The Warrior’s Creed

by faithgibson on April 1, 2014

14th Century Japanese Samurai ~photo_ninja-1_Apr2010

I have no parents:

                                   I make the heaven and earth my parents.

I have no home:
                                    I make awareness my home.

I have no life or death:

                                    I make the tides of breathing my life and death.

I have no divine power:

                                   I make honesty my divine power.

I have no means:
                                   I make understanding my means.

I have no magic secrets:
                                   I make character my magic secret.

I have no body:
                                   I make endurance my body.

I have no eyes:
                                    I make the flash of lightning my eyes.

I have no ears:

                                   I make sensitivity my ears.

I have no limbs:

                                  I make promptness my limbs.

I have no strategy:

                                 I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy.

I have no designs:  

                                I make “seizing opportunity by the forelock” my design.  

I have no  miracles:  

                                I make “right action” my miracles. 

I have no principle: 

                                I make adaptability in all circumstances my principle.

 I have no tactics: 

                                I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.

I have no talent:

                                 I make wit my talent. 

I have no friends: 

                                  I make my mind my friend. 

I have no enemy:  

                                   I make careless my enemy.  

I have no armor:  

                                    I make benevolence and rightness my armor. 

I have no castle: 

                                    I make immovable-mind my castle. 

I have no sword:  

                                    I make absence of self my sword.  


Note: While I was typing this post while another family member had a documentary on the history and brutal tactics of Hitler’s SS playing in the other room.

I noted the remarkable difference btw these elegantly-stated principles of self-restraint by Samurai in the 14th-century, compared to the wickedness of Hitler’s Nazi regime, with its industrialized brutality and systemized crimes against humanity, and i weep for all we’ve lost in our striving for modernity, which brought with it industrialized war, with its weapons of mass destruction.

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