21 Maxims of a Wandering Samurai

25 Aug

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.

~Miyamoto Musashi, Samurai

21 Maxims of a Wandering Samurai

In fifteen-hundred eighty-four a Samurai was born
Who would become a Ronin and thereby received much scorn
A Ronin is a Samurai who’s masterless, you see
It was quite frowned upon for these Warriors to be free

But Miyamoto knew these twenty-one things to be true
And didn’t need a master to adhere, follow, pursue
He followed his own inner truth and went where the wind blew
And now his maxims have blown your way to inspire you

You do not need to follow them because I told you so
You’ll follow ‘cause they are all truths that you already know
Twenty-one maxims which plainly state truths we may not
Want to follow, some might be resisted, even fought

Because they fly in the face of comfort and luxury
But these are truths that no one can dispute or disagree
Twenty-one steps to let go, to accept and have peace
To understand, to be selfless and make your anguish cease

Twenty-one steps followed by a Ronin Samurai
Who knew the truth was within him and declared, “I won’t die
As many of my brothers did when they had lost their master”
Musashi would not accept anything as a disaster

In and out all things did flow and just one thing was held
And that was twenty-one maxims that Musashi compelled
Himself to follow and now you can follow them as well
It’s not on problems but on truths that all of us should dwell


6 Responses to “21 Maxims of a Wandering Samurai”

  1. drsuraiyanasim August 26, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    Words of true wisdom….though not are easy to follow. Thankyou for sharing.

    • Miro August 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      Nothing worthwhile is easy. 🙂

      • drsuraiyanasim August 26, 2012 at 8:34 am #

        True. 🙂

  2. Sue Dreamwalker August 26, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Who said the wandering path of a warrior was easy?… But well worth the effort of walking..If only to learn one step at a time..

    Another wonderful Poem with 21 Wise Ways..

    • Miro August 26, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      Thank you Sue. True, nobody said it was easy. In fact, many have said it is hard and worthwhile, but still so many keep looking for the quick and easy path to fulfillment. JFK said it best, “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” My heroes are all people who had two choices, and chose to take the more difficult path. They not only survived it, but thrived in the challenge.

  3. granbee August 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Never stray from The Way, indeed!

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