A few years back, I had to read a book called “The Book of Five Rings” written by a samurai known as Myamoto Musashi. His book is actually an entrepreneur’s favourite, as they view his sword as equal to their pen because his concepts of combat can be applied to business negotiations.
His book outlines his path to mastering himself and has been an inspiration to millions of people. Below is an excerpt from his book (originally japanese and translated to english).
Musashi devoted himself to the path towards enlightenment since his youth, and had his first match at the age of thirteen. Winning battles after battles against fellow swordsmen, he finally abled to formulate a disciplined strategy in winning fights and eventually master his own destiny. He called this path Heiho.
There are 9 basic commandments of Heiho:
- Do not harbor sinister designs.
- Diligently pursue the Path of Two-Swords-as-One.
- Cultivate a wide range of interests in the arts.
- Be knowledgeable in a variety of occupations.
- Be discreet regarding one’s commercial dealings.
- Nurture the ability to perceive the truth in all matters.
- Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.
- Do not be negligent, even in trifling matters.
- Do not engage in useless activity.
The code of Heiho is more than just a written list on a book. It teaches us to study more and practice harder, and getting informed is the first step.
This is Miyamoto Musashi’s “undefeated” code. To study more and practice harder. He reiterates this obviously after every end of both the major and minor chapters of his book.