The following are 4 lessons from Miyamoto Musashi, one of the greatest Samurai who ever lived, and the author of the Gorin no sho (The Book of 5 Rings).1
- Reflect and work on it every time you run across a doubt in your training. It is after having found a solution to it that a profound understanding will come. Even if you are lacking in knowledge and you are awkward, the future is wide open.
If you learn without examining things for yourself, who will continue to instruct you?
He who is too skeptical will live in doubt and will never get beyond the frame of reference of his stupidity. Doubt is the disease of the way. You should meditate upon this ancient teaching: “A small understanding is born from a minor doubt and a great understanding is born from a great doubt.”
One who is awkward and one who is nimble will both find their way through sincerity and through accumulation of work.
Now go lift something heavy,
- from the translation by Kenji Tokitsu, “Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings”. ↩