“SAMURAI BUSHIDO” THE WARRIOR CODE
The Samurai were the warrior clan under the Emperor
during Japan’s Imperialistic period. They were a separate caste altogether, born & reared as warriors. From an early
age, they were trained in Physical, Martial, Mental, Spiritual & Philosophical aspects. They were Samurai, a class apart
from the common man.
The Samurai warrior followed a specific Code of behavior called BUSHIDO. During his lifetime, he strictly adhered to this code of thought, behavior & attitude. For the Samurai,
this code was above everything. It was his God, his Religion, his gospel truth. His Honour depended upon it. Disobedience
of the Bushido was equal to Death.
In Indian literature, the equivalent of the Bushido is the Dharma- Warriors
way, as outlined in the Bhagwad Gita
Now what was the Bushido? Among many elements of the bushido, prominent ones
were as below:
COURAGE – STRENGTH OF CHARACTER - Yu
To gather the strength of character to walk the Righteous Path in spite & despite the
Loss, Hurt & Suffering
SPIRIT – BENEVOLENCE
To exercise compassion, forgiveness & mercy
TRUTH – RIGHTEOUSNESS
To walk the path of Goodness & Justice, Peace & Compassion, Objectivity & Logic.
HONOUR – DIGNITY – Meyo
To walk the path that ensures preservation of Self Respect & Self Esteem over&above
Personal Gain, Wellbeing & Convenience
DUTY – DHARMA - Chugo
- DHARMA TO SELF - to exercise care &
concern for own Well being & Survival
- DHARMA TO OTHERS – to Think &
Speak & Do good (Help) wherever possible & whenever it doesn’t hurt.
- DHARMA TO SOCIETY – to contribute
in someway to society, system & country
- DHARMA TO OWN PEOPLE – to honour
your Promises, Duties, Obligations & give Love & Support to Teachers, Family, Colleagues & Friends in that order.
- DHARMA TO GOAL – to define carefully
goals of life & walk on it with sincerity, effort & discipline
WISDOM – LOGIC - Saiki
To exercise logic over impulse
RECTITUDE – DECISION ACTION - Makoto
To exercise correct decision based on righteousness & wisdom
COURTESY – POLITENESS- Rei
To exercise compassion, forgiveness & mercy
SELF CONTROL - CALM –
To exercise Patience, Tolerance & Acceptance even in Crisis
FILIAL – FAMILIAL -
To Do Duty twds Defined family of Teachers, Relations, Friends
HONOUR: The most important quality
of the Samurai, One without it was not Samurai. They would live & die for keeping their Honor. Self Respect, Self Dignity
& keeping in line with a Respectful life contributed to Honor. The Samurai would never do anything that would taint his
dignity, respect & Self Esteem.
TRUTH: or Virtuosity. The Samurai was honest & righteous in all that he did. The Samurais word was totally
dependable. The Samurai was never afraid to face reality in its such-ness. He was ready to understand & face the truth
and was a strong protagonist of the truth. He would fight for the righteousness, truth and lay down his life for it.
COURAGE: The sheer mettle of the Samurai, the ferocity of his attack, the ability to risk his
life each and every time in impossible situations. He would give his very best at every moment irrespective of injury, tiredness
or personal loss.
SPIRIT: This was the
“Never say die” attitude of the Samurai, who fiercely believed that the Victory was his birth right and that he
would win till life existed in him. Even when the odds were against him, the samurai never believed that he could lose. He
matched physical courage with indomitable mental spirit. Spirit also conveyed
Benevolence & Compassion. The Samurai was capable of granting forgiveness at the height of anger and fury.
DUTY: The Samurai
believed that he would live with his Bushido, his values, His duty to his Self, his Master & his Country. That DUTY was
above Life itself. That correct values would lead to benefits and good results. Like in “Karma” – What you
do, shall be returned to you, that the consequences of your actions would depend upon the nature of the actions. Good comes
to those who do good & vice versa.
SEPPUKU: In the rare advent of the Samurai breaking the Bushido, he would fall in society’s eyes. And he would be
disgraced in the eyes of his fellow clan. He would above all, fall in his own eyes. As per the Bushido code, The Samurai who
has lost Honor would have one chance to redeem his honor - by voluntarily killing himself in a public ceremony by slicing
his sword across his belly & bleeding to an honorable death – Seppuku (Or Hara-Kiri).