Saturday, 10 August 2013

Empty You Mind - a Master Speaks

Empty your Mind
Be formless , Shapeless
Like Water

Water can flow or it can crash
Be Water my friend

Running water never goes stale
So you've got to keep on Flowing..

- Sensei Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee's philosophy often mirrored his fighting beliefs, though he was quick to claim that his martial arts were solely a metaphor for such teachings. He believed that any knowledge ultimately led to self-knowledge, and said that his chosen method of self-expression was martial arts.[66] 
His influences include TaoismJiddu Krishnamurti, and Buddhism.[67] On the other hand, Lee's philosophy was very much in opposition to the conservative worldview advocated by Confucianism.[68] 
John Little states that Lee when asked in 1972 about his religious affiliation, he replied, "none whatsoever".[69] In 1972, he was asked if he believed in God, and responded, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not".[66]
The following quotations reflect his fighting philosophy.
  • "Be formless ... shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or creep or drip or crash! Be water, my friend ..."[70]
  • "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once. But I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
  • "All types of knowledge, ultimately leads to self knowledge."[71]
  • "Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it".[72]
  • "Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there".[73]
  • "Quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough".[74]
  • "I always learn something, and that is: to always be yourself. And to express yourself, to have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate him".[75]
  • "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential."[76]

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