The Meaning of Life
FromThe Mahabharata

 YUDHISHTHIRA: Examine me.

 VOICE: What is quicker than the wind?


 VOICE: What can cover the earth?


 VOICE: Who are the more numerous, the living or the dead?

 YUDHISHTHIRA: The living, because the dead are no longer.

 VOICE: Give me an example of space.

 YUDHISHTHIRA: My two hands as one.

 VOICE: An example of grief.


 VOICE: Of poison.


 VOICE: An example of defeat.


 VOICE: Which animal is the slyest?

 YUDHISHTHIRA: The one that man does not yet know.

 VOICE: Which came first, day or night?

 YUDHISHTHIRA: Day, but it was only a day ahead.

 VOICE: What is the cause of the world?


 VOICE: What is your opposite?


 VOICE: What is madness?

 YUDHISHTHIRA: A forgotten way.

 VOICE: And revolt? Why do men revolt?

 YUDHISHTHIRA: To find beauty, either in life or in death.

 VOICE: What for each of us is inevitable?


 VOICE: And what is the greatest marvel?

 YUDHISHTHIRA: Each day, death strikes and we live as though we were immortal. This is what is the greatest marvel.

--- Translated by Peter Brook
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