The four methods to achieve enlightenment are the way of the fakir, the way of the monk, the way of the yogi, and the way of the martial artist. In this bit of writing we shall discuss what is special about the way of the warrior. After all, enlightenment is a good thing, and it would be a good idea to speed up any individuals progress on the way to enlightenment.
It is said, of the four paths to enlightenment, that the way of the martial artist is the fastest. This is an interesting viewpoint of enlightenment, for one would think that a path dedicated to things war would be the slowest. After all, learning how to maim and destroy one’s fellow man would seem antithetical to pursuing enlightenment.
First, the warrior deals with worldly matters. He does not turn his attention inward to seek enlightenment, but does his searching in an open manner, seeking out conflict and learning to deal with it. This means, ultimately, giving up the desire for conflict, none of the other enlightenment disciplines seek out conflict in this manner.
Second, the warrior deals with what is real in the universe. We could have a good discussion concerning what is real, but in lieu of that mental exercise let’s just say that the universe is constructed of objects in motion. The martial arts are the only one of the four disciplines that deals directly with a universe filled with objects in motion.
Third, the warrior is much more active in adhering to his discipline of choice. I say this because the discipline of studying the martial arts is an active one. Simply, the warrior has something to do on his way to enlightenment, the other disciplines are somewhat lacking in the necessity for doing something.
Fourth, there is a built in guiding factor in the way of the martial artist. Simply, if a technique does not function, the result will be noted as a punch in the face. This ‘feedback’ device tends to make the artist more demanding in his seeking of perfection and enlightenment.
To conclude, let me say that every method of enlightenment has its strengths and weaknesses. Heck, that was something you already knew. So the point of this article is not to speak ill of other methods, merely to point out how glorious the one you are immersed in is.
You are the one, you see; you are the karateka and the kung fu student and the aikidoka and…the Tai Chi Chuan practitioner. You practice a method, and you are in a hurry, no matter how slow you think you move, to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Godspeed you.