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know your path, walk it. Also observe and understand the path of others.

know your path, walk it. Also observe and understand the path of others.

Notice that every path and every man has his own way. Observe and respect the ways of other men and paths.

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The way to mastery

The way to mastery

To achieve mastery one must think about that which one wishes to master in all it's facets both broadly and deeply. Through this action, one must find the optimal means of performing each movement and each minute element of that which one wishes to master. And thus one must find one's way. After one finds one's way, one must next practice it without fail until it becomes involuntary as breathing.

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The essence of focus

The essence of focus

The moment of combat requires only one thing that is to cut the enemy, thus the warrior must in this moment think only of cutting the enemy. That must be one's sole focus. Do not needlessly fret about all the details in doing a thing, focus only on the single goal. All actions in all other moment must be in pursuit of perfecting the art of achieving this single goal. All ways in the end have only one goal, one must know it, understand it and perfect it.

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To be a master one must master everything in one's domain

The warrior must not favour any weapon, he must be skillful in all their use and be ready to take each up when the need arises. Similiarly someone must learn and be able to perform exceptionally in all aspects of that which one wishes to master.

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The way of the warrior

The way of the warrior

 The way of the warrior is the way of the void. The void is nothingness, complete non-existence. Practice your way so that you may live in the moment, nothing moves or disturbs you. In your way, there you exist, nothing more, nothing less in complete stillness of body and soul. Here you and your way are one. What you need to achieve is second nature. You live your way, free from the world.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

The book of the five rings is a manuscript about war, strategy and sword fighting written by miyamoto mushashi. It mostly deals with sword fighting but beneath that there is a strong structure for mastery and for life. Below you'll find an attempt to distill the philosophy of the way as elaborated by mushashi.

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