SEIYOKU

A couple of days ago while I was having breakfast and reading part of the last book of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, entitled “The escense of Budo” I was hanged on a fragment in which Soke spoke about Seiyoku. I’ve written “spoke” because I consider always that Soke’s writings are like a Kuden (oral transmission) intertwined to the denshô (written transmission).


When Sôke writes, and many times when he speaks, he tends to play with ideograms, looking for the same sounds but changing the Kanji (japanese words) brings diverse meanings to explain the complexity of life and Budô. Sôke tends to explain the complexity of life with the simpleness of being simple and natural.

On this ocasion, in one of the parragraphs of his last book, Sôke brings us to value the pure and sacred. Using the ideograms
“Sei” 聖 (sacred, saint, pure) and “Yoku” 欲 (greediness, desire, wanting something).

Reflecting on his text, I feel that it’s important to be able to value the sacred things and spiritual things of life, not necessarily in big temples or complex philosofis, but in simple things. While reading this text from Sôke, I consider that it encourages us to go beyond a life of desires just for the fact of keeping us alive, but in the supreme sense of being able to live connected to what’s sacred and pure in life.

To interlink us with people, from our state of pureness, holyness and sacred, is without a doubt a challenge on daily bases, mostly because of the high social competitivity and summed to the daily violence in some of our countries, makes flourish the highest posture of defense and survivorship, keeping us appart from the capacity of harmony that allows us to appreciate what’s pure and sacred. To be able to appreciate the pure and sacred in others that are not related to our belives or tastes, requires knowledge and tolerance.

Sôke adds in his text that ancient warriors valued the sense of self sacrifice the most, instead of the willing to live. This brings us to the Seppuku (Hara Kiri Ritual), Showing us that the ancient valued the ethnic and honorable senses of the warrior as a first instance state. Their lives didn’t have the sacred and high significance if not considered in honor and respect. Maybe that’s what Bushido means in “the warrior’s path is death”.

I think that surviving refers more to the state of Seiyoku, which Sôke describes as “desires or greediness of living”. Instead, the sense of living with respect and honor connected to the sutil and spiritual, we could see it as Seiyoku which Soke describes as “desires of what’s sacred and pure”.

To live towards the pureness, brings to my memory the idea of simplicity, and make’s me imagine a neutral state in which the antagonic dissapears just for the fact of accepting them. To accept is marvelous, because it puts us in a cero level, and allows us the adaptability between days and nights, joys and sorrows, it’s the purest and sacred point in where everything flows in harmony. Maybe this same point is the entropy of various events.

However, the pure and sacred has also it’s antagonic, in which we could call profane. To break with human life or asimetric harmony of nature, is also to invade a sacred space.

I leave you a text from Sôke, so you can be able to get to your own point of view and understanding.

By Sôke Masaaki Hatsumi – Book “The essence of Budo”

“Traditionally, human beings have acted under their spirit control and for that there are desires, joys and sorrows, pleasure and suffering. I you were a person in whom their normal state is not to think in anything else, then you would be dominated by your desires and feelings of being important.”

“Your heart and mind is what your are, you are your heart/mind (kokoro). No need to separate from your heart/mind and neither the heart/mind should separate from you. That is why the heart/mind of the soldiers in battles was considerated self-sacrifice on the desire to live, and where capable of finding a unit between mind and body. We could call this as the pure or sacred desires, instead of the desires or greed of living.”

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