Anakin Skywalker’s fear, anger and hate lead him away from the right path and towards the Sith Lord Darth Vader, as we continue our online meditation course.
How Fear, Anger And Hate Lead Anakin Skywalker to Darth VaderThis classic image shows young Anakin Skywalker with the Darth Vader shadow. The point? Once you strike down the dark path forever ill it dominate your destiny; consume you it will, as it did Obi Wan’s apprentice.
On the previous page we looked at how Jedi Master Yoda advocated meditation in Jedi training and how we all glean his wisdom by learning to meditate (which you can do for free with our online meditation course).
On this page we will look at how and why Anakin Skywalker fails and why he becomes Sith Lord Darth Vader. Much more importantly, we will be looking at how Darth Vader is consumed by thoughts, fears, hatred and anger, and how these same four dangers threaten us all.
The story of Darth Vader / Anakin Skywalker is, in some ways, extremely realistic. We might not have Darth Vader’s strengths. We might not be able to move objects with our mind. But we do have the same enemy as Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. I’m not talking about Emperor Palpatine, but rather our thoughts, fears, hatred and anger.
As Yoda says, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yoda foretells Darth Vader’s fate because he has “Seen much fear” in him.this is one of the best yoda quotes. But it’s ore than just a yoga quote. It’s also a very true statement.
Fear, anger and hate are the enemies of us all. When we are afraid, we have two choices: we either overcome our fear (as Luke does) or we are consumed by it, as Darth Vader is.
Darth Vader’s fear is of losing his love, a love who just so happens to be called “Padme Amidala.”The name Padme Amidala comes from Buddhism. That puts Padme Amidala in an all new light.
The name Padme Amidala comes from Buddhism. Padme come from the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Padme can be translated as meaning Lotus (as in Lotus flower, and also as in the Boddhisvata Jewel-Lotus). Amidala comes from Buddha Amida of the Pure Lands beliefs.
We need not delve into the origins of these names here (to do so would require a great many pages as the origins and meanings of mantras and scriptures is very deep). What can be said with certainty is that Padme Amidala represents the notion summed up by the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra. Padme’s character represents the idea of living with right intention on the right path towards enlightenment. (I realise I have skimmed the surface of a very deep subject here but to explain this in full would completely derail the article. For more consult our online meditation courses article on Om Mani Padme Hum).Scene showing Anakin Skywalker with Padme Amidala. The Buddhist quote “OM Mani Padme Hum” comes to mind.
So long as Padme is alive, Anakin Skywalker stays on the right path, the pure, Jedi path, and moves towards enlightenment (he becomes a Jedi Master). If Padme dies, Anakin Skywalker loses his purity, falls off the “Noble Path” and becomes Darth Vader.
But it isn’t Padme’s death that causes Anakin Skywalker to become Darth Vader. It is his fear of her death. This is a very very important difference. The problem for Anakin is not reality, it is not the fact that Padme is ill, it is his fear. Fear is a delusional mode of thinking that is the construct of our own mind. When we meditate, as Yoda advocates, we let go of fear. But Anakin cannot, and that is why he becomes Darth Vader.
If only Anakin Skywalker could have differentiated his fear of reality from reality itself, he never would have become Darth Vader. That is perhaps the most important message in the entire Star Wars saga. Let go of fear, let go of anger, let go of hate and you will live on the noble path towards becoming enlightened—towards becoming a Jedi Master. Allow your anger, fear and hate to consume you and you will fall into ignorance and become the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader’s story sums up many of the reasons why people learn to meditate and why our online meditation course has become so popular (along with other meditation schools, of course). Meditation is the best way to release your mind from fear, anger, hate and other delusional modes of thought. When we learn to meditate we clear and purify our minds.
“But how am I to know the good side from the bad?” asks Luke. “You will,” says Yoda, “when you are calm and at peace.” Meditation is the key to the inner peace that leads us down the right path.
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