The Lessons of the Lake – The Mahabharata

Voice: What is quicker than the wind?
Yudhisthira: Thought.
Voice: What can cover the earth?
Yudhisthira: Darkness.
Voice: Who are more numerous the living or the dead?
Yudhisthira: The living, because the dead are no longer.
Voice: Give me an example of space.
Yudhisthira: My two hands as one.
Voice: An example of grief.
Yudhisthira: Ignorance.
Voice: Of poison?
Yudhisthira: Desire.
Voice: An example of defeat?
Yudhisthira: Victory.
Voice: Which came first day or night?
Yudhisthira: Day, but it was only a day ahead.
Voice: What is the cause of the world?
Yudhisthira: Love.
Voice: What is your opposite?
Yudhisthira: Myself.
Voice: What is madness?
Yudhisthira: The forgotten way.
Voice: And revolt, why do men revolt?
Yudhisthira: To find beauty either in life or in death.
Voice: And what for each of us is inevitable?
Yudhisthira: Happiness.
Voice: And what is the greatest wonder?
Yudhisthira: Each day death strikes and we live as though we were immortal. This is the greatest wonder.

I have been utterly taken by this film and story since the moment I first saw it. And this scene never leaves me. Astonishing.

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