This has long been one of my favourite quotes from Star Wars because it is so many things and so much more than just a line from the movie:
When Obi-Wan Kenobi says this to Anakin (who has now become Sith lord Darth Vader), he is not antagonising Vader, far from it. He is reaching out to Anakin in this quote because he knows that he is choosing to leave the physical world. He is telling Anakin that he doesn’t have to carry the guilt of killing him. He is leaving this world because he knows what will come. He knows that when he becomes one with the force, he can be so much more to Luke as a mentor and beyond. And he knows that when he reunites with Yoda and his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, they will be unstoppable as a force for good, guiding force users like Luke and Leia and being there when they are needed the most.
I edited the original scene to emphasize how Obi-Wan was happy that he had saved Luke from Vader (if Luke had faced Vader he probably would have killed Luke and the others and that just wouldn’t make a good movie). And if you look carefully, you can see that he has already disappeared just before Vader can even hit him with his lightsaber:
I suppose to some it might sound like Obi-wan is taunting Darth Vader. But I doubt Obi-wan would ever do something so petty. The way I interpret this quote is that he knows becoming one with the force will make him more powerful than Darth Vader because Vader is still connected to the physical world and all its limitations. When you become one with the force, you are essentially part of the very fabric that holds the universe together. If that isn’t powerful, I don’t know what is.
Here is another piece of art I found which I uploaded to Instagram showing the exact moment when Obi-Wan Kenobi leaves the physical world to become one with the Force. And Qui-Gon Jinn is right there with him! It’s so beautiful:
So what do you think about this scene when Obi-Wan utters the now famous words to Darth Vader? Do you think he is purposefully taunting him? Let me know in the comments, dear friends!