The creed of a samurai, written around 1300 by an unnamed author: I have no parents; I make the heaven and earth my mother and father. I have no home; I make awareness my dwelling. I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death. I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power. I have no means; I make understanding my means. I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret. I have no body; I make endurance my body. I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes. I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears. I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs. I have no strategy; I make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy I have no designs; I make “seizing opportunity by the forelock” my design. I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle. I have no principles; I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles. I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics. I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent. I have no friends; I make my mind my friend. I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy. I have no armor; I make benevolence and righteousness my armor. I have no castle; I make immovable mind my castle. I have no sword; I make absence of self my sword.
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