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The Books Michael Jackson Read

May 25, 2015

John F. Kennedy said that “the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic”.

Well, in Michael Jackson’s case it is both the myths and lies that are the enemies of the truth. The mix is so big that there is a danger that people will never know the real Michael Jackson behind the wall of confusion created by Michael’s haters and so-called friends.

To be frank, this post was initially planned to be about Deepak Chopra, a ‘friend’ who created a myth of Michael dying of narcotics and who never corrected it. He wasn’t part of Michael’s circle in the later years of his life, but was the first to go on TV to voice his learned opinion about Michael’s death “from drugs” and never apologized for his mistake even when the autopsy report showed no trace of narcotics in Michael’s body. He actually knew nothing of Michael except what Grace Rwaramba occasionally told him and each time urged the Jackson family to “intervene” only to make them feel embarrassed when Michael was found clean.

Deepak Chopra was simply jumping to conclusions and I suspect that after Michael’s death he made rounds in the media thinking of his own interests first as he was clearing himself in advance of a possible police suspicion that he was one of Michael’s “enablers” he liked to talk so much about. Why, indeed, should his holistic-and-happiness business suffer because of a certain Michael Jackson?

Well, we understand that for many people ‘business comes first’ and this is probably why this post developed into a different subject – the problem of what is weird and what’s not, and the books that Michael Jackson really liked reading.

Michael liked readingThese books were introduced to Michael by Deepak Chopra and were read by him in the period described now by Robson/Safechuck in the most horrible terms of sex abuse (which is another of those myths), so I thought that the public should know of the real subjects that were on Michael Jackson’s mind at the very same time described by these rogues.

But first let’s look into the “weirdness” problem which is still one more myth about Michael Jackson. 

WHAT’S WEIRD?

Following the media preconceptions that everything Michael Jackson did was “weird” and “bizarre”, Michael’s talk about levitation with Jordan Chandler mentioned in the previous post could also look somewhat strange to you.

This prompts Michael’s supporters to explain that he was speaking about “spiritual” levitation only, and Michael’s haters to apply this spiritual levitation argument to their favorite sex abuse subject claiming that the alleged sex with a minor was “lifting his spirit” this way.

Both will be wrong because Michael regarded levitation as a physical phenomenon. According to Jordan Chandler he was talking about “rising from the ground” and “defying gravity” in the literal meaning of these words.

But is it weird that Michael talked about it at all?

Absolutely not. Michael did not only read about it but also had first-hand information about levitation from his then mentor Deepak Chopra, an American authority on meditation and happiness who after Michael’s death also turned into a favourite media expert on MJ. This celebrity happiness advisor is welcomed by every host on American TV including Oprah Winfrey. With Oprah he has even launched a joint program on happiness called ‘all-new meditation experience “Expanding Your Happiness”’

So if you want to know all about levitation ask this well-respected American wellness guru, and if you do he will tell you that levitation is a common phenomenon anyone can master (no joke):

“People can lift off the ground and there are three stages according to Patanjali – there’s first that’s called hopping, then there’s floating and then there’s flying. Now I have taught and learnt these techniques and you know it’s very easy to get to the first stage. The second and third stage is theoretical because nobody has ever observed it but Patanjali says that if you have a critical mass of collective consciousness that’s practicing these techniques then it will happen. We don’t know”. http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/full-transcript-your-call-with-dr-deepak-chopra-568362

Deepak Chopra in MJ's life
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In one of his many books this Michael Jackson’s spiritual mentor described his personal experience with lifting off.

The description comes in the context of “conditioning” which MJ haters so much like to fuss about and this again fuses conditioning and levitation into one experience and explains why it was mentioned by Michael in a combination with each other:

“As the meditator begins to practice, he lays down a pattern of repetition in which the body more and more begins to understand what the mind wants. In scientific parlance this is called behavioral conditioning.

In common language, he is simply acquiring a habit. Mundane as it sounds, flying is simply a habit. Over time, the body stops shaking and, unexpectedly, while doing nothing more than the same practice he has done in the past, the person accomplishes the result. His body lifts up and goes forward.

Needless to say, this is a remarkable moment for every meditator, and of the fifteen thousand TM meditators in America who practice the yogic flying technique, each one remembers his first liftoff with incredible vividness. My own experience is fairly typical. I was sitting on a foam rubber pad, using the technique as I had been taught, when suddenly my mind became blank for an instant, and when I opened my eyes, I was 4 feet ahead of where I had been before.”

http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/chopra.html

Deapak Chopra’s son Gotham also succeeded in lifting in the air during the meditation class to which he was sent by his father. He speaks about levitation in a humorous and matter-of-fact way as if it were a mere trifle:

“The course culminated with our learning the “flying sutra,” which basically was a sound that triggered spontaneous hopping — branded levitation. You know, the whole “awakening the kundalini” etc. At the time, it seemed some sort of miracle and I was really proud of myself for achieving such a feat. Over time, it became questionable what the real benefit was in being able to hop around a foam covered room with dozens of others.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gotham-chopra/a-brief-history-of-a-medi_b_677440.html

So if you think that Michael Jackson was “weird” believing that levitation was possible, you are obliged to consider Deepak and Gotham Chopra even “weirder”, because Michael was introduced to these ideas by Chopra, and both father and son claim that they are able to lift in the air and that it isn’t a big deal.

What’s strange though is that I have never heard the word “weird” used in respect of Deepak Chopra. Quite on the contrary there is much respect, praise and even public adulation here.

THE POWER OF PRECONCEPTIONS

Indeed, the name of Deepak Chopra is a byword for success. No article written about him and Michael Jackson goes without a statement that he is a best-selling author who introduced Michael to meditation and spiritual authors like the Indian poet Tagore and Sufi poet Rumi.

Besides that Chopra helped Michael with his “Dancing the dream” poems and it was also Chopra who brought to Michael a Nigerian girl Grace Rwaramba, who became a nanny to Michael’s children and was like a daughter to Deepak Chopra (she even calls him “papa”).

In short Deepak Chopra was a totally indispensable person in Michael Jackson’s life.

Deepak Chopra recalls that when he met Michael in 1988 (the year when Michael also met Jimmy Safechuck), Michael lived a ‘holistic’ way of life – he was totally drug-free, didn’t touch a drop of alcohol and drank only water.

At the time the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ views were still very much part of Michael’s life and he was keeping to their teaching almost to the letter of it. As we know, breaking their rules by celebrating Christmas, for example, was nearly impossible for him and akin to a grave sin. It took Elizabeth Taylor five years to talk him into celebrating Christmas and the first time was in 1993 after which Michael felt so guilty that he cried in the bathroom out of his “guilt”.

In 1988 Michael was already thirty, but he was still a pure and innocent soul with a very sensitive heart and thin skin. He cried when he heard of starving children on the other side of the world – which alas, is taken by most of us as simple “news”.

In the Daily Beast piece of July 2, 2009 Chopra described his first meeting Michael in 1988:

“Deepak Chopra had met the singer in 1988, when he had been invited to Neverland as part of a daylong party: “And he was so shy, he barely said anything.” Then he started dancing and suddenly that shy boy transcended in front of me into someone completely different.” They played music all night, and Jackson was “unstoppable.”

The two became quick friends. Jackson would stay with Chopra and his wife when they lived in Massachusetts, and Chopra accompanied him occasionally on tour. The Jackson he met and grew to like was initially not only drug-free, “but he didn’t touch a drop of alcohol, not even aspirin. He would only drink water. He had been raised by his mother [as a Jehovah’s Witness] to use nothing at all, and it was still part of his life.”

Jackson lived a “holistic” life when Chopra met him, and the wellness guru taught him how to meditate. Over time, they spent long hours in overnight conversations, and Jackson opened up to Chopra as if he were a therapist. It was in those talks that Chopra learned about what a tortured soul Jackson was. Jackson shared with him intimate details about the violent household in which he grew up. “He was very damaged from his childhood,” Deepak told me.

A patchiness to his skin made him feel odd, and he refused ever to put on a bathing suit and go swimming, no matter how many times friends urged him to do so.

It was only on stage, when performing, that he became someone comfortable in his own skin.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/07/02/chopra-michael-jackson-could-have-been-saved.html

An interesting point about Michael never going swimming and showing his skin to anyone is repeated by Chopra in another source:

I met Michael more than 20 years ago; I went to teach him meditation at Neverland. He was very shy, very introverted, but very curious about consciousness and spirituality. You know, while the world called him weird, he wondered why the world was so weird.

He’d ask me, Why do people go to war? Why is there genocide? What’s happening in Sudan? Why have we killed the environment? Why is there racism and bigotry and hatred and prejudice? We talked about starving children in Mumbai, and he would start to cry. Or we’d start to talk about the trophy-hunting in Canada of the grizzly bear, and he would start to cry. In his mind, the world was psychotic.

Michael had a skin disease called leukoderma [vitiligo], which created huge patches of white. He had, as a result, a very, very poor image of his body. He was almost ashamed of it. That’s why he would cover it up.

Why do you think he wore a glove and all that stuff? He would not go into his swimming pool in his own house with his clothes off. He would just jump into the pool at the last moment, you know, take his robe off, but he was ashamed that people would look at all the blotches on his skin.

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1907409_1907413_1907555,00.html

If the media and public had known that Michael went to his own pool with his clothes on there would have been no end to all those “bizarre” stories, but now that we know how disfiguring vitiligo can be, I hope they understand.

But the fact itself that in the late 80s Michael always covered his skin is extremely important – it means that at the time under no circumstances he would show himself to anyone even in his bathing trunks. This must have been true at least until the moment he more or less evened the color of his skin in early 90s.

Given all the craziness taking place in the world Michael was right to believe that it is the world which is weird and psychotic, and not him. However the world thought different and looked at him as a “freak”. Deeply hurt by this ugly contempt Michael asked Chopra why, apparently not realizing that he was scorned not only because of his changing looks but also because of his way of thinking or the very same things his mentor was teaching him and was applauded, admired and praised for.

Indeed, isn’t it strange that when Deepak Chopra speaks of levitation as a common experience anyone can master, it is taken by the public as a mark of his singularity and excellence they are even ready to pay money for, but if Michael had ever ventured to say it publicly, they would have trashed him as a “wacko” and taken away his children as if from a madman?

When a happiness guru says that “nature is the extension of ourselves” the public is hushed up in awe to hear this wonderful revelation, but when Michael Jackson speaks of the same they laugh and mock him as a freak expressing some weird thoughts.

And what’s interesting is that so different an attitude to one and the same thing is displayed by the same people!

Actually this is what conditioning and preconceptions are all about – the public has been conditioned, trained, guided and taught by the media to mock at Michael irrespective of all the positive, good and wise things he ever did and said.

‘If the media calls me weird, what word would the media have for so many things going on around us,’ Michael Jackson once asked his friend, the holistic guru and best-selling author Deepak Chopra. ‘People think my behavior is weird. Isn’t the world more weird?’

Chopra had introduced the poetry of sufi poet Rumi and Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore to Michael Jackson, not to forget meditation.

He had also helped the pop star produce Dancing the Dream in 1992. It was a collection of poems and essays that discussed issues like world hunger, homeless children and world peace. He introduced Grace Rwamba to Jackson, who would become his children’s nanny and surrogate mother.

Chopra says he cannot forget the anguish in his friend’s voice as Jackson discussed the word ‘weird.’

“He talked about what was happening in Sudan,” Chopra continued. “He talked about global warming. He felt the cruelty in Sudan, the degradation of the environment, and he was convinced that those things were far more weird than his own alleged weirdness.

“He was a very delicate person, a very innocent soul,” added Chopra whose advice is sought by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Nicolas Cage. “I have never seen him get angry and say a bad thing about anyone.”

“He had many great qualities as an individual and I have always felt he was greatly misunderstood, and many people were not fully aware of a Jackson who really cared for his fellow beings.”

Since Jackson’s death, Chopra has been besieged by the media. “He was very concerned about nature and ecology and thought deeply about man’s relationship with nature,” Chopra said, adding that he had given Jackson a copy of Tagore’s Gitanjali.

Chopra remembers how, many years ago, after an exhausting performance in Bucharest, Jackson sat backstage with Chopra chatting about Sufi poetry. Tagore soon joined the list of writers Jackson admired. “He was reading a poem by Tagore when we talked the last time, just about two weeks ago,” Chopra said.

Recently when Jackson and Chopra chatted at the former’s request to discuss the lyrics for a new composition, the singer and performer talked about creating a spiritual relationship with the nature. “It was like, we ought to look at the world as the extension of ourselves,” Chopra mused.

http://movies.rediff.com/report/2009/jun/29/deepak-chopra-on-michael-jackson.htm

“We ought to look at the world as the extension of ourselves” – what a great thought Michael wanted to share with us but didn’t have time to. But will all these conditioned people be able to understand?

THE MATTERS ON MICHAEL’S MIND

The above piece from Deepak Chopra contains some very important facts no one really pays attention to.

First of all, for some reason Sudan was mentioned by Michael again and again, and my co-admin Susanne explained why – in the 80s and early 90s thousands of very young children (aged between 6 and 12) fled in groups from Sudan to Ethiopia and Kenya during a civil war in their country. They traveled by foot for years in search of safe refuge and covered over a thousand miles across three countries. More than a half died along their epic journey, due to starvation, dehydration, sickness, attacks by wild animals and enemy soldiers. The remaining several thousand eventually ended up in the Kakuma refugee camp in the desert of Northern Kenya. Most of them were orphans and were called “the lost boys from Sudan”. They lived in Kakuma for about 10 years and finally were offered to migrate to USA to start a new life because it was impossible to go back to Sudan.

I hate to see suffering ~MJ

“I hate to see suffering. I hate to see people in need and feel God gave me a gift and I have to use it responsibly by giving back and I will do it until I have pennies left or when the good Lord calls me home” ~MJ

We can imagine how worried Michael was about the plight of these small children who were all alone and saw nothing in their life except war, death, starvation and a refugee camp.

In this situation Michael must have been mostly concerned about the small ones – they are not responsible for what adults do, but suffer the worst.

By the way, the refugee camp in Kenya still exists and holds more than 170,000 people as the conflict in Sudan is a never-ending one.

The second fact never paid attention to in the above Deepak Chopra’s piece is that he gave to Michael a book by an Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore called Gitanjali (the book became one of Michael’s favourite readings).

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

The Gitanjali title says nothing to most of us and few take the trouble to look.  I was curious and did look up and it was worth every minute of it – the book told me about Michael’s frame of mind and the real subject of Michael’s interests at that time.

Gitanjali is a book of poems reflecting Tagore’s views on seeking God, true worship and living the faith, which is not the same as a simple observation of religious rituals and rites.

Tagore saw true worship in establishing an emotional link with the Creator, keeping one’s heart pure and free from any evil and doing what God expects of a human being – be humble, simple and help those who were less fortunate than you.

Tagore called it a “poet’s” religion. Here is a concise summary of Gitanjali – Tagore was Michael’s favourite poet and it is important for us to know the ideas he admired:

 The Religion of Gitanjali.  The central theme of Gitanjali is devotional: it expresses the yearning of the devotee for the reunion with the divine.  It is an acknowledgement that the human soul has no significance unless it is filled by the Supreme.

The human body is the temple of God; so it needs to be kept pure. Since God dwells in the inmost shrine of the heart, one has to keep away all evils from one’s heart. Our effort should be to reveal God in our actions because it is God who gives us the power to act.

In our relationship with the divine what is important is the total self-surrender so that we may accept God as everything.

Tagore is very critical with regard to the existential ritualism. The religion that does not have any concern for one’s fellow beings, and the offerings that bar others their basic need, is useless.  True worship of God consists not in the performance of rites and ceremonies, but extending a helping hand to the suffering and the needy.

God is present in every other, in the simplest and the meekest.

God is Love. God is the ultimate hope and source of strength to human being. God becomes a being with whom an emotional relationship can be established and through whom life can derive sustenance and solace.

It is on account of this emphasis that the world itself is seen as “creation out of joy.” If God is love, participation is His creation is participation in His loving act. That is how, creation itself becomes an act of joy and the feeling of the “burden of existence” is redeemed to a very great extent.

http://snphilosophers2005.tripod.com/jyoti.pdf

Guided by the media and malicious prosecutor Tom Sneddon some people wondered what kind of books were on Michael’s reading list and now we can give a definitive answer to these inquisitive people – right at the time when some claim that Michael was engaged in most reprehensible things, he was busy reading a book about seeking God and surrendering one’s will to the Supreme.

Judging by Michael’s reading Gitanjali, he was also reflecting on the body and heart being the temple of God and the need to keep it pure and free from all evil. And also on God being love and a source of all creation and joy, and this is why Michael was so much into spreading joy and happiness among people:

  •  “I’m just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of escapism through the talent God has given me. That’s where my heart is, that’s all I want to do. Just let me share and give, put a smile on people’s faces and make their hearts feel happy.” Michael Jackson, The Daily Mirror Magazine, 1999

Tagore’s thoughts are easily recognizable in Michael’s songs, interviews and way of life. As an example it would probably be enough to remember his call to people to be God’s glow (in Heal the World) and the thought he shared with Tagore that God outdid himself when he created children: “When I see children, I see that God has not yet given up on man.”

And sharing Tagore’s ideals was not just a fleeting moment in Michael’s life – the poet’s religion remained Michael’s companion for almost twenty years. He got familiar with Tagore’s writings in early 90s and twenty years later he still spoke about him in his last conversation with Deepak Chopra, just two weeks before his death.

So we can safely say that Tagore’s religion of love, purity, compassion and excellence in the eyes of God dominated Michael’s way of thinking for at least two decades.

The third important fact we learn from the above Deepak Chopra’s piece is that after his concert during the Dangerous tour (1992) Michael would not be drinking alcohol or taking drugs, or at the very least leaf through a Playboy – no, he would be quietly sitting backstage all alone drinking bottled water and reading poetry. Sufi poetry this time.

Can you imagine that after this smashing Bucharest concert Michael Jackson sat backstage all alone reading poetry?

Do you remember that smashing three-hour concert in Bucharest Deepak Chopra is speaking about? It was on October 1, 1992 and it was there that the fans fainted and were taken away by a dozen.

The concert was shown on TV and many of us have seen it, but none of us expected that after the concert and so triumphant a success Michael was sitting all alone reading Islamic poetry.

If you recollect that Michael of that period is now described by his haters as a carefree cynic capable of molesting small children, one can only wonder who is mad here and how come a person who was so keen on spiritual matters, was genuinely seeking God and was shunning from all evil could be described as a criminal worse than a murderer?

Before you even look into these rogues’ fiction stories I suggest you see Michael the way he really was in early 90s – he was over thirty and the Jehovah Witness views were still a big part of his life, he was very “holistic”, didn’t take drugs or a drop of alcohol (despite his burn and two operations on his scalp). He was also so terribly shy and ashamed of his body that he never showed it to anyone. This young man was totally engrossed in humanitarian problems and cried when he heard of starving children in India and thousands of orphans in Sudan, and was a type of a believer in God who thought that he was personally answerable to God for everything he did and said. And this was a man who relaxed after his concerts on the Dangerous tour by reading the Islamic poet Rumi.

If all these facts still don’t convince you that all these liars’ stories are describing someone fictional, we will then have to look into the writings of the Sufi poet Rumi and the ideas Michael was sharing with this Persian poet.

SUFI POET RUMI

The Sufi poet Rumi lived in Persia in the 13th century, so when I was looking him up I was simply curious why so ancient and distant an author was so special to Michael, and just intended to limit myself to a couple of quotes.

However these plans were not to be realized – same like Michael, I simply lost myself in Rumi. Choosing a couple of quotes was out of the question as all his sayings were worth citing, and the research took me even as far as digging a bit into what Sufism is.

Wiki says:

  • “Sufism is mystical-ascetic aspect of Islam that deals with the purification of inner self.  Sufis strive to obtain direct experience of God by making use of “intuitive and emotional faculties” and focus on the purification of traits deemed reprehensible while adding praiseworthy traits. The inner law of Sufism consists of rules about repentance from sin, the purging of contemptible qualities and evil traits of character, and adornment with virtues and good character. One of the most important doctrines of Sufism is the concept of the ‘perfect man’.”

Wow, so not only Michael was still following the path of a Jehovah Witness and admiring Tagore’s religion of love, compassion and purity, but he also appreciated the same in the poetry of a Sufi poet Rumi?

And this book about God and purification of oneself was another favourite book on Michael Jackson’s reading list?

Michael Jackson’s haters like talking about “patterns” in his behavior, so I wonder how they will explain this obvious pattern in the choice of books Michael selected for reading?

See what the 13th century poet says about purification as the only way to properly live one’s life:

  • “Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.” 
  • “Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
  • “Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love” 
  • “When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off;
    you become lame, abandoned by a fantasy.
    …People fancy they are enjoying themselves,
    but they are really tearing out their wings for the sake of an illusion.” 

When you read Rumi you realize how close to his way of thinking are Michael’s songs and his “Dancing the dream” poems. Rumi, for example, spoke of the heart as a mirror that needs to be rubbed and polished to give a human being clarity to “see the unseen”. Only those who have polished their heart are able to see what is unseen by the eye.

Actually this thought applies best to Michael’s detractors. They see in him only dirt but what it mirrors most is their own inner self – there isn’t clarity in their hearts to see the truth and notice the essential purity and innocence of Michael Jackson.

Rumi is relentless to these people:

  • “Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.” 
  •  “Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more – more unseen forms become manifest to him.” 
  • “As you live deeper in the Heart, the Mirror gets clearer and cleaner.” 
  • “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished??” 
  • “What else can I say?
    You will only hear
    what you are ready to hear.
    Don’t nod your head,
    Don’t try to fool me—
    the truth of what you see
    is written all over your face!” 
  • “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” 
Take a look at yourself

It took Michael much courage to turn from songs like Thriller to public prayers like Man in the Mirror

The last quote has a direct bearing on Michael’s “Man in the Mirror”, and though technically the song was not written by MJ it was clearly inspired by his ideas.

The message is absolutely the same as that of Rumi – if everyone starts with himself it will ultimately change the world.

And at this point I thought of something different. I suddenly thought of how much courage it must have taken Michael to turn his songs into public prayers like “Man in the Mirror”, and defy the expectations of the public that was still marvelling at his Thriller and Billie Jean.

In the 90s he changed the subject of his songs and called for people to look at themselves, keep away from wrong and hate, and heal the world by purifying their hearts first.

No pop star before Michael had ever done it. It seems that there is an unspoken rule for the lyrics of pop songs to be easy, simple and not giving food for thought. Certainly nothing like this which is breaking all rules:

  • “I’m starting with the man in the mirror/I’m asking him to change his ways/And no message could have been any clearer/If you wanna make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and then make a change.” Michael Jackson

Everyone says that Michael wanted his later albums to surpass the success of “Thriller”, but who could guarantee him the success of his new songs when he started talking about everyone’s personal responsibility for the world and referring to God at that? People on the dance floor don’t like to be reminded of serious subjects, and this change was actually a big risk, however Michael did take it – evidently because he could no longer help himself.

He risked a lot by starting talking to people seriously

These ideas must have been so important to Michael that he simply had to reach out to others. And it did require much courage of him. So when some say that Michael always placed his career first I will disagree – there were far more important things for him than that, as he risked a lot for the chance to talk to people seriously.

The ancient poet Rumi also encouraged Michael to step on the new road, speak a new language and be himself no matter what:

  • “Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.” 
  • “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” 
  • “Doing as others told me, I was Blind.
    Coming when others called me, I was Lost.
    Then I left everyone, myself as well.
    Then I found Everyone, Myself as well.” 
  • “Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.” 

Remember the media condemning Michael for defying conventional opinion by some of his statements? They didn’t know that Michael Jackson was simply following the advice taught to him by the ancient wisdom.

The other common passion Michael shared with Rumi was dance. For both of them dance had to do with a divine energy. Michael said about it:

  • “It is divine, it is pure, it is revelation, without making it sound spiritual or religious, but it is a divine energy.  Some people call it the spirit, like when the spirit comes into the room.  Some people look down on it.  Religions sometimes look down on it because they try to say it’s demonic, it’s the cult, it’s the devil.  It isn’t; it is God-like.  It is pure God-like energy.  You feel God’s light. Excerpted from “The Michael Jackson Tapes”

And Wiki says that Rumi also “believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God”. Indeed, when you read Rumi’s verses it looks like dance was almost a way of life for him:

  • “Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” 
  • “‎Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds.” 
Dance is a passion Michael Jackson shared with Rumi

Dance was a passion Michael Jackson shared with Rumi

This is where the Turkish “whirling dervishes” actually come from. The dervishes are Sufis and by their dance they are commemorating the death of their famous poet Rumi.

And if you think that their whirling is “just” a dance you will be wrong – their dance is a way to reach union with God.

To elaborate on it more it represents “a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect One.  In this journey, the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego, finds the truth, and arrives at the Perfect. The seeker then returns from this spiritual journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes, and nations.”

When I read it I have the impression that the described formula of spirit ascent, starting with a search for the truth, growing through love and abandoning one’s ego, and arriving at the Perfect where the truth is finally found, and then returning back to be of service to the whole creation without any discrimination, is a concise summary of everything Michael was trying to tell us. At least this is what I feel Michael’s songs to be all about.

Same as Tagore, Rumi also spoke of God as Love and even called his poetry Love religion, and at this point I realized that the ideas of these two poets were the origin of Michael’s famous “I love you” said to almost everyone.

His mother Katherine does not say it that often (though she probably means it), so it was surely Rumi who inspired Michael to be so open in his manifestation of love towards people and speak to them in the new language of love. Rumi said about it:

  • “I belong to no religion.
    My religion is Love.
    Every heart is my temple.”

And Michael Jackson also believed in “being humble and believing in yourself and having true love in your heart for the world, and really trying to help people through lyrics and the love of music and dance, because I truly do love people very much.”  (1996 TV Interview with Ian “Molly” Meldrum)

Knowing the fuss made by Michael’s haters about Michael saying “I love you” to his younger and older friends and the haters’ insistence that it must be something “sexual” I decided to try and look into what Rumi’s love religion is all about.

LOVE RELIGION

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen ~Rumi

The short answer for it is that God is the source of all love and that this love permeates the entire universe.

For the longer answer see what Rumi is saying:

  • Love is an infinite ocean whose skies are a bubble of foam.
    Know that it is the waves of Love which make the wheel of the
    Heavens turn; without Love the world would be inanimate.
    How is an inorganic thing transformed into a plant?
    How are the plants sacrificed to become gifted with spirit?
    How is the spirit sacrificed for the Breath, of which only a
    Whiff was enough to impregnate Mary?
    Each atom is intoxicated with this Perfection and hastens
    Toward it… Their haste says implicitly: “Glory be to God.”

Rumi calls God the Perfect, Friend and the Beloved (so make no mistake to take this word literally) and lovers are actually not only those who love each other, but in the first place those who “both share love towards the Being that transcends their beings” as the Aljazeera cite explains it.

To put it simply, love religion is not a sexual revolution as some could expect from the title of it, but it is love revolving around the Divine. Rumi says:

  • “The religion of lovers is beyond all faiths. The only religion for lovers is God.”
  • “Religion offers knowledge and escape from pain, but those who give freely of themselves are God’s favorites.”
  • “Love is the bridge between you and everything.” 
  • “With life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.” 

So it is not love (or sex) which is god and the subject of adulation, but vice versa, it is God that is love pervading all world creation and embracing us into one.  Universal love is like losing oneself in the Creator and being at one with every piece of his creation – be it a human being, an animal or a blade of grass.

Remember Michael’s plans he shared with Deepak Chopra to write a song about creating a spiritual relationship with the nature and the world being an extension of ourselves? This must be it, and we find the similar idea in Rumi’s verses too:

  • “A strange passion is moving in my head. My heart has become a bird which searches in the sky. Every part of me goes in different directions. Is it really so that the one I love is Everywhere?”
  • “Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.” 
  • “Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.” 
  • “And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” 
  • “Don’t wait any longer.
    Dive in the ocean,
    Leave and let the sea be you.” 
  • “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” 
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. ~Rumi

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. ~Rumi

But if each of us is the entire ocean in a drop then our potential should also be as big as that of an ocean? Rumi assures us that this is the case:

  • This universe is not outside of you. 
    Look inside yourself;
    everything that you want, 
    you are already that.” 
  • “You were born with potential. 
    You were born with goodness and trust. 
    You were born with ideals and dreams. 
    You were born with greatness. 
    You were born with wings. 
    You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. 
    You have wings. 
    Learn to use them and fly.” 
  • “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” 
  • “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” 
  • “You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” 
  • “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”

Remember Robson complaining in his lawsuit that Michael also encouraged him and professed that he would be greater than Steven Spilberg and his forecast didn’t come true? And the deceased Michael is allegedly to blame for it and should pay him a compensation?

I suggest that Robson re-addresses his claim to Rumi who influenced Michael’s way of thinking or at least to Deepak Chopra who introduced this Sufi poet to him, but not to Michael who also learned these ideas from the 13th century poet. Michael surely mentioned the original source to Robson and it isn’t his fault that Robson did not read Rumi and doesn’t know whom to sue for his ruined plans.

Researchers conclude that Rumi’s poetry can be summarised in one line: “Everything other than God is a falsehood”.

The same can be said about Michael – his devotion to God was infinite and he was never shy to say it to his younger audience and speak about God even in his dance songs.  Michael would subscribe to each of these Rumi’s words:

  • “What? Are you still pretending you are separate from the Beloved?” 
  • “You have forgotten the One
    who doesn’t care about ownership,
    who doesn’t try to turn a profit
    from every human exchange.” 
  • Although you appear in earthly form
    Your essence is pure Consciousness.
    You are the fearless guardian
    of Divine Light.
    So come, return to the root of the root
    of your own soul.

“It’s strange that God doesn’t mind expressing Himself/Herself in all the religions of the world, while people still cling to the notion that their way is the only right way. Whatever you try to say about God, someone will take offense, even if you say everyone’s love of God is right for them.
For me the form God takes is not the most important thing. What’s most important is the essence. My songs and dances are outlines for Him to come in and fill. I hold out the form. She puts in the sweetness.” ~MJ, Dancing the Dream

You will also immediately recognize Michael’s views in Rumi’s universal message of love – people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace if they purify their hearts, abandon their ego and give up hostility and hatred.

When all belong to One there is no division between people and each can find a place for oneself to be in harmony with the rest.

It is utterly amazing that this was said by Rumi in the 13th century and people are still unable to hear it:

  • “Since we worship the one God, then all religions must be one”
  • “I am not from east or west
    not up from the ground
    or out of the ocean
    my place is placeless
    a trace of the traceless
    I belong to the Beloved” 
  •  “And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony. Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there’s really only one work.” 
  • “Lover’s nationality is separate from all other religions,
    The lover’s religion and nationality is the Beloved.”
  • “We may know who we are or we may not. We may be Muslims, Jews or Christians but until our hearts become the mould for every heart we will see only our differences.” 
  • “What are “I” and “You”?
    Just lattices
    In the niches of a lamp
    Through which the One Light radiates.
    “I” and “You” are the veil
    Between heaven and earth;
    Lift this veil and you will see
    How all sects and religions are one.
  • “I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.” 
  • “Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names. It is such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there is a long table of companionship set and waiting for us to sit down. What is praised is one, so the praise is one too, many jugs being poured into a huge basin. All religions, all this singing one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. Sunlight looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall and a lot different on this other one, but it is still one light.

Rumi has become very popular lately (he is described as the “best-selling poet in the US”), however some critics say that his admirers tend to misappropriate his poetry and focus on their own self instead of focusing on the “annihilation of the Self in the presence of the Divine” as Rumi was teaching.

Oprah and Deepak launch an all-new meditation experience

Expanding your happiness all-new meditation experience from Oprah and Deepak

Indeed, “Expanding your Happiness” groups like the ones promoted by Deepak Chopra/Oprah Winfrey may be very helpful for reaching personal happiness and peace of mind even despite the world of trouble and chaos around us, but it still seems to be in some contradiction with Rumi’s call to be selfless and be of service to the whole creation.

What’s clear is that the harassed, ridiculed and unhappy Michael Jackson wasn’t in the least thinking of expanding his personal happiness when he was going to orphanages in every country he was on tour and visiting burnt children in hospitals, and sharing his love and generosity with the needy and the sick.

MJ is praying for a child with burns

Michael Jackson with a burn victim on one of his hospital visits

It was literally to his last breath that he kept thinking of others and remained a truly selfless soul, thus following the principles of love, purity and self-denial taught to him by the Jehovah Witnesses, Rumi and Tagore.

“Ego is a veil between humans and God”, said Rumi and taught him not to be prideful of himself (which he absolutely wasn’t as Debbie Rowe said):

  •  “Shall I tell you our secret? We are charming thieves who steal hearts and never fail because we are the friends of the One. Blessed is the poem that comes through me but not of me because the sound of my own music will drown the song of Love.”

And exactly that same was said by Michael about making his music. He always surprised us by saying that his songs didn’t belong to him – it was a gift from high above that simply fell into his lap. Michael never took credit for them and knew that they were the work of God:

  • “I wrote ‘Will You Be There’ at my house, Neverland in California… I didn’t think about it hard. That’s why it’s hard to take credit for the songs that I write, because I just always feel that it’s done from above. I feel fortunate for being that instrument through which music flows. I’m just the source through which it comes. I can’t take credit for it because it’s God’s work. He’s just using me as the messenger…” Michael Jackson in Ebony Jet interview, May 1992
  • “The song writing process is something very difficult to explain, because it’s very spiritual. It’s, uh…You really have it in the hands of God, and it’s as if its been written already – that’s the real truth. As if its been written in its entirety before were born and you’re just really the source through which the song come. Really. Because there is…they just fall right into your lap in it’s entirety. You don’t have to do much thinking about it. And I feel guilty having to put my name, sometimes, on the songs that I – I do write them – I compose them, I write them, I do the scoring, I do the lyrics, I do the melodies but still, it’s a…it’s a work of God.” Michael Jackson, online audio chat, October 21st, 2001
  • “The key to being a wonderful writer is not to write. You just get out of the way. Leave room for God to walk in the room. And when I write something that I know is right, I get on my knees and say thank you. Thank you, Jehovah!” Michael talking about working with Quincy Jones and how God was behind his creativity, from the Ebony magazine 2007 interview

Source: http://www.reflectionsonthedance.com/His-Faith.html

God and music, music and God – these were two recurrent themes in Michael’s talk, the two wonders interrelated with each other where music was regarded by Michael as a gift from the Supreme. The precious emotional bond with God was a condition for Michael to be able to create and this is why Michael said prayers after writing a song and got on his knees to thank Jehovah for it.

But have you ever realized that Michael valued this spiritual bond too much to be able to discard it for the extremely sinful things he was accused of? And that he would have never broken this bond even for all treasures of the world, let alone crimes he was simply unable to commit?

MJ and children from Moonwalker

MJ with Kellie Parker, Sean Lennon and Brandon Adams, “Moonwalker”

Indeed, children were so sacred to Michael that he thought them to be God’s representation on earth:

  • “When I see children, I see the face of God. That’s why I love them so much. That’s what I see.”
  • “By loving children I am able to see God. I see God through children. If it wasn´t for children I would not understand who God is, who He is, no matter what the Bible says, even though I love the Bible. But children are proof. You can write and talk all you want, but I see it. Man, do I see it.
  •  “Children – this is my opinion – represent the purest, the quitessence of honesty, of love, of God. To me they are the God´s way of saying there is hope, there is such a thing as humanity. Be like children, be humble like them, be sweet, be innocent. It shows in the eyes, I always see it in the eyes. When you look in a child´s eyes you see just a pure innocence and it reminds me to be humble, to be sweet and to be really good.”
  • “I don´t mean to sound weird, but I really believe that children are God. I think that they are the purest form of the creation of God. When a child steps into a room I am totally changed. I feel their energy, their presence, and their spirit. I think we have to remember it is so easy for adults and parents to push them aside and not to pay attention to them. But I think they have so much to say and we don´t listen, we don´t feel. It´s almost hard to put it into words.” 

http://www.truemichaeljackson.com/on-children/

It’s high time we finally realized that Michael Jackson’s system of values had no place for the dirt attributed to him by his haters. He believed in God in all forms and shapes that the One can only manifest himself. Michael was in love with all God’s creation – the planet, its people, children, animals, nature. He was a Jehovah Witness, an admirer of the Islamic poet Rumi and a pupil of the Indian philosopher Tagore all at once, and from all these powerful sources he was learning to live a pure way of life and be free from dirt, greed, ingratitude and hatred, all of which stand in the way of purification of one’s inner self.

And in the late 80s and early 90s, described by some people in wholly fictitious terms, Michael was busy with something totally different – the personal pain he went through due to the burn, vitiligo and scalp operations resulted in intense spiritual work for him and seeking the will of God even in the troubles befalling him.

He had read a lot and was ready to share it with his listeners, and took the courage to talk to people about serious matters on his mind directly through his songs. He started the Heal the World Foundation and sent there all the money he earned in the world tour, began writing hymns about changing ourselves and turning the world into a better place and wanted to share with us a wonderful discovery that we are one and the nature is just an extension of ourselves.

But the world thought him “weird” and involved him in a lawsuit after lawsuit for its personal gain. And he didn’t have the time and strength to finish that song.

43 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel Ayala permalink
    January 2, 2016 5:42 pm

    Michael Jackson is amazing. I love how much love he put into his songs. He deserves all the respect their is in the entire universe.I Love Michael Jackson. Thank you for this article.

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  2. December 26, 2015 12:32 pm

    Brilliant. That is one of the greatest things I love about Michael. He worshipped God in and through his art. His awareness of how secondary he was to the big plan and that he was a vessel of God’s kindness, was profound.
    I miss him so deeply.

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  3. October 20, 2015 6:03 am

    How does that fit in the above story that he did not even want to swim in his bathing suit ???- gboete

    Look, if Jane Fonda went skinny dipping with Michael Jackson it doesn’t mean that Michael went skinny dipping with Jane Fonda.

    From what I read in that story http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jane-fonda-remembers-michael-jackson-831913 Michael stayed in Jane’s house for ten days and I absolutely don’t rule out that she was 1) bragging about how fit she was for her age and 2) teasing the young Michael like many other women would.

    The time she is describing is just after Michael finished his Wiz movie. The Wiz was released in 1978, and On the Golden Pond movie Fonda also mentions was released in 1981. It was on the set of that movie that Michael was taking acting lessons from Katherine Hepburn and was recording her on the tape.

    Michael was 20-22 at the most. Jane Fonda was 21 years older. Well, she probably did go skinny dipping in a pool at her house (what if it was her habit?), or arranged a night swim for all of them, especially since she says Greta Garbo was also there. Greta Garbo was over 75 then.

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  4. October 19, 2015 6:15 am

    How does that fit in the above story that he did not even want to swim in his bathing suit ???

    I have a hard time to believe that she said that, or she must feel she has to brag about how she knew him.

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  5. October 18, 2015 1:50 pm

    Hi, i did not read everything yet but i have a remark. Grace Rwaramba was not born in Nigeria but in Ishaka, Bushenyi district, in western Uganda.. But she was indeed introduced to MJ via Chopra.

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  6. Suze permalink
    July 31, 2015 12:57 pm

    I also forgot to say that I enjoyed reading this, it tooks me deeper into Michaels world and who he really was. I learned alot from this.. When I saw the MJFacts site and their disgusting video on YouTube I became depressed and very confused, I thought that I was living in a fiction world where I saw Michael as the good one, but really wasn’t who he said he was and had double life..When I began to read your blogs and do some deeper research myself, it begins to make more sense, that it was all a set up to create a bad, horrible image of Michael as criminal. Katie even shares everything that is on my mind.
    Thank you Helena.

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  7. Suze permalink
    July 31, 2015 6:03 am

    Wow this is amazing. Thank you Helena! You are really a brillian writer and goes so deep into everything.

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  8. June 8, 2015 2:28 pm

    “you are a gift of God chosen and given of Him to do hard work for us” – 29mj

    29mj, thank you… I didn’t expect so high an appreciation of my efforts and am actually a little embarrassed. But in one thing you are right – I believe in God and very much so. In a very special way of my own, but I do. If Michael were alive he would understand.

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  9. TatumMarie permalink
    June 8, 2015 1:44 am

    A true worshipper will never pursue his own will if he knows that it is going against God’s law – Vindicate MJ

    Hi Helena,
    I couldn’t agree more with that statement.

    Also, speaking of the alienation of child abuse in Michael’s mind; this brings me back to the Diane Sawyer interview.
    She asked Michael what do you think should happen to a person who molest a child? His response was so telling to me for 2 reasons: He says someone who does that needs help, which child abusers don’t believe it’s sick in any way. Also, before he answered he had to think about it. Usually when anyone does something wrong their always thinking about the consequences. He hadn’t even thought about what can possibly happen or what should happen to someone who does those horrible things! Michael was totally innocent.

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  10. June 7, 2015 3:13 pm

    Dear Helena, you’re a brilliant writer and a matchless researcher. Your reason, your knowledge and your vision deeply enlightened by God that I met in all your brilliant articles are and must be a role model for all those who write. Helena, you are a gift of God chosen and given of Him to do hard work for us, great research through an exemplary, exceptional rationality, complete professional analysis by you, a genius writer about many important details from MJ’s life for knowing the truth about the great, the precious and rare man MJ. appreciate you as a great capacity for knowledge, very smart and an high standard of the system of values among precious people in the world like our MJ.
    God has allowed me to discover you, dear Helena, through your excellent articles in that myself acknowledge me, my own thinking and appreciate of the high values of what it meant MJ really precious for us, the mankind. And besides all these, all written by you about some of MJ’s life circumstances are true revelations for me, I always knew, felt all about my MJ in my heart. I think it is the most great kind of saying thanks trough an sincerely “I Love You!” God’s light, power to be in your brilliant spirit forever! Always I come back here with a great pleasure to read with a great desire to know and learn more about the brilliant Michael J and to find accurate information from you, dear Helena, as well as from other MJ’s fans and researchers that I read them here on yours valuable blog. God bless you Helena.
    Not to forget the great contribution of MJ to do rare things in musical arts, as humanitarian for all mankind, unique artistry,importance artistic in the culture music.. Someone has to take care to create a new Wiki theme in a special section (page) for MJ’s incomparable contribution of humanitarian and unconditional love that he gave it to a whole world from his pure spirit of human beauty and greatness of a peerless spirit , rarely portrayed in a soul of human being after Jesus on Earth ever. Love survive foreever!
    Finally, I want to do a remark about things what are happened on a poll. And because my vote always goes to the incomparable MJ, on thekingofmusic I met again the same hatred and verbal disparagement did from some Elvis’ fan and others about Jacksons and MJ in their insulting, evil-minded comments. God bless you all. It’s all for LOVE! ~MJ
    Thank you again.

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  11. June 2, 2015 5:28 pm

    “It is good that judge Beckloff strictly stuck to clear legal timelines.And he did take enough time to make sure not to overlook anything of substance.” – wkatriina22

    Wkatriina22, happy to hear you and hope you are well.
    Only today I’ve read someone’s good comment sharing the same opinion as yours. Let me repeat it:

    “The fact that the judge took his time to review the “evidence” for TWO YEARS is a GOOD thing. People can’t say that the case was just thrown away without a chance or that there were payouts, etc. It doesn’t take a judge two years to realize it’s too late to file. He took Wade seriously and heard everything he had to say. There’s no way haters can argue around this. Wade had nothing. He lied.”

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  12. June 2, 2015 5:05 pm

    “On the topic of the Wikipedia entry for Michael, may I suggest that ‘you’ make some positive changes to the page.” – Helen-Marie

    Helen-Marie, sorry but I can’t. Firstly, English is a foreign language to me and there are certain limitations to my vocabulary and grammar, and secondly, I’ve noticed with some surprise that I like going forward and exploring some previously non-researched areas and not returning to the subject already known to us. Revisiting the old topic is so hard for me that it will take me twice the time a new study will. So this wiki job will have to be done by someone who is better suited for it.
    I’ve never asked but probably Susannerb will want to? Or some other MJ supporter, like Vulcan for example, who left a lot of detailed comments here. Vulcan is very thorough in research and even took the trouble to answer lots of questions I was physically unable to return to (for which I am very grateful to him/her).

    “I have always said,the moment Michael met with Presidents and talked about ending wars and replacing them with universal love, he ruffled the feathers of the Powers that be. The timing of the ‘allegations’ and assassination of his character were to counteract the damage this kind of talk could do to the economy, because War is big business.”

    Oh, he must have ruffled their feathers all right. Today’s world is a very strange place – there are many religions and “believers”, however no one follows the 10 commandments, even the easiest ones. “You shall not kill” is universally not observed and is sometimes broken in the name of God which is totally absurd and as it was He who commanded not to kill.

    Following lofty ideals is left to dreamers, poets and idealists while all the rest are expected to be “realistic” and basically live by double standards – say one thing and do another making up appearances and observing the necessary rituals only.

    And Michael was living his faith. He was not calling for anything different from Tagore, Rumi and the Bible, but what is allowed for a poet is not allowed for a megastar with a huge audience. How many people read Tagore? Just a bunch of people with a metaphysical bend. And how many people listen to Michael Jackson and dance to his music? Millions and millions of people. This is where the big difference is and this is most probably why they brought him down and labeled him “weird”. Indeed, what “normal” person will follow the 10 commandments literally, like Michael Jackson tried very hard to?

    “Nothing like a scandal to shut a person up. The same goes for the timing of the latest round of allegations and the timing of the AEG Trial, it’s just history repeating itself.”

    Absolutely.

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  13. Helen-Marie permalink
    June 2, 2015 4:58 am

    I applaud you once again Helena. Your research is thorough and you have compiled a compelling article. Michael often talked about learning from the masters and you have explained how he effectively went on to do so. Thank you, I learnt so much about that period in his life.

    I have always said,the moment Michael met with Presidents and talked about ending wars and replacing them with universal love, he ruffled the feathers of the Powers that be. The timing of the ‘allegations’ and assassination of his character were to counteract the damage this kind of talk could do to the economy, because War is big business. Nothing like a scandal to shut a person up. The same goes for the timing of the latest round of allegations and the timing of the AEG Trial, it’s just history repeating itself.

    On the topic of the Wikipedia entry for Michael, may I suggest that ‘you’ make some positive changes to the page. After all, your site is a wealth of factual information and you are a very talented, well respected writer.

    Kind regards

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  14. t (@wkatriina22) permalink
    June 1, 2015 7:53 am

    It is good that judge Beckloff strictly stuck to clear legal timelines.And he did take enough time to make sure not to overlook anything of substance.There was no need to go into any arguments re guilt-innocence as innocence has been well proven over the years.- All along there was something truly weird about Wade Robson´s allegations , esp. in view of 2005 and even more so of the cosy family get togethers with Michaels family later on.J.F was brought in as a supporting appendix.

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  15. May 31, 2015 4:24 pm

    “Also I do not believe that Michael was in contact with Chopra during his the last years. I also believe he exaggerates his influence in Michael’s life.” – Marsha

    He wasn’t in contact with Michael at least since 2005 if not earlier. Dr. Drew once said that Deepak Chopra was not part of Michael’s inner circle after he started to “confront” Michael (over drugs):

    December 3, 2010
    “There’s nothing causational about (celebrity),” he says, “but it allows the disease to blossom. There is no one around them who is willing to risk their access to the individual by being sufficiently enlightened to confront them. I would point out Deepak Chopra, who started to confront Michael Jackson, and was immediately dismissed from the inner circle.”
    http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2010/12/03/salem_sex_drugs_and_dr_drew.html

    We all know that Michael developed a dependency on Demerol in 1993 and then in late 90s-early 2000s, but both times it was triggered by huge health problems (and crises in Michael’s life), and both times he fought the drug habit and won. And he didn’t need Chopra’s lectures or confrontation – he needed understanding and professional help like the one provided to him by Dr. Farshchian (http://www.mjworld.net/news/2013/07/25/dr-alimorad-farshchian-testifies/)

    Deepak Chopra knew so little of Michael in the later years of his life that the things he said after his death are simply hair-raising. Knowing NOTHING about Michael’s death he was giving extensive interviews and saying crazy things like, for example, the need for narcan “that could have saved him” and not blaming Murray for Michael’s death.

    On July 2, 2009, for example, he “clarified” the circumstances of Michael’s death in the following way:

    “In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, Chopra, a board-certified internist and endocrinologist who also formerly worked as an emergency-room doctor in Massachusetts, made several points to try to clarify the circumstances surrounding the pop star’s death. Among them:
    Based on his understanding of Jackson’s final hours, a common and well-known overdose antagonist, naloxone (narcan), could have saved him.

    When Chopra learned that Dr. Conrad Murray had been Jackson’s full-time concert physician and had stayed overnight, he wondered why the star wasn’t still alive. I told him that Dr. Murray said he had checked on Jackson several times during the night. Chopra lit up: “That means that the doctor knew he had a patient with a serious drug problem. The only reason to check on someone overnight is to make sure they have not taken too many drugs and they stop breathing.”

    Chopra is bewildered by the failure of Murray to have naxolene, a well-known narcotic antagonist used to revive patients with drug overdoses.

    That Murray says Jackson was still warm, and had a weak pulse, is further evidence to Chopra that naxolene might have saved him. “With a weak pulse, the first thing I would have given him was narcan. Its effect would have been dramatic and Michael might be alive today. But Chopra doesn’t blame Murray. It’s the prescribing doctors at whom his anger is directed.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/07/02/chopra-michael-jackson-could-have-been-saved.html

    Two years later, on October 7th, 2011 Chopra still did not take the trouble to apologize for all his mistakes. Instead he said to Piers Morgan that it had been “an accident” and supposed that there were “probably other things in Michael’s system”. This means that before going on TV Chopra hadn’t even read the autopsy report which said that there were NO narcotics in Michael’s system, and was again voicing his “learned” opinion not knowing a thing!

    What a disgrace.

    Best-selling self-help author Deepak Chopra is a guest on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” and he talks about his new book “War of the Worldviews” and more. He also talks about Michael Jackson, who he knew very well. “Michael was a controlled substance addict,” he told Piers Morgan. “He could stay off and then he’d be on again.”
    Chopra also talked specifically about the Dr. Conrad Murray trial happening right now. Here’s his take:
    “He didn’t expect to die,” said Chopra. “An accident. Dr. Conrad didn’t intend to kill him. He used a drug that should not have been used outside an operating room. He miscalculated the dose. There were probably other things in Michael’s system. It was a tragedy.”
    http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2011/10/07/deepak-chopra-michael-jackson-was-an-addict-his-death-was-an-accident/?hpt=pm_mid)

    So not only did he talk a lot about Michael’s “addiction” knowing nothing of his way of life at least since the trial, but he also absolved Murray of any guilt. With (best-selling) friends like that who needs enemies?

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  16. May 31, 2015 2:38 pm

    “I enjoyed this post also but would just like to point out that all the good qualities shown or listed as attributed to Sufism and such are all found in Christ, of whom Michael had been taught of long before Chopra And also in the Bible.” Marsha

    Yes, of course, but this post isn’t about which religion was coming first in Michael’s views. It is about his frame of mind during the period which happens to be covered by Robson/Safechuck’s lawsuits. They are telling one thing while he was doing another, and they are worlds apart as you see.

    As regards religion, well, wasn’t it Michael who wrote the following?
    “Whatever you try to say about God, someone will take offense, even if you say everyone’s love of God is right for them. For me the form God takes is not the most important thing. What’s most important is the essence. My songs and dances are outlines for Him to come in and fill. I hold out the form. She puts in the sweetness.”

    Michael even calls God “she”! So his thoughts about the Creator were growing global, embracing all religions and focusing on their essence rather than form. And the essence of all religions is placing the Creator’s will over your will and desires. A true worshipper will never pursue his own will if he knows that it is going against God’s law. And Michael was a true worshipper, so even if any inappropriate thought had ever passed his mind (though highly unlikely) he would have never, ever considered it.

    “Molestation” and “child abuse” were so alien concepts for Michael that he could not even make himself pronounce those horrible words, because saying them is already half-imagining them. And he couldn’t even imagine. You remember that when they addressed him with all those questions about child abuse he only stared in shock and nearly stammered when he replied. He couldn’t even repeat those words, let alone do anything of the kind.

    This is what’s VERY important to understand about Michael.

    “And as for Levitation, perhaps it was just Michael’s interest in flying.”

    Perhaps. Anyone would be interested in flying.

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  17. May 30, 2015 5:20 pm

    Great article. A couple of things I want to point out–one is that the US was not the only country that admitted Lost Boys of the Sudan. They were also invited to settle in Canada and in Australia. The interesting thing about these boys is that they came here knowing almost nothing about our way of life, but were determined to get an education. Most of these thousands of boys have graduated from university with at least one major, often two, and a number went on to get a Master’s and even Ph.D.’s. The second thing is the Wikipedia entry about Michael. It is my understanding that anyone can either write or contribute to such pages. If Michael’s fans don’t think Wikipedia has done justice to Michael, why don’t some of the most talented writers who are also MJ scholars not submit their own corrections or additions? It would be a worthwhile project, for ultimately anyone wanted to find out more about Michael will find the Wikipedia entry much sooner and easier than dedicated websites like this one. http://suegardner.org/2012/08/15/how-to-write-a-wikipedia-article-its-easy/

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  18. Marsha permalink
    May 29, 2015 7:11 pm

    I enjoyed this post also but would just like to point out that all the good qualities shown or listed as attributed to Sufism and such are all found in Christ, of whom Michael had been taught of long before Chopra And also in the Bible. And since Islam/Sufi came after Christ and even the Jewish religion that all these good things came from Christ The Bible and Jewish text. And we know that Michael was reading the Bible and giving lessons about it. And as for Levitation,perhaps it was just Michael’s interest in flying. One that was perhaps satisfied during his Bucharest concert at the end. It is also true that if Michael came up with the idea it was said to be crazy. I remember reading that he wanted to go into outer-space, and they laughed at the idea. Now some are making actual plans for commercial excursions into space. Also I do not believe that Michael was in contact with Chopra during his the last years. I also believe he exaggerates his influence in Michael’s life. And since the judge has dismissed the Robeson case.on the grounds that he filled to late. I have to say that I am confused, Why would it take so long to discover that? That could have been judged or seen two years ago? What he really wanted to say was that the case was a crock of lies and deceit but just so there would not be a cry of ignoring a so called victim he let it be drawn out. I am confused but oh so happy. Obviously this case is not about Robeson someone with money is behind it, who is paying the lawyers or is it a pro bono case?

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  19. May 29, 2015 5:34 pm

    Thank you very much, Susanne. I’ve also read this document and paid attention to this and other points. I would like to study it a bit and share some ideas a little later.

    At the moment let me just draw everyone’s attention to how some media distorts the text of the judge’s ruling. When I read this piece, for example, I shuddered that the judge could even assume that the plaintiff’s position could be correct- at least this quote produced such an impression:

    “Even assuming the plaintiff’s position is correct … both parties before the court recognize that any such (impediment) exists only for a reasonable time period after any violence, intimidation or threatening conduct by the decedent ceases,” Beckloff wrote.” http://mynewsla.com/hollywood/2015/05/27/dancer-allegedly-molested-by-michael-jackson-cant-file-claim-judge-rules/

    However it turned out that the judge wasn’t writing about the factual matters of the case. This piece is about the plaintiff’s position on whether he can or can’t claim a certain legal right – assert equitable estoppel that could allow him to file a claim even after the deadline. The full text says:

    “Even assuming plaintiff’s position is correct and equitable estoppel could be asserted against the Estate’s representativies on the decedent’s acts, both parties before the court recognize that any such estoppel exists only for a reasonable period of time after any violence, intimidation or threatening conduct by the decedent ceases (see, e.g. ….)”

    As there is no evidence that the Estate’s representatives did or said anything that prevented plaintiff from filing his claim, plaintiff cannot establish the elements of equitable estoppel agaist them”

    The media clearly tried to create the impression that the judge assumed that Robson’s position could be “correct”. However those who read the whole text will understand that he did not.

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  20. May 29, 2015 3:25 am

    Helena, this is the document of Judge Beckloff’s ruling:

    https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/16e893f7-cb8d-488b-9b09-d35207848ae7

    He gives an interesting explanation on pages 15-19 which to me indicates that he didn’t regard Robson as credible. His argumentation there in my opinion undermines the credibility of Robson.

    I quote just a part of it:

    “(…) Plaintiff knew in June 2009 that the decedent died (…) Plaintiff knew at the time of the decedent’s death in June 2009 that it was a crime for an adult to engage in sexual conduct with a minor (…) Plaintiff understood in June 2009 that minors are not criminally prosecuted when an adult engages in sexual conduct with them. (…)
    “Additional undisputed material facts from plaintiff establish that plaintiff filed his petition in these Probate proceedings when he was 30 years old (…) During the molestation (between 1990 and 1997) the decedent told plaintiff that he could not tell anyone about the molestation because “their lives and careers would be over”. (…) The sexual abuse stopped when plaintiff was 14 years old. (…) The decedent told plaintiff when plaintiff was 11 years old that both he and the decendent would “go to jail for the rest” of their lives if anyone found out about the sexual conduct. (…) Plaintiff testified when he was 11 years old in a court proceeding that “no sexual acts had occurred between him” and the decedent. (…) As plaintiff got older, he would see the decedent “once a year and talk to him two or three times a year”. (…) In 2005, in connection with criminal proceedings involving the decedent (when plaintiff was 23 years old), plaintiff denied in the trial that he had been sexually abused by the decedent. (…)
    The facts establish that as of the time of decedent’s death, in June 2009, the decedent could no longer take any action against plaintiff; any indimidation or threats ceased on that day in June 2009 when the decedent died. (The only threat alleged by plaintiff in his undisputed facts is fact 30. That fact states that when plaintiff was 11 years old, the decedent told plaintiff they could go to jail for engaging in the sexual conduct.) Plaintiff knew in June 2009 that he could not be prosecuted for the decedent’s molestation of him. As plaintiff knew of the facts giving rise to the claim well before the decedent died (this is not a claim based on repressed memory) and that any threats from the decedent ceased upon his death, it would have been reasonable for plaintiff to present his claim to the Estate in a manner consistent with the time limits of the Probate Code. Stated differently, even assuming the elements of equitable estoppel could be satisfied here, based on the undisputed material facts, it was unreasonable for plaintiff not to have complied with the time limits of the Probate Court. Any threat or intimidation ended upon the decedent’s death.”

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  21. May 28, 2015 3:09 pm

    MJ’s haters don’t think that the civil claim has any chances. Here are some quotes from their Facebook page misnamed “Supporters of Wade Robson and other victims of MJ”

    – Unfortunately Wade’s fight for justice has been given a set back. Wade has lost his fight in probate court but this may not be the end of the battle. Let’s all hope and pray for justice for both Wade and James.

    – Ardella, what do you think Wade’s chances are with his claim against MJ’s companies?

    – I don’t know. The statute governing suing entities for CSA liability is very specific and very strict, from my interpretation. The estate has made the argument that the beginning of Wade’s abusive relationship with MJ started prior to any engagement Wade had with MJJ Productions/ MJJ Ventures, so how can Wade say that they had a duty to protect him?

    Also, there is the issue about control – who controlled whom? The estate says that MJ was the sole owner of the corporations (that eventually hired Wade and his mother, and sponsored the work visas to bring the Robsons to America) so the corporations could not exercise any control over MJ’s actions.

    The law specifically defines the type of relationship an entity must have with a sexual abuser in order to be held liable for the abuser’s actions; namely the abuser must be “an employee, volunteer, representative, or agent” of the entity. Therefore, since MJ was the owner, does 340.1(a) and more importantly 340.1(b)(2), allow Wade to bring suit? All of the categorizations designated in the statute seem to describe relationships were the abuser is an “underling” of the entity. Example, priests in the Catholic church would satisfy.

    And of course there is the ever present issue of timeliness, since a suit against an entity can’t be filed after a plaintiff’s 26th birthday. All in all, I think his claim will be dismissed, appeals notwithstanding.

    Howard Weitzman said:

    “The court’s dismissal of Wade Robson’s claim against the Estate of Michael Jackson confirms that his lawsuit was inappropriately filed. Mr. Robson testified under oath in a courtroom that Michael never did anything improper with him. The Estate believes his testimony was honest when his sole motivation was ‘to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.’

    This last point was also good.

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  22. May 28, 2015 3:02 pm

    Friends, I’ve been reading the discussion of the judge’s ruling on mjjcommunity forum and would like to single out several comments providing much factual information:

    – As many of you said, this is really good news. Robson cannot sue Estate and/or MJ. Per judge’s reasoning (as far as media reported), it is safe to say Safechuck probate claim will also most likely be dismissed in due time.
    However this is far from over. First probably Robson (and later Safechuck) will appeal the decisions. Appeal success rate is about 20% but appeal would probably go nowhere but still will be active for a 1-2 years.
    There’s still the civil case against the MJ companies. That will be the focus now. The next hearing is on June 30 for that.

    – “Robson’s lawyer Marzano also noted that Beckloff’s ruling did not make any determination about whether Robson’s allegations were factual.” Well, the Judge is simply being professional. His task was to rule about statutes of limitations.

    – While there are legalities remaining, the true threat was in the probate claims. The financial threat against Michael’s Estate as per Robson/Safechuck’s fabricated claims has been effectively neutralized.

    – Where are they going to find the money to appeal this? anyhow, hope the estate slaps them with a giant legal bill. the rule is that the losing party pays for all the winner’s legal costs.

    – It’s the Robson Probate Case that got thrown out now. The Robson civil case is basically against the companies. There is also MJ as a natural person, but he was only kept in as a “placeholder” to replace him with the Estate/Executors in case Robson could have gone on with his creditor’s claim and the Estate had turned it down. But now that the probate case got thrown out there is no reason any more for keeping MJ as a “placeholder”. So it will be just about the companies.

    – Haters are devastated. They want him to start his public campaign to smear MJ in the media. It is never about justice, all they care about is how much they can hurt MJ and his family.

    – they were attacking Taj Jackson on Twitter and said things how the money train will end soon because MJ’s reputation will be in ruins soon bla-bla-bla. That’s what this is all about to these people. They could not care less about Robson or Safechuck (and much less about THE Truth). They are just means to them in their hate and destroy MJ campaign. Not that Robson or Safechuck would care, because they too are users, so this alliance of fraudsters and useful idiots is just a case of lowlives sticking together.

    The point here is that there is a very well organised conspiracy against MJ and anything that does not serve that purpose is not reported. The whole surprise thing is just a spin. In reality they are just annoyed.
    Personally, I suspect that robson and safechuck were approached by some people to make these allegations in return for some cash regardless of the outcome. Their compensation could be tied to the amount of publicity their cases generate. So the more publicity, the more money they get.
    Anyhow, the real idea here is to tarnish MJ reputation, then making it difficult for his estate to generate money since the estate depends on MJ image to generate money. This has been going on since 1993.

    http://www.mjjcommunity.com/forum/threads/129320-Discussion-Wade-Robson-James-Safechuck-file-claim-of-sexual-abuse-against-MJ-Estate/page767

    I think there is very much truth in the last comment.

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  23. May 28, 2015 7:14 am

    Yes, newrodrigo, Robson has filed two cases against the Estate, one is the creditor’s claim in the probate case (BP 117321), which is dismissed now, and the other one is the civil case (BC 508502).
    And there are also the Safechuck probate and civil claims which have their own file numbers and which are still pending.

    It is here in this post of Helena:

    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/safechucks-declaration-lie-cycle-and-poker-game-around-mj/

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  24. May 28, 2015 6:17 am

    @ Susan

    I’m not familiar with a civil case. What are the details of that? Does it have to do with Robson?

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  25. May 28, 2015 6:03 am

    Yes, Robson’s case was thrown out of probate court. That’s great news!
    But let’s not forget there is still a civil case pending, and we have to wait what happens with it.

    This is Anthony McCartney’s article with a great headline:

    Molestation Claim Against Michael Jackson’s Estate Dismissed
    LOS ANGELES — May 28, 2015, 12:13 AM ET
    By ANTHONY McCARTNEY AP Entertainment Writer

    A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.

    Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling Tuesday that Wade Robson’s claim is untimely and should be dismissed.

    Robson had previously denied the pop superstar molested him and testified in Jackson’s defense at the singer’s criminal trial in 2005. Robson also spoke favorably about Jackson after the singer’s death in 2009.

    However, Robson sued Jackson’s estate in May 2013 over the molestation allegations.

    Attorneys for Robson said Jackson molested him over a seven-year period. Attorneys for Jackson’s estate have denied the allegations.

    Robson’s attorney Maryann Marzano wrote in a statement that Beckloff’s ruling will be appealed, and the molestation claim will be pursued against Jackson’s business entities.

    Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman praised the ruling and noted Robson’s previous testimony about Jackson.

    “Mr. Robson testified under oath in a courtroom that Michael never did anything improper with him,” Weitzman wrote in an email.

    Marzano, however, wrote that her client was incapable of filing his legal action any sooner due to psychological damage he suffered. She also noted that Beckloff’s ruling did not make any determination about whether Robson’s allegations were factual.

    “We are confident that when all the facts are presented in civil court, there will be no doubt left about just what kind of sexual predator Jackson was,” Marzano wrote.

    Robson was 5 when he met Jackson, and he spent the night at Neverland Ranch more than 20 times, sleeping in the singer’s bedroom on most visits, he told jurors during the trial that ended with Jackson’s acquittal.

    Robson told jurors that Jackson had “absolutely not” molested him during the trial.

    Robson, an Australian-born choreographer, has appeared on the Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance” and worked with Britney Spears and other stars.

    Marzano argued at an April hearing that the seriousness of the claims being lodged against Jackson’s estate warranted a full evidentiary hearing.

    Jackson estate attorney Jonathan Steinsapir argued that the law doesn’t allow liability for a person’s actions to transfer to their estate in perpetuity, and that Robson missed his opportunity to file a claim.

    Jackson died at 50 while preparing for a series of comeback concerts dubbed “This Is It.” His estate benefits his mother and three children.

    The pop singer died deeply in debt, but a posthumous bounce in the popularity of his music has generated hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Robson filed one of the last major claims against Jackson’s estate, although disputes with a former business manager, another man alleging underage sexual abuse, and the IRS remain unresolved.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/molestation-claim-michael-jacksons-estate-dismissed-31352612

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  26. caro permalink
    May 28, 2015 5:38 am

    Thanx for the news Newrodrigo. It hasn’t permeated yet through to us in South Africa. Yes indeed it is great news and I am delighted also. Presumably Robson will have to pay his lawyers fees now, so instead of getting anything from Michael’s estate, he in fact has to pay out!!!!! serves him right I say!!! and let that be a lesson to anyone else who wants to try such a dodge. RIP at last dearest Michael.

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  27. May 28, 2015 5:28 am

    Now, THIS, what Helena has brilliantly written, is THE REAL truth about Michael. Nothing more, and nothing less.

    And I’m over the moon that Robson’s case has been thrown out of court. Yes, the judge was correct with claiming Wade waited too long to file the complaint, but he should’ve also pointed out Wade’s several changes in his story. Never mind, because at the end of the day, justice has been served, and that little weasel will not get one penny. Ha. Ha. Ha.

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  28. Jolanta Czajerek permalink
    May 27, 2015 6:54 am

    Thank you Helen … wonderful words about spirituality Michael ❤

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  29. caro permalink
    May 27, 2015 4:14 am

    Hi Helena Thanks very much for this wonderfully positive post. I have researched much about Michael and read everything he wrote himself, and I know in my heart that he was an ‘innocent’ and therefore innocent of any of the charges laid at his door by people or the media. Anyone this deeply spiritual could never harm the hairs on the head of anyone, let alone a child. The very idea is preposterous!!!

    I very much admire all the work you are doing to ‘vindicate’ Michael and his good name and thank you most sincerely for it, but I am afraid that I can no longer read most of your blogs because I can’t bear these accusations any longer. It hurts my very soul.

    In due time he will be fully recognised for his art and his humanitarianism – I just know it.

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  30. May 26, 2015 8:08 pm

    About a month ago I was having a discussion with a friend about Michael’s kindness and contributions to charity over the years and wondered why he never got much recognition for it or credit. Yet others who were known for their humanitarian work eg Mother Theresa and Princess Di at least got respect from the public for their contributions and why not Michael? That’s an area I was had difficulty trying to understand for a long time. Your article Helena has addresses these issues and a lot more. If only more people out there would take the time to read even some of this sort of information, then they might be in for a surprise. Well written article.

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  31. Bark permalink
    May 26, 2015 7:56 pm

    @Helena Yes. I always recall Joseph Vogel’s article on how people misunderstand the power of Michael’s Music. Michael doesn’t get the respect that he deserves even after he died. He is always reduced to this song and dance man, and just that (others won’t even consider him as a musician). They think of him as just an entertainer and nothing more while overlooking his message and other good works. Whenever he writes songs like “Heal the World”, “Lost Children”, “Earth Song” and others which focuses on the real problems around the world, the media would just consider it as a sappy song with “freaky messiah-savior” themed anthem. They love to delve more into his personal life and also enjoy dragging him down to the mud.

    I will quote some Joseph Vogel’s paragraphs on an article for this:

    “Yet among critics (predominantly white), skepticism and suspicion only grew. ‘He will not swiftly be forgiven for having turned so many tables,’ predicted James Baldwin in 1985, ‘for he damn sure grabbed the brass ring, and the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo has nothing on Michael.’

    Baldwin proved prophetic. In addition to a flood of ridicule regarding his intelligence, race, sexuality, appearance, and behavior, even his success and ambition were used by critics as evidence that he lacked artistic seriousness. Reviews frequently described his work as ‘calculating,’ ‘slick,’ and ‘shallow.’ Establishment rock critics such as Dave Marsh and Greil Marcus notoriously dismissed Jackson as the first major popular music phenomenon whose impact was more commercial than cultural. Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Bruce Springsteen, they claimed, challenged and re-shaped society. Jackson simply sold records and entertained.

    Of course, this poor coverage wasn’t only about race. Biases were often more subtle, veiled and coded. They were wrapped together with his overall otherness and conflated with the ‘Wacko Jacko’ media construct. In addition, as Baldwin astutely noted, there were not entirely unrelated apprehensions about his wealth and fame, anxieties about his eccentricities and sexuality, confusion about his changing appearance, contempt for his childlike behavior, and fears about his power.”

    Link: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/02/the-misunderstood-power-of-michael-jacksons-music/252751/

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  32. May 26, 2015 5:39 pm

    “The society is – to use the word – conditioned. But it’s incredible how we are all thinking along the same lines. I feel that Michael somehow connected us – his supporters and fans – together.” – Katie

    Katie, I believe many of us think the same because truth is one and though we go to it different ways when we get there we see the same. Truth is recognizable and when people listen to their heart they very often realize that they knew the truth all along, and it was only the stereotypes and preconceptions that were standing in the way.

    And Michael did surely connect many of us. Unfortunately not all.

    the point is, NO ONE possessing the same level of fame as Michael, used their fame to constantly spread messages of goodness, kindness and love.

    I agree, no one did. Imagine by John Lennon was close to it and was an exception, anyway.

    Have you read Michael’s Wikipedia entry, Helena? It saddens me to see that his article is quite dominated by the usual, discussed topics … I’ve read many Wikipedia entries of famous singers and actors, and there is usually a specific section designated for their charitable acts. But Michael, who has done so many kindness to this world … I know he didn’t do it for publicity, but to have nothing mentioned at all … it’s absurd. It’s like there’s a double-standard when it comes to Michael. Scratch that line, there IS a double-standard when it comes to Michael. Michael is celebrated as Michael Jackson, the talented singer and dancer who influenced today’s music, but the love and goodness he embodies is so very often overlooked.

    Yes, I read it (long time ago). As far as I remember it focuses on all those allegations which is a great shame as it is a distorted view of Michael artificially imposed on us by the media, as if everyone is expected to look at Michael only through a prosecutor’s point of view.

    Of course now it is history and this talk is unavoidable, but it should be balanced by several chapters about Michael’s views and spirituality and him being a deep believer in God. Whether readers like it or not this is the absolute truth and without realizing it no one will be able to really understand him.

    The Wiki entry on Michael Jackson is also missing a whole chapter about Michael’s studying Eastern philosophers who had much influence on his Dancing the dream poems, lyrics and general outlook. Look how much coverage was given to the Beatles’s visit to India and their learning meditation there. However no one bothers to even wonder where Michael’s poems originated, same as no one bothers to analyze the lyrics of his songs and count how many times Michael referred to God there.

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  33. May 26, 2015 4:41 pm

    “I remember the song “Cry” from his Invincible album and how it was dismissed by critics. Critics called the song “hubris- filled” and said that it was full of Michael’s “freaky messiah-savior complex” or it was “very petty.”- Bark

    How very typical of the press. There is so much injustice about it. Michael’s “Cry” is not much different in its lyrics from “Imagine” by John Lennon, but the attitude towards these two songs is completely different. Imagine is a revered world anthem (and No.3 in the 500 best songs on Rolling Stone) and Michael’s Cry is treated as a “freaky messiah-savior” thing? So what was good for Lennon was no good for Michael? It is a total disgrace.

    “Imagine”
    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world…

    You may say I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

    “Cry”

    You can change the world (I can’t do it by myself)
    You can touch the sky (Gonna take somebody’s help)
    You’re the chosen one (I’m gonna need some kind of sign)
    If we all cry at the same time tonight

    The only really big difference is that Lennon’s song is somewhat atheistic, while Michael’s is a prayer, but the idea is the same – change the world. Look at the praise Imagine gets from critics – I wish one day they would write the same about Michael’s great songs like Heal the world or Earth song:

    500 Greatest Songs of All Time

    3 John Lennon, ‘Imagine’

    John Lennon wrote “Imagine,” his greatest musical gift to the world, one morning early in 1971 in his bedroom at Tittenhurst Park, his estate in Ascot, England. His wife, Yoko Ono, watched as Lennon sat at the white grand piano now known around the world from films and photographs of the sessions for his Imagine album and virtually completed the song: the serene melody; the pillowy chord progression; that beckoning, four-note figure; and nearly all of the lyrics, 22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself.

    “It’s not like he thought, ‘Oh, this can be an anthem,'” Ono said, looking back at that morning 30 years later. “Imagine” was “just what John believed: that we are all one country, one world, one people. He wanted to get that idea out.”

    The idea was not his alone: Ono’s own art, before and after she met Lennon in 1966, celebrated the transformative power of dreams. The first line of “Imagine” — “Imagine there’s no heaven” — is a direct descendant of the interactive pieces in Ono’s 1964 book, Grapefruit (“Imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky”). But Lennon, as a former Beatle, was an expert in the pop vernacular. He once admitted that “Imagine” — an absolute equality created by the dissolution of governments, borders, organized religion and economic class — was “virtually the Communist Manifesto.” But the elementary beauty of his melody, the warm composure in his voice and the poetic touch of co-producer Phil Spector — who bathed Lennon’s performance in gentle strings and summer-breeze echo — emphasized the song’s fundamental humanity.

    Lennon knew he had written something special. In one of his last interviews, he declared “Imagine” to be as good as anything he had written with the Beatles. We know it’s better than that: an enduring hymn of solace and promise that has carried us through extreme grief, from the shock of Lennon’s own death in 1980 to the unspeakable horror of September 11th. It is now impossible to imagine a world without “Imagine.” And we need it, more than he ever dreamed.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/john-lennon-imagine-20110516

    Doesn’t almost each of Michael’s songs deserve the same praise?

    But on the other hand what can you expect of the world if it placed “I can’t get no satisfaction” by Rolling Stones as No.2 on the same list?

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  34. Bark permalink
    May 26, 2015 11:29 am

    @Katie Well said. I have been so frustrated in the same aspect as well. I’m completely saddened that this part of MJ has always been overlooked and what people forget, is that his message through his music and dance and his good works were his greatest contribution to the world. He was human who had limits, but he did what he could to make the world a better place despite experiencing the shitstorms that came into his life.

    I remember the song “Cry” from his Invincible album and how it was dismissed by critics. Critics called the song “hubris- filled” and said that it was full of Michael’s “freaky messiah-savior complex” or it was “very petty.”

    Ugh.

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  35. May 26, 2015 8:23 am

    Your comment is perfect Katie

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  36. May 26, 2015 7:31 am

    This is one of the most brilliant articles written about Michael. I’m in shock after reading this because all the points highlighted in this post – how Michael’s spiritual, in-depth thoughts are dismissed as weird and how others were celebrated and praised for a similar thinking, how Michael truly risked his career and fame when releasing songs like ‘Man In The Mirror’ and ‘Heal The World’, as pop singers don’t usually sing about changing the world… I really need to emphasize this: literally EVERYTHING in this post is what I’ve also realized after learning about who Michael really is.

    Before discovering sites like yours, Helena, I thought I might have been mistaken to think Michael was such a loving human being. I did felt the message he was conveying through his performances like Heal The World, Man In The Mirror and Earth Song, it made me broke down into tears and helped me see things in a whole new light. These performances completely changed me into a better person. But with the media constantly feeding people sensational news and how the word ‘controversial’ and ‘bizarre’ were used to describe him, I really thought I was imagining things … and that Michael wasn’t who I thought he is, because if it’s ‘published’, it can’t be ‘wrong’.

    Thankfully, the internet exists today and each of us can express our opinions and voices here. I quickly realized that much of the media has been ‘teaching’ people what to believe and what not to believe. Michael’s true, pure character is so falsely portrayed to the public that I’m still unable to fully accept the fact that such a thing could happen to someone whose name is known by almost every single person in the world. And I’m not even mentioning what the evil money extortioners did.

    It still takes time for many people to realize what we’ve learnt from Michael. The society is – to use the word – conditioned. But it’s incredible how we are all thinking along the same lines. I feel that Michael somehow connected us – his supporters and fans – together. I’ve met many wonderful, thoughtful people since the past few months I’ve come to learn about Michael. It really is a pity that fans are always linked to fanatics.

    This morning, I’ve re-watched the short film of Earth Song, and as I saw the footages Michael inserted into his short film, I was racking my brains trying to think of any other singer who would put these severe global issues into his/her music … There were none.

    To be fair, maybe there are a few out there but I simply never heard of them. Anyway, the point is, NO ONE possessing the same level of fame as Michael, used their fame to constantly spread messages of goodness, kindness and love. Michael did, he integrated this message in his music and in many other amazing things he did.

    Have you read Michael’s Wikipedia entry, Helena? It saddens me to see that his article is quite dominated by the usual, discussed topics … I’ve read many Wikipedia entries of famous singers and actors, and there is usually a specific section designated for their charitable acts. But Michael, who has done so many kindness to this world … I know he didn’t do it for publicity, but to have nothing mentioned at all … it’s absurd. It’s like there’s a double-standard when it comes to Michael. Scratch that line, there IS a double-standard when it comes to Michael. Michael is celebrated as Michael Jackson, the talented singer and dancer who influenced today’s music, but the love and goodness he embodies is so very often overlooked.

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  37. Grace permalink
    May 26, 2015 3:54 am

    Amazing! Michael truly was/is/always be a wonderful being. He had so much in him, so much Love, innocence, understanding, deep wisdom…that sometimes its hard for me to keep up. The beauty is ! always learn something new about him everyday. I just love him, so much!

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  38. May 26, 2015 1:41 am

    Again another well researched post. Thankyou so much. The last couple of days I’ve been re-reading Moonwalk..simply because I’ve run out of other stuff to read!!. Overall I have always felt it to be a bit bland , but there are several references to how Michael feels about children , and why. On page 275 (hardback copy) he sums it up well. Michael was always so open about his love for children , and it’s right there in print for all to see ( not to mention the many hundreds of photos and footage that exist ). Child molesters and paedophiles don’t behave like that.. in fact just the opposite.. they are generally secretive.. However Michael did get it wrong about children in some ways,,although the children who have let him down have also been heavily influenced by their greedy at worst , and pushy at best ,parents..Those adults are the true abusers,. Not satisfied with Michaels friendship/ mentoring and unlimited generosity that went with it.. they had to have more.. Despite all of this I have a sinking feeling that the Estate lawyers are only concerned with the financial implications of the latest extortion attempts .. and as usual Michael’s reputation doesn’t appear to account for anything.

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  39. Mjlima permalink
    May 25, 2015 1:05 pm

    This is one of the reason I LOVE Michael, such beautiful soul
    So spiritual and loving.
    An amazing person just too good for this world.

    Thank u for the Love
    Thank u for the music
    Thank u for everything

    True Love never dies

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  40. May 25, 2015 10:57 am

    Thank you for so carefully articulating what I always knew about Michael in my heart!

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  41. May 25, 2015 10:56 am

    Thank you for this. A masterpiece.

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