Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Way of the Samurai

The way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reaching one's aim is to die a dog's death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one's aim.

We all want to live. And in a large part we make our logic according to what we want. But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. This is a thin dangerous line. To die without gaining one's aim is a dog's death, and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this.


This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.

Calculating people are contemptible. The reason for this is that calculation deals with loss and gain, and the loss and gain mind never stops. Death is considered loss and life is considered gain. Thus, death is something that such a person does not care for, and he is contemptible. Furthermore, scholars and their like are men who with wit and speech hide their own true cowardice and greed. People often misjudge this.

Lord Naoshige said, "The Way of the Samurai is in despe- rateness. Ten men or more cannot kill such a man. Com- mon sense will not accomplish great things. Simply become insane and desperate.

In the Way of the Samurai, if one uses discrimination, he will fall behind. One needs neither loyalty nor devotion, but simply to become desperate in the Way. Loyalty and devotion are of themselves within desperation. "

(Hagakure)

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2 Comments:

Anonymous ungropable said...

that is a beautiful child you have contributed to there,
mr multiallergiker. love to all.

1:11 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Well, you know.

9:39 pm  

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