Being a fan of the TV show Kung Fu, I decided to write some of my own dialogue for the show’s characters:
Grasshopper: Master, why must I meditate?
Master: You mustn’t do anything, Grasshopper.
Grasshopper: Then why do you meditate?
Master: For the same reason, Grasshopper.
~Dean A. Banks, D.D.
The Meaning Of Life:
Grasshopper: Master, what is the meaning of life?
Master: What does it mean to you, Grasshopper?
Grasshopper: I don’t know, Master, that’s why I am asking you.
Master: How would I know what the meaning of life is for you, Grasshopper?
Grasshopper: You are all wise, Master; and there is much you know that I haven’t evenconsidered.
Master: I can only consider what life means to me. I don’t walk in your shoes, Grasshopper. Do you walk in mine?
Grasshopper: That would be too silly, Master.
Master: Exactly. Only you can know what life means to you. My meaning has nothing to do with your experience. Just as my experience has nothing to do with your meaning. The wisdom of my experience is that all knowledge is useless without meaning. One can only know the meaning of his own life from the experiences that guide him. Seek to know what needs to be known and understand that wisdom is borne of meaning. The more you experience, the more you will derive your meaning of life.
Grasshopper: Then, what of wisdom?
Master: It comes when you let go of all knowledge and embrace your meaning in life.
Grasshopper: I am confused, Master. I must not know in order to understand my meaning in life?
Master: Understanding what you know brings meaningto your life and from that comes wisdom. Without meaning there cannot be wisdom and without wisdom there cannot be peace. Peace comes from knowing your meaning enough to allow it to be without your participation. It is accepting things as they are without any interference.
Grasshopper: Then I should do nothing to understand the meaning of life?
Master: Nothing but allow yourself to who you are; to be your destiny without controlling it.
Grasshopper: So, the meaning of life is not in knowing or controlling your destiny, but in allowing it to unfold naturally?
Master: Exactly. Be as the sail on the ship that captures the wind and lets it go. For in each burst of wind you move closer to port. Allow the bursts to gradually move you closer and closer to your destination.
Grasshopper: Then, what is my destination, Master?
Master: When you know the meaning of your life.
~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)