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The Happiness of Budo

As you are training in the Dojo, you must feel the subtlety of Ninpo and in Budo in vibrant feelings of the heart.  That which aims the teachings of Soke Masaaki Hatsumi isn’t found on the reign of thought, but they come from an undefined and much more wide space than intelectual.

The training must manifest withing your inner space, on a different dimension in wich you find yourself attached most parts of the day. Budo is mostly irrational, but it will be which helps you break the limits of the borders of the mind, leaving aside dual concepts of rationality.

The Budo of the Bujinkan are enlightened teachings of Soke Hatsumi, which have the characteristic of vibrate in a dimension fullfilled of happiness and peace, taking human being to trascend which I thought where limits of his fisical and mental capacities.

Soke expressed some day during the Argentina Taikai on 1993, “I’m not from around here, nor there, I come from an undefined space which allows me do adapt to all circumstances”

Just like Soke could express that feeling with simple words, words really can’t express the true knowledge that Soke has. In my point of view, Hatsumi Sensei’s Budo is a way of self knowing, focused on your own Satori. The enlightenment (Satori) comes from the internal being that trascends time and space. Even so, being able to say that Satori is a physical experience, would not make sense. But, the body is influenced by the flashes of light that come from Satori,which beautifully enlightens everyone around it.

There is a light that may be momentary, repetitive, sporaduc or widely experimented, but the true Satori can be only experienced in the present time and it is wisdom in it’s maximun expression. However during training in the temporary line of your life, you may have those luminous times in which you understand everything and you’re present in state of peace and happiness, however that isn’t Satorim but more a punctual wink of the true nature of existence.

This way, you can use this feeling to continue your training on the real realization of the complete state of being.

Enlightenmente can only be experienced in the “now”, in the exact moment of present, where the force of the universe manifests with all it’s power. The power of the “now” resides in living behind the dual thought and connect with the sensation of being.

Though Soke Masaaki Hatsumi carries in his back the teachings of hundreds of masters, he can empty in the art of non thinking, where he’s not from here nor there, and allows him to create indefinitely, the art adapting all circumstances. In his making, the art of creativity under the light of inmutable wisdom (Fudo Chin).

Budo is a path of life, that allows us to clean the roughness of the mind and enhance the glowing of the heart. Daily, depending on which enviroments we use, we’re being influcenced by people and situations around us. Our mind gets dirty very easily. Even with publicity, a phone call, an email, a book, or a song, we can be influenced from the past, even from thousands of kilometers away. The mind gets influenced, sometimes for good, and sometimes for bad. To be able to recognize the bad influences is substantial for the path of a Budoka (partial practitioner). Keep training constantly is a way to help us cleaning the mind and luster the heart. I feel that who who has found in Budo a way to manifest his humanity and feels complete, when he stops training, the impurities of the mind increases and the heart gets darkened.

Through practice of Budo, sweating all over the Tatami, the lecture of text, self observation and searching for the correct judgement of the heart, body and technique, the martial arts practitioner must achieve the Shingitai Ichiyo (mind, technique and body in comunion). I feel that is very important for the Bujinkan practitioner, and that has connection with the Seishin Teki Kyoyo, which consists on the spiritual refinement through martial arts for whole human beings.

Soke used to explain in one of his books, “In martial arts there are 3 escential aspects: first, the vision and knowledge of self, Second, the sword of desicion through failure elimination, weakneses and unnecesary. And last, sincerity, feeling, devotion, internal and heart comprehension”

I feel that the order Soke used to write this teaching has an important meaning. As it’s impossible to get to the comprehension of the heart if not making an internal journey with sincerity, feeling and devotion. Soke tells that one must have the vision and knowledge of self, asking who is oneself is of high importance both inside and outside of the Dojo.Observing in the doing is important, but also is being able to achieve the not doing and hearing the echo of stillness that comes from the sounds of our past actions, is also good to understand the walked path. Silence on the stillness allows us to auto-observe, to be witness of the ming. Being able to leave the main character that runs all day with the characters we daily think we are, allows us to relax and leave aside that schizophrenic race of the mind.

Being able to see which character we are, or who we are believed supposed to be, is also meritory on our quest of finding ourselves. The ego is without a doubt fed since early ages with false believings, fears and tabues which condition us when truly knowing who we are, behind all those masks of characters we wear.

Soke once said “We must use te sword of desicion through the elimination of failures, weakneses, and unnecesary”. If feel that using the sword as instrument of desition, one can have an analogy that our disposal and strengh for eliminating failures, must be with total security just a precise cut of a sword master. And it is that a warrior must become it’s own master, in the art of eliminating the imperfections, Maybe with different instruments or means of knowledge that we get from Martial arts, the philosofy or maybe some religion, being able to observe and learning the perfect cut, to eliminate the unnecesary from the very root.

Failures and weakneses ¿Are we ready to accept them in our lives?, One must have courage as elder warriors had to protect their lives and cutting the head of the enemy. But if we analize old precepts, it’s quite clear that the worst enemy is inside every one of us, so before judging another person, before cutting his breath, dreams and his life, we must have courage to cut ourselves. We are our own creators of happiness, as we are of our sufferings, we are the constant makers of our limitations and weakneses, but also the authors of our skills, virtues and capacities.

If you have the habit of creating suffering, probably you’ll hurt others, and if you have the capacity of self-training, being happy because of what’s inside, and aknowlege yourself as an open and sincere being, you’ll be able to help others to find the same.

Accepting the present and the observations of the masters helps recognizing our failures. To recognize our weakneses and to transmute them with the sword of constancy, kindness, tolerance and sincerity, are ways of shaping the inner warrior

The heart manifests this things,  happiness, kindness, tolerance and sincerity, which can go as a sacred spring, where we can completely eliminate our weaknesses. Meanwhile, only a tricklewill even limiting these gestures of the heart only to people that interest us.

La sinceridad, es la verdad misma sin parches ni remiendos. La devoción es la admiración que se tiene desde el corazón por aquello que nos trasciende. Devotos del placer son simplemente personas encarceladas en la mirada egocéntricas de su yo. Devotos de lo sutil de la naturaleza, del ser humano y el universo con conciencia en lo divino, son personas que depositan con confianza sus anhelos en lo superior.

I feel it’s primordial to be able to learn with patience the changes in nature, and accepting the fact that if things don’t happen as we would like them to, it’s because they come from as a part of a superior plan. Achieving this shows also maturity on the looks and resonanze of the warrior. Being a warrior of peace and fighting with the instruments of the heart, shows the highest degree of Ninjutsu. Ninjutsu was also used to avoid war.

Evasion and confrontation must be the happiness of the warrior, at knowing that the one who carries the blessedness are other people, while then will be able to see with life to who may loose the encounter. The finding of struggle should be the lower level of a warrior, and if that happens, being able to  resolve it without taking the adversary’s life. Those are too the aspirations of Ninpo and Budo

Life is sacred, and protecting life of the adversary in combat would show highest habilities of a warrior even more, in technical, human and spiritual ways.

The means of a human being is happiness, and though surviving must be primordial for our specie, being able to achieve the living under the fact of surviving without crushing the heads of others, would show the next evolutional level of the human species. Though as humans we’re full of happiness when growing and see others grow as well, protecting and protecting others, being able to share happiness in the auto-achievement of spirituality would be a positive end as practitioners of martial arts in the highest human level.

Giving happiness and peace to neighbor is easy when it’s about people who we care and love, but giving happiness to people that differ from our way of thinking and even being against our belives, requires wisdom. The wisdom of the path as Bushi (warriors) requires having an inmutable heart that will allow us to adapt any situation, and before infinite changes keeping the treasure of happiness and peace as instruments of freedom.

Dar felicidad y paz al prójimo es fácil cuando se trata de seres que estimamos y queremos, pero poder dar felicidad y paz a personas que difieren de nuestra manera de pensar y hasta están en contra de nuestras creencias, requiere de sapiencia. La sabiduría del camino como Bushi (guerreros) requiere lograr un corazón inmutable que nos permita adaptarnos a todas las situaciones, y antes infinitos cambios mantener el tesoro de la felicidad y la paz como instrumentos de libertad.

Some moment ago, Sensei once said.

“The ultimate purpose of martial arts is keeping peace and freedom.

Martial arts are meant to preserve happiness, and taking the experience of happiness to others. To keep this type of martial art and this type of spirit is beacuse the Bujinkan Dojo exists”

Christian Petroccello

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KU KATSU KYU

A couple of weeks ago, I received a letter from Sôke. It begins by saying Ku katsu Kyu, Uma. 久活久   馬, which means “To live a long life, horse”.

Sensei enjoys his Ponies a lot, and in the same letter figures a picture of his 3 ponies next to Sôke and his wife.

Sensei writes the Kanji 活 katsu, which means life, to live, and it’s also used in martial arts as “technique used to reanimate”.

By reading this, I bring myself to the feeling that the present is a moment of constant reviving, of rebirth, and that without going to far, we live  because of the forefathers. Sôke uses the Kanji 久 Ku, which can also mean long time, ancient history. Without a doubt, the ancient history of knowledge and teachings of the Bujinkan traditions, allows us to live our presents in a very particular and concious way. We know that we are in fact heirs of the past, but we don’t know what we can do with it in the future, so we have no other option that to enjoy the present.

Maybe the Ponies have a connection to the past, given that more than any other kind of horse, Ponies are a living remembrance of the youth of our planet. Neglected by the caregivers who wouldn’t bother to improve them, they keep the aspect of their ancestors, which lived free in a wild nature.

Sôke ends by saying “I’m glad you are alright. As the present indicates it, this year I’m enjoying this theme. The most important thing, is to do the things you like the most”.

My daily activities: Yoga, Martial Arts and Natural Therapies, wich are roads for self balance. That is why I’m always looking for a way of a good health, both in physical aspects as in mental and emotional. The teachings of oriental masters, have a load of wisdom that may help us to live on frantic times like these, in which society has lost (for the most part), it’s own nature. I don’t know if I’ve found my nature. but I keep rehearsing and experiencing the encounter of simplicity, and this is what I’m referring by sharing this message.

Sôke more than once has highlighted that health is weak, and we must take care of it. Surely at is 80 years of age, and the load of wisdom of the heritage that carries within his soul, are the knowledges that he shares with us to improve our lives. Little details like smileing, not over thinking, walking directly, eat healthy, sincerity, change and adaptability, training and flowing, living relaxed, and being spontaneous, are some of the hundred of things Sôke teachs.-

Finding our own nature, is an escential part, and being able to share it without destroing it, is a great challenge that we live in the present. The nature that we have, is also de heritage that we have received, and to take care of what has been given to us, is escential for humanity.

If you look back to the Kanji just bellow the photograph, you’ll be able to see that the ideogram of horse has a long tail, and he rest of the ideograms grab on to it, as if it meant that to hold on to the tail of a horse of wisdom, could allow us to live a long life.

Today I feel that I travel around the world sharing and learning from Budo, beacuse of the fact that with confidence I follow the teachings of Sôke. Maybe I’m just a bug that has grabbed tight to a Thoroughbred horse.

I follow his teachings passionately, more than a thousand times without understanding, but positively feeling with happiness, because those are part of the beautiful mistery of life.

My long life wishes to Sôke, and also to the teaches of the Bujinkan to the hearts of it’s followers.

Christian.

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