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Hanshi Damashi - from a work in progress

Hanshi Damashi is a collection of apothegms along with commentary that expresses the feelings of a contemporary practitioner of ancient samurai philosophy. Each of the adages is particularly composed with the idea of fulfilling the sub-title of the book: To Amuse, Bemuse, Confuse and Defuse.


Here are two samples for you to take a look at. And, as always, your comments would be appreciated. Enjoy!



No one 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.



Things too easy to get are generally too hard to keep.

It is not necessarily hard work that will get us what we desire. Rather, it is correct thinking about the value of such attainment and accomplishment. Before a person can understand such worth, much intensive thought and practice has to go into the understanding of the acquisition. Even beginner's luck is just that: beginner's luck. The mastery of something comes with the constant devotion to the higher consciousness of the ideal represented by that attainment. When the proper amount of effort and energy is put into something, it becomes a part of a person's being. When it is part of a person's being, it stays in place and continues to elevate the consciousness of the individual who puts the effort and energy into its attainment. If something is very simple to grasp, it is by nature that much more difficult to maintain simply because of the perception of limited value accorded to gaining the objective. It is, therefore, not generally taken to be of much worth, and the idea that it can be quickly reattained should it be lost becomes a grievous waste of time and energy. It is wise to contemplate the intended use of what you are trying to grasp before spending effort to win a Pyrrhic victory: one where victory costs much more than the value of the gain.


©SFKaufman 2010


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