Post by Otagiri Tatsuzou on Apr 25, 2005 11:16:50 GMT -5
At the end of the Earth Book, Miyamoto lists nine principles by saying, He who wishes to undertake to study my Hyoho should be aware of the following:
First: Do not harbour sinister designs. This means that one must think correctly from a righteous viewpoint.
Second: The way is training. Meaning, he implies that one must train in everything and accomplish it in addition to the way of hyoho. Miyamoto calls one thousand day practice Tan (hardening). Ten thousand days Ren (practice). In other words, one thousand days refers to three years and ten thousand to thirty.The intention of Miyamoto is to explain that one must continue to seek the way.
Third: Cultivate a wide range of interests in the arts. Miyamoto emphasises not to limit ones learning only to Kenjutsu, but to devote oneself whole heartedly to everything. The ten skills and ten arts. Then one can definitely find the benefits of hyoho and can develop oneself.
Fourth: Be knowledgeable in a variety of occupations. He emphasises getting acquainted with as many occupations and skills as possible, and learn the thinking of many people who have work in them.
Fifth: Be discreet with regard to ones financial dealings. Miyamoto is advising one to know the difference between loss and gain in worldly matters.
Sixth: Nurture the ability to perceive the truth in all matters. It is important to build up an intuitive judgement and understand true values.
Seventh: Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. This means to strive to develop intuitive judgement and a mind can freely control ones body.
Eighth: Do not be negligent, even in trifling matters. This means to pay attention, even to small matters. Keep them in mind all the time, so as to avoid unexpected failure.
Ninth: Do not engage in useless activity. Do not argue about useless things. Concentrate on your own duties and give up other things. www.hyoho.com/Hyoho4.html
Kuni no chi kore hei nari / The blood of the Kingdom is its soldiers. Kuni no kokoro kore shi nari / The heart of the Kingdom is its chivalry.