I watched this movie “Peaceful Warrior” for the second time last night. I have always felt that movies like these give you new revelations every time you watch them. I was on a treasure hunt with numerous gems of insights & hidden messages as I journeyed through the movie yesterday.
“All you have is – RIGHT NOW”, says Soc (Socrates) as christianed by the protagonist, Dan Norman in the film “Peaceful Warrior”.
The time when the ambitious Gymnast, Olympics Gold Medal aspirant Dan meets Socrates, the Gas Station attendant; Dan is full of negative emotions of all kinds that a normal youth undergoes. There is aggression, anger, frustration, fear, peer pressure & to top it all a huge ego! Slowly but surely, after a few stunning encounters with Soc; he discovers that there is something more to life & training than what he has been believing. The old man’s training puts him, his life & his performance to higher dimension.
A shattering incidence & a weak moment sees him trying to commit suicide. That is when he comes face to face with his own “ego”. After the battle between the ego & the self, he emerges as a beautiful human being full of peace, compassion & forgiveness. My Master His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji says, “The antidote of ego is being natural. Compassion, peace & love is your very nature.” When we let go of ego, we blossom into a peaceful, compassionate, focused person.
There are more quotable quotes in this film than that are available on Google. At one point of time, I felt like I only want to share all of them & don’t write anything because all of them are what my life is after I took the Art Of living Course many years ago, but then I do wish to talk about the spectacular scene where Dan truly experiences a shower, paying attention to each & every drop that is falling on his body. Later, after he has given a considerable time to his “practice” & contemplation when he actually realizes how vast a moment is; he repeats his Mater’s words to the Master himself – “There’s never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments”.
Socrates urges Dan to learn to throw out the ‘Trash up here’ that is in the head & explains, “`Trash’ is everything that’s keeping you from the only thing that matters – this moment, here, now.” I have been so fortunate to have learnt the Sudarshan Kriya, a simple but profound breathing technique which enables us to throw out all the trash through breath.
Why is this tale called “Peaceful Warrior”? There is a war within all of us. Our positive self fights with our negative emotions all the time. As Sri Sri recently mentioned in one of His discourses on Gita, “Mahabharat is not something that took place thousands of years ago, it’s still prevalent within all of us. We just need to examine which chapter of Gita is going on in our lives at present.” No war can be won with agitation in the mind. The first condition; to be able to fight is to be peaceful.
I refrain from discussing some amazing, special “moments” Peaceful Warrior has, but I shall gift you all with one realization that I had – We never have any idea about the Master plan that God has in store for us. The time when we feel we are sinking into the deep waters of depression & feel this is the end; the Master waits for us with the life boat at the bank of the river. He knows that we can emerge out of any setback for He is the one who takes our hand & uplifts us to win the war of that insurmountable life situation & become the Peaceful Warrior.