Bushido Principles Review
Bushido has seven main principles to guide a Samurai.
It was the code of the Samurai during the feudal period (1185–1868) of Japan.
My master had a secret that he did not talk about. After years and many questions he finally revealed that he had chosen the practical side of Buddhist transcendentalism, but incorporated Taoism naturalism, (The Way,) and wedded pragmatic Christianity, because he was Samurai.
As such he also lived by the code of bushido, the most outstanding being honor, the only canon to be written with two pictograph symbols. The principles are:
This means that a samurai has a specific Code of Honor and an elevated moral code of the society. This is based not because of a consequence of power but upon moral or ethical excellence. The honorable person has integrity and is trusted. A person without honor is not grounded or centered and will never see the light.
Duty & Loyalty (Chu)
Difficult and easy support each other. High and low depend on each other. The warrior is responsible for their words, actions, and for those whom they work. They never avoid their duty and pursue the success of every venture. The best leader is loved, next, one who is feared.
Justice & Morality (GI)
Justice was supposed to be fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, and evenhandedness. But today, ”Justice is the advantage of the stronger.” Thrasymachus
Complete Sincerity (Makoto)
Sincerity is the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy. “The sincerity of his beliefs is unquestionable” One must reflect that this was a time when old age was rare and a mans life was restricted to horseback miles. Your life was real only if your word was real.
The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
Polite Courtesy (Rei)
You are a guest in the world. Streams flow to the sea because they are lower. Humility gives its power to the oceans.
Keep your heart as open as the sky. Enter a battle gravely, with sorrow and with great compassion for many will die.
Heroic Courage (Yu)
All things change. Hold on to nothing.