The Samurai Creed
The Samurai Creed is a big part of my life. This should surprise no-one. It offers a perspective from which to view life and one’s place in it.
THE SAMURAI CREED
I have no parents; I make the Heavens and the Earth my parents.
I have no home; I make the dan t’ien (the body’s centre) my home.
I have no divine power; I make Honesty my divine power.
I have no means; I make Docility my means.
I have no magic power; I make Personality my magic power.
I have neither life nor death; I make a um (regulating the breathing) my life and death.
I have no body; I make Stoicism my body.
I have no eyes; I make The Flash of Lightning my eyes.
I have no ears; I make Sensibility my ears.
I have no limbs; I make Promptitude my limbs.
I have no laws; I make Self-Protection my laws.
I have no strategy; I make the Right to Kill and the Right to Restore Life my strategy.
I have no designs; I make Seizing the Opportunity by the Forelock my designs.
I have no miracles; I make Righteous Laws my miracles.
I have no principles; I make Adaptability to all Circumstances my principles.
I have no tactics; I make Emptiness and Fullness my tactics.
I have no talent; I make Ready Wit my talent.
I have no friends; I make my Mind my friend.
I have no enemy; I make Incautiousness my enemy.
I have no armour; I make Benevolence my armour.
I have no castle; I make fudoshin (immovable mind) my castle.
I have no sword; I make mushin (empy mind) my sword.