Newsboys with Retro Jesus Freaks circa 1972 | 09-27-2010

When I returned from India in 2010 I found the original Jesus Film one night at 3:00 AM. One night I woke up with a high fever that was due to a fatal infection growing inside my heart. Somehow found this footage and then most astonishing to me it was exactly 108 days from the day I found the temple in my hometown.

If your not familiar with what the significance of the number 108 is, it is the very basis of eastern thought.

This was the day that I stopped counting days and became a Jesus freak …..

 

 

end_108   In this video I made my position clear when I found an actual road sign that signifies “end California 108” and it’s my belief that if people want to play number games, then God can use a little lost sheep like me to put an end to them..   108_days_to_freedom These are the facts surrounding 108 

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The number 108 is considered sacred by several Eastern religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, connected yoga and dharma based practices.

Hinduism Mukhya Shivaganas are 108 in number and hence all Shaiva sects majorly Lingayats use 108 rudraksha beaded lace for japa. Also they recite supreme lord Shiva’s 108(AshtaaShatanaamaavaLi) names daily during their morning Shivapuja. In Gaudiya Vaishnavism, there are 108 gopis of Vrindavan. Recital of these names, often accompanied by the counting of a 108-beaded mala, is considered sacred and often done during religious ceremonies. The recital is called namajapa. Accordingly, a japa mala usually has beads for 108 repetitions of a mantra. Srivaishnavism has 108 Divya Kshetras of Lord Vishnu, called as 108 DivyaDesam. The well known bas-relief carving at the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia relates the Hindu story of a serpent being pulled back and forth by 108 gods and asuras (demons), 54 gods pulling one way, and 54 asuras pulling the other, to churn the ocean of milk in order to produce the elixir of immortality. According to the Oriental Architecture site there are 5 monumental guardian gates to the fortified temple city of Angkor Thom.[1] In front of each gate stand giant statues of 54 gods (to the left of the causeway) and 54 demons (to the right of the causeway) which represent the churning of the ocean.

Buddhism Likewise, Tibetan Buddhist malas or rosaries (Tib. ཕྲེང་བ Wyl. phreng ba, “Trengwa”) are usually 108 beads;[2] sometimes 111 including the guru bead(s), reflecting the words of the Buddha called in Tibetan the Kangyur (Wylie: Bka’-‘gyur) in 108 volumes. Zen priests wear juzu (a ring of prayer beads) around their wrists, which consists of 108 beads.[3] Japa mala, or japa beads, made from tulasi wood, consisting of 108 beads plus the head bead. The Lankavatara Sutra has a section where the Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions[4] and another section where Buddha lists 108 statements of negation in the form of “A statement concerning X is not statement concerning X”.[5] In a footnote, D.T. Suzuki explains that the Sanskrit word translated as “statement” is pada which can also mean “foot-step” or “a position.” This confusion over the word “pada” explains why some have mistakenly held that the reference to 108 statements in the Lankavatara refer to the 108 steps that many temples have.[6] In some schools of Buddhism it is believed that there are 108 feelings. According to Bhante Gunaratana[7] this number is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and then again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and yet again by past, present and future, finally we get 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108. In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108 times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana…..SOURCE WIKIPEDIA

I made a video for my kids about my finding this film on this day which really rocked my world as I did not yet understand any of this. I had just returned from India, my health was failing and I was really feeling down as things were tense with the family. In just a few months I was to face a second open heart surgery so it seems the reason my health was declining was due to a fatal infection growing inside of my heart. I put it here just for record and it’s just me processing this fact and feeling sad, but the point was that I found the film on this particular day and it really began to repair the breech inside my own heart to things I had missed..  Please note: My family really took such great care of me after this with my father, mother and brother really stepped up to the table. My beautiful sister was such a source of strength and comfort through all of this and was really a healing time for me. I love my family so much for all the love and care they have given me all of my life!

“Jesus Freak” lyrics

Separated, I cut myself clean from a past that comes back in my darkest of dreams
Been apprehended by a spiritual force and a grace that replaced all the me I divorced
I saw a man with a tat on his big fat belly It wiggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what it said, ’cause I had to match the rhythm of his belly with my head
“Jesus Saves” is what it raved in a typical tattoo green He stood on a box in the middle of the city and he claimed he had a dream…What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus freak?
What will people do when they find that it’s true?
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak – there ain’t no disguising the truth
There ain’t no disguising the truth No I ain’t into hiding the Truth
Kamikaze, my death is gain – I’ve been marked by my Maker, a peculiar display The high and lofty, they see me as weak – but I won’t live and die for the power they seek
There was a man from the desert with naps in his head
The sand that he walked was also his bed
The words that he spoke make the people assume there wasn’t too much left in the upper room
With skins on his back and hair on his face, they thought he was strange from the locusts he ate
All the Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak until the king took the head of this Jesus freak
What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus freak?
What will people do when they find that it’s true?
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak – there ain’t no disguising the truth
No I ain’t into hiding the Truth
People say I’m strange, does it make me a stranger? My best friend was born in a manger?
What will people think when they find out I’m a Jesus freak?
What will people do when they find out it’s true? I don’t care if they label me a Jesus freak – there ain’t no disguising the truth.
What will people think (what will people think)? What will people do (what will people do)? I don’t really care (what else can I say?) There ain’t no disguising the Truth (Jesus is the Way)