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The Ideal Is A Guiding Star

by Alexey R. Basov

     The Great Tranquility of a Warrior, his psychological invincibility and inner equilibrium have always been the fundamental criteria of personal development in Bushi-Do. Only the Warrior who never complains and is indifferent to hardships and pain is ready to overcome any obstacle. He faces the challenges of Fortune calmly, is always composed, strong-spirited and perfectly imperturbable. He is the true Warrior. While hard to achieve, it is absolutely essential for an individual seeking Perfection.
An Ideal is immensely important for the development of consciousness since it becomes a guiding star whose light permeates the obscurity caused by the ignorance and chaos of daily life.
It is vital for a Warrior to be able to harness his willpower which enables him to generate lighting-quick outbursts of energy outbursts. The philosophy of Bushi-Do is designed for developing this ability through pacifying the Spirit. Arriving to this state involves a combination of meditation and ongoing, vigorous mental and physical training.

     In Europe, the definition of meditation is quite vague and it loses some of its true essence.A more accurate interpretation is “Exercising a vigilant spirit” via a combination of three elements: attention, concentration and wisdom. Exercising a vigilant spirit, the state of complete awareness of events, is precisely the objective of Bushi-Do. The person who has acquired a diamond-hard Spirit is not dimmed by illusions having become a Buddha-Warrior, an enlightened Warrior.

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     Practicing with and without weapons was considered by warriors as a dynamic meditation allowing them to strengthen the body while helping them achieve harmony between the body, willpower and spirit. Extended stationary meditation destroys the body, and feeble people can not defend themselves or others. Only Warriors have the capacity to protect the Dharma by becoming its sword while never becoming aggressors. A well-known rule of Bushido is based on the principle of not being the first to attack, but be first to strike!
Martial Arts philosophy dictates that a Tranquil Warrior who has purged himself of desires, fear and aggression has a great advantage because fear of death is not a part of his nature. Hence, his physical reactions are not hampered and nothing distracts him. That is why his movements are instantaneous, like a mirror reflecting external events while staying out of reach. Esoterically, an imperturbable Warrior has a bio-energetic advantage because his mental power, or ‘bowl of energy’ is not wasted on emotions and unwanted distractions. By keeping his consciousness in the state of Tranquility, a Warrior avoids the influence of Nature’s cycle of contrary forces (Yin and Yang) that typically tears apart the biological energy of ordinary people.
Due to his moral and spiritual perfection, a Warrior in the state of Tranquility is aligned with the Eternal Cosmos and its all-penetrating energy, Yi.  The Warrior becomes a channel of the Cosmic Yi energy that gives him Warrior Power incommensurable with ordinary physical strength (Li). This explains the existence of the following canonical expression: the more enlightened a Master is the less he uses brute physical force, relying more on inner energy (Qi) which is sustained by Yi.

     It is impossible to follow the Way without the Warrior's Tranquility. This kind of calm consciousness is reflected in the parable about a tight-rope walker crossing an abyss. If he looks down, doubts crawl into his mind which make him lose his composure and fall. Walking above an abyss is only possible in absolute Tranquility; the Spirit of intense awareness that a true Warrior experiences every moment on the Way. The Ideal is the ever-shining guiding star of the individual following the Way of the Warrior. Whenever peace tries to abandon his heart, a Warrior should glance at his guiding star and bring himself back to the true Sanctuary of the Might of Buddha-Warrior Tranquility.


This is a chapter from "Samurai. Ascension" by A. R. Basov.

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