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The Way of Walking Alone

The Way of Walking Alone
February 17, 2012, 09:49:59 PM
* Do not turn your back on the various Ways of this world.
* Do not scheme for physical pleasure.
* Do not intend to rely on anything.
* Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply.
* Do not ever think in acquisitive terms.
* Do not regret things about your own personal life.
* Do not envy another's good or evil.
* Do not lament parting on any road whatsoever.
* Do not complain or feel bitterly about yourself or others.
* Have no heart for approaching the path of love.
* Do not have preferences.
* Do not harbor hopes for your own personal home.
* Do not have a liking for delicious food for yourself.
* Do not carry antiques handed down from generation to generation.
* Do not fast so that it affects you physically.
* While it's different with military equipment, do not be fond of material things.
* While on the way, do not begrudge death.
* Do not be intent on possessing valuables or a fief in old age.
* Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them.
* Though you give up your life, do not give up your honor.
* Never depart from the Way of the Martial Arts.

- Miyamoto Musashi


Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 18, 2012, 04:04:19 AM
Musashi's book of fire is pretty useful in certain strategy or duel based video games.

Being able to identify when you have an advantage and making sure to squeeze every last drop out of it seems to be a large part of winning.

To Pass On

Many things are said to be passed on. Sleepiness can be passed on, and yawning can be passed on. Time can be passed on also.
In large-scale strategy, when the enemy is agitated and shows an inclination to rush, do not mind in the least. Make a show of complete calmness, and the enemy will be taken by this and will become relaxed. When you see that this spirit has been passed on, you can bring about the enemy's defeat by attacking strongly with a Void spirit.

In single combat, you can win by relaxing your body and spirit and then, catching on to the moment the enemy relaxes, attack strongly and quickly, forestalling him.

What is know as "getting someone drunk" is similar to this. You can also infect the enemy with a bored, careless, or weak spirit. You must study this well.

To Know "Collapse"

Everything can collapse. Houses, bodies, and enemies collapse when their rhythm becomes deranged.
In large-scale strategy, when the enemy starts to collapse, you must pursue him without letting the chance go. If you fail to take advantage of your enemies' collapse, they may recover.

In single combat, the enemy sometimes loses timing and collapses. If you let this opportunity pass, he may recover and not be so negligent thereafter. Fix your eye on the enemy's collapse, and chase him, attacking so that you do not let him recover. You must do this. The chasing attack is with a strong spirit. You must utterly cut the enemy down so that he does not recover his position. You must understand how to utterly cut down the enemy.

Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 18, 2012, 11:10:00 AM
On the idea of walking alone: Rama Coomaraswamy, "Advice to Serious Seekers"

Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 18, 2012, 02:27:52 PM
How to define 'alone'?
Joined seamlessly with the entire universe, there is nothing else.
And so one is always alone.
Which, seen in this light, is the best of good things.

Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 18, 2012, 03:34:49 PM
Don't have preferences? Lame.

Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 18, 2012, 10:28:07 PM
At first that one seemed odd to me, but it is explained more in depth in Musashi's Book of Five Rings. I'll look for the section and post it.

Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 19, 2012, 12:13:46 AM
This seems like one of those positions no one but the rare tortured genius loner would take. Everyone else would have a hard time finding any merit in it.

Re: The Way of Walking Alone
February 19, 2012, 11:57:17 AM
Order of Nine Angles 21 Satanic Statements

1. Respect not pity or weakness, for they are a disease which makes sick the strong.

2. Test always your strength, for therein lies success.

3. Seek happiness in victory but never in peace.

4. Enjoy a short rest, better than a long.

5. Come as a reaper, for thus you will sow.

6. Never love anything so much you cannot see it die.

7. Build not upon sand, but upon rock. And build not for today or yesterday but for all time.

8. Strive ever for more, for conquest is never done.

9. And die rather than submit.

10. Forge not works of art but swords of death, for therein lies great art.

11. Learn to raise yourself above yourself so you can triumph over all.

12. The blood of the living makes good fertilizer for the seeds of the new.

13. He who stands atop the highest pyramid of skulls can see the furthest.

14. Discard not love but treat it as an impostor, but ever be just.

15. All that is great is built upon sorrow.

16. Strive not only forwards, but upwards for greatness lies in the highest.

17. Come as a fresh strong wind that breaks yet also creates.

18. Let love of life be a goal but let your highest goal be greatness.

19. Nothing is beautiful except man: but most beautiful of all is woman.

20. Reject all illusion and lies, for they hinder the strong.

21. What does not kill, makes stronger.