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The Living Tao by Stephen F. Kaufman

Poem Number 13 speaks of ruling the people and how the realm should be maintained to continue peace and prosperity. To learn more about this illuminating work and to buy an autographed copy visit: http://the-living-tao.weebly.com

Poem Number Thirteen

“Only he should rule who understands all people are the same. Only he should rule who loves all men as himself. Only he should rule who understands the unity of separateness. Bestowed with pride, he falls from Heaven’s grace. From disgrace, he arises owning nothing but himself. Owning nothing, he gives with an open heart. To be in favor and to be in disgrace are the same. To fall from favor and be lifted from disgrace are the same. A man who sees the difference sees the same thing. He who does not see the same thing is confused by both wishing to be availed of only favor. Expecting the bounty of the universe to not show him special favor, his special favor is himself.”


  The egotism involved with ascent through arrogance, conceit, and false pride is such that guard must be taken against its expression. The more you practice to become a perfect example of all, the easier is the acceptance of the Divine Beauty of all life. When loss of position comes, it is difficult for the man who thinks his rank was granted by himself to reassert his position in the world. Seeing rank as an extension of his own mind, he understands that there is never anything to lose because there was never anything to be gained. He is at peace with himself and walks in harmony with every man. He uses the value of his rank to become more valuable to the Spirit of the Thing Itself.

    The wise man gives with an open heart knowing that all is granted from heaven as a special gift that he desires to experience. Should he lose his composure about such things he will quickly fall into the depths of terror brought about by his own thinking that he is all that matters. Lifting himself from his morass of negativity, he sees the specialness of nothing except himself and he is able to guide himself and to guard his domain without effort.

    Being a man of wisdom, he sees being special as holding nothing of merit and does not become vulnerable. He understands that he can be trusted. Even though his rank and authority are treated as extensions of his own soul, he can walk in peace knowing that the hideous weight of responsibility is governed only by heaven, and that his acknowledgement of It is what protects the realm of his mind. His burden to himself vanishes and he lives in joy.

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Nothing more, nothing less.

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Death does not exist and only reveals nextness Wisdom does not permit the end of itself A man can only learn to move forward in any direction Not being concerned with what went before He should not care for the rewards of the day Seeking only that which can enhance his own reality He does not consider the rewards of his work By not considering the results of his work They are perfect and cannot be made better

            Nextness is what happens after a man leaves his body, or, that which was behind him, not caring to carry it along to his next destination on earth or anywhere else. When nextness is reached, Allness is released according to the conventions a man uses in his own thinking through personal contemplation of the Spirit of the Thing Itself. All is accomplished because the Spirit of the Thing Itself is expressed to the level of the man’s ability to understand and accept Its profound gifts. These gifts are made manifest in the world as a result of a man’s work and desire to attain perfection. If a man is enlightened, he will see these things as something beyond what he could ever imagine. This must not be confused with objects of physical possession that can be touched and held. These are only things that in time will cease to be in the form they now possess. Imperfection exists only because man cannot identify the Spirit of the Thing Itself as the means of Heaven’s and man’s natural existence. Heaven and man must coincide with each other. 

© Stephen F. Kaufman

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THE UNIVERSAL ESSENCE OF THE BOOK OF FIVE RINGS – An Explanation of Emanations From the Void and the Acceptance of Mastery

(Higher elucidations of reality from my forthcoming work of the same title, … from the Introduction)

There is no such thing as yin and yang, which is not to suggest that yin and yang do not exist. Therefore, as existent forms of yin and yang would consist of all temporal good and all temporal evil, it is the implicit responsibility for people of all persuasion to overcome negativity and not need to focus on presumed aspects of good.

Here is the expansion of the ideas. First, understand that there is a direct correlation between all aspects of the ‘Rings,’ and that neither could function without the cosmic consciousness of all combined. It is the purpose of a personal ascension to higher dimensions of beingness that presuppose the need to eliminate ALL the variances and eliminate all forms of alleged evil, leaving only the aspects of good, which, by definition of reality, would not need to exist. Hence, there is no such thing as yin and yang…

The Void, which I have previously taught as being not nothing, which is something by definition, but no-thing, which goes beyond the totality of comprehension. In conscious form, the remaining ‘Rings’ are earth, water, fire, and air. Each having the essence of presumed understanding by any individual.

Earth and the resultant material world form all so-called seven sins and results in the hideous torment and pain of lack, loss, and limitation that any person would suffer regardless of presumed innocence.

Water is for the growth and development of all forms of pleasure, both good and evil, and enhances appetites for more incorrectly understood egotistical growth and a not inconsiderate level of awareness of having and not having.

Fire comprises pride, vengeance, retribution, and anger, at least, and the resultant anguishes that culminate in conflict and frustration for the soul, when it is not directed toward its own cessation.

Air is the basis of non-substance, or absurdities. Higher understanding suggests paying no attention to what can be considered meaningless things, such as words of wisdom that can only confuse and abuse your well-being and interfere with the balance of a person’s psyche. This can lead to wasting time while trying to come to terms with something that has nothing to do with your accomplishments.

How the substance of these ideas actuate in your life is the ultimate meaning of Musashi’s ideas derived from the ancient teachings of all legit masters in times gone by. It would be smart to attempt to understand them from a new perspective how each ’Ring’ controls your destiny, or if you control your destiny, or if it is irrelevant that you even think you have the authority to enhance or even understand your destiny. You are part of a higher ‘ness,’ and only exacerbate your lifestyle conditions by attempting to overcome the reality of what you are because of not understanding who you are.

To be continued…

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Still Time to Order for the Holidays from Hanshi Wisdom Press.

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AMAA Writer’s Award. Thanks to Jesse Bowen for this singular honor. 11/28/2020

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AMAA American Martial Arts Alliance interview – November 21, 2020

Here is the link for the Jesse Bowen AMAA (American Martial Arts Alliance) interview. Shared with Amanda Olson (Master Mom) and Gary Lee (Sports Karate Museum). Laid back and nice with good info for viewers. Check it out. Any questions – hanshi.com/contact and I will respond to all.

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