Charles Schulz's, Peanuts comics (3-15-2016)

Charles Schulz's, Peanuts comics (3-17-2016)

Peanuts: Meaning of Life

In the comics strip Peanuts
Lucy asks "What is the meaning of life?"
Linus says "Five". Schroeder shouts "Beethoven!"

But Lucy does not understand these
wise words from the mouth of babes.
Something in these answers ring true—

Five fingers in each hand, five toes on foot,
five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch,
five endpoints in Leonardo's Vitruvian Man.

Fifth Greek letter E has five points
inscribed at Delphi's "Know Thyself"
and "Nothing too much" by sages.

Paul Brunton reveals the secret
meaning of the 5-pointed star
as symbol of the Philosophic Man

living the fivefold path of religious
veneration, mystical meditation, rational
reflection, moral re-education, altruistic service.

Beethoven followed such a path
in his music, inspired by rishis
of the Upanishads to illumine us

with the most famous notes in music—
"dun-dun-dun-Dun!" in his 5th Symphony
calling for us to "Wake Up! Wake Up!"

and when we wake like the five wise virgins
finding their bridegroom to be none other
than their cosmic transcendental Self.

  — Peter Y. Chou
      Mountain View, 3-17-2016