Śrīla Prabhupāda. Although I share my realizations on this mantra below, I recommend reading the book for yourself, no matter what your spiritual or philosophical background may be.

Here are my thoughts:

The concept of the Complete Whole shows us the ultimate relationship between all phenomena. To use the example of the physical universe, we may not understand the tides or the appearance and disappearance of the moon and sun. When we understand the Complete Whole (in this example, the universe) then we understand how these things are related both to each other and to the Complete Whole.

The actual Complete Whole is beyond the immediate material universe. He goes by many names but I will use the name Kṛṣṇa (meaning "all attractive" because after all, we are all attracted by something in this world). Everything emanates from Kṛṣṇa so if we want to understand anything deeply then we need to understand Him. Otherwise our understanding is crippled due to not having the proper conception of the relationship between objects and the Complete Whole (How do different objects and energies fit in with the Complete Whole?).

When we understand the Complete Whole then we can align our own perspective so that we can see things from an Absolute platform, not just a relative platform. This will lead to harmony between ourselves, the Complete Whole, and everything else which is part of the Complete Whole because we understand these things and their proper relationship to each other.

Similarly, it is obvious that we are part of the Complete Whole (by definition it means literally everything that exists, and we exist). Because we are part of the Complete Whole, if we don't understand the Complete Whole then we don't understand ourselves or why we exist. There is just no meaning to our existence. We can only have meaning to our existence in relation to the Complete Whole. So the concept of the Complete Whole is the most important concept we can have.

Kṛṣṇa has both form and a formless aspect because He is the Complete Whole and so He contains everything within (and beyond) our experience. The highest realization is that of the Complete Whole in His Personal Form though (most people would agree that our personal relationships are what gives life the most juice).

We experience incompleteness because we have incomplete knowledge of the Complete. For example, we have enough facility to feed everyone, but the world-view that "he with the most things wins" leads to a huge imbalance in the distribution of the worlds resources. Many believe this world is incomplete as a result. If we had Complete knowledge of the Complete then we would know that we do not actually own anything and so the resources would be shared in accordance with the Supreme's plan in a Completely perfect way.

Similarly, we all have a hole we try to fill with all sorts of things to block the suffering. If we had complete knowledge of the Complete then we would know our eternal relationship with the Complete and be completely blissful serving in our natural position. However, because we are not in our natural position due to incomplete knowledge of the Complete, we feel like fish out of water and experience incompleteness. This is actually arranged by the Complete (this feeling of incompleteness) because we are not in our natural position, and so even this feeling of incompleteness is actually complete in itself because it is meant to be that way when we are ignorant of the Complete (phew, that's a tongue and mind twister).

To heal our "incompleteness" we must align our world view with the Complete's perspective. The Complete is already within us; we just need to be able to see Him. We already inherit the qualities of the Complete such as consciousness, individuality, etc, but we need to adjust our perspective to see these things.

The Complete Whole provides us with the Vedic literature to help us align our world view and gain complete knowledge of the Complete. According to the Vedic texts, once we do so then we will no longer experience incompleteness. We will no longer chase after temporary things that can't satisfy us due to our incomplete knowledge about them. Unless everything is put into its proper relationship with the Complete then these things will remain incomplete. This is the key to healing the incompleteness.

Meditation on the Maha-mantra (and other transcendental sound vibrations) is the recommended process to regain complete realization of the Complete Whole and our relationship with Him so that we have the knowledge of our natural position. Then the incompleteness will be healed.

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