The Flawed Master Who Left an Eternal Legacy

Today I watched as the world said goodbye to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. At a televised memorial held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, his family were joined by close friends and fans who turned out to remember the man that they loved and respected so much as both an entertainer and a person. Touching countless lives with his music, compassion and generosity, he leaves behind a powerful legacy that is sure to stand the test of time.

Needless to say, it was a very moving service that touched the hearts of all those in attendance and the rest of us watching around the world. What were particularly memorable were the simple words of love that Paris Jackson had for her father. Conveying her message through heartfelt tears, we were forced to contain our own, as we saw for the first time just how much his children loved their father.

In witnessing the profound outpouring of emotion since he passed away just over a week ago, I am left with little doubt that he was the most loved man on earth. Bringing an incredible energy wherever he went, he would inspire others and move them to tears, not only with his music and performances, but with his mere presence alone. An icon in every sense of the word, it was the profound love that he had for humankind that shone intensely from his heart.

I, like many of you, did not know Michael Jackson personally, and I am under no delusion that he was a perfect human being. None of us are perfect, and despite his profile he was no exception. He was accused of committing some very serious crimes against children, and while I find this disturbing, I do not know whether he perpetrated those crimes or not. What I do know is that the world is a better place for him having lived in it.

Through his love, compassion, caring and generosity, the world found in him a very potent example of a life lived in spirit. Bringing joy and laughter with him wherever he went, he was the tower of light that we all yearn to be. Showing us his genius, we revelled in his glow, unaware that he was teaching us of our own greatness. Honouring his calling and having the fruit of his heart be his life’s work, he was urging us to do the same, for he wanted his experience to be our experience.

With this, understand that when I talk about his experience, I am not referring to the celebrity aspect of his life, but rather the simple love that he had for his work and the opportunity that it presented to touch the world in a beautiful way. If you listen to the lyrics of some of his most popular songs, what you will see are the deep spiritual undertones that give these songs their power. Songs like ‘Black or white’, ‘You are not alone’, ‘Heal the world’ and ‘Come together’ are centred in love, preaching unity, acceptance, faith and compassion. Arousing such positive emotions in the listener, their messages stir the spirit because each of them is vibrationally aligned with it.

Calling us to express love unconditionally, he also called us to be as little children in the world, and while we found his fascination with Peter Pan bizarre, we didn’t always understand that he was a grown man searching for a boyhood that he never had. Michael Jackson was a tortured soul in many ways, but it was what he endured that enabled him to connect so powerfully with people from every race, age and social class. Never has there been, nor will there ever be, another singer whose music more fully captures and conveys the power of emotion. This was Michael Jackson’s true gift. Bringing us closer to our true nature, he brought us together with laughter and tears, in life and in death, his name and his lessons we will not forget.

BOLA TANGKAS