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April 28, 2010


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 ears — I make sensibility 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 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 Samurai, 14th Century

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  1. May 28, 2010

    Well that’s a little bit awesome!



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