How Yoda created Darth Vader

This weekend I have been watching the Star Wars trilogy 1-3. Part 3 ‘ Revenge of the Sith’ describes how Anakin became Darth Vader in a very interesting way. Before accepting Anakin for the Jedi training, Yoda raises his doubts about the boy. He was passionate and had fear in him. The movie gives the impression that the dark side was always present in Anakin. And as a result he was unstable and not suitable to handle the powers of a Jedi and he had to turn the dark side. Obi Wan has always believed he was the one who would restore balance in the force, but Yoda thinks that perhaps the prophecy was interpreted incorrectly. But perhaps, the tragedy of Anakin says more about Yoda and his school than about Anakin himself. Anakin was trained by Jedi’s for at least ten years, but they were not able to teach him how to deal with his emotions and passions. And this is where the confusion comes in. The passions and the emotions are seen by the Jedi as the path to the dark side. Mental stability and wisdom is seen as the door to force. In their final fight between Obi Wan and Anakin, Obi Wan says to Anakin: ‘only a Sith dealt in absolutes!’. This is not dark per se, this is passion. Obi Wan’s limitation is that he is not able to be passionate back and counteract the argument. This Anakin would be able to understand and then he would be able to change. But all the wise Jedi teachings do not address the multitude of feelings which Anakin had to face within himself. And this is the core of the issue: it is because of the absolute identification of passion as the path to the dark side by the Jedi, that Anakin’s training is incomplete. Anakin did not become Darth Vader overnight. Lord Sidious had a huge challenge to convince Anakin to the dark side. It was only because of Anakin’s love for Padme and the trauma of losing his mother that he finally chose for the dark side. When he would have had better training by Yoda, he would have been able to accept the inevitable loss of a loved one. After watching the movie, I feel much more compassionate about Anakin. He was the one who was daring to accept his emotions, not push them away and wanting to be human. If the Yoda would have been able to integrate passion in the Jedi teachings, Anakin surely would have been able to bring balance to the force.

Lost passion at work

Interesting. Voor mij gaat het om passie en flow. Met een kantoorbaan als rationeel zittend beroep, is passie en flow lastig. Maar bij ambachten lijkt het me wel weer makkelijker om passie en flow te ervaren. In ieder geval wel fijn dat de mythe van passie voor je werk wat doorbroken wordt. Want bedrijven bedoelen met passie professioneel (= rationeel) vooral lange dagen maken. Daarbij is er geen plaats voor de echte passie van de dynamiek van het gevoelsleven. Daarvoor moeten mensen bij dans en vrijen zijn.


Passionate towards heavenly spheres

Pt.1 Passion is the sensitivity of the heart to let its string be gently touched by the heavenly spheres and to act according to their truth.

Pt.2 Passion as the aligning with the heavenly spheres. True change and development starts first and foremost with being honest with yourself. This necessarily means making mistakes. Does it mean that you can do whatever you want? No, you need to align yourself with the heavenly spheres. These energies will show you what has not yet been cleansed in yourself. As a result you behave ‘irrational’ and make ‘mistakes’. But from this experience you learn and develop yourself. It is like the tuning of a harp: the first false notes must be played in order to tune it. Pretending to be in key, while in fact you are not, is misleading yourself.