"King of Those Who Know" as written by and Sean Reinert Paul Masvidal....
From the mountain top
He looks upon the crowds
Mindful among the mindless
Unbound

King of those who know
I'm sheltering the fears
The loneliness exposed
An ocean born of tears
For the world

The churchyard bells
Ring mine for just today
Save me from hope
That I'll be saved

King of those who know
My thirsts unquenchable
The rain could become gold
And share my box of bones
In the ground

We raise the vibratory level so high
That all untruth will fall
Of it's own dead weight

King of those who know
I've taken off my clothes
The diamond crushed the stone
And gave the world a heart

Our karma's all been burned
The molecules emerge
In a world beyond this world
We dare, speak the word

King of those who know
Into the pure abodes



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"King of Those Who Know" as written by Sean Reinert Paul Masvidal

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    Song MeaningThis song is entirely based on Buddhism, and many of the lines are reworkings and paraphrases from the Dhammapada.

    "From the mountain top
    He looks upon the crowds
    Mindful among the mindless
    Unbound"

    This part is a poetic reworking and from verse 29, "Mindful among the mindless, wide-awake among the sleepy, the wise man advances like a swift horse leaving behind a weak jade."

    "An ocean born of tears for the world"

    This is a poetic reworking and comes from the Assu Sutta; ""Which is greater, the tears you have shed while transmigrating & wandering this long, long time — crying & weeping from being joined with what is displeasing, being separated from what is pleasing — or the water in the four great oceans?... This is the greater: the tears you have shed..."

    "The churchyard bells
    Ring mine for just today
    Save me from hope
    That I'll be saved"

    No direct link to Dhamma but essentially Paul means that each "good" moment or time is only that; a moment. The last two lines indicate a plea to awaken from the clinging from these good times and simply strive on diligently, not for hoping with others to uplift.


    "My thirst unquenchable
    The rain could become gold
    And share my box of bones
    In the ground"

    This is another poetic reworking of a verse in the Dhammapada, 186-187; "There is no satisfying sensual desires, even with the rain of gold coins. For sensual pleasures give little satisfaction and much pain. Having understood this, the wise man finds no delight even in heavenly pleasures. The disciple of the Supreme Buddha delights in the destruction of craving."

    "We raise the vibratory level so high that all untruth will fall of its own dead weight"

    This line is muttered in the first track of the album as well, and simply states that the level of vibratory focus is raised to its highest and destroys all delusion.

    "King of those who know
    I’ve taken off my clothes
    The diamond crushed the stone
    And gave the world a heart"

    Paul has been quoted to reference the first two lines "taken off my clothes" to reference spiritual purity and nudity. The last two lines again come from the Dhammapada (verse 161) as a poetic reworking for song; "The evil he himself has done — self-born, self-created — grinds down the dullard, as a diamond, a precious stone."

    "Our karma's all been burned
    The molecules emerge
    In a world beyond this world
    We dare, speak the word

    King of those who know
    To the pure abodes"

    This is a reference to the King of Those Who Know, the Enlightened one. He who releases himself from five of the ten fetters (the five being identity view, doubt, ritual attachment, sensual desire, and ill will) has depleted his karma and is deemed a "non-returner;" he will be reborn once in a Pure Abode.

    This all makes sense because Paul Masvidal has been a Buddhist since 2000.
    maninbrusselson October 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI'm probably wrong, but after reading through this song, I think it's about a lonely individual looking for a "soul mate" or partner.

    "the lonliness exposed
    an ocean born of tears"
    ...
    "And share my box of bones
    in the ground"
    That may be about the person being with the mate forever, until death.
    Keat913on November 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song has always been about transition from life, through death, into beyond.

    There are many allusions to this I feel, and if you keep that thought in mind, it's fairly dominant.

    A couple of my favorite lines within the song though are :

    "Save me from hope that I'll be saved."
    &
    "We raise the vibratory level so high, that all untruth will fall of it's own dead weight."

    Just a couple nuances within it I suppose. All in all, it's my second favorite song on the album.
    slashcardon May 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis may be way off, but to me it seems like he is talking about Christianity. The "King" is God/Jesus and the "of those who know" refers to how you will not be saved if you do not know about him.

    "Save me from hope that Ill be saved" may refer to how he thinks that it is dumb to send people who "know" to heaven while sending others to hell just because they don't know, regardless of how they lived their lives.

    "We raise the vibratory level so high, that all untruth will fall of it's own dead weight" might mean that people are more intelligent now, so that they might be able to disprove Christians with science.

    "Our karmas all been burned
    The molecules emerge
    In a world beyond this world
    We dare, speak the word"
    This may be talking about how, if God does exists, when those who didn't live Christian lives die and do get judge in front of God, would they dare argue with him on right and wrong?


    "King of those who know
    Into the pure abode"
    Here, the pure abode may be heaven.

    A lot of it seems to be metaphor also, but, to me, a few lines seem to bring out the meaning of this song.
    xeonoexon August 04, 2011   Link

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