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A few thought-provoking ideas, reflections and entertainments from the deep south of Cape Town...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Somebody To Love (With Tongue Firmly In Cheek!)


Warning: some of the information below is actually true.

This morning I re-discovered the following speech, delivered by the great African-born Parsi Tantra master Faroukh Bulsara over 30 years ago. The cassette tape was quite crackly, but still, the wisdom of the little-known Zoroastrian school of Tantra shines through, and Bulsara, or “Freddie Mercury” as he preferred to be known by the wider world, clearly imbibed the cultural milieu of both his birthplace (Zanzibar) and his place of upbringing (Bombay). With thanks to my daughters who insisted I listen to the precious old tape.  They are, I believe, evidence that, to the traditional 4 Hindu stages of life (student, householder, sannyasin, retired person), we should now add an important 5th element in the modern world, the temporary (but, as with them all, revisitable) stage known as “Queen fan”.

Here is the full text of Bulsara’s words.

“Open up your mind and let me step inside
Rest your weary head and let your heart decide
It’s so easy, when you know the rules
It’s so easy, all you have to do is fall in love
Play the game, everybody play the game of love

When you’re feeling down and your resistance is low
Light a little sacred herband let yourself go
This is your life, don’t play hard to get
It’s a free free world, all you have to do is fall in love
Play the game, everybody play the game of love

Yeah

Love runs from my head down to my toes
My love is pumping through my veins
Driving me insane
Come come come come come play the game”

my translation – tape unclear at this point

Those seeking further enlightenment should consult my extended thesis, “Queen: the successfully subversive bringing of an understanding of the divine feminine to the masculine world of British 70s glam rock.” (University of North Georgia Inc., 2011). Key points include: “Killer Queen” – Bulsara’s first international hit, an insight into the financial earnings of unrecognised early Western Dakinis (“she drinks Mo√ęt et Chandon” etc.) and a counterpoint to Abba’s “Dancing Queen”; “Seven Seas of Rhye”, a loose metaphor for the Seven sages of the ancient Vedas and their understanding of somatic energy flow; “Bohemian Rhapsody”, proving that the 3-minute male pop standard could be seriously extended with multiple use of voicework and breath control; “Save Me”, an ironic look at overcoming victim/rescuer mentality by seeking completion in others rather than one’s inner marriage; “I Want to Break Free”, a mid-80s polyamorous plea, “One Vision,” a clear understanding of the global oneness of mind. Not to mention the hubris so necessary for those embarking on the Tantric path, as seen in "We are the Champions" and "I Want It All". Plus an examination of Bulsara’s use of call and response mantras in live mass meditations, e.g. “Wey-oo, Wey-ah-ah-oo” as repeated by as many as 90,000 devotees on occasions. Further insights into this phenomenon would be welcome.