Reflections of "Lord of the Rings" Movie Trilogy (Part 1): Support Each Other to Walk Our Final Path

Li Demin

PureInsight | February 16, 2004

[] It has been a while since I last watched a movie. But somehow I felt I had to watch the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Throughout the viewing experience, I felt as though I was watching a movie about cultivation practice, and that everything in the movie had something to do with our cultivation practice today.

In one scene, two Hobbits, Merry and Pippin, come across an Ent called Treebeard in the Fangorn Forest, and tried to convince the Ents to join in the battle to defend the freedom of Middle Earth. At first, Treebeard refuses to join the battle because he believes that it will not affect the Ents or the forest. However, when Treebeard sees that Saruman the White Wizard, an evil ally of the Dark Lord Sauron, has destroyed an entire forest of his fellow tree friends, his sense of righteousness emerges. He calls for all Ents in Fangorn Forest to join the war. Watching the Ents slowly and sluggishly moving toward Isengard, the stronghold of Saruman the White Wizard, I couldn't help worrying about what they could do in the battle. But this seemingly weak group marched into Isengard. The Ents broke the dam, and flooded Isengard with turbulent waves of water. The scene reminded me of Dafa practitioners' constant efforts to clarify the facts to people. Similarly to Merry and Pippin who persuaded Treebeard into taking the right action, when we let people of the world know the truth, the evil will cease to exist.

There are many other splendid stories in the movie trilogy. The part that strikes me most is the final part of the journey of Frodo and Sam in the third movie in the trilogy: The Return of the King. Frodo and Sam have gone through many hardships during the journey. As they approach the fire on heart of Mount Doom to destroy of the Ring of Power, they are constantly in mortal danger. When Frodo, the Ring Bearer, becomes unconscious, Sam carries Frodo without hesitation, and struggles with all his might to crawl to the fire in the heart of Mount Doom, the only place where the Ring can be destroyed. If it hadn't been for Sam's help, it would not have been possible for Frodo's mission to destroy the Ring to have been accomplished. If Sauron's dark forces got the ring, they would have conquered Middle Earth, and Frodo would not have been allowed to join the elves on their journey out of there.

This reminds me that Teacher's Fa-rectification has come to the final stage. If we still cannot understand each other, support and tolerate each other, then it will be difficult for us to fulfill our great prehistoric vows. Let's forget about our "selves" and get rid of our attachments just like Frodo and Sam got rid of the Ring of Evil. Let's help each other walk our final steps well.

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