Comfortably Numb.

My cousin/friend Mohan in response to my post on Commitment 2on1#3 sent this to me. I leave it to the imagination of my readers to figure out why.

Is there anybody in there
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home
Come on now
I hear you’re feeling down
I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again
I’ll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts
There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb
Just a little pin prick
There’ll be no more ah!
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good
That’ll keep…

4 thoughts on “Comfortably Numb.”

  1. Perhaps, I was not very lucid when talked to Ramana in this matter. I will attempt to redress it – there are 2 parts to this explanation.

    Part.1: I realise that Ramana is a votary of Vedanta and spiritualism, in which he has found lot of solace and tranquility. He often tries to explain the concepts to me but I am an intellectual dwarf in these matters. Some of his explanations are reinforced with quotes in Sanskrit, which I do not even begin to understand. I find Ramana’s explanations going way over my head, even if I stand on a pedestal ladder! So, when Ramana started such an explanation about happiness, nostalgia and melancholy, I referred to the explanation given by a Venerable Sage (whom we both know and revere), that it is we who apply such labels to the happenstances in life, instead of accepting them all with equanimity. Immediately Ramana started off on Vedanta and Sanskrit phrases and I had to tell him “ Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying….. I can’t explain, you would not understand, this is not how I am…I have become comfortably numb “

    Part.2: Ramana has been telling recently me that he stays at home most of the time due to some health issues. Since I have a lot of interest in music – my preferences run from Semmangudi to Schubert to Santana to Sabicas – I thought I might sample Ramana with some of my favourites. Pink Floyd’s “ Comfortably Numb “ and David Gilmour’s guitar-solo on his Fender Stratocaster ( our cousin in Chennai makes guitars for Fender) is rated as an all time great in Classic rock. I was trying to persuade Ramana to listen to it as well a Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi by a great Carnatic musician. Hope he was able to listen to it as well.

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