Yoda: Enlightened Being

Recently, I watched the Star Wars series of movies from beginning to end (all six episodes). I was amazed, but not really surprised to see how much of the teachings of Yoda, an old and wise Jedi Master, were exactly in line with what I now know to be the way of enlightenment.

The whole philosophy of the Force and the Jedi teachings are taken from Zen, Buddhist, and other eastern teachings based on the same premise of oneness and higher consciousness.

Here are a few quotes from Yoda:
  • Do or do not... there is no try.
  • Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
  • Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.
  • Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.
  • Named must your fear be, before banish it you can.
True wisdom in the guise of entertainment! I have noticed this in other films as well. The Matrix trilogy is another prime example. Even in many songs I love to listen to. Once you have the eyes to see it, you will see the truth everywhere!

Look for it.


Mark said...

You have made an astute observation. I also find much wisdom in songs and movies that had eluded me before. The lesson does appear when we the students are ready.

Val said...

I watched Star Wars the other day with my seven-year-old son and we ended up having our best talk ever about Yoda and the Force! It was great!

I can rock a Yoda voice too, by the way...
; )

Ta-Wan said...

I had seen this, I saw the Force to be Tao and the Jedis to be Shaolin monks or samurai warriors or similar.

It did not escape Lucas, he had researched Easter Philosophies and you will see in names such as Padme (princess padme and om nama padme hum - the tibeten chant of the great jewel).

I noticed it and thought how I must write a book on the Tao and the Force but it already exists.

It is very good all in all how kids can be influenced by strong teaching with no knowledge - I still remember the odd line from old kung fu movies, maybe even karate kid, that do contain good wisdom. And now we have Kung Fu Panda.

May the farce be with you!

C. Om said...

@ Mark
Indeed! That's another phrase that resonates with even more truth for me now. "When the student is ready, the lesson (or teacher) appears. Thank you!

@ Val
"Not so good, is my Yoda impression." :-)

@ Tao
The "farce;" I like that. It is entertaining in itself to see the many ways the truth can be unconsciously conscious.

Anonymous said...

It seems we have many voices in our society from a broader viewpoint. I would say it is true art. Inspired by the connection of the artist. What about this saying "Those who have ears to hear....."

Thanks for bringing this out. I love it!

bometernally said...

Greetings C.Om!

Another great post! It is really amazing that the Truth is present all the time. It is just that most of us are still blind. But we are slowing getting more vision to see. (:-)

Thanks for the post.

C. Om said...

@ Anne
Indeed! "Those who have the ears..." is another great one. And it has proved itself with a wide array of enlighten music. Thank you!

@ bometernally
Thank you! I am not surprised to see more and more who see.

Unknown said...

Yes, very good ... I guess the truth is that once we realise truth we recognize it! :-)