The Way of the Warrior is (ego)Death

26 Nov

The Way of the Warrior is (ego)Death

“In order to master yourself you need to kill your self.”
The key to change. Most will take these words literally and balk, but 1-in-100 will see the true message in these words. The “SELF” is the Ego. It’s only concerned about itSELF. It’s own feelings, comfort and joy. The Warrior is SELFless. It is what enables them to face challenges head-on and endure more in the name of love & grace than those who only worry about themSELVES.

Ben Rolnik

Review: Hagakure

Yamamoto Tsunetomo


Bushido: The Way of the Warrior is the Way of Death

I could see this book becoming easily misunderstood. It brims with warrior energy—especially beneficial for someone going through a particularly low or troubling period of their life where they need some motivation and can vicariously appreciate the struggles of others.

The simple message of the book is this: in order to master yourself you need to kill your self.

What does that mean? It doesn’t mean suicide. Far from it—in fact it is the opposite: it is a birth or a rebirthing. What we are killing is that part of ourselves which confuses our values, which puts us in tension with ourselves: the ego. In the words of Guru Prem, Tsunetomo is asking that the EGO become an AMIGO. It is TAMING THE WILD HORSE—and, subsequently, breaking her.

The style is aphoristic. That means its…

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2 Responses to “The Way of the Warrior is (ego)Death”

  1. zendictive November 26, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I really enjoyed this due to the fact that at work when they call for responders, I charge to help out and then find it is the same few people who show up and then when I ask others why they did not help out they reply, “I’m not putting my self in danger for others.” I always enjoy your topics and like your thought train. (*_*)

  2. benrolnik November 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    LOVE your blog! I’ve been working on a book about cultivating the inner (and outer) warrior [after talking with Brazilian jiu jitsu studio about mentally training their fighters before matches]. I’m also part of a men’s organization called MKP–really great work.

    It’s awesome to know you do what you do. Thanks! And I look forward to sharing the reviews of the other texts when I finish writing them 🙂

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