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Hanshi Damashi

Excerpt from Hanshi Damashi, an exposition to expound the philosophy that maintained the structure of Japanese society for nearly one thousand years. In the late eighteen hundreds, the leadership of Japan sought to quell the ideal of "service" in an attempt to modernize itself with regards to the rest of the world, especially the Western mentality.  In this book I present realistic viewpoints of what is actually meant by other works that present "hidden" wisdom generally available only to the so-called initiated few. This Hanshi Damashi, or "Hanshi's Soul," is based on applications to life that overall transcend specific cultural implications relevant to only a small segment of the global community. It fits everyone, everywhere, and is applicable to every ideal. I use idealistic samurai principles and illustrate them with appropriate ideas that can be used to raise an individual's consciousness.

 

 3 - Nobody is responsible for your fallacies—probably not even yourself.

We are all subject to the ridicules of life and the difficulties we must endure in everyday activities. How much more simple things would be if we would only focus on one specific ideal—even if it appears in our minds as a wrong choice. Wrong choices are part of the growing process of self-evolution and are necessary if we learn from these errors in judgment and proceed to reestablish our prime condition. This takes a lot of guts. We are always ensnared by the external things that seem to control us: earning a livelihood, trying to provide for our families, being good to others. The list is endless. It would all fall into place if we would concern ourselves only with those things that can enhance our lives for the betterment of our own existence. Many of the detours in life that we are subject to happen because of matters that may be beyond our initial control. It is how one deals with adversity that empowers a person to move forward with themselves as the prime recipient of their own good. When you are good to yourself, you will find no difficulty in being good to others. But you must come first. When you come to understand the reasons for your actions, you will readily see that decisions may or may not be necessary at that juncture.

 

©SFKaufman 2011

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