Code of Bushidō: Benevolence (Jin)

1 May

Code of Bushidō: Benevolence (Jin)

The third virtue of Bushidō
Is their benevolence
Although they possessed deadly skill
Their mercy was immense

They didn’t focus solely on
Themselves or their rich kings
They had acuity to notice
All the little things

The sick, the poor, the downtrodden
The broken ones in need
The samurai were never too
Busy for a good deed

Understanding, slow to anger
Full of patience, grace
Tolerance and charity
For those who could not face

Challenges and struggles that
Were too much to endure
Suffering for Bushidō
Acted much like a lure

A sense of duty to assist
To use their heightened state
For the benefit of others
To reduce their weight

Benevolence is a kind act
That needn’t be returned
It isn’t only saved for those
Who have paid or have earned

Benevolence is doing what
You know deep down is right
An integral part of the ancient
Code of Warrior-Knight

                       ~Miro

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10 Responses to “Code of Bushidō: Benevolence (Jin)”

  1. Deb May 1, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Doing the right thing is always best for everyone, even the one who has done it.
    Excellent, Miro!
    Hugs, xx

  2. healingpilgrim May 1, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    There is such beauty and grace in the symbol. An opening out into the space beyond. Is it always the case that the symbol mirrors the literary meaning?

  3. Soma Mukherjee May 1, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Beautiful poetry Miro….and in doing the right and helping others will one find himself and the true source happiness

  4. Cat Forsley May 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    LOVE IT MIRO …….
    THIS PART ………. STRUCK A BIG CHORD OF RESONANCE
    “They had acuity to notice
    All the little things”

    THE IN BETWEEN THINGS
    THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER …….
    THE UNSEEN THINGS …….

    THINK THIS MY FAVE SO FAR ….:)
    I KNOW I KEEP WRITING THAT
    BUT BEFORE I LEFT TO HELP OUT WITH THE CHOIR ….I READ THIS THROUGH EMAIL …..
    AND IT STUCK WITH ME ……..ALL DAY …..

    THX FOR THE WONDERFUL POST ……
    AMPLIFIED IN HEART ALLLLLLL DAY 🙂
    🙂
    CAT

  5. lscotthoughts May 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Beautiful, as always, Miro! 🙂

  6. Short Poems May 3, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Beautiful piece of writing. great page too.Love it!
    Take care
    Marinela

  7. zendictive May 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    bows (~_~) humble

  8. granbee May 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    This is no doubt the best layperson’s explanation and highlighting of benevolence I can remember reading,Miro! I am reblogging this one, as it protrays a primary characteristic of the critters upon their quest over at my blog.

  9. granbee May 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on granbee and commented:
    Dear followers, fellow journeyers, beloved critters: Please study carefully this post on benevolence from a good blogging friend,Miro over at http://warriorpoetwisdom.com.
    His poetic ode to thisspiritual warrior characteristic is very much what I seek for all of us to exhibit more and more on this journey! Bless you, brothers and sisters.

  10. bardessdmdenton May 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Came here via Granbee, and am so glad to have the chance to read this example of true benevolence. Thank you!

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