The Meaning Behind The Song: I Love You and Buddha Too by Mason Jennings
As a music teacher, I have always been drawn to songs that make us reflect on the deeper meanings of life and spirituality. One song that has had a profound impact on me and my students is “I Love You and Buddha Too” by Mason Jennings.
I first heard this song on a lazy Sunday afternoon while driving home. The gentle strumming of the guitar and Mason Jennings’ soothing voice immediately caught my attention. The lyrics, however, were what truly captivated me.
In the song, Jennings expresses his love and admiration for both Jesus and Buddha. He also mentions spiritual figures like Ramakrishna, Guru Dev, Tao Te Ching, and Mohammed. This blending of various religious and spiritual traditions is a beautiful testament to the universality of love and the interconnectedness of all humanity.
One particular line that stands out to me is, “Why do some people say that there is just one way to love You, God, and come to You? We are all a part of You.” This verse challenges the notion that there is only one path to spiritual enlightenment or connection with the divine. It suggests that all individuals, regardless of their religious affiliation or beliefs, are interconnected and share a common bond.
Jennings also poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of God and existence. He acknowledges that the divine is unnameable and unknowable. All we have are metaphors to describe and understand the vastness of the universe. This recognition invites us to embrace the mystery and wonder of life, rather than seeking absolute answers or certainty.
Throughout the song, the refrain “Alright, alright, alright, I love You and Buddha too” serves as a reminder of the importance of love and acceptance. It emphasizes that loving one spiritual figure does not mean excluding or dismissing others. Instead, it encourages an inclusive and embracing attitude towards diverse spiritual paths.
“I Love You and Buddha Too” is a powerful reminder that spirituality is a deeply personal journey. It encourages us to explore and appreciate different traditions, finding wisdom and beauty in their unique teachings. It reminds us that love and connection are at the heart of all spiritual paths.
In my music classes, I often play this song and use it as a starting point for discussions on spirituality, inclusivity, and the power of music to convey profound messages. It has sparked many meaningful conversations and has helped my students develop a more open and accepting outlook towards different religious and spiritual beliefs.
Mason Jennings has crafted a masterpiece with “I Love You and Buddha Too”. Its insightful lyrics and soothing melody have the power to touch hearts and minds, transcending religious boundaries. It is a song that reminds us of the interconnectedness of all humanity and the importance of love and acceptance in our spiritual journeys.
Album title: In the Ever (2008)