My views of the  Way Of Walking Alone – 21 classic maxim written by the great Miyamoto Mushashi – possibly the greatest samurai who ever lived.
The 2nd day of the 5th month, the 2nd year of Shoho (1645) – Mushashi wrote this just one week before his death
Miyamoto Musashi - The Way Of Walking Alone

Perhaps the greatest Samurai Warrior – Miyamoto Mushashi

1. Do not turn your back on the various Ways of this world.

Do not turn your back on the various ways of the world. The world will ask you to behave in a certain way – to conform to a certain way – you don’t have to. You have to live your own life but don’t turn your back to the ways of humanity, peace and fighting injustice. The world has many ways that you can and must take into account as you walk this path. There are truths on this world like compassion and justice that you must use on this way

2.Do not scheme for physical pleasure.

There is not point in scheming just for physical pleasures. Never forget that you will die – if you admit it you will appreciate it much more. To be fearless in the face of the enemy – in your daily life – you have have to do what you have to do to get things done.

3.Do not intend to rely on anything.

4.Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply.

5.Do not ever think in acquisitive terms.

6.Do not regret things about your own personal life.

7.Do not envy another’s good or evil.

8.Do not lament parting on any road whatsoever.

9.Do not complain or feel bitterly about yourself or others.

10.Have no heart for approaching the path of love.

11.Do not have preferences.

12.Do not harbor hopes for your own personal home.

13.Do not have a liking for delicious food for yourself.

14.Do not carry antiques handed down from generation to generation.

15.Do not fast so that it affects you physically.

16.While it’s different with military equipment, do not be fond of material things.

17.While on the Way, do not begrudge death.

18.Do not be intent on possessing valuables or a fief in old age.

19.Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them.

20.Though you give up your life, do not give up your honor.

21.Never depart from the Way of the Martial Arts.


Miyamoto Mushashi talking with a fortune teller

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Miyamoto Musashi, self-portrait
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Miyamoto Musashi in his prime, wielding two bo...
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