“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Confucius

Good morning peeps, meditation done.

Quote for the day:

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

Confucius

When I was growing up as a child in the 70’s I used to love a series on TV called “Kung Fu” starring David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, who is the orphaned son of an American man, Thomas Henry Caine, and a Chinese woman, Kwai Lin, in mid-19th-century China. After his maternal grandfather’s death he is accepted for training at a Shaolin Monastery, where he grows up to become a Shaolin priest and martial arts expert.

The series aired on ABC from October 1972 to April 1975 for a total of 63 episodes. The series became one of the most popular television programs of the early 1970s, receiving widespread critical acclaim and commercial success upon its release.

In the pilot episode Caine’s beloved mentor and elder, Master Po, is murdered by the Emperor’s nephew; outraged, Caine retaliates by killing the nephew. With a price on his head, Caine flees China to the western United States, where he seeks to find his family roots and, ultimately, his half-brother, Danny Caine.

Although it is his intention to avoid notice, Caine’s training and sense of social responsibility repeatedly force him out into the open, to fight for justice or protect the underdog. After each such encounter he must move on, both to avoid capture and prevent harm from coming to those he has helped. Searching for his family, he meets a preacher (played by real-life father John Carradine) and his mute sidekick Sunny Jim (played by brother Robert Carradine), then his grandfather (played by Dean Jagger).

Flashbacks are often used to recall specific lessons from Caine’s childhood training in the monastery from his teachers, the blind Master Po (Keye Luke) and Master Kan (Philip Ahn). Part of the appeal of the series was undoubtedly the emphasis laid, via the flashbacks, on the mental and spiritual power that Caine had gained from his rigorous training. In these flashbacks, Master Po calls his young student “Grasshopper” in reference to a scene in the pilot episode:

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?

Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.

Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?

Caine: No.

Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?

Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?

Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

I loved this and the simple teachings of Mater Po who would always seem to start with the phrase,

“Grasshopper, Confucius say ……..”

Master Po would then go on to give Caine his daily philosophical teaching teaching.

As a young boy not yet ten, the quotes of Confucius had a profound affect on me, that has lasted a lifetime. I could not wait to hear the daily quote of Confucius by Master Po and I always remember thinking who or what is Confucius is it a person or is a chinese word meaning ‘Confusion’?

Confucius was a real life person who lived from 551–479 BC and was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favour of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius’s thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as ‘Confucianism’.

Confucius’s principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government.

Confucius’ teachings were later turned into an elaborate set of rules and practices by his numerous disciples and followers, who organized his teachings into the ‘Analects’.

In the Analects, Confucius presents himself as a “transmitter who invented nothing”.

He puts the greatest emphasis on the importance of study, and it is the Chinese character for study (學) that opens the text.

One of the deepest teachings of Confucius may have been the superiority of personal exemplification over explicit rules of behavior. His moral teachings emphasized self-cultivation, emulation of moral exemplars, and the attainment of skilled judgment rather than knowledge of rules.

The works of Confucius were translated into European languages through the agency of Jesuit scholars stationed in China. Matteo Ricci started to report on the thoughts of Confucius, and father Prospero Intorcetta published the life and works of Confucius into Latin in 1687. It is thought that such works had considerable importance on European thinkers of the period, particularly among the Deists and other philosophical groups of the Enlightenment who were interested by the integration of the system of morality of Confucius into Western civilization.

He espoused the well-known principle the Golden Rule,

“Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”,

Life really is that simple, treat other people the way you want to be treated yourself and then we can all get on in the world living peacefully together as one, whatever the difference in our age, gender, colour, culture, sexuality, financial status or religion.

Have a Super Sunday peeps,

If you are in London this morning and you fancy a free yoga class I am teaching at the Lululemon store on Long Acre in Covent Garden today from 10:30am to 11:30am.

Mats are provided and all levels are welcome.

And remember,

Confucius say ……..

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream

Namaste

Steve Agyei

Founder of Beyond Lifestyle Secrets

Author of Celebrity Training Secrets

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