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The Five Trials of a Warrior
02:49 Jun 13 2005
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My Sensei once told me that that a warrior will go thru five trials on their walk of life…
*The First Trial is “Mizu”- the Trial of Water*
It is a trial of strength. It teaches the Warrior to rely on themselves first, but still be able to rely on others to help when times are too difficult for one person.
*The Second Trial is “Tsuchi” –the Trial of Earth*
It is a trial of strategy and combat. It forces a warrior to use his environment, and his will to over-come his opponent. It shows the Warrior the need to patience and discipline.
*The Third Trial is “Kaze” –The Trial of Wind*
It is a trial of mastery of weapons. It teaches us that a weapon is only a tool, and that the Warrior’s greatest weapon is themselves and Honor.
*The Fourth Trial is “Hi” –The Trial of Fire*
It is trial where you endure your worst pain. This trial is unique to the Warrior undergoing it. It may be physical pain or emotional pain, but the pain the warrior feels will be a pain that is unbearable, and it’s a crucible where warriors are forged
These four trials lead to the last trial, Bushihara -The Trial of the Warrior’s Spirit. The Warrior will go through life with the lessons he has learned, and will make the choices that will decide his fate and destiny. This trial will be the longest the Warrior will endure, but it will be the most rewarding as well.
In fire we are reborn, and in fire we shall perish. Every flame burns with a choice.
A Lesson In Destiny.....
02:48 Jun 13 2005
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My Sensei once told me a story which teaches a very important lesson.......
In ancient Japan, a Master and his Apprentice were at peace in the early hours of the day, keeping at their morning labors. They were grooming a horse when the Master suggested mediation on man’s cruelty against man: If they were willing to care for the animal without judgment…should they not do the same for their fellow man?
But the young Apprentice was too anxious that day and his concentration broke when he heard a horse coming up the path. The rider’s features were obscured by a white hooded robe, and the horse was pale in the sunlight. The Apprentice knew for certain that Death had come to call.
The Master greeted the pale rider as if he was a close neighbor, and this frightened the Apprentice even more. “How may we help you, Sir?” the Master asked. “I do not travel comfortably by day,” the rider whispered, “and I would ask the favor of a dark, quiet room for my rest.”
“We would be honored to have you as a guest,” the Master replied graciously. The Apprentice was overcome by fear, certain that death was playing a trick on them. He left his Master’s side and said that he would ride to Edo and stay until Death had departed the house.
The Apprentice believed the world had gone mad, and he had no intention of staying around to be taken by Death at so young an age. He asked his Master to come with him, but the Master did not reply. The Apprentice rode away in haste, and alone with Death, the Master had but one question….
“Will you be taking dinner with us?” “Alas, no,” Death sighed, “I must leave in the late afternoon. I have business with a anxious young Apprentice tonight in Edo.”
The moral of the story is this: Destiny will find you no matter where you hide. In the end, there is no race….There’s only a finish line.
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