Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Love Supreme / John Coltrane - September 23, 1926 - July 17, 1967

Take a deep breath, then another, be present, hold on and continue to love.....
John Coltrane was just 40 years old when he left this life on this date July 17, in 1967.  In December of 1964 the quartet that included pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones created what could be their most famous and arguably their most powerful recording to date, the four part suite "A Love Supreme" (Acknowledgement / Resolution / Pursuance / Psalm).  The liner notes for that album consisted of a poem written by Coltrane, the title of which was....
A Love Supreme
I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee, O Lord. It all has to do with it. Thank You God.

Peace.  There is none other. God is. It is so beautiful. Thank You God.

God is all.Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.In you all things are possible.Thank you God.
We know. God made us so.Keep your eye on God.God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what... it is God.He is gracious and merciful.It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, thoughts, fears and emotions--time--all related...all made from one... all made in one.
Blessed be his name.Thought waves--heat waves--all vibrations--all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way... it is so lovely... it is gracious.It is merciful--Thank you God.One thought can produce millions of vibrations and they all go back to God... everything does.
Thank you God.Have no fear... believe... Thank you God.The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way... it is so wonderful.Thoughts--deeds--vibrations,all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful... Thank you God.Glory to God... God is so alive.God is.God loves.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement of Thee, O Lord.Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears...He always has...He always will.
Seek him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.Let us sing all songs to God.To whom all praise is due... praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all go back to God.
With all we share God.It is all with God.It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.Blessed is He.
We are all from one thing... the will of God...Thank you God.
--I have seen ungodly--none can be greater--none can compare Thank you God.
He will remake... He always has and He always will.It's true--blessed be His name--Thank you God.
God breathes through us so gently we hardly feel it... yet,it is our everything.
Thank you God.
Thank you God. Amen.

John William Coltrane
In 1972, Alice Coltrane included "A Love Supreme" on her album "World Galaxy".  This recording included the profound recitation by her guru Swami Satchidananda of Alice's poem "Love":
Love is a sacred word. Love is the name of God. 
The entire universe is created with Love, by Love, and in Love.
 Love is the beginning, Love is the continuation, and Love is the end.
 Love for Love’s sake is divine. It is constructive, it is beautiful.
 It brings peace, it brings harmony, it brings joy to the lover and to the loved. But if Love is based on selfishness, egoism, the very same Love brings destruction. Peace and harmony is based on Love and, used properly, by a selfless mind, for the benefit of the humanity, Love knows no business. Love knows no bargain. Love never expects anything in return. Love knows only giving, giving, and giving without even waiting for a thank you. Such a Love is the supreme One. Let that Love Supreme reign over the universe.

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