The Book of 5 Rings – Howdy. William here from Allfreepdf. I just drove to the park to pretend that I sit under trees and read books. I don’t. Now, I’m a big fan of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Today I want to talk about another one of my favorite martial arts books, The pdf of Five Rings by the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi. No joke, I’ve got like four translations here. Now, even though Musashi has been dead for over 350 years, reading this PDF still feels like you’re taking a private lesson. Maybe the greatest private lesson you could ever have. coming up I’ll tell you why.
Okay, the first reason I love this book is that it’s very personal Musashi starts off by basically saying it’s three o’clock in the morning I’m 60 years old I’ve been fighting my whole life and I’ve learned a lot I just climbed this mountain and found a cave so I can be alone and write this stuff down once and for all how cool is that the fact that Musashi died a few weeks after writing those words only makes them more poignant and powerful.
I’m truly amazed in how his words have lived on transcending time distance language and culture to inspire students that he would never meet like me I only wish he had made a video the second reason I love this Book of Five Rings PDF and maybe it’s because I’m a little stupid is that it’s short no poems no mumbo-jumbo he gets right to the point Musashi’s writing style tells you everything you need to know about his fighting style.
It’s direct and honest and in that spirit that’s all I’m gonna say about that, okay the third and most important reason that I love the book of five rings is the advice itself you would swear that Musashi was writing this today he criticizes commercial schools fancy moves and so-called secret techniques now keep in mind he’s not writing this like a troll in YouTube comment section. He’s writing this on scrolls in a cave 350 years ago. now putting all that aside perhaps.
The greatest lesson I took away from the Book of Five Rings PDF is this– advice is meaningless without practice. Musashi tells the reader over and over it is impossible to write about this in detail you must train constantly you must research this well you must study hard so cool even though Musashi is giving advice he understands the limitations of giving advice he knows that gaining your own experience is the key to wisdom no treading about his experience to drive that point home Musashi also wrote practice many arts and abilities all things with no teacher.
Musashi presents himself as a self-made man. He tells us that he wasn’t influenced by religion or any martial arts writings instead he only gives credit to teachers experience and reflection Musashi wrote that it wasn’t until the age of 30 that he stopped to reflect on how he’d been so successful in all of those battles it took him another 20 years to figure it all out of course as a teacher.
I believed in sharing information and offering advice but as we discussed in podcast number 70 for inspiration and motivation if you’re not willing to practice and do the work well it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the deadliest techniques known to humankind that information is worthless if anything it works against you because you judge yourself based on what you know instead of what you can do and that my friend is always trouble.
So whatever journey you’re on if you find yourself needing a little inspiration or maybe a little guidance on how to as Musashi would say polish your particular way then I highly recommend that you step into the cave pull up a rock and join Musashi by the fire it might just be the greatest private lesson you’ll ever have if you like this Blog thanks for giving it a thumbs up and sharing with a friend Until next time, maybe turn off the window and go practice a little more and keep fighting for a happy life.