I have no parents: I make the heavens 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 lightening my eyes.

I have no limbs: I make promptness my limbs.

I have no ears: I make sensibility my ears.

I have no strategy: I make “un shadowed by thought” my strategy.

I have no designs: I make “seizing the opportunity by the forelock” my designs.

I have no miracles: I make right-action my miracle.

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 talents: I make ready wit my talent.

I have no friends: I make my mind my friend.

I have no enemy: I make carelessness my enemy.

I have no armor: I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.

I have no castle: I make immovable mind my castle.

I have no sword: I make absence of self my sword.

– Anonymous 14th Century Samurai.

~ by revolutionwithin on December 6, 2009.

5 Responses to “Samurai”

  1. What wonderful words ! Such profound wisdom. Would you allow me to link this from my blog ?
    Thank you for this post…..

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  3. I have no friends: My mind is my friend.

    I think this is absolutely fine. And truthful.

    And it’s a matter of making good choices for ourselves.

    Of course, we can’t cut ourselves off completely, and shouldn’t.

    But enjoying the properties of our own minds is primary.

    Lady Nyo

  4. Seen from a Warrior and Buddhist/Zen perspective, what he is driving at by the statement:

    “I have no friends: I make my mind my friend.”

    Is that the mind is known in spirituality to be a mad-monkey. It is cyclic and often random and regurgitates thoughts just to keep the madness going round in circles. In this sense, the mind is one’s foremost enemy as long as one is a slave to it.

    Mastery of the mind comes first, where it falls back into the role of a tool to be used when required… and in that, by Mastering it, the warrior makes his mind his friend. 🙂

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