And God is my chauffeur,

from Jay Z – Heaven Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Jay is referencing the prior two lines. He is basically saying that differences in religious ideologies are insulting to god; and make about as much sense as if he were in his Maybach (divided by a partition) and God is playing the role of a chauffeur.

There’s some serious double meaning here. On the one hand, Jay says that God is his chauffeur, his driver, so God is taking him where he goes, he is nothing more than a tool to get Hova to where he wants to go. But with the partition, he alludes to separation from God. A problem all religious believers deal with. He could also be suggesting that he controls his own fate, telling God where he wants to go, but at the end of the day, his life is still in God’s hand, and He can make a left turn at any moment even if Jay wanted to go right…

Although not always, apparently, God is somehow always in control. Duality or…?

A chauffeur is someone that is paid to drive a vehicle. In other words, is God on Jay’s payroll too?

A HINDU INTERPRETATION

One really cool interpretation of these lines references the Mahabharata, an Indian Epic on family feuds, and a book within that epic, the Bhagavad Gita, the main holy book for Hindus, and an important text for spiritual seekers of all stripes. Jay’s well-read, and in all likelihood has read the text.

The Bhagavad Gita contains a conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide Lord Krishna on a variety of theological and philosophical issues.

Krishna is the charioteer (the ancient version Maybach Chauffeur perhaps?) and imparts wisdom and guides Arjun towards action. Krishna’s essential message was that one must follow his dharma or duty according to his natural turn, abilities and capacities.

Arjun was in a dilemma because he was set against his cousins who he felt attached and did not want to fight them but Krishna persuaded by telling him that he had a duty to fight and that is what is important. Krishna’s conduct also was questionable since he used unfair methods to win the war and eventually once he died was not allowed re-entry to heaven because he was not ‘good’. However the essence of the message is that, you must do what you can with what you have (the cards we been dealt, etc.).

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