Pearls of Wisdom from the Kung Fu TV Series starring David Carradine (RIP)
What happens in a man’s life is already written. Man must move through life as his destiny wills. Yet, each man is free to live as he chooses. Though they seem opposite, both are true.
Development of the mind can be achieved only when the body has been disciplined. To accomplish this, the ancients have taught us to imitate God’s creatures. From the crane we learn grace and self control. The snake teaches us suppleness and rhythmic endurance. The praying mantis teaches us speed and patience. And, from the tiger we learn tenacity and power. And, from the dragon we learn to ride the wind.
All creatures, the low and high are one with nature. If we have the wisdom to learn, all may teach us their virtues. Between the fragile beauty of the praying mantis and the fire and passion of the wing dragon, there is no discord. Between the supple silence of the snake and the eagle’s claws, there is only harmony as no two elements of nature are in conflict.
So, when we perceive the ways of nature, we remove conflict within ourselves and discover a harmony of body and mind in accord with the flow of the universe.