This is for David Carradine.
A master in his own accord
Here's some quotes from the tv serie Kung Fu.
Who can know himself well enough to speak for all? Who is so well founded to hear all? The sage says 'Shape clay into a vessel; cut doors and windows for a room; it is the spaces with which make it useful' So we must listen for the spaces between us.
-- Episode No. 55
Do evil demons exist?
Do wars, famine, disease and death exist? Do lust, greed and hate exist? They are man's creation, brought into being by the dark side of his nature.
-- Episode No.46
One cannot feel joy unless one can also feel despair. We have no capacity for Good without an equal capacity for Evil
-- Episode No. 36
The undiscerning mind is like the root of a tree--it absorbs equally all that it touches--even the poison that would kill it.
-- Episode No. 19
See the Way of life as a stream. A man floats, and his way is smooth. The same man, turning to fight upstream, exhausts himself. To be One with the Universe, each must find his true path and follow it
-- Episode No. 11
Then life must be always defended?
The thorn defends the rose. It harms only those who would steal the blossom from the plant
-- Episode No. 4
Caine: Is it good to seek the past, Master Po? Does it not rob the present?
Master Po: If a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present. But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future. The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past.
-- Episode No. ??
What frightened you?
[Awoken from his meditation] I heard the Silence, Master.
You have experienced Oneness [To help Caine understand Master Kan asks Caine about the silkworm]
The silkworm dies, the moth lives, yet they are not two separate beings but one and the same.
It is the same with a man. His false beliefs must die, so that he may know the joy of the Way. What you felt in the Silence is real. Something in you is dying. It is called Ignorance.
-- Episode No. 41
And one for the road.
Master Kan: Quickly as you can, snatch the pebble from my hand.
[Young Caine tries to do so and fails]
Master Kan: When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.