Sunday, January 11, 2009

In the Arms of the Angel

This piece by Sarah McLachlan is a most compassionate and enlightened treatment of the existential suffering that so many, many of us have sought to relieve through drugs and alcohol; but we were eventually betrayed by addiction in that path.

Suffering is universal.
Some of us seem to suffer more than others. Perhaps our spirits are given to a level of sensitivity that seeks a spiritual experience with such unrelenting yearning that we become vulnerable to betrayal by empty promises, not realizing that the goal itself had become the obstacle.

There are other solutions, more drastic, more permanent -- "permanent solutions to temporary problems." But these too result from our cravings and from the insatiable appetites of the hungry ghosts we have become by dent of a demanding temperament and our longing for relief.


ANGEL

Spend all your time waiting

for that second chance,

for a break that would make it okay.


There's always some reason

to feel not good enough,

and it's hard, at the end of the day.


I need some distraction,

Oh, beautiful release.

Memories seep from my veins.


Let me be empty,

Oh, and weightless,

And maybe I'll find some peace tonight.


CHORUS:

In the arms of the angel,

fly away from here,

from this dark, cold hotel room,
and the endlessness that you feel.


You are pulled from the wreckage,

Of your silent reverie.

You're in the arms of the angel,

may you find some comfort here.


So tired of the straight line,

and everywhere you turn,

there's vultures and thieves at your back.


The storm keeps on twisting.

Keep on building the lies

that you make up for all that you lack.


Don't make no difference,

escape one last time.

It's easier to believe in this sweet madness,

Oh, this glorious sadness,

that brings me to my knees.


REPEAT CHORUS:

You're
in the arms of the angel,
fly away from here,

from this dark, cold hotel room,
and the endlessness that you feel.


You are pulled from the wreckage,

Of your silent reverie.

You're in the arms of the angel,

may you find some comfort here.

Pali and Chinese canon text

  1. The Nature of Suffering (Dukkha):
    "This is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair are suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering; in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering."[9][10]
  2. Suffering's Origin (Samudaya):
    "This is the noble truth of the origin of suffering: it is this craving which leads to renewed existence, accompanied by delight and lust, seeking delight here and there, that is, craving for sensual pleasures, craving for existence, craving for extermination."[9][10]
  3. Suffering's Cessation (Nirodha):
    "This is the noble truth of the cessation of suffering: it is the remainderless fading away and cessation of that same craving, the giving up and relinquishing of it, freedom from it, nonreliance on it."[9][10]
  4. The Way (Mārga) Leading to the Cessation of Suffering:
    "This is the noble truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering: it is the Noble Eightfold Path; that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration."[11][12]

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