Kurt Cobain’s spiritual search started in a Christian home but ended in Buddhism (Club 27 series part 2)jh41

The Rise And Rise Of Kurt Cobain part 1/3

Amy Winehouse joined the “Club 27 the other day with her early death. I am going through the others one by one. Today is Kurt Cobain. (I did another post on Cobain also.) Some of the other members of the 27 club were Gary Thain,Pete Ham,Ron “Pigpen” McKernan,Brian JonesJimi HendrixJanis Joplin and Jim Morrison

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7. Kurt Cobain

very rarely does an artist come along and not just upset the “apple cart” but drops a nuclear bomb on the friggin thing. i used to refer to kurt back then as the career killer. he literally almost single handedly shut down an entire genre that had been at the top of charts for ten years. that west coast, sunset strip, glamrock dudefest of a scene was annihilated by a kid from seattle with a guitar and his grandfather’s sweater.

i remember the first time i heard “smells like teen spirit” on the radio and as the song finished i thought to myself “i must hear that again, now”. i hopped in my car and booted down to the record shop (remember those), picked it up, took it home and played it all night. every track rocked and that album is truly a masterpiece.

as good as i thought nevermind was, though, i was even more blown away when i heard the unplugged album. i realized this was more than a great songwriter with rockstar looks and a bad drug habit. this guy was in “tortured artist” territory and to listen to his take on some of those old blues standards is haunting especially on “in the pines” a.k.a. “where did you sleep last night”. the pain in his voice is palpable and heart wrenching and i’m not saying i knew he was going to check himself out but you could kind of hear it in his voice.

it’s a shame kurt couldn’t have cleaned up and gotten some help, not just for him and his family but also for the legions of fans gypped out of all the amazing nirvana music that will never exist. “it gets better kurt, it gets better”…damn what a waste.

essential listening: nevermind, unplugged (nirvana)

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The world will tell you to rush after your passion to

find happiness, but after you’ve obtained it and the fairy

dust settles, you will still have emptiness of soul and

spirit. Having money in the bank, credit cards, and a hot

body won’t give you a real sense of purpose. The only way

you can obtain lasting fulfillment is through someone who

is not of this world—the Lord Jesus Christ! Only He can

help you achieve the kind of success that endures.

You may have heard of the ’90s rock group Nirvana. The

lead singer was Kurt Cobain, and if anyone appeared to have

it all, it was this former teen idol. Cobain had screaming fans

around the globe, and his albums sold millions. He’d won

awards and Grammys, and had earned more money than he

could spend. In addition to all this fame, he had an adorable

baby daughter. There wasn’t one thing the world had to offer

that Kurt Cobain hadn’t obtained. Yet in 1994, he ended his

life with a gunshot. Why? From a worldly perspective it didn’t

make sense, but from a spiritual viewpoint, it came into sharp

focus. Without a relationship with Jesus Christ, Kurt Cobain

didn’t have peace and contentment. He might have felt the

temporary rush of newfound success, but once the excitement

wore off, he was still surrounded by everything he

despised, including himself. He was so discontented, in fact,

that he chose to abandon it all and take his own life.

Obviously, not every person who’s not a follower of

Christ will become suicidal, but there’s something to be

learned from Kurt Cobain’s horrific death: a person can

have everything and nothing at the same time.

Jesus said in John 10:10 (NKJV) that He came so you

could have life and have it abundantly. That doesn’t mean

you’re not going to suffer trials and times of sorrow. You

may have already been there—I know I have had my share

of tough times. But what sets you apart from people like

Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nicole Smith, and Kurt Cobain is

that even in the midst of heartache, you can experience

the peace that passes all understanding (see Philippians 4:7, RSV ). Your life can have meaning and purpose, regardless of

whether or not you have everything you desire. That’s the

promise Jesus has given you!

The suicide of Kurt Cobain, on April 5, 1994, was a defining moment of music culture in the 1990s. It signaled the death not only of one fantastically important musician, but of all the generational identity that had been conferred on him by his legions of fans (and just as many of his detractors). To hear his songs, to see his image in photos and videos, to think of all that lay ahead for him and his band, Nirvana, Cobain's death seemed equally unimaginable and inevitable. His arrival felt like a minor revolution in popular culture. So did his departure. (AP Photo/Mark J.Terrill)

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The suicide of Kurt Cobain, on April 5, 1994, was a defining moment of music culture in the 1990s. It signaled the death not only of one fantastically important musician, but of all the generational identity that had been conferred on him by his legions of fans (and just as many of his detractors). To hear his songs, to see his image in photos and videos, to think of all that lay ahead for him and his band, Nirvana, Cobain’s death seemed equally unimaginable and inevitable. His arrival felt like a minor revolution in popular culture. So did his departure.

I found the artlicle below on the internet. It was thought provoking.

The Book That Made Your World: Book Review

By: JN Manokaran
Monday, 20 June 2011, 10:00 (IST)

This book by Vishal Mangalwadi is fabulous, timely, relevant and contemporary reading for Postmodern world. It rightly evaluates the present thought pattern and reminds the origin of original ideas that transformed West made it as the best civilization in the history of humanity. The author rightly says that Christian professors in India and America have very little idea about the importance of the Bible and its contribution for making the modern world. The book has seven parts: The soul of Western civilization; A Personal pilgrimage; The seeds of Western Civilization; The Millennium’s revolution; The Intellectual Revolution; What made the West the Best?: and Globalizing Modernity

Kurt Cobain a rock band singer who created Nirvana committed suicide. The hurt from divorced parents could not be healed by music, fame, money, sex, drugs…etc. He accepted the noble truth of Buddha that life is suffering hence did not have emotional, social, spiritual center that led to his suicide. Many teenagers are committing suicide because of lack of this spiritual anchor. Buddha’s rejection of self appealed to skeptics like Pyrrho of Elea (360-270 BC) who travelled to India and started teaching that nothing is truly knowable. So people stopped paying to philosophers for teaching nothing. This led the decline of education, philosophy and science in Greece. West like ancient Greece is embracing Buddha’s pessimism. If nothingness is ultimate, it cannot do anything positive. So Cobain committed suicide.

A pessimistic religion cannot appreciate music, so did not leave music tradition or instrument, as Buddhist monks goal was silence of their tongues and their thoughts. St. Augustine introduced music in western education and worldview. Since, the essence of music is mathematical numbers; saw scientific basis for music. The longest book in the bible is Psalms. Western musicians assumed that the world is cosmos and not chaos. Benedictine monks built the world’s largest pipe organ in the cathedral of Winchester, England that required seventy men and twenty-six bellows to supply wind to its four hundred pipes; which was most advance machine until the invention of mechanical clock.

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