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What Kung Fu Panda Teaches Us: Part 1

Updated on May 11, 2017

Kung Fu Panda, the movie, is no doubt an interesting concept and a real entertainer. It is a movie which families can watch together, enjoy together and yet have diverse moments in the movie, which becomes a part of us. There was one such message which hit me and if evaluated closely, we notice that the entire movie carried the same message. The message was on Belief.

There was one article, I had written earlier, which showed the relation between Affirmations and Beliefs. It further talks about beliefs making us who we are. Kung Fu Panda brings it out beautifully.

The Unlikely Warrior

In his desire to see the selection of the Dragon Warrior, the Panda falls right in the middle and in the way of Oogway, the master, who ends up pointing at him; an unusual, unexpected and a big mistake from the beginning. A Panda which does not even know Kung Fu becomes the Dragon Warrior. Shifu, the master of the Furious Five, contests the selection with Oogway, only to be sent away and asked to believe.

Shifu discussing the Dragon Warrior's selection with Oogway

The Reluctant Master Shifu

Shifu agrees and Po, the Panda, is then trained by him and thereafter, they return back only to know that Tai Lung had escaped and was on his way to get the Dragon Scroll. That is when Shifu gives the Dragon Scroll to the Panda, the Dragon Warrior. But what follows baffles everyone, including Shifu. The scroll is empty. There is nothing written on it. No special power, no special chants or for that matter no special tricks. That’s when everyone gives up and the Panda returns home, just like any other ordinary Panda. To make him feel good, his father, Mr. Ping, the Geese, tells him the secret to the Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup.

No Secret Ingredient

The Revelation

This is the discussion which takes place between Mr. Ping and Po.

Ping: “The secret ingredient is…...... nothing!"

Po: "Whahhh?"

Ping: "You heard me. Nothing! There is no secret ingredient."

Po: "Wait, wait….. it’s just plain old noodle soup? You don’t add some kind of special sauce or something?"

Ping: "Don’t have to. To make something special you just have to believe it’s special."

[Po looks at the scroll again, and sees his reflection in it]

Po: "There is no secret ingredient.”

That’s when realization dawns that Po did not require something special to be a Dragon Warrior. All he had to do was to believe. Then he returns and fights Tai-Lung and wins the battle.

Po and Tai Lung Ultimate Fight

Po - The Dragon Warrior

The Panda was the right choice from the beginning, since the only weapon which Tai Lung, the snow Leopard could use, was ineffective on the Panda due its immense fat reserve, shielding the muscles. The Furious Five comprising of the Tigress, Monkey, Crane, Mantis and Viper, were all defeated by Tai Lung earlier, precisely because of their muscular make up and therefore, Tai Lung’s ability to paralyze their muscles. On hindsight, if the Panda had believed that it was not the chosen one, it would have walked away, never ever finding its true potential, its actual self. Tai Lung would have run amuck and destroyed everything, including the Panda some day.

This example is true for us too. We are the Panda and Tai Lung is our fear. Every time we refuse to believe in our self, our higher self-worth and the highest of support from God Almighty, we give in to Fear. We walk away from the possibility of being someone special. We remain ordinary until our fear eventually catches up with us and consumes us. It is only Human to compare ourselves with others in the same situation, much like Panda comparing itself with the Furious Five, but that was also the exact reason why the Panda chose to walk away from the situation. The Panda, though, was lucky to understand the meaning of the Dragon Scroll, but what about us?

Where is our Dragon Scroll? If we give it a moment, we will find it right inside us. Our Dragon Scroll was put right into us by our Creator, but the sad part is that most of us will never find it, leave alone becoming the Dragon Warrior.

So, are you ready to believe you are Special?

Are you ready to be the Dragon Warrior?

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      Savio Koman 3 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Greetings! Who doesn't love the movie? Absolutely splendid.

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Anton 3 years ago from Penza

      Greating from Russia. I love Panda Kung Fu too.

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      Savio Koman 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Thanks for your kind words Twilight Lawns!

      But you seem to be beating me to the movies made in my own backyard.. :)) .. Man of Steel - I have to watch!!

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Savio, the very same friend who I mentioned earlier, is the one who introduced me to Kung Fu Panda, and although I loved the first one, I really didn't get the message that you so beautifully spelled out.

      I am still waiting for him to bring me the next one and i am sure i am going to revel init as much with the memory of your guiding words and hands

      (When I say he'll bring it to me, I mean he'll download it on HD and play it on the Samsung screen things.

      By the way, I saw 'Raanjhana' with Dhanush, the Tamil hero Sonam Kapoor... what a lovely movie. I saw it in Hindi, but with subtitles (Thank goodness). It is brilliantly acted and the storyline is wonderful,

      Try to see it.

      I also saw 'Man of Steel' excellent!!!

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      Savio Koman 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Ha, Ha, talk about a global citizen! I saw the highlights and at one point England seemed so close to winning.. .Anyway, it was a good match, but was a bit disappointed that the finals had to be 20-20 encounter.. :)

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I didn't see it but my friend was absolutely stuck to the TV. It rained all the time and then he came in and said (all grumpy like) "Your team won!" because I can be an Indian, a Pakistani, an Australian or an Englishman because I was born in or lived in all of them.

      Ha ha!

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      Savio Koman 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Hey Twilight Lawns,

      Did you see the India - England Champions Trophy finals? I missed it but it was a close match..

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I'll seek those movies out.

      Thank you.

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      Savio Koman 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Thank you Twilight Lawns!!

      In fact, most of the animated movies from Pixar, Disney, et all carry interesting messages, beyond the entertainment value.. So, take a look at Cars, Lion King, and all of them invariably would leave an impression on the audience.

      Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you once again!!

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      A brilliant hub, well thought out, presented and extremely thought provoking.

      I am so very, very glad to have found you on hub pages and am going to recommend you to my friends.

      I love this little movie, but never realised its true and sincere message.