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Shaolin – 悟 (刘德华), ‘Wu’ Andy Lau, Lyrics and Meaning

Aaron March 5, 2012

The theme song from the movie 'Shaolin'. Beautiful, with surprising lyrical depth.

I nearly cried in this one at the point where, without giving to much away, the main character 1st sought help from the famous Shaolin temple.
 
Here's the MTV. Full song, lyrics in chinese with hanyu pinyin and meanings below.
 

 
悟 
wu 
Awakening/Enlightenment
 
无量心 生福报 无极限 
wu liang xin sheng fu bao wu ji xian 
An unconditional heart brings great blessings with no boundary
 
无极限 生息息 爱相连 
wu ji xian sheng xi xi ai xiang lian 
Without boundaries, our fragile lives are all connected through love
 
为何君视而不见 规矩定方圆 
wei he jun shi er bu jian gui ju ding fang yuan 
Why do you turn a blind eye and let yourselves be restricted by the status quo? 
(规矩定方圆: literal meaning, the law/rule/custom decides what is square and what is round)
 
悟性 悟觉 悟空 心甘情愿 
wu xing wu jue wu kong xin gan qing yuan 
Willingly, I finally come to my senses to realize my character and my emptiness
 
— 
放下 颠倒梦想 放下云烟 
fang xia dian dao meng xiang fang xia yun yan 
Let go of your inverted dreams, let go of the things which will one day fade away
 
放下 空欲色 放下悬念 
fang xia kong yu se fang xia xuan nian 
Let go of your leisure, desire, pleasure, and let go of suspense
 
多一物 却添了 太多危险 
duo yi wu que tian le tai duo wei xian 
With one more thing in hand, more danger will follow
 
少一物 贪嗔痴 会少一点 
shao yi wu tan chen chi hui shao yi dian 
With less things, greed will lessen as well
 
若是缘 再苦味也是甜 
ruo shi yuan zai ku wei ye shi tian 
If this is fate, no matter how bitter life can be you are always contented 
(something like the saying, when life gives you lemons make lemonade out of it)
 
若无缘 藏爱 在心田 
ruo wu yuan cang ai zai xin tian 
Yet if it isn’t, just bury this love in your heart
 
尘世 藕断还丝连 回首一瞬间 
chen shi ou duan hai si lian hui shou yi shun jian 
In this live of ours, everything’s interconnected, and it takes only a split second to look back 
(藕断丝连: literal meaning, when the lotus root breaks there are still a lot of silk threads connecting the two broken pieces. When you want to get rid of something, in this case it’s your past, it’s not that easy because there are evidences of your life before, just like those “silk threads”)
 
种颗善因 陪你走好每一天 
zhong ke shan yin pei ni zou hao mei yi tian 
Let me plant a seed of good will and walk down this road of life together with you
 
— 
唯有 心无挂碍 成就大愿 
wei you xin wu gua ai cheng jiu da yuan 
Only someone whose heart is not bounded can accomplish great things
 
唯有 心无故 妙不可言 
wei you xin wu gu miao bu ke yan 
Only someone whose heart does not have a story is indigenous above all 
(because, everyone has a story of their own, it’s very rare for someone to not have a story)
 
算天算地 算尽了 从前 
suan tian suan di suan jin liao cong qian 
I’ve considered heaven and earth, and I’ve considered everything from my past 
(算: literal meaning, count)
 
算不出 生死 会在哪一天 
suan bu chu sheng si hui zai na yi tian 
Yet I still cannot make out the days of life and death
 
勿生恨 点化虚空的眼 
wu sheng hen dian hua xu kong de yan 
Do not hate your eyes which deceive you
 
勿生怨 欢喜 不遥远 
wu sheng yuan huan xi bu yao yuan 
Do not resent, for happiness is not far away
 
缠绕 欲望的思念 善恶一瞬间 
chan rao yu wang de si nian shan e yi shun jian 
As thoughts are built around your desires, it only takes a split second to decide between good and evil
 
心怀忏悔 陪你走好每一天 
xin huai can hui pei ni zou hao mei yi tian 
With a heart of repentance, let me walk down this road of life together with you
 
— 
再牢的谎言 却逃不过天眼 
zai lao de huang yan que tao bu guo tian yan 
No matter how firm your lies may be, they cannot escape the eyes of God
 
明日之前 心流离更远 
ming ri zhi qian xin liu li geng yuan 
Before dawn, your heart is being dragged further away
 
浮云霎那间 障眼 人心渐离间 
fu yun sha na jian zhang yan ren xin jian li jian 
As the clouds are able to blind our eyes in an instant, so do human hearts change
 
集苦连连 不断的出现 
ji ku lian lian bu duan de chu xian 
Bitterness have been accumulated since long before, and is bound to keep coming
 
— 
无量心 生福报 无极限 
wu liang xin sheng fu bao wu ji xian 
An unconditional heart brings great blessings with no boundary
 
无极限 生息息 爱相连 
wu ji xian sheng xi xi ai xiang lian 
Without boundaries, our fragile lives are all connected through love
 
凡人却视而不见 规矩定方圆 
fan ren que shi er bu jian gui ju ding fang yuan 
Yet human beings turn a blind eye and let themselves be restricted by the status quo
 
悟性 悟觉 悟空 心甘情愿 
wu xing wu jue wu kong xin gan qing yuan 
Willingly, I finally come to my senses to realize my character and my emptiness
 
简简单单 陪你走好每一天 
jian jian dan dan pei ni zou hao mei yi tian 
In pure simplicity, let me walk down this road of life together with you
 
 

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