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:: 時代 ::

:: 時代は巡る ::

そんな時代も あったねと
いつか話せる 日が来るわ
あんな時代も あったねと
きっと笑って 話せるわ
だから 今日は くよくよしないで
今日の風に 吹かれましょう

 まわるまわるよ 時代は回る
 今日は別れた 恋人たちも
 生まれ変わって めぐり逢うよ

旅を続ける 人々は
いつか故郷に 出逢う日を
たとえ今夜は 倒れても
きっと信じて ドアを出る
たとえ 今日は 果てしもなく
冷たい雨が 降っていても

 めぐるめぐるよ 時代は巡る
 別れと出逢いを くり返し
 今日は倒れた 旅人たちも
 生まれ変わって 歩きだすよ

-- "私の声が聞こえますか (1976)" by 中島みゆき --

This is a song that I first heard while I was studying in Japan.
Like Ozaki Yutaka's "I LOVE YOU", it has left an indelible impression
On me ever since. Despite several mentions of this song in my
Previous entries, I have never really 'deciphered' this song.
My humble attempts to translate the song based on my point of view:

There are such times too; such times
For us to talk, for us to laugh
So let's not drown ourselves in sorrow but
Instead, let's surrender ourselves to the winds (of change)

Revolving, revolving, the times will revolve
With happiness and sadness taking turns
And so, today's past lovers will too
Be reborn, and meet once more.

And for all the people who has embarked on their journeys
One day they'll end up meeting again, in their hometown
So believe in it and step out of your door, even if the night collapses
Even if the day bears no fruition, even in the cold falling night
(The journey must go on).

Round and round, the times will go round and round
Goodbyes and Hellos will repeat infinitely
Hence, today's fallen travelers, too
Will be reborn, and walk with stride.


What struck me about this song was its allusion
To the transience of life; that life is all but a cycle
Meant to be repeated and repeated. For eternity.
There is a sense Of willed surrender to fate, or destiny.
That every fall, that every failure, is all but a process of journeying.
Not unlike my oft-quoted journeying phrase by Eliot in the Four Quartets:

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time"

With my exposure to 'Many Lives, Many Masters',
I've come to to accept the possibility of this cycle.
Could everyone have a soulmate whom we have loved
In past incarnations and who waits to reunite with us now?
Are we all caught in this never ending cycle, to
Learn what we need to learn, before we move on?

I think, the keyword is,

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You do Dr Brian L Weiss too!!! Coolness!

And this song is one that really stays with you long after listening, at least it does for me... :)

I think Brain Weiss is fantastic!
I am wondering whether to take up a hypnotherapy course, in fact, and learn more about past life regression.

ah! dun shoot me! ...keke!

thks for this post. it touched me.


am again reminded of Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, somehow. i think between me and the stray dog that i adopted from the streets, he must've been my buddy last life, or something. can just feel the bond there, and otherwise i wouldn't have felt the innate need to bring it home that stormy night.

and, as for you, i'm really really interested to see who you are in your past life. i am sure he is someone who is great and admired by many. and as much as gandhi is loved by his people, he has his enemies, too.

but what is the use of knowing our past lives? does it matter? does it ease the confusion, or allay any doubts? i really don't get it

hmm... i think i really wanna learn japanese now.. hmm... is there a place you would recommend?

you made me pick up one of my fav albums to listen again - "yutaka ozaki's missing boy". A real pity his genius is so short-lived. And boy "I LOVE YOU" brought back so much bitter-sweet memories........

Yeah. I LOVE YOU and OH MY LITTLE GIRL are beautiful songs.
I particularly like the imagery brought forth by I LOVE YOU.

Thanks for your wise reminder. I need to surrender. Perhaps by surrendering, life will be made easier. However, the act of surrendering in itself is not easy. A paradox, isn't it? So, surrender or not to? That's a constant struggle. And surrender to different things lead us in different directions, so deciding to surrender is complex (at least to me). btw, this thing about past life.....does the past really matter?

i love this song.
i posted it on my blog couple days ago.


You mean we were both thinking about the same song at the same time?

OMG how sad...

But the song sounds just as nice in Korean!

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