A Warrior’s Creed

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 lightning 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 purpose my armor.

I have no castle:  I make discipline my castle.

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

–  Anonymous Samurai, 14th Century


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