-The Lone Wolf-
-Masterless Master Swordsman-
-Oni Kurai Blaze-
The physical struggles we face each day are only outward signs of a spiritual war that goes on day after day. There are only two sides in a war. There is no middle ground. Because there is no middle ground the warriors on either side do not need to hesitate when they clash. Hesitation is doubt. Doubt leads to failure or death.
A warrior once asked a Zen Master how he should face battle. "Hold your sword high and charge in battle without looking back," he said. From the cradle to the grave we will face opposition of all sorts. The successful student of life will keep his eyes singularly focused on the star - the Master - as his goal and charge into the daily battle wielding his mind as a sword of Spirit. Only the surrendered mind makes a gleaming sword which can move this way and that without effort. Whether facing a physical threat or a spiritual one, the spiritual warrior knows that the whole battle is really fought within his own mind. He is not deceived into hating his fellow man, for he knows that the roots of all men begin and end in the same place. The spiritual warrior serves the Master by becoming a soldier of humanity, a defender of the weak. Yield and overcome.
Do not be wary of men who take risks with riches and lands; be wary of men who have nothing to lose.