"The Balance" as written by and Graeme/thomas Edge....
After he had journeyed,
And his feet were sore,
And he was tired,
He came upon an orange grove
And he rested.

And he lay in the cool,
And while he rested,
He took to himself an orange
And tasted it,
And it was good.

And he felt the earth to his spine,
And he asked,
And he saw the tree above him,
And the stars,
And the veins in the leaf,
And the light,
And the balance.

And he saw magnificent perfection,
Whereon he thought of himself in balance,
And he knew he was.

Just open your eyes, and realize,
The way it's always been.
Just open your mind and you will find
The way it's always been.
Just open your heart and that's a start

And he thought of those he angered,
For he was not a violent man,
And he thought of those he hurt
For he was not a cruel man
And he thought of those he frightened
For he was not a evil man,

And he understood.
He understood himself.
Upon this
He saw that when he was of anger
Or knew hurt
Or felt fear,
It was because he was not understanding.
And he learned, compassion.

And with his eye of compassion
He saw his enemies
Like unto himself,
And he learned love.
Then, he was answered.

Just open your eyes, and realize,
The way it's always been.
Just open your mind and you will find
The way it's always been.
Just open your heart and that's a start

Just open your eyes, and realize,
The way it's always been.
Just open your mind and you will find
The way it's always been.
Just open your heart and that's a start


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"The Balance" as written by Ray Thomas Graeme Edge

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    General CommentI believe that this is based on Buddhist philosophy. Zen Buddhism believes that life is empty (as in life is meaningless/there's no such thing as good or bad), there is no-self (only an ego that perceives a self), and that existence is merely a big chain of cause and effect called dependent co-arising. It's about seeing the world and accepting it for being what it is. While attempting to achieve this one is encouraged to recognize negative emotions like anger as a result of fear. We become angry because someone else forces the ego into territory we've been programmed by evolution to fear.

    "Upon this he saw that when he was of anger or knew hurt or felt fear,
    It was because he was not understanding"

    To understand is to recognize negative emotions for what they are, mere tricks of the ego.

    All of our lives are run by delusions that we perceive as reality. There is no inherent truth to any mental or physical reaction as good or bad. It exists in the eye of the beholder, but is not the basic state of things. Evolution has trained us to react to stimuli in a way that will most likely help us to survive. This of course includes negative reactions to keep us away from harmful things. Humans developed a consciousness, however, that has caused us to turn simple reaction into complex emotions. These emotions often trick us into believe things that are not true. Because of this we can accept that while our own lives are run by delusion, we can recognize them for the unreality that they are and be OK with them. Also, everyone else's are dominated by illusion. To see this combined with the emptiness of life and the idea that there is no self one can learn to see that they are one with all of humanity and all other things, both living and non. One can then accept other people for what they are and react in a compassionate way towards them.

    "And he learned compassion.
    And with his eye of compassion
    He saw his enemies like unto himself,
    And he learned love. "

    It takes a long systematic transformation of the mind to actually love one's enemies. I see love as the ability to recognize another being as one with oneself. Another piece of the many forms life takes, just like ones own body and mind. First one can learn to truly love their friends. With this accomplished one can progressively expand their love out into the world, accepting more and more undesirable beings.

    Damn that's a lot of "one"'s.

    Hence:

    "Just open your eyes,
    And realise, the way it's always been. "

    I'm sure I did a poor job of explaining these concepts... but I'm pretty sure that's what the song is based upon.
    Chard121on September 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk in my opinion this is a Guy looking at Creation and relizing that it isnt Mere coencidence. "Just open your eyes and Realise the way its always been" Yeah I think he is Talking about Yahweh....Yes I use the Old hebrew names but thats not the point! lol the point is this song is amazing! and the moodys kick butt!
    Felleron April 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know about how Jesus came about his enlightenment, but you mentioning that reminded me of the story of Buddha. He meditated under a tree for 49 days until he he attained enlightenment. the song talks about the guy looking up through the tree and such and it just sort of reminded me of that. I don't think it's about anyone in particular but maybe just has some parallels to the old stories.
    PinkFloydrulezon January 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhere to start - this is perhaps the most beautiful song ever. I love how it depicts the joy of enlightenment.
    Sunnyhillon June 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYahwvé, Jesus Christ, He's the point. He's the light. He's the balance.
    Orabidooon June 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite of all poems by The Moody Blues.

    The Balance is about finding yourself, finding out who you are and where you've come from. Self understanding and also an awareness of the earth and becoming one with it.

    In the first portion, he has walked this earth, journeyed through his life and stopped to finally take it all in. Questioning things he never has until this point in his life.

    Tasting the orange, he has tasted life and learned meaning.

    "And he saw magnificent perfection,
    Whereon he thought of himself in balance,
    And he knew he was."

    He has a true awakening here.

    The earth and all it has to offer has always been here. He realizes and respects what it offers to him. Behind to it and others in your life.

    "Just open your eyes, and realize,
    The way it's always been.
    Just open your mind and you will find
    The way it's always been.
    Just open your heart and that's a start"

    As you go through life, you will upset others,you will be upset by them - but in the end we are all the same. Just on a journey through life, trying to find something we can love and something to share this love with.

    "And with his eye of compassion
    He saw his enemies
    Like unto himself,
    And he learned love.
    Then, he was answered."

    The overarching theme is self awareness paired with understanding how to love and appreciate everyone and everything. It's why I love this one.
    richtestanion March 02, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General CommentWOW!!!!!!! No comments yet..
    absent124on October 11, 2006   Link

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