Into the cave he must go.
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"Madness can sometimes be the path to truth."
Yoda is deeply unsettled when he hears something from beyond the grave: the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn. Determined to find answers, Yoda escapes the Jedi Temple to follow the disembodied voice.
As Yoda says, "The danger is not to know the truth."
With so much manipulation by the Sith in the galaxy at large, the voice of Qui-Gon Jinn speaking from beyond the grave seems like an impossibility, an illusion, a sign that the war has pushed the great Master Yoda into the grip of insanity. Even Yoda, it seems, has his limits.
But he alone is willing to test his resolve, his physical and spiritual strength, and ensure that whatever he's experiencing will be handled and faced.
It's beautiful to watch the Jedi Council huddle together, united and meditating, to help one of their own. More importantly, Yoda himself has the humility to admit that he doesn't understand what he's sensing through the Force. It's so tempting to fumble through life pretending we know far more than we do, letting self-confidence lead us blindly when we lack evidence and understanding.
That is not Yoda's way. His strength is ultimately in his ability to be vulnerable, meditating on the brink of death itself to get to the bottom of the strange siren. His power comes from bending the Jedi Council's rules, escaping a well-intentioned prison to solve the mystery. And when his guide leads him to danger inside the well of the dark side, the cave on Dagobah, and the visions of horrifying events still on the horizon, he faces them down with bravery.
Yoda is exhausted by the end. Beaten down. Afraid. But also invigorated. Enlightened. Courageous.
Knowledge is a powerful thing, and the truth isn't always as we'd like it to be. Yet Master Yoda understands that no good can come from allowing a deception to give a false sense of comfort.
Through his friend Qui-Gon Jinn, gone but not forgotten, the wisest of the Jedi Order finds his own spiritual guide. Master Jinn holds no easy answers. He has no future and no past. His spirit exists purely within the Force. And with his help, Yoda will learn to preserve his Life Force and attain a form of immortality, something the Sith greedily crave yet can never seem to adequately attain.
- This episode includes a call back to the Mortis arc, the last time we saw Qui-Gon Jinn materialize from beyond the grave.
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Next up: Come back next Thursday when Yoda undergoes his own trials in "Destiny."