Jiva
by jiva

For this album Jiva had signed to George Harrison's vanity label Dark Horse records after an introduction from his future wife, Olivia Arias. This is a commercial record so there is no mention of Guru Maharaj Ji though anyone listening closely to the lyrics may have wondered how knowing the Real True Name could make someone win the race of life. There are pervasive Divine Light Mission concepts throughout the lyrics. It was still the original personnel and it contains extremely positive feel: "Love is a treasure," "Open the door that turns the key to your heart," "Hey brother can you feel it in the air," "Such a wonderful world of love." The songs are didactic and preachy though vague with no direct mention of the Guru Maharaj Ji or his Knowledge but they are obvious to those in the know. There are a few references to the paradoxes of premie life: "You might think me absent minded, If your Name I sometimes forget" - premies were supposed to think about their breathing constantly to remember Holy Name and the ever-present possibility of "When it's late and I'm all alone, And the doubt and worries start" which can lead to apostasy and so often did.

Jiva cover art

Jivaabout

JIVA (GEE-VAH) - comes from the Sanskrit root 'jiv', which means "to breathe"
Jiva is "that which breathes" and is commonly used to signify the soul.

Direction: Alan Pariser
Thanks to George Harrison
Special thanks to Lady Trisha
Thanks to Jack Reed

An Outside Production

credits

released 10 June 1975
PRODUCED BY STEWART LEVINE
Associate producer and engineer: Rik Pekkonen
Recordist: Bob Edwards
Recorded at the Record Plant, LA
Michael Scott Lanning - Guitar, Vocals
James Gartland Strauss - Bass, Vocals
Thomas Walter Hilton - Guitar, Vocals
Michael Randolph Reed (Reedo) - Drums, percussion

All lead vocals Michael Lanning
except "All is Well" - Jim Strauss and
"It's time You Know" - Tommy Hilton
String arrangement on "All Is Well" by Dick Parke
Cover design and photograph: Tom Wilkes

originally released on Beatle George Harrison's DARK HORSE RECORDS

JIVA Dark Horse SP-22003

Jiva
Jiva

lyrics

1. SOMETHING'S GOING ON INSIDE L.A.

Someone's sitting down and justified to laze the day it all away
Notices that something's wrong and something's going on inside LA
He picks up on the outer someone'S walking thinking nothing is true
He says something cosmic's going on while Ringo sings this song just for you
The other three magicians realise the mystery tour is just a game
While hearing truth is licking wounds trying to comprehend a shipwrecked fame
Lovers of the truth remark what the hell they're gonna do
They say something cosmic's going on while Ringo ends this song just for only you
Now in case you didn't hear it
You can't be any nearer to it
Something's going on inside LA
Something's going on inside LA

Someone's laying money down that can't undo the chain inside his heart
And sometime's that can ??? because of some else's sad remark
The money goes to people into arguing that heaven isn't here
While all the time ignoring that perfection which the lovers see so clear
The pawnshop dealer deals inside has no direction ??? ??
He has always had a fear of whirling dervishes that knock him off his feet
Now I'm just talking about an ordinary man that ties a ball inside his life
Who is hung up and brought down and cannot seem to get along without his wife
Now in case you didn't hear it
You can't be any nearer to it
Something's going on inside LA
Something's going on inside LA


2. THE CLOSER I GET

You might think me absent minded,
If your Name I sometimes forget.
And at times I may seem blinded,
Because your love blows my mind,
The closer I get.

You could say I've got a problem,
You could say I'm in a jam,
But my eyes just ache for the sight
Of the one who made me what I am.
Oh, how can I ever say, how can I even try?
Without the help of anything in this world
You've taken me beyond the sky,
Which is the roof of my limitation,
As far as I can go by myself.
You could say I got a problem,
Yes, I guess so.
But if loving you is a problem,
I want everyone in the world to know
I want the world to know!


3. LOVE IS A TREASURE

Hello my friend let's go for a ride
And talk about something that I feel
It's probably nothing but you see there's a ??? (Can you feel it?)
You know it could turn into something real
I've been hoping it's true
I've been feeling my heart sing
Flying 40,000 feet up off the ground in love

It takes a dreamer to make a dream come true
Hey my friend are you dreaming too?
As we talk now I feel it grow inside (Feel it growing)
You know I'm just beginning to realise

chorus:
Can you feel it? The realness?
You have taken the first step
Love is a treasure that can open a heart of stone
Love is a treasure that can open a heart alone
Love is a treasure that can open a heart to home
Why don't you try and see?

I'm beginning to see things I thought were true are illusion
What I feel I can see in you
And don't you know it? Things will always change (for the better)
And we will find what we really need

chorus

Now I've been hoping it's true
I've been feeling my heart sing
Flying 40,000 feet up off the ground in love


4. Take My Love

Open the door that turns the key to your heart
You're something special you've a load to uncart
What do you know about lying
What do you know about dying
What do you say we start trying
To unwind the sign of the times
It's not hard it starts in your own yard

Chorus:
Take my love
Wear it well
All right take my love
It's too soon to tell how far we can go with love

I know it's old and that you've heard it before
I know it's also something you can't ignore
What do you know about living
What do you know about giving
What do you say we start living
For the day when sins wash away
When hate is no more just open your door

chorus
Take my love (repeat and ad lib)


5. Hey Brother

Hey brother can you feel it in the air
You know that something is changing
And I know you might not care
Now if there's any reason for you to feel at all
You should feel that you're part of it although you may feel small
When you know that the power of love is coming
Are you just going to turn and run

Hey brother do the best that you can do
There's a million head trips but only one you
Don't deny the love in your soul till you're old and grey
Because your life's unfolding brother don't waste another day
When you realise that the power of love is in you
You are going to want to come

Now stop where you are now
You've got a chance to see
Through your ideas of what life must be
When the mind is concentrating all that I feel
There's a power of love growing
Making time stand still
When you feel the love going through you
All your other trips are dying
When you feel the love going through you
All your other trips are dying


6. World Of Love

Such a wonderful world of love
Such unlimited love that we can find
And it's part of the real world of such unlimited love
That's deep inside

And this is love I always felt inside my heart
Until I fell in love with You
And then the power of your Word tore me apart
And I saw your love come shining through

And from the first time that I felt this love inside
I knew this love would grow and grow
And now this feeling is getting hard to hide
You're making it easy to let go
Oh your love's completely filling me
Oh filling me up, filling me up
Oh loving you is so easy for me


7. WHAT YOU'RE WAITING FOR

If you could park inside a dream that you completely understand
You would find and realise that everything you planned
If you could reach inside the time and pull out every last day
Mix it with the company you would find a way

If you could minimise your fear and figure out what you need to know
You would finally understand just where you need to go
If you know what you feel inside is more than just a state of mind
Measure it with tenderness you seek to leave behind

What you're waiting for is the chance to see just what you've got together (in your life)
Open up the door and you'll find out what you need to get untethered (in your mind)
repeat


8. IT'S TIME YOU KNOW (lyrics are a bit iffy)

You don't know what you're after
But knowing you better start
You're faking much too dreaming
You're feeling the song of your heart
And you know that you are given
Yes given is the gift
It's time for you to remember
The one who has given you this
And you know what soul soul soul

Nothing you've done has fulfilled you
If you die
But you know that's just a crime
Man's master plan can kill you
And the song you're singing with the rhyme

Now again and take a listen
Cause it's the only thing that's true
Man you don't know what you're missing
Hey but it's really all up to you
It's time you know
Wait wait a little bit longer
It's time you know
Can we bring you a little bit closer
It's time you know
How to fly


9. DON'T BE SAD

Wrapped up in the corner of your mind
Is the place that you've been saving
Now the time to open up your heart has come
To satisfy that craving
But how can you open up your heart?
The time has come but you're still feeling sad
Don't be sad

Long ago I felt like you
Cause no-one seemed to understand the madness
Now my time of endless searching's done
And my heart is full of gladness
And now you can open up your heart
The time has come but you're still feeling sad
Don't be sad

Lots of places brighter than the sun
When you reach inside the laughter
Listening to the silence in your heart
Is realising what you're after
And now you can open up your heart
The time has come but you're still feeling sad
Don't be sad


10. ALL IS WELL

All is well says something in my heart
When it's late and I'm all alone
And the doubt and worries start
There's always a light that's shining
Even in the darkest night
Shining all is well
Everything's alright

It's okay says a messenger from the day
Whispering ever so gently in my ear
And when I'm all alone
You answer my inner phone
And with a voice so clear you say
You're not alone it's okay

And you brought this to me
Without the light you showed me
I couldn't see in front of me
See things unfolding perfectly

Everything's all right
Relax and go back to bed
There's nothing in the world that can hurt ya
So don't worry your silly head
There'll be no more empty nights for you
Though that race will always run
For you who know my Name
For you the race is won

For you who know my Real True Name
For you the race is won

© Loka Productions, S.A.Jiva