The Matrix

The Matrix

Have you seen the movie, The Matrix? I bet you have.

Leaving partial views, I have watched this movie around 15 times. Honestly, this was due to the cool special effects and amazing fight sequences which always kept me enthralled. But, during those days, I never bothered to know what the movie was actually about. What was it trying to tell? Even after watching the complete movie 4-5 times, I couldn’t answer the question, What is Matrix?

It was then that I decided to watch the movie not for the stunts but for what the director had in mind while making it. And what a realization it was! I finally understood what Matrix really meant. It was like seeing beyond the veil, a completely hidden aspect. As I started seeing it, I watched the movie again. And again. And again. Every time it was a revelation. The above image is a wonderful portrayal of a person understanding the nuances of an art.

Yes, there is less action in this movie than its sequels. But it was no longer an action movie for me. It was the short, concise conversation and its deepest meanings that forged a new connection.

The movie had turned personal. It had an individualistic touch, yet talked about the society, destiny and especially fate. I want to share some of it with you all.

Here’s an extract from the movie. This is the first instance when Neo and we get to know what really is happening.


Morpheus:
You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.
Do you believe in fate, Neo?

Neo:
No.

Morpheus:
Why not?

Neo:
Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.

Morpheus:
I know exactly what you mean.
Let me tell you why you’re here.
You’re here because you know something.
What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it; you’ve felt it your entire life.
That there’s something wrong with the world.
You don’t know what it is, but it’s there… like a splinter in your mind… driving you mad.
It is this feeling that has brought you to me.
Do you know what I’m talking about?

Neo:
The Matrix?

Morpheus:
Do you want to know what… it… is?
The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now…in this very room.
You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television.
You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes.
It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes… to blind you from the truth.

Neo:
What truth?

Morpheus:
That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage.
Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison….for your mind.

Does not this relate to you? Have you not felt that splinter? Have you not felt that there is something wrong around you? Haven’t you ever felt the locks of those chains that tend to bind you, your mind? I think I have felt it!

The Matrix is the society, the culture we are part of. It is this Matrix that limits us, that has been thrown upon us like a veil… to blind us from the truth. The truth about who we are, what we are capable of and what our life is meant to be.

The Matrix stops us from getting out of our comfort zone. It gives an illusion of calm, a false security, a sense of relaxing happiness which doesn’t exist. Not everybody realizes this underlying truth. They believe this society, the culture, the ethos unquestionably and in such an irrevocable way that they would blast anyone who tries to disrupt it. They will protect it!


Morpheus:
The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy.

When you’re inside, look around. What do you see?
Businessmen… teachers… lawyers… carpenters.
The very minds of the people we are trying to save.

But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy.
You have to understand. Most of these people are not ready to be unplugged.
And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.

There is an irony attached to it. Those of us who are unplugged and try to analyze everything with an open mind will understand it.

I can tell you what I feel, I can tell you how my mind resists this prison of our minds, how awakening it is to come out of this prison. I can show you the way, but it is you who will have to walk through it, take action. Nobody can do it for you.


Morpheus:
I’m trying to free your mind, Neo, but I can only show you the door.
You’re the one that needs to walk through it.
You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear… doubt… disbelief. Free your mind!

The naked power of mind can be felt through direct experience only. It surpasses the peripheries of concepts, past, future, everything. It is your belief that moulds you so let not your beliefs be based on a mind locked in a cell.


The Oracle:
So…what do you think? Do you think you are the “one”?

Neo:
Honestly, I don’t know.

The Oracle:
(pointing to a sign over the door) You know what that means? It’s Latin. It means “Know Thyself”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s like being in love. No one can tell you you’re in love you just know it. Through and through. Balls to bones.

As I said, it is a personal battle. And it doesn’t get over after you are unplugged. There will always be the quest to prove yourself right because the Matrix is still there. Just be out of it instead of within.


Like a parrot reciting verses, it is meaningless to have a tongue expert in Dharma terms that are not taken to heart. [—] Like a doctor struck by an incurable disease, it is meaningless to have studied a lot and yet remain a shallow person. Like a rich man without the key to his treasury, it is meaningless to be learned in the oral instructions but not to apply them in practice. Like the blind leading the blind, it is meaningless to teach others the significance of a spiritual practice you haven’t realized yourself.
— The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path


Morpheus: … There’s a difference between knowing the path… and walking the path.

A very interesting scene of the movie is the boy with the spoon.


Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

The world will be a better place when instead of trying to change others, we change ourselves, by fulfilling our heart’s innermost desires.

So, go watch the movie again. Then come back and answer the following question:

Would you take the blue or the red pill?

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