The essence

The essence of all martial arts and military strategies is self protection and the prevention of danger. Ninjutsu epitomises the fullest concept of self protection through martial training.  The ninja art deals with the protection of not only the physical body but of the mind and spirit as well.  The way of the Ninja is the way of enduring, surviving, and prevailing over all that would destroy one.  More than merely delivering strikes and slashes, and deeper in significance than the simple outwitting of an enemy; ninjutsu is the way of attaining that which we need, while making the world a better place.  The skill of the ninja is the art of winning.

In the beginning, study of any combative martial art proper motivation is crucial.  Without the proper frame of mind, continuous exposure to fighting techniques can lead to ruin instead of self development. But this fact is no different from any other beneficial practice in life carried to extremes.  

 

Medical science is dedicated to the betterment of health and the relief of suffering.  Yet the misuse of drugs and the exultation of physicians' skills can lead people to a state where an individual's health is no longer within his or her personal control. 

A nutritious well balance diet works to keep the person alive, vital and healthy but grossly over-eating, over drinking or taking in too many chemicals is a sure way to poison the body.  

 

Governments are established to oversee the harmonious interworking of all parts of society, but when the rulers become greedy, hungry for power, or lacking in wisdom, the country is subjected to needless wars, disorder or civil and economic chaos.  

 

A religion when based on faith developed through the experience of a broad and questing mind, and the unflagging pursuit of universal understanding, is of inspiration and comfort to people.  Once a religion loses its original focus , however, it becomes a deadly thing with which to deceive control and tax the people through a manipulation of their beliefs and fears.

 

It is the same with martial arts.  The skills of self-protection, which should provide a feeling of inner peace and security for the martial artist, so often develop without attention to balancing the personality and lead the lesser martial artist into warped realms of unceasing conflict, and competition which eventually consume him.

If an expert in the fighting arts sincerely pursues the essence of ninjutsu devoid of the influence of ego's desire, the student progressively comes to realise the ultimate secret for becoming invincible and the attainment of the 'Mind and Eyes of God'.  The combatant who would win must be in harmony with the scheme of totality, and must be guided by intuitive knowledge in the playing out of fate.  

 

By following a clear and pure heart, full of trust in the inevitable the ninja captures the insight that will guide him successfully into battle when he must conquer and conceal himself protectively from hostility when he must acquiesce.  The vast universe, beautiful in its coldly impersonal totality contains all that we call good and bad, all the answers for all the paradoxes we see around us.

By opening his eyes and mind , the ninja can responsively follow the subtle seasons and reasons of heaven, changing just as change is necessary, adapting always, so that in the end there is no such thing as surprise for the ninja.

Togakushiyama - Nagano - Japan - Home of the Togakure Ryu Ninja