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Samurai Philosophy

This is a chapter from the e-book Samurai: Legend by A. R. Berg

  • Freedom is older than death.
    -Old Aryan saying

    Fear of death at the end of every person’s road
    Is a stain resulting from a close link
    Of every person to his flesh.
    This stain should be obliterated…

    A man closed his eyes and the world immediately disappeared. Suddenly alone with the immense cosmic darkness, he realized just how small and vulnerable he was. He was facing something inescapable, something he couldn’t understand. His soul filled with numbing terror- death. Grindstones working nonstop, mercilessly crushing the flow of life in its insatiable womb.
    It was death, the inescapable and inevitable end.
    What can he do when he sees himself move closer to that gaping black hole? Try to preserve his  treacherous body by grasping at straws? Wait in panic for the end? Look for distractions like wine, drugs, hoarding money and trying to gain power over others. However, all of them are illusions that only sink him deeper into spiritual depression and physical decay. While he can try to forget death for a while, he can not stop fearing it completely. The only viable way out of this vicious cycle of indulging his depravity and fear is re-discovering and strengthening his courage and self-respect.

    katana samurai ink painting art watercolor
    League of the Divine Wind by T. Berg (print & painting)
    || All Artwork

    Self-respect is developed when people assert themselves, something that is only possible on a spiritual level through the revelation of the spirit, its ascension and development. They should develop an unbreakable spirit that can help them reach another level defined by such fearlessness that even the scariest, most horrible things seem manageable. Then, and only then, can they start respecting themselves for overcoming the impossible, having the willpower to be free and being ready to face with the grindstones of death.
    These people become warriors. Having already crossed that Rubicon in their souls, they have surpassed the life - death dichotomy and can therefore be considered dead – they have already ascended. Then, and only then, do they reach a true warrior state of mind, when nothing can stand in their way, when their bodies are merely shells for their immortal spirits. We must step beyond the boundaries of our mortal, death-fearing bodies! Our bodies are not our souls. Rather, our bodies are but mortal souls for spirit, its tool. Every one of us is a small part of our higher, spiritual being, and only if and we realize it, if we truly believe, can we feel the blinding fear of death subsiding and, finally, disappearing for good.
    We must restructure our psyches in order to consciously overrule our animal instincts.

    This means becoming a fearless Master instead of... read further in the book


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    This is part of a chapter from Samurai: Legend by A. R. Berg
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