Quote of the day:
This is from a book that I’ve read and reread called “Hagakure.” I’ve posted this quote before on Facebook but I didn’t do justice with the foreword or explanation I gave previously. While I’m sure Yamamoto Tsunetomo meant this in the most literal of terms I believe he also wrote it with a more figurative connotation in mind. He did write this book a century after the Tokugawa Shogunate had begun and samurai class were transforming from warriors to a more administrative class.
“The Way of the Samurai is found in death.
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.
Every day, when one’s body and mind are at peace,
one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows,
rifles, spears, and swords, being carried away by surging waves,
being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning,
being shaken to death by a great earthquake,
falling from thousand-foot cliffs,
dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master.
And every day, without fail, one should consider himself as dead.
This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.”
Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, William Scott Wilson