Adam Yauch died today. Most people knew him as MCA.
Yauch was a founding member of The Beastie Boys, a filmmaker and social activist. But this morning at around 9, it all came to an end in a New York City hospital bed where Yauch was surrounded by his wife, daughter and other family members. You may not really care about hip-hop but Yauch’s impact on the medium cannot be overstated. Chuck D. called him and his two collaborators “the Jackie Robinsons of rap.”
Shortly after Yauch found out that he had cancer, this is what he wrote.
“a few friends and i are meditating at the same time twice a day. 9:30am and 6:30pm eastern standard time, for about an hour and half.
we are picturing smashing apart all of the cancer cells in the world.
we are visualizing taking the energy away from the cancer, and then sending it back at the cancer as lightening bolts that will break apart the DNA and RNA of the cells. if you have the time, please join us in whipping up this lightening storm. mind over matter……
if you prefer to sit then sit, but if you are not used to meditating, or sitting quietly doesn’t sound like fun, put on some music and dance while you do the visualization, and if you want to do it at some other time, or picture curing some other illness that’s fine too. yoko will be joining the meditation by visualizing all of us dancing with joy to celebrate the world without cancer. all variations are welcome. this is really just being done with a wish for all beings to be cured of all illnesses and to find true lasting happiness. i’ll also be saying prayers for the earthquake victims in tibet, so join in on that if you can too. please feel free to pass this onto anyone who you think may find it interesting.
with all my love,
“Hammer away! On dooms day she’ll rise again.”
Adam Yauch’s death really disturbs me. Not because I’ll miss his music, which I will. I’m disturbed because I can’t quit thinking about him standing before his Creator with nothing more than “mind over matter.”
But Martin Luther could look death in the face with boldness and confidence mingled with his tears. His hope was in something much more substantial than the power of a bunch of people meditating on his behalf. His hope was much deeper than well wishes. Luther’s hope was grounded in the past with the resurrection of Christ and eyeing the future with the return of Christ.
By all accounts, Yauch did not have that same hope. Now it’s too late. And that really disturbs me. Yauch, like the rest of us, wanted to see the day when there was no more cancer. Sadly, his eyes weren’t looking past this world. We aren’t promised perfect health on this earth. Yet. But one day it is coming with the return of Christ and only those who have repented of their sins and put their faith in Christ will enjoy it.
I don’t think Adam Yauch ever did that.
And that makes me real sad.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.
(Hebrews 9:27 ESV)